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Patang
05-01-2006, 05:13 AM
Hey everyone,

Just joined tonight and I think already I am starting to annoy people! Why you ask? Because I am asking about lenses! Plus, I didn't know where to put this little cry for help!

I'm a proud owner of a beautiful *ist DS, and have been for many a month. With it I have the 18-50 and 55-200 both from Sigma. Now, I am going to buy the Sigma 18-125 because I like that extra zoom, especially because I travel a fair bit. Now comes the questions!

I'm looking around for a zoom lens to complement the 18-125, and have come across the following:

Pentax SMCP-FA 100-300mm f/4.7-5.8
Sigma AF 100-300mm DL f/4.5-6.7
Sigma AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro (which I don't think is out yet)

So my questions are thus,
I am aware that those are far from the best lenses ever made, but I am only a poor amateur photographer who also studies and these are some of the ones I can afford (no matter how much I'd love the Sigma 100-300 f/4 or 120-300 - just won't happen yet!)

So what are your views on these lenses, in the vain hope that you have had some experience in them!

I like the 100-300 because it is less of an overlap in the lenses, but the added option of the macro is really tempting.

Please help.

Thanks,
Pat

Spot focus
05-01-2006, 10:11 PM
Hi Patang I have the 18-125 and find the 70-300 apo macro very useful this lens spends most of its time on the camera. I do use the macro ability quite a bit.

thenameisreza
05-02-2006, 03:54 PM
Hiya bud.

The best lenses ever made are the ones by pentax, imo.
I have a 18-55 smc DA that comes standard with the DL now, and I have a 70-300 with 1:2 macro that you can find at Ritz Camera/Wolf Camera. I recently purchaced a 50-200 smc Pentax lens which is aright. I still think that for my needs these two should suit me just fine.

If you go with those and two Circular Polarizers then you should be fine for a WHILE!

Enjoy :)
BTW the 70-300 are made by Quantaray or Tamron. Check'em out at www.wolfcamera.com or just google it.

astro
05-03-2006, 12:52 AM
Hey everyone,
I am aware that those are far from the best lenses ever made, but I am only a poor amateur photographer who also studies and these are some of the ones I can afford (no matter how much I'd love the Sigma 100-300 f/4 or 120-300 - just won't happen yet!)


Primes = quality lenses on a budget :)
Get a 135mm F/2.5 SMC K lens , or an S-M-C Takumar from ebay for $100-150. The quality will blow away even $1,500 zooms. :)
Otherwise, I'd get the Pentax DA 50-200mm or another lens you can get is the 70-210 SMC F lens for about $100 on ebay.

Patang
05-31-2006, 12:36 AM
Does anyone know if the 50mm pentax prime is better manual or auto-focus?

dan-mx-ds2
05-31-2006, 08:13 AM
Pat,

If what you really want is an inexpensive zoom with range to 300mm or so, you might also consider the Pentax 80-320mm. I've been researching lenses in this range for my DS2, and it seems to have a better reputation than the other inexpensive 100-300 or 70-300 zooms. It's been discontinued for several years, but is available at KEH for around $150. I'm planning on buying one in the next couple of weeks.

Dan

CptOfGondor
05-31-2006, 08:51 AM
Patang, personally, I'm not to good with the screens on the *Ist dSLRs. They might be clearer than the competition but I'd rather have that split image microprism for MF. I suggest you take a look at the AF 50mm first and see how well that functions. If the price exceeds ~$100 by a wide margin, then just ebay for an SMC K 50mm F1.8 (you can also find 1.7 and 1.4s) for around $100 give or take.