What's My Next Lens?

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  1. smoke665

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    Been saving up, sold some things, and now looking for the next addition for the Pentax K3ii, somewhere south of $1k hopefully. Looking more toward portrait work, and general use. Currently have the kit 18-55 f/3.5/5.6, a 50-200 f/4.5-5.6, and prime 35 f/2.8 Ltd, 50 f/1.8 Ltd, and 70 f/2.8 Ltd. The primes serve me well for most portrait applications but I find myself longing for the flexibility of the zoom that the 18-55 offers. I'm leaning toward replacing the kit 18-55 with something that offers better optics, faster speed and more range. Any suggestions?


     
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    Pentax D FA 100mm f/2.8 macro!!! Great for portraits too. $500 at B&H. And.
    Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 XR Di-II LD. $350.

    Why get 1 when you can get 2 new lenses. :allteeth:
     
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    Looked at this one but was hoping to go higher on the focal length, even if it meant giving up some on the wide side.
     
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    Well for $1,100 you can get the 24-70 f/2.8. $200 rebate right now.
    Pentax 17-70 f/4 good optics on it. $500. Loose 1/3 stop wide angle, but gain full stop at long end over your current kit lens.
     
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    Better, and would make a nice fit for what I have already. Anything come to mind in a zoom that would get me closer to 100 mm zoomed out? Doesn't have to be Pentax, just quality.
     
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    Except I already have the 70mm Ltd prime, that I love. If I were to choose another prime I'd probably go with the FA 100 Ben suggested, or the Sigma 90 mm, but I'm looking for a zoom for walk around, to replace the 18-55 kit.
     
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    Oh, I missed that.
     
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    Well the D FA 28-105 is interesting. It's a full frame lens that's not real fast by any means. Made for their full frame cameras. The reviews on B&H are all high. And I suspect on a crop sensor it would perform better that it does on FF. $500. Is it a "kit" quality lens, or better. That's my question.

    For your possible $1k investment could go with the 28-105 and the 100mm macro. If you needed faster lens at 100mm for portraits than the zoom, the macro would do very well.
     
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    24-85mm is a nice range on APS-C, in my opinion...I LIKED Nikon's 24-85mm f/3.3~4.5 APS-C, back in the D70 days, when ISO 250 was "the upper limit" for truly noise-free images in poorer lighting conditions. I also have a 28-80mm f/3.5~5.6 cheapie...also useful on my APS-C Nikon D2x, another crappy ISO camera. Since you have a better-than-average ISO-rated camera, I do not see a lot of real, pressing need for a "fast" zoom lens.

    I dunno...BIG, fat, heavy 85mm f/1.4 lenses are a PITA many times. Smaller, lighter, f/1.8 85mm lenses are nice.

    I have to agree: having a 'top end" that tops out at a mere 50mm sucks for many situations...NOT my idea of what a zoom for APS-C has. Hence
    my suggestion of looking into a 24-85mm or 28-85, or something that has more top end range than a 17-50mm lens has.
     
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    Tokina do an excellent 50-135mm f2.8 lens that I believe is based on a Pentax model. So I suggest a 50-135mm f2.8 Pentax model if it exists
     
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    Yep, sounds like a macro lens is next! I gotta get one too but @jcdeboever will make fun of me.
     
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