Buying a cheap telephoto for landscapes?

Started Aug 27, 2013 | Discussions thread
Chalootz297 Junior Member • Posts: 39
Re: Buying a cheap telephoto for landscapes?

Both the 200mm f/4.0 and 135mm f/3.5 are manual focus lenses. In addition, the 135mm f/3.5 is an 'M' series lens, which means it's also manual-aperture, no 'A' setting. The 200mm f/4.0 came in both M and A series. I understood you to say you wanted auto-focus?

The first series of Pentax auto focus lenses are the 'F' series.
You might begin by looking at reviews and prices in that group. For about $100 USD, three zooms are available;

F 35-105mm f/4-5.6, rating on PF 8.43

F 35-135mm f3.5-4.5, Rating 8.33

F 70-210mm f/4-5.6, rating 8.44

I believe any of these would be as good, if not better than a 3rd party zoom lens from the same price range. Personally, I'd rather have a good quality prime, but if you want an auto focus telephoto prime with great I.Q., it won't be inexpensive.

Happy hunting!


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