Which to sell?


CoDa

Link Posted 22/02/2010 - 11:13
I have the Samsung 50-200mm and Tamron 70-300mm (Macro) lenses.

As I have decided to purchase a 55-300mm DA lens (soon I hope) which of my other lenses would be the recomended one to sell

Thanks
Colin

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JohnX

Link Posted 22/02/2010 - 11:24
I understand that the 55-300 has superior IQ to the 50-200 (be it Samsung or Pentax badged). The Tamron suffers from PF but does have some 'macro' capability which the 55-300 does not.

In your position I would sell the 50-200 and keep the 70-300 until/if a dedicated macro lens is purchased.

The Samsung will probably attract a better second hand price than the Tamron and you'll still have 'macro' capability.

(Just saw Iceblinkers post. Looks like this is going to end up with tossing a coin Whatever you do will be right!)
Last Edited by JohnX on 22/02/2010 - 11:28

iceblinker

Link Posted 22/02/2010 - 11:25
The Tamron 70-300mm has litte advantage over the Pentax 55-300mm, so that's the obvious choice to sell.

The 50-200 is so much smaller and lighter that there might be occasions when you want to carry that instead of the 55-300.
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iceblinker

Link Posted 22/02/2010 - 11:33
The Tamron's macro facility is of limited use as it only works at 180-300mm, and it's only 1:2 macro rather than 1:1. You wouldn't use it at home for proper macro photography.

The Pentax 55-300 is so much better in terms of contrast, colour and range that, once you have one, you would rarely (if ever) use the Tamron instead, unless you don't mind carrying both lenses at the same time, which is quite some bulk.
~Pete
Last Edited by iceblinker on 22/02/2010 - 11:37

Mike-P

Link Posted 22/02/2010 - 12:53
I would sell both.
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CoDa

Link Posted 22/02/2010 - 13:01
Just to throw this into the pot.

I have a TC with macro on it plus my "A" 50mm F1.7 lens which I have not tried yet.

I think I could end up selling both.

Thanks for help
Colin

“Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.”
Edmund Burke (1729 – 1797)



JohnX

Link Posted 22/02/2010 - 13:06
Weldingblues wrote:

I have a TC with macro on it plus my "A" 50mm F1.7 lens which I have not tried yet.

I think I could end up selling both.

In that case, agreed!

Ratcatcher

Link Posted 22/02/2010 - 13:06
Sell them both and get either a 16-45 or a 16-50, then later on get a 10-20 or similar then with the 55-300 you will have the range well covered.
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CoDa

Link Posted 22/02/2010 - 13:31
Richard,
Something like this one?
Pentax SMC DA 16-45mm/F4 Lens

Thanks to all, for all the help and advise

Regards
Colin

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edumad

Link Posted 22/02/2010 - 16:09
If you want to have a reserve lens, keep the 55-200mm, its smaller so can be used when you have very limited space.
But, I'd go with Mike-P and sell both. Use the $ for something else.
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davex

Link Posted 22/02/2010 - 16:20
Sell both, then if you need to go wider get a 16-45 for around £160. If you need macro there are plenty of manual options available at reasonable cost.

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robbie_d

Link Posted 22/02/2010 - 17:17
Sell both.

There is a lot of duplication over those three lenses, and in reality you will stick with the lens which gives you the best results (rather than bother changing lenses), which I would expect to be the 55-300.

You'll then have more funds to expand other areas of your lens collection!
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Ratcatcher

Link Posted 22/02/2010 - 18:07
I've got the 16-45 it's a great lens and i think it's selling for a good price now, have a look around. You won't regret it.
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CoDa

Link Posted 22/02/2010 - 19:58
Thanks to you all, will consider all the options.

Regards
Colin

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womble

Link Posted 22/02/2010 - 21:17
Contrary to some here, I find the macro facility of the Tamron really rather nice to have even if it is "only" 1:2, and I find the fact that it is available at 180-300mm very useful (failing my finding a Pentax 200mm macro at a car boot sale for fiver...). Having said that, if I had the Pentax 55-300mm lens as well I would do as others suggest and sell both the other lenses and put the cash towards a longer macro lens. As nice as my Sigma 50mm macro is, I would miss the "almost" macro of the Tamron.

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