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Old Aug 20, 2006, 6:48 PM   #1
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i'm really stuck on which lens i should purchase. the pentax could be had for around 240 ($50 dollar rebate to make it 190) though the tamron could be had for around 145 shipped. i'll mostly be shooting groups of people from an onlookers standpoint and sometimes people on stage from an audience members' standpoint. possibly some landscape/wildlife randomly on the side.

pentax 50-200mm f4-5.6
tamron 75-300mm f4-5.6

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Old Aug 20, 2006, 6:55 PM   #2
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i'm really stuck on which lens i should purchase. the pentax could be had for around 240 ($50 dollar rebate to make it 190) though the tamron could be had for around 145 shipped. i'll mostly be shooting groups of people from an onlookers standpoint and sometimes people on stage from an audience members' standpoint. possibly some landscape/wildlife randomly on the side.

pentax 50-300mm f4-5.6
tamron 75-300mm f4-5.6

thanks

-b
The pentax is a 50-200mm, not 300.
Unless you really need the extra zoom range, I would say go with the Pentax, the quality, build and glass will be better.
Bear in mind that 75mm on a digital won't give you the possibility to shoot wider pictures, especially with the digital crop factor of 1,5x

50mm won't be that wide either, but it's better...

For landscapes and such you can get yourself a nice prime wideangle lens in the future for next to nothing on ebay So don't worry bout that.


I've heard nothing but good about the Pentax DA 50-200mm...there's people on this forum that can give you more details about it.

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Old Aug 20, 2006, 7:11 PM   #3
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you might want to consider this one also. i does come in pentax mount.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_p/...2F4-5.6+DG+apo

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Old Aug 20, 2006, 7:29 PM   #4
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thanks for the fast replies!

alright, took a quick look at the sigma lens. how much would the sigma 70-300mm apo-m dg with apo technology benefit me considering what i'll mainly be using the lens for (and that it costs about 100 dollars more than the sigma 70-300mm dg without it)?

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Heres the Defination Direct from Sigma of APO
APO (APO Lens)

In order to attain the highest quality images, the APO lens has been made using special low-dispersion (SLD) glass and is designed to minimize color aberration.

Also the Sigma can be bought from a company called "Sigma4less". The price is $194

http://www.sigma4less.com/sess/utn;j...300F4ADPX%3D29

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Old Aug 20, 2006, 8:14 PM   #6
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i see. thank you. it seems as though many users of this lens strongly recommend the apo dg over the dg. now only if prices agreed with me. that sigma4less prices is looking mighty tempting though.
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I will say this I own the Sigma 70-300 APO DG. I believe that For the money It is a great buy.

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When I first got the DS I was using the kit lens and an 80-200 Kiron zoom. There were too many times I wanted something between 55 and 80, which is the reason I got the DA 50-200 lens. I bring this up because you state you will be taking pictures of groups of people from an onlookers standpoint, and that means you just might want something wider than the 70 of the Sigma or Tamron. Just a thought. Otherwise the Sigma sounds like a really nice lens, and you have the ability to go out to 300 (I'm now in the market for a 300mm prime lens since I have the DA 50-200, but can't buy one yet - sigh).
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recommendyou to go for DA 50-200mm len if 300mm is notreally important to you. Pentax len is smaller and lighter thus easier to carry. Plus the quality of pentax len is supposedto bebetter thantamoron, at least more fit pentax DS on the look and feel .
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Old Aug 24, 2006, 7:09 PM   #10
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thanks to everyone for guiding me through my first lens purchase. i decided to go for the sigma 70-300mm apo dg (why i had missed it in my original dilemma, i have no idea..). i took quite heavily into account the suggestions for the pentax 50-200 in regards that i will be missing the 55-70 range. but, i did a (very short) test run with the sigma, doing what i'd be doing for the purpose of the lens purchase, and i didnt feel like i would be missing too much within said range.

once again, thank you. and now, i must wait for it to be delivered.

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