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08-17-2010, 11:57 PM   #1
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[langtitle=nl]help - lenses for newbie[/langtitle]

In the near future I want to buy the K-x, but with which lenses ?

I was thinking of :
- Sigma 17-70 2,8-4,5 macro + Sigma 70-300 APO DG Macro 4-5,6
- Sigma 17-70 2,8-4,5 macro + DA 55-300
- DA 16-45 + DA 55-300

I like more the 70 mm at the end, because I don’t want to exchange lenses at a “critical” moment.

I’m photographing landscapes, playing granddaughter, monuments, church (inside), sometimes a concert, close-ups (maybe later real macro : thinking of Tamron 90mm)

I’d like to hear your comments

J.

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Probably the most bang for your buck. As long as you understand that to get true Macro, you'll want a dedicated lens. If it isn't your primary focus however, of the choices you list, I think the above would give you the best results. The DA16-45 is a decent lens but in my opinion, the 45mm end never seemed long enough.

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I think it depends on your shooting style. I have the 16-45mm + 55-300mm, very sharp combo for little money; I highly recommend it. I use it for travel photos, and when I with the 16-45mm mounted on the camera (my most used lens during travel), I usually don't need to go beyond 45mm, and when I do, it likely is a situation in which I want to use various focal lengths above 50mm, so the 55-300mm is a perfect fit. But others frequently go from 17mm to 70mm for travel/street shots.
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Thanks for the comments.

I think it will be the 17-70 and the 55-300

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QuoteOriginally posted by causey Quote
I think it depends on your shooting style. I have the 16-45mm + 55-300mm, very sharp combo for little money; I highly recommend it. I use it for travel photos, and when I with the 16-45mm mounted on the camera (my most used lens during travel), I usually don't need to go beyond 45mm, and when I do, it likely is a situation in which I want to use various focal lengths above 50mm, so the 55-300mm is a perfect fit. But others frequently go from 17mm to 70mm for travel/street shots.
I very much agree. I use this same combo plus a Tamron 28-75/2.8 for (close and fast) for my general use kit. The macro on the Tamron is very functional, better than I had on an older Sigma 70-300mm.
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We all have our own shooting styles, and our own favorite lenses. People will tell you what lenses they own and like. I can't comment on the lenses you asked about, because I haven't used them. I can only offer these suggestions:

* To avoid changing lenses at a critical moment, use an 18-200 or 18-250.
* To shoot in very low light even with a Kx, use fast primes, either AF or manual.
* Macro zooms aren't 'macro'; and old manual macro lenses work as well as new AF glass.
* We can never have too many lenses.
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Speaking of primes : as alternative I had tought of a Sigma 30 mm 1.8 and the Tamron 90 mm 2.8.

Or maybe beginning with the DA 35 mm 2.8 Ltd .....
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As others write, it all depends. If you don't lust for large aperture, low distortion, and ultimate IQ, get something like 18-200mm. For less, you can add a DA 50-200. Zooms that reach 300mm are nice, but will you use the length? That equals 450mm on 35mm film - good for birds, some sports and sun/moon shots.

For general shooting, I'd keep the kit lens and add a long zoom and an ultrawide zoom. the DA 12-24 is great. I'm enthused with my Sigma 8-16.

Then there is the prime route for small size and high IQ.

Have fun!


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