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Thread: Which 2nd lens?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2004

    Which 2nd lens?

    This could have gone in the Pentax forum, but I didn't want to miss anyone who had used them on other cameras.

    I've decided to go with a K10D and take the kit lens just because there doesn't seem to be a good reason not to for the price difference. I'd like to get one other better lens for now, for indoor non-flash, mostly people images. Not necessarily very low light, just want something that'll do pretty well indoors with a small zoom for not *too* much money. Not bottom dwelling, though

    One way to go is a Pentax smc DA 50-200mm F4-5.6 ED, $179 after rebate which has good word about it and is cheap enough that I can get a third, perhaps very good indoor prime down the road.

    But I also have a voice in my head that's telling me to get either a Tamron Autofocus 28-75mm f2.8 XR Di LD ($340) or Pentax Telephoto SMCP-D FA 100mm f/2.8 Macro Autofocus ($440 after rebate) because it will supplement the 18-55mm kit lens better as far as more of a step up for lower light. But I'm a little unclear about exactly how the roles of these 3 candidates may overlap or supplement the kit lens, both in function and in quality. Is the Pentax DA 50-200mm not that much of a bump up from the kit image-wise? No sense getting the extra range of bases covered if it's not that much better. I can do $340 for the Tamron or stretch it to $440 for the Pentax telephoto if it'll make that much of a difference.

    As I said, one thing the DA 50-200mm F4-5.6 has going for it is that it's supposed to be very good for that price (whatever that means, naturally) and will leave some future dollar headroom. Unless it doesn't really cut it.

    Thanks for any opinions abut this.

    Last edited by dwgriffi; 04-30-2007 at 11:42 AM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    So Calif
    The 50-200 is good - for daylight outdoors - and is well worth the money for that purpose. It is not really a low-light lens, however.

    The 100mm is a bit long for indoors perhaps, but is great if you want to take macro shots. It is not "a small zoom", however, that you said you wanted.

    That leaves you with your other choice, the Tamron.
    Pentax K20D/K5/15/21/40/70/10-17/12-24, Sigma 17-70 2.8-4.5/150-500, Tamron 90 Macro/70-200 2.8, Canon SX20 IS/Elph 500HS
    (formerly Pentax 50 1.4/50-200/55-300/K100D, Sigma 18-50 2.8/70-300 APO, Tamron 28-75, Viv 800, Tele-Tokina 800, Canon S3 IS, Samsung L210)

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