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07-06-2010, 04:37 PM   #1
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Travel lense for my pentax k-x

I have a k-x with the DAL 18-55mm and i just want to get another good lens for traveling.
Just wondering if i would be better to get a zoom lens like the DA 55-300 or something like a sigma 17-70mm

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07-06-2010, 04:40 PM   #2
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The 55-300 would likely be the better choice, as the 17-70 has a lot of overlap with the kit lens. However, it all depends on whether you prefer to take wide-angle shots, or closer-up shots

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What do you want to shoot? How much do you want to spend?

I traveled with two rigs. One was a K-x with four DA ltd primes, and the other was a K100d with a DA18-55 and a DA 50-200. (I also used the zooms on the K-x at times). The DA18-55/50-200 is an underrated pair, but these two are light, compact, cover a lot of ground and take damn fine images down a stop or two from wide open. I usually left one rig locked in the hotel safe as a backup.

The DA Ltd lenses were essential for indoor photos. They are sharp, compact and great even wide open. This setup was a bit pricey and requires lens changes, though.
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Depends on what you wanna shoot really.

For longer reach, DA(L) 55-300 is generally very well regarded on this forum IQ wise, or you can get the DA(L) 50-200 which can gives you decent result and it's not much bigger than you DAL 18-55. For your reference I had the DAL 50-200 for a while but sold it soon after I had a taste of the DA 55-300, the longer lens beats 50-200 on all aspects apart from size and weight.

Some people, myself included, would go for a different setup, a single superzoom like the Pentax DA 18-250 or its Tamron twin, this setup minimized the need to change lens and can give you decent result. That and a fast prime for low light(maybe a ultra wide if I can afford it) is all I would carry for travelling.

Anyway, just my 2 cents

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Yes i did a bit of research into the 18-250 and many said that its better to get the DA 55-300 to go with my 18-55 as its better.

I like taking close ups of objects that you just cant get to, or animals etc.

Also is it worth paying an extra $100 to get the DA version of the 55-300mm

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When I think of a travel lens I think of an all purpose walkaround lens and that would be the 17-70mm. The 55-300 is a great lens but it's kind of specialized. 55mm is no where near wide enough for scenery, landscape and architecture (in my opinion). The 55-300 is great for wildlife and obviously objects at a distance whereas the 17-70 is a great general purpose lens (a lot better than the 18-55 kit). So unless you want a 200mm+ lens, I would say sell the kit lens and buy a 17-70mm.
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just my quick two cents

if you're traveling to a place with plenty of open space, a 55-300 or a 12-24 would be awesome.

however, if you're visiting a crowded space like the city and such, get a DA 40. I use that lens 80% of the time whenever I visit an urbanscape.
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QuoteOriginally posted by xedent Quote
Yes i did a bit of research into the 18-250 and many said that its better to get the DA 55-300 to go with my 18-55 as its better.

I like taking close ups of objects that you just cant get to, or animals etc.

Also is it worth paying an extra $100 to get the DA version of the 55-300mm

thanks.
We had a discussion before on this topic

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-slr-lens-discussion/98187-55-300-da-vs-da-l.html

Quick-Shift Focus/hood/pouch/metal mount is worth the extra $$, especially Quick-Shift Focus IMHO.

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QuoteOriginally posted by elpolodiablo Quote
Depends on what you wanna shoot really.
Some people, myself included, would go for a different setup, a single superzoom like the Pentax DA 18-250 or its Tamron twin, this setup minimized the need to change lens and can give you decent result. That and a fast prime for low light(maybe a ultra wide if I can afford it) is all I would carry for travelling.

Anyway, just my 2 cents
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I have exactly the same setup: a DA18-250mm as an all-around lens that stay all the time on the camera, and a fast prime in my pocket for the low-light conditions.

This might not be the cheapest solution, but it covers more lighting conditions than the twin kit lenses.
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QuoteOriginally posted by xedent Quote
Yes i did a bit of research into the 18-250 and many said that its better to get the DA 55-300 to go with my 18-55 as its better.

I like taking close ups of objects that you just cant get to, or animals etc.

Also is it worth paying an extra $100 to get the DA version of the 55-300mm

thanks.
It really depends. Do you have a "One lens only" travel restriction?

If so, then the Sigma 18-250 is where it's at. I wanted to pack as light as possible for a vacation in Colorado last year and bought the Sigma specifically for that purpose. I have zero regrets whatsoever.

If you can carry two lenses around, then a combo of 18-55 and 55-300 is probably better.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Eagle_Friends Quote
just my quick two cents

if you're traveling to a place with plenty of open space, a 55-300 or a 12-24 would be awesome.

however, if you're visiting a crowded space like the city and such, get a DA 40. I use that lens 80% of the time whenever I visit an urbanscape.
In a crowd, the 12-24 would be nice, but it is not small. As a very compact setup for the K-x, I find the DA40 plus DA21 gets me what I want about 80% of the time and at high quality. The DA21 is my favorite urban "street shot" lens for digital. (It would probably be a DA24--if it existed, but with the 21, that is what those extra megapixels are for)
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