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Old Nov 12, 2006, 12:21 AM   #1
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i am in the mood to buy a new lens and would like a recommendation.

currently i have:

pentax *ist dl

pentax 18-55mm

sigma 70-300mm

pentax 50mm

any recommendations?

not looking to break the bank, just a good versatile lens .

i pretty much like to shoot anything - sports, people, scenary, candid shots, etc.

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Old Nov 12, 2006, 1:50 AM   #2
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FA35/2 - nice normal perspective, rivals the 31 limited by most accounts for much less money.

Thats the next lens on my list...my kit is similar to yours (18-55, 50-200, 50/1.7)

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Old Nov 12, 2006, 5:38 AM   #3
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The Pentax DA 50-200mm would fill the gap nicely - it's also a rather good, relatively inexpensive, light & compact lens.
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Old Nov 12, 2006, 8:30 AM   #4
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If you are looking for a good walkaround lense, then I highly reccommend the Pentax SMCP FA 28-105MM 3.2-4.5 AL IF. I have this lense on my camera 90%
of the time.

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Old Nov 12, 2006, 8:49 AM   #5
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You have not had the wide angle covered. The other focal lenght have been covered unless if you are into prime lens.
For wide angle, go for DA14mm ( or the more affordable Zenitar 16mm if you manage manual).

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Old Nov 12, 2006, 11:39 PM   #6
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If it were me, I'd be looking for a macro lens. The Phoenix FA100mm 3.5macro is inexpensive (same lens is sold under a couple of different names, including Vivitar). Its quite sharp, but does have a matched attachment to go to 1:1 (some people don't like that). Good optics but build quality seems a little flimsy - though mine seems to be holding up quite well.
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