Sharpest zoom lens less than $1k ?

Started Nov 6, 2012 | Questions thread
paulkienitz
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Re: Sharpest zoom lens less than $1k ?
In reply to Lawnmower Shooter, Nov 7, 2012

Lawnmower Shooter wrote:

Thanks for the suggestions guys. I am looking for a good sharp portrait lens for personal use, and have also been asked to shoot a friend's wedding reception so the extra reach would be useful for that. The 50-135 or 50-150 sound nice, I will have to compare prices and see how it looks. I was wondering if anybody can advise, how are these two in comparison to the pentax 55-300, at even focal lengths of course? The 300 wouldn't be as necessary for my purposes, but I would like to get into birding eventually too. If the 2 mentioned are much sharper than the 55-300 then nevermind, I am after absolute sharpness for now.

The 55-300 is very nice for an affordable long lens and does a lot better than one might think for birding.  But I would never want to use it for a wedding.

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