Which Telephoto Lense to choose


WKG

Link Posted 22/12/2011 - 20:27
Hi, I have a K10D and want to purchase a Telephoto lense.

I am unsure of which to buy?

Pentax
Tamron
Sigma

I also like Macro photography but this would only be a bonus if the lense was capable. I do not want to compromise image quality and will save for a Macro lense if needed.

I see alot of recent reviews on the Pentax SMCP - DA 55-300 Is this the best for the money?

Thanks.

Mike-P

Link Posted 22/12/2011 - 20:46
WKG wrote:

I see alot of recent reviews on the Pentax SMCP - DA 55-300 Is this the best for the money?

Yes

If you put a wanted post on the forum I am sure you will get a few PM's offering you a very reasonably priced one.

Just to add .. not from me.
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Last Edited by Mike-P on 22/12/2011 - 20:48

AndrewA

Link Posted 22/12/2011 - 20:56
Mike-P wrote:
WKG wrote:

I see alot of recent reviews on the Pentax SMCP - DA 55-300 Is this the best for the money?

Yes

If you put a wanted post on the forum I am sure you will get a few PM's offering you a very reasonably priced one.

Just to add .. not from me.

Would recommend the 55-300, superb lens
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obione

Link Posted 22/12/2011 - 21:39
WKG wrote:
Hi, I have a K10D and want to purchase a Telephoto lense.

I am unsure of which to buy?

Pentax
Tamron
Sigma

I also like Macro photography but this would only be a bonus if the lense was capable. I do not want to compromise image quality and will save for a Macro lense if needed.

I see alot of recent reviews on the Pentax SMCP - DA 55-300 Is this the best for the money?

Thanks.

amazon had it on offer last week for 135(Pentax SMCP - DA 55-300)
k-5, K-5ii,60-250 f4, 50 f1.4 af,17-70 f4, 100mm macro wr,siggy 10-20 siggy 100-300f4

Mike-P

Link Posted 22/12/2011 - 21:49
obione wrote:

amazon had it on offer last week for 135(Pentax SMCP - DA 55-300)

That's useful to know.
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tigershoot

Link Posted 22/12/2011 - 23:27
I would recommend the 55-300mm.
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vrapan

Link Posted 23/12/2011 - 08:53
What's your budget and do you need to go as far as 300mm? If not consider the excellent Pentax 50-135
The 55-300 sounds like a good lens - never tried one - however you might want to consider a few other lenses too.

The excellent 50-135 2.8 from Pentax is one option and the 50-150 2.8 from Sigma another (own the first owned the second in Nikon mount). On my unscientific experience the first has the lead on image quality the other on focus speed and price but it might be a bit rare as it has been discontinued.

The Tamron 70-200 2.8 is also a great lens and s/h very reasonably priced if you want something a bit longer than the other two options.

You also have the option of the rather expensive but well reviewed 60-250 f4 from Pentax too.

snappychappy

Link Posted 23/12/2011 - 11:15
Slightly rare Sigma 100-300 F4 is quite good so I hear.
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walkeja

Link Posted 23/12/2011 - 11:19
Definitely buy the Pentax lens.
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Mike-P

Link Posted 23/12/2011 - 11:27
snappychappy wrote:
Slightly rare Sigma 100-300 F4 is quite good so I hear.

Prize for understatement of the year goes to Snappychappy.
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dcweather

Link Posted 23/12/2011 - 19:06
Personally I think the DAL or DA 55-300mm are excellent choices, depending on your budget, naturally. Optically the same and I have not had any problems with the plastic mount on the DAL. As third party hoods are readily available (DAL doesn't come with one) the main differential would be how much you are prepared to pay for the useful quickshift.

Frogfish

Link Posted 23/12/2011 - 19:15
Not quite sure what you want here . ... a telephoto zoom, a telephoto non-zoom, or a macro lens ?

If money is tight then the Tamron 70-300 is a very decent zoom for very little dosh (around 80 - 100 ?) and although the 55-300 is definitely a better lens, the Tamron wins hands down when it comes to macro as it does a very decent 1:2 that is no gimmick and will give you lovely flower shots etc. .. the Pentax doesn't do macro full stop.

Otherwise if you are looking for a telephoto macro lens then the best value for money by far is the Tamron 90 Di Macro which does a superb 1:1 and is also a very good telephoto for portraits, street etc.
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sterretje

Link Posted 24/12/2011 - 14:32
Maybe a DA55-300 and a Raynox macro adapter (DCR-150).

Plenty of samples on pentaxforums: The Raynox Macro club
Pentax K10D + Vivitar 55/2.8 macro + Super Takumar 55/1.8 + SuperMultiCoated Takumar 85/1.8 + SuperMultiCoated Takumar 135/3.5 + SuperMultiCoated Takumar 200/4 + Super Takumar 300/4
Pentax K100D + DA18-55ALII + DA55-300
Pentax K5 + FA31Ltd + M50/1.7 + DFA100WR + M120/2.8 (+ DA18-55WR at occasion)

WKG

Link Posted 24/12/2011 - 15:06
Thanks for all of the comments.

I think I will wait and save up for a DA 55-300 and then add a Raynox Macro as these look really good.

My main aim is to have a lense for wildlife photography and the macro side is a bonus.

Maybe Amazon will sell them for 135 again some day soon. keeping my fingers crossed.
Last Edited by WKG on 24/12/2011 - 15:06
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