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Old Apr 16, 2008, 3:54 PM   #1
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Hi to you all - this is my first forum post here at Steve's DigiCams.

I've just put in an order online for the Pentax K10D body, and I will be buying version II of the Pentax "kit lens" from another online retailer. This will be my first DSLR, which I intend to share with my wife.

My wife was once into photography, and the following zoom lens with close focusing was her favorite lens:

Vivitar 75-205mm , 1:3.8 close focusing, auto zoom lens #22607906

I would like the same performance or better for a new zoom/close focusing lens for the K10D. I've figure that to get the equivalent field angle, the focal range for the new zoom lens should be at least 50-137mm. Other than that, I've found the search online to be daunting.

Any recommendations for an equivalent or better zoom with close focusing or macro would be appreciated!

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Old Apr 16, 2008, 4:45 PM   #2
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welcome to the board larry. that vivitar is a great lens. to bad it won't fit a pentax. i'd suggest a sigma or tamron 70-300mm. both have greatIQ for the buck you're spending.. both are under $200usd and do macros to a 1:2 ratio. you can't get more unless you are using a dedicated macro lens. i had the sigma for awhile and got good results from it even tho it was 2 models back..

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Old Apr 16, 2008, 6:51 PM   #3
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Thanks for the recommendations on the Sigma and Tamron 70-300 lenses.

I've ordered a Pentax DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL II, so it would be nice to overlap the focal length ranges with a new zoom lens. Any recommendations for a zoom/close focus lens that starts at or below 55mm ? I guess I should mention that if it was cheaper than $500, it would be of additional interest!
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Old Apr 16, 2008, 7:19 PM   #4
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You could look at this one...

http://www.bdimitrov.de/kmp/lenses/z...0-135f2.8.html



Maybe not the best macro and it is more than 500 dollars but seems like a good match for the focal length you are looking at!



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Old Apr 16, 2008, 9:27 PM   #5
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this is also one you should look at. it's a recent pentax offering.

http://www.bdimitrov.de/kmp/lenses/z...300f4-5.8.html

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Old Apr 17, 2008, 1:21 AM   #6
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There are a few options in that overlaping range, but there are not so many macro lenses. Here's a few in that range:

Cheaper:

Sigma 55-200mm F4-5.6 DC

Pentax SMC-DA 50-200mm f/4-5.6 ED

Expensive:

Sigma AF 50-150mm f/2.8 EX HSM DC

Tokina AF 50-135mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro DX

Pentax SMC-DA* 50-135mm f/2.8 ED


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Old Apr 17, 2008, 1:47 AM   #7
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Pentax SMC-DA* 50-135mm f/2.8 ED.

That would be my choice. Has the good weather seals that the K10 dose. Has the F2.8 speed.

I almost got that one myself. But i decided to wait for either the Sigma or Tamron 70-200mmF2.8. Or as on the K10D a 105-300mm. Perfict for motocross.


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Use the DA 50-200 onmy DS & K10-great walk around lens!
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Old Apr 17, 2008, 5:17 PM   #9
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Thanks for all the suggestions! I'll store them away and make a decision after we've used the Pentax "kit" lens for awhile.

I've just found out about Canon's double-element close-up lenses - 250D and 500D - that screw onto the front of an existing lens. But if I have any questions abou them, I'll post it as a new & separate question.

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Larry Oly2020 wrote:
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Thanks for all the suggestions! I'll store them away and make a decision after we've used the Pentax "kit" lens for awhile.

I've just found out about Canon's double-element close-up lenses - 250D and 500D - that screw onto the front of an existing lens. But if I have any questions abou them, I'll post it as a new & separate question.
both of these produce excellent images but you can pick up a dedicate macro lens for the same price.. they are not cheap..

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