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Old Feb 2, 2006, 9:53 AM   #1
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I am searching for the ideal walk around lens for my KM 5D. I normally carry my Kodak P-880 to handle the wide angle chores, so I am looking seriously at the Tamron 28-200mm lens, but there must be other lenses that I should consider as well. Ideally I would like to find something in the 75 to 300mm range. Any suggestions?

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Old Feb 2, 2006, 12:33 PM   #2
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I think youll want to get the tamron/minolta/sigma 18 - 200mm lens, as with the sensor conversion factor the 28mm lens isnt really wide angle anymore.

Sigma makes a 70 - 300mm APO DG lens that is pretty well rated for its price (199) It also handles macro in the 200 - 300mm range. Dont be confuesed about there other 70 - 300 which is cheaper but not as good.
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If sharp, undistortedimages is an absoluterequirement you may want to pass on the 18-200 lenses. However if they interest you, there is a nice comparison on this site'sPentax SLR forum along with some links to reviews on them.
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yes, in an ideal world we would all walk around with 10 prime lenses to cover all focal ranges and have the best distortion and light capture ablilty. But if what he was asking for is an all purpose zoom covering all ranges shot most often without having to change the lens than an 18 - 200 zoom is right on the money Yes, you do have to make a sacrifice anytime to you ask a lens to more than one thing right but the convieniece is worth it somethimes.
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Many thanks for the replies. Yes, I am looking at those 18-200mm lenses.A good sharp image, something akin to the Minolta F 1.7 50mm would be ideal, but perhaps not realistic? What do you think?

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not realistic

any 'affordable' zoom in excess of 3x is 'junk'

(ie: maxxum HS AF 80-200mm f2.8 APO = $1700)

for 'walk-around' try to get a used (available at keh.com) maxxum 35-70mm f4 macro

razor sharp, relatively 'fast', 52 -105 equiv range, and 1:2 macro (after cropping)
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Due to one of your previous posts, I did search out a Minolta 35-70 F 4.0 lens and find one. I got it and it is on its way to me as I post this message.

I am really look forward to receiving it. So please help me understand, if you would. A zoom lens should not attempt to cover too much range, I think that is what you are saying. In the focal length greater than 35 to 70mm, is there a lens that you would reccommed, please? Thanks

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The 70-210mm f/4 is well liked by most KM DSLR owners, but it's a little heavier than most of the less expensive lenses with this focal range due to it's constant f/4 aperture and good build quality.


These have gone up in price quite a bit lately (but are still a very good bargain). You could buy them for under $100 not too long ago. You'll sometimes see older Maxxum bodies being sold with both the 35-70mm f/4 and 70-210mm f/4 (it's my understanding that some owners bought them that way as two lens kits).

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Thanks alot, JimC-

For the excellent advice. I will search for the Minolta 70-210 F 4.0.

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i concur w/ jimc re: 70-210 f4 (not the 3.5-4.5 or the 4.5-5.6)

also try to find a 50mm f1.7 or a 50mm f1.4 for low light situations (christmas lights, night shots, etc)

the only lens you would br missing would be a wide angle (expensive due to the 1.5x factor)

here is your 'wish list':

24mm f2

50mm f1.7

35-70mm f4 macro

70-210 f4

these lenses will cover the 35mm film equivalent of 36-315mm with 'pro quality' glass



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