Gear advice needed (Zoom lens in the 50 to 200-300mm range )

Started Apr 16, 2014 | Questions thread
math guy Senior Member • Posts: 2,491
Re: Gear advice needed (Zoom lens in the 50 to 200-300mm range )

Mrik wrote:

Well I didn't use the 50-200 mm much because I found it lacking sharpness, and also because I usually needed it around the longer focal, which meant higher ISO, hence noisier pictures with the k-7...

In that case, I can recommend you add the Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 to your list of lenses to consider. Not only is it sharp wide open, but it also gives you an extra two stops at the long end. And the price is quite reasonable for a lens of its quality.

but I also want to buy a new one because of the extra 100 mm.

I've found that I can get pretty good crops from the Tamron, and I don't really miss the extra 100 mm compared to my 55-300. If you can get a lens which is f/4 at 300 mm that might not be the case, but I suspect you'd be jumping up in price a good bit for that.

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