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Old Apr 13, 2007, 1:10 PM   #1
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I saw it for only $169 (aftera $50rebate). Is it worth the money? I (my eyes and my wallet)am satisfied with the DA 18-55mm kit lens's capabilities (for now),doesthe 50-200mm offer the same level of quality?

Also, just so I have a benchmark to go by, how muchdoes it cost to get the "next step up" from this lens (as far as new lenses go)? Are we talking about somewhere inthe $900 range at that point?
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Old Apr 13, 2007, 3:21 PM   #2
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Is it worth the money?

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Old Apr 13, 2007, 5:04 PM   #3
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Thanks LOL!
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Old Apr 13, 2007, 5:40 PM   #4
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Buy it - quick before they run out.

Lovely walkabout lens.


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Old Apr 13, 2007, 7:16 PM   #5
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Darn it, it appears that the place I thought had it is out of stock at the moment :O
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Old Apr 13, 2007, 9:06 PM   #6
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First lens I bought after my DS kit. Quite a step up from the kit lens-IMHO the best value right now.
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Old Apr 13, 2007, 10:47 PM   #7
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I got mine with the K100 body in a two lens kit. For awhile I was not using it but it has recently found its way back into my camera bag and I found it to be very handy for getting pics of my son playing soccer. It is a good second lens to add to the kit lens and is almost as small and light. The maximum aperture is not particularly large but it does well in daylight.

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Old Apr 14, 2007, 1:53 AM   #8
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I have found my 50-200 to be an amazing portrait lens. i don't know why but I am incredibly happy by how they turn out.

But then, i don't have any other lenses in this range so i have no basis for comparison.
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Old Apr 15, 2007, 2:50 AM   #9
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And by the way the old not hard to find used 70-200mm Pentax FA/Takumar F are not bad at all either. for their (sometime considerably) under $100 used PRICE

Every bit as good and NonEntity1's shot in similar situation. (And speed same)
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Old Apr 26, 2007, 2:15 PM   #10
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The next step up, all depends on what you define as the next step up. If it's longer reach, it won't cost you that much more, if it's a faster lens, then yeah prepare to shell out some big bucks for a fast f/2.8.

I'd also consider a Tamron or Sigma 70-300. Gives you more reach, plus adds1:2 macro,and for the money around $150 new, can't really be beat.
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