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02-28-2011, 10:40 AM   #1
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Hi all!

I've done a couple of searches but I couldn't find an answer, so I apologize now if there was something I overlooked, and would appreciate being pointed in the right direction.

I shoot with a K10D. I own the 18-55mm AL II kit lens, and 4 manual primes, but I need to reduce my load and simultaneously get more reach. I have lupus and lupus-related issues and I'm not supposed to lift more than 10 lbs. I've found out the hard way that carrying 10 lbs is not the same as occasionally lifting 10 lbs and realized that I need to lighten my load. So, I have two questions:

Can anyone recommend a good zoom lens, with a longer reach, to pair with my 18-55mm AL II? Or, can anyone recommend a good zoom lens with a wider min/max range than my 18-55mm AL II to replace it?

I guess I'm asking about a good all-around zoom lens with some reach to it. I don't mind a manual-focus K-mount lens, but autofocus is preferred since my eyes act up sometimes. I'm game for a good screwmount lens if it's inexpensive enough that after buying a genuine Pentax adapter I come in under my budget. I've read good things about the Taks and some other older lenses, and seen some great photos shot with them.

For my budget, I'm thinking $100 max, but I definitely would like to stay well under $100, if possible. I do have a little room to flex on the price if a recommendation is worth it.

Thanks!

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look for a used Pentax or Tamron 28-105mm. They can be found for less than $100.
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How about a DA 50-200mm f/4-5.6?
I'm sure you'll find ample samples in this club, along with other zooms.
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QuoteOriginally posted by rockmaster1964 Quote
look for a used Pentax or Tamron 28-105mm. They can be found for less than $100.
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How about a DA 50-200mm f/4-5.6?
I'm sure you'll find ample samples in this club, along with other zooms.
Thanks. I'll check out both lenses.

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If you want to significantly improve your IQ, then go for a Sigma 17-70 (or Pentax 17-70). Otherwise, a good improvement in IQ and reach would be the Pentax 18-135. Otherwise, add a 50-200, 55-300, or used 100-300 to your kit lens, and keep one-two primes.
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+1 for the Tamron 28-105 (I have it under the Promaster guise, has also been sold as Pentax), the review DB has it: decent piece for the price (around $50 without hood I would recall).
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for your budget, i think you are asking a lot.

perhaps you should looks at an old 50mm manual focus.

well under 50 dollars and lots of fun.

in the meantime you can save up for a zoom like the 18-135, 17-70, etc...
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If you want to significantly improve your IQ, then go for a Sigma 17-70 (or Pentax 17-70). Otherwise, a good improvement in IQ and reach would be the Pentax 18-135. Otherwise, add a 50-200, 55-300, or used 100-300 to your kit lens, and keep one-two primes.
I'll take a good look at the Pentax 18-135 and the Pentax 50-200. The 55-300 is out of my price range, and there is too much of a gap in range between the long end of the 18-55 (82.5mm) and the short end of the 100-300 (150mm). Thanks.

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+1 for the Tamron 28-105 (I have it under the Promaster guise, has also been sold as Pentax), the review DB has it: decent piece for the price (around $50 without hood I would recall).
I would like to have more range than this. It's kind of looking like the Pentax 50-200 may be my best bet. Paired with my 18-55, I'll have pretty much all the range I need. Thanks.

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for your budget, i think you are asking a lot.

perhaps you should looks at an old 50mm manual focus.

well under 50 dollars and lots of fun.

in the meantime you can save up for a zoom like the 18-135, 17-70, etc...
I don't think I'm asking a lot, especially since I can pay more if need be. I'm from the school of thought that thinks that just because I have the money doesn't mean I should pay more than I really need to pay, if I don't have to. I would not make a good rich person, LOL.

I already have a Pentax-M 50mm f1.7, and it's my favorite lens. But, it's not a good choice for a general purpose walk-around lens for me. The less work I have to do to get good shots, the less I have to suffer afterward, the fewer Tramadol I have to take, the less time I spend "floating" after taking the Tramadol (LOL), and the faster I can recover from my outing.

On second thought, after writing that, maybe I should stop being so doggone cheap thrifty and just buy the Pentax 55-300, get it over with, and call it a day.
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Another question... What is a good option for replacing my 18-55 AL II lens, that has comparable IQ to the Pentax 55-300, to pair with the 55-300? ETA: That suggestion was given above... the Sigma 17-70. Any other recommendations?

Oh, and is there a 55-300 IQ equivalent in something like 18-300mm or thereabouts? How much would I be looking at spending for a good used one? Reducing to one lens would be even better.

Thanks.
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The Sigma 17-70 is out. Photography is my hobby, not my livelihood. Good grief.
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Sorry Nifty.

One might be the DA 16-45? I think you can find them for about 250 used. Huge step up from the kit lens.
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The Tamron 28-75mm macro looks to be a decent lens for a standard zoom. I ordered a 18-135mm WR with my K-5, but it the lens hasn't come in yet so not sure on how great it will be, I've been reading conflicting reviews. I'm confident it will be much better than the standard 18-55mm, but not sure how it will stack up against other zooms that range from >30mm to <100mm.
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Sorry Nifty.

One might be the DA 16-45? I think you can find them for about 250 used. Huge step up from the kit lens.
Thanks for coming through with a recommendation that's not more than half my rent, LOL. I'm going to look into the 16-45s, and of course I'm going to see if I can find it a lot cheaper, LOL. One of my aunts said I could squeeze the brown off a penny!

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The Tamron 28-75mm macro looks to be a decent lens for a standard zoom. I ordered a 18-135mm WR with my K-5, but it the lens hasn't come in yet so not sure on how great it will be, I've been reading conflicting reviews. I'm confident it will be much better than the standard 18-55mm, but not sure how it will stack up against other zooms that range from >30mm to <100mm.
I'm going to look into the Tamron 28-75. Thanks for the suggestion. When your 18-135 comes in and you get to play with it a little bit, please start a thread and give us your impressions... and include some shots you took with it, if you can.
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Yeah I'm REALLY hoping the lens will be here in the next few days along with my 50mm f1.4. I was checking out a few others (I frequent photozone.de for many lens reviews). According to them the sigma 17-70 is also a pretty decent standard zoom lens, I would prefer the tamron due to it also being able to shoot macro, but thats just my preference.
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