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02-25-2011, 11:52 AM   #1
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k-x starter lens?

Hi, i am a total photographer noob, I've had my k-x for a year now and it is my first SLR camera. I'm not looking for anything too fancy, but I am tired of the lame zoom my camera has and I was looking into buying myself a new one soon. Any suggestions on a good priced lense that will give me some better distance? I love my camera dearly but I can only do so much with the lens it came with. I was looking at the DA 55-300mm. Thank you very much.

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That is one of the most-recommended "budget" zooms. There are 2 versions, the DAL which has a plastic mount, no quick-shift focusing, no distance scale, and no lens hood. The DA version has a a metal mount and the other items.
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thank you both. So, would both lenses just attach onto my camera I don't get the "mount".

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Either DA(L) 55-300 would be a nice compliment to your 18-55 lens. For a bit less $ but also a tiny bit less quality you can get the Sigma or Tamron 70-300. Both lenses are very good for their price but not quite as good as the DA(L).

You might also want to look at superzooms. I had the Tamron 18-200 and thought it was well worth the price. That will be able to replace your current lens and also give you some extra reach.
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Or you could get the DA 35mm f/2.4
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Erm,

I think the 55 - 300 is a very good idea.

Another (if you can find it) is the F 70-210. It's not very expensive and very high quality.

But the 55-300 is a very good idea.

How much more reach do you want? 300 mm on digital is looooong.

I don't find a real use for anything over 135, but I suppose I don't shoot too many candids or wildlife.
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Sure. The cheaper one is plastic, might not be quite as durable and strong as a metal one, but fits the same. I don't think the plastic mount will wear out in any hurry though .

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QuoteOriginally posted by dearcricket Quote
thank you both. So, would both lenses just attach onto my camera I don't get the "mount".
The mount is on the back of the lens. There are 3 flange tabs that fit into the camera body. Every brand has a different shape, and they are not interchangeable.

DAL lens have a plastic mount. Others are metal. No practical difference in them.
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The DA (L) 55-300 lens is a very nice piece of glass for the price. I got it as part of my K-x kit and very happy with it.
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Another nice lens, if you can find it, is the F35-135/3.5-4.5.

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02-25-2011, 01:55 PM   #12
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First, your kit lens isn't 'lame'. One member here, Benjikan, is a leading fashion photographer (shoots covers for Vogue etc) and says that he doesn't hesitate to use his for pro shoots. But that's another fight. No kit-lens wars here, no no no.

I came to dSLR-land from an old advanced point-and-shoot. Before buying camera and lenses, I asked myself what I wanted to do that I couldn't do with what I had. The answers were ultra-wide, super-long, and low-light. Pentax had the only affordable fisheye at the time, so with my K20D I got a DA10-17 fisheye zoom, DA18-250 superzoom, and FA50/1.4 Fast Fifty -- and almost 200 more lenses later (mostly old manual primes), those are still what I use the most, especially the 18-250.

Before deciding that you need another lens, ask yourself that same question: What do you want to do that you can't do with what you have? The DA18-250 (no longer made but still available sometimes) or its Tamron cousins in 18-200, 18-250, 18-270, are excellent general-purpose lenses that go from fairly wide to pretty long. If you want reach and breadth in one package, they are hard to beat. If you want to shoot wider stuff, consider a wider lens. For action and low-light, get faster lenses. Etc.

And to save money, think about old manual primes on eBay or wherever. Wonderful glass is still available for a pittance if you look carefully -- and ask here, of course. Good luck!
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I have the DA-L kit version and in my opinion it is an excellent lens. I rarely use mine and sometimes forget how good it is until I upload and view my shots.

The DA-L is a kit-only version and won’t be available as a stand alone purchase except in the used market. I have seen people selling their copy out of the box on eBay without even mounting it (so they say). If its within your budget range I would suggest going for the DA as it comes with the noted differences above. (Quick Shift, Hood and Metal Mount.)

Here are a few samples taken with both the DA and DAL 55-300mm lenses:
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QuoteOriginally posted by K57XR Quote
The DA-L is a kit-only version and won’t be available as a stand alone purchase except in the used market. I have seen people selling their copy out of the box on eBay without even mounting it (so they say).
There are also sellers who split it out from the kit and sell it a higher price than they would have gotten for it as part of the kit. This is how I got mine.
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You want more length if you have the money saved up I would get the 55-300 over the sigma or tamron 70-300. The image quality is better and it is lighter than e sigma which carries a metal mount. As for alternatives there isn't really anything that is as good as the pentax you mentioned for the price. If you want more I really like the sigma or was it tamron 70-200mm 2.8. Good speed it's shorter than the pentax but you can always crop. I would personally take the speed over the extra length. However with that said the price difference between the two is very big.
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