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11-10-2010, 01:14 PM   #1
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Pentax FAJ 18-35mm instead of kit lenses?

I've looked through the forum and haven't found the answer- reviews are good but they don't cover my question which is:

Is Pentax FAJ 18-35 good enough to be used instead of the kit?

Or is it better to save some money and go for Pentax 16-45?

It's worth mentiong that I can get it at 1/4 of the 16-45 price
What are your opinions, dear Pentaxians?

11-10-2010, 01:20 PM   #2
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I think that would be too shallow of a range for me. I would almost rather have primes in that case since there is less convenience factor due to the range being so small. Then again, at a quarter of normal price... let the LBA begin!
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The 18-35 is a little upgrade over the kit in terms of quality afaik but the part where it shines is that it's compatible with FF (film) cameras. If you don't use this function, I dont think the quality upgrade is worth it for the range downgrade. Much better if you saved to get the 16-45.
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I think you'll find that the range is a bit short. Also, the lens is obviously a little bit heavier. It's not a beast by any means, either: https://www.pentaxforums.com/lensreviews/SMC-Pentax-FAJ-18-35mm-F4-5.6-Zoom-Lens.html


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I can't see the advantage in going to an FAJ lens when the DA 18-55 II is one of the best kit lenses available. The 16-45 is the most effective way to upgrade from the kit lens.
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As an upgrade from the kit lens Tamron 17-50 1:2.8 might be worth checking out.
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When I bought my *istD it came with the FAJ18-35, so I would go out on a limb and say that it is a kit lens, just from an older era.
It was OK on the 6mp istD, I don't know how it would do on a 14-16mp sensor though.
As for it covering 135 format, I recall trying it, on an LX. It was never especially sharp in the corners and suffered awful vignetting wider than around 22mm, so I wouldn't say it is a workable lens on the 135 format.
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The price and ability to use on film would be the only reasons to go with this lens now.

A better choice to do the same thing would be the Sigma DG 17-35 EX. You get a stop more (2.8) at the wide end and a tad more angle. I've enjoyed mine as a DSLR Kit replacement and on film.

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Other choices include the Sigma 17-70, Pentax 17-70 and 16-50 if you're really looking for a kit lens replacement.
But if money's a big concern, the kit lens is simply great value.
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i am waiting for 18-135 wr...
it is a good upgrade if $400
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the slowness, loss of range, and increae in size are factors that make a 35mm ultrawide lens a bad choice for a kit replacement, unless you use both film and DSLRs. the gain in sharpness, if any, would be negligible
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Ah yes... forgot the slowness. the 18-35 is significantly slower than the 18-55.
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Thank you all for your advices- I'll wait, save and buy 16-45- seems the most affordable for me.
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