Help with lense choice please


Stevewales

Link Posted 09/03/2015 - 19:05
Very new to photography, travelling to s.america to help with photography for a mountain bike race in the Andes.
I have a Pentax K5ii and would live some advice on a lense to capture the riders both coming at me and whilst they move past at speed.
Any advice would be greatly recieved

Mike-P

Link Posted 09/03/2015 - 19:19
Budget?
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Stevewales

Link Posted 09/03/2015 - 19:20
600 max.
was going to buy second hand but again, not sure

Mike-P

Link Posted 09/03/2015 - 19:30
Well if I were going to shoot a mountain bike race in the Andes with my K-5IIs I would take either the Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 OS or Pentax 60-250mm f4.

More than likely it would be the Sigma though as it has faster AF ... There is also the Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 if you can't find a Sigma.
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Stuey

Link Posted 09/03/2015 - 19:43
What weight limit do you have

I don't have any of the lenses above but 70-200 f2.8 lenses tend to be heavy beasties but by all accounts very good
K10D, K5 plus plenty of clueless enthusiasm.

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Stevewales

Link Posted 09/03/2015 - 19:53
thats great.
thanks very much

stu62

Link Posted 09/03/2015 - 19:55
srs are doing the tamron 70/200 f2.8 new for less than 500and it as the macro capabilaty

percy

Link Posted 09/03/2015 - 19:58
+1 for the Sigma - fast autofocus and good image quality, and the in lens image stabilisation can be set for panning - but it's a heavy(ish) lens.

The Pentax 60-250 is lighter and has water resistance - autofocus speed is good enough, but it's likely to be the more expensive of the two.

Stevewales

Link Posted 09/03/2015 - 20:09
Thanks for the comments.
I will get looking

andy_bell

Link Posted 09/03/2015 - 20:29
No contest for me......Sigma all the way,

Pro's
Its f/2.8,
Its all internally Zoomed & focussed (doesn't grow on Zoom or Focus)
Has the fast, accurate HSM, possibly more reliable than the SDM on the 60-250
Is very quiet during focussing...
Switchable Image stabilization
Solid as a rock quality build....

Cons...
It is a bit on the large side
Not as 'WR' as the 60-250 perhaps

Andy
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Last Edited by andy_bell on 09/03/2015 - 20:30

Blythman

Link Posted 09/03/2015 - 20:32
Depends how close you'll be. The 18-135 may be a better option
Alan


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Fletcher8

Link Posted 09/03/2015 - 21:40
If you are shooting any kind of action with a Pentax body, be it a K5ll, Kills or a K3, then the Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 is currently your best option.

Fastest and quietest AF speed at this focal range
Very nice rendering and compression
Fletcher8.

50mpCMOS

Link Posted 09/03/2015 - 21:41
First please consider this one...

For most Pentax camera bodies... While doing certain types of physical activities and carrying a camera (in most any type of rucksack/gadget bag) turn OFF the Pentax in camera SR. I've seen many cameras accidently either left on, or bumped into the on position. In which case, it is eventually possible to have issues with the SR and some Pentax camera bodies.

Stevewales

Link Posted 09/03/2015 - 21:43
What are people's thoughts on this?
APO MACRO 150mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM

Mike-P

Link Posted 09/03/2015 - 22:02
Stevewales wrote:
What are people's thoughts on this?
APO MACRO 150mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM

Sigma don't make the 150mm macro in Pentax mount and tbh you would be much better off with a zoom lens of some kind for the sort of subjects you are looking to photograph.
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