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12-11-2006, 04:48 PM   #1
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Trying to decide

Hopefully I'll be getting my K100D this weekend or early next week. But now I'm trying to decide if I should buy just the body, and go with a sigma 18-125mm. Or should I just get the kit lens, and later on get the 50-200mm lens down the road? I have a 28mm I ordered on ebay coming soon too. Plus I'm looking for a 50mm 1.4 or 1.7 on ebay.


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I purchased the 18-55 kit lens with my K100 a couple of months ago because it was only a $17 difference at the time so obviously a no brainer and I purchased the 50-200 a couple of weeks later but I found myself a little frustrated last week having to change lenses while on vacation, I was wishing I had the Sigma 18-125 which is a lens I've been considering since I first bought the camera. I know there are plenty of people out there who don't mind changing lenses but I find myself wishing I had more of a walkaround lens rather than the 18-55 and 50-200 combo, especially when I'm traveling. I finally was able to find the 50mm 1.4 in stock and it arrived today so I'm looking forward to having a prime lens but I'm still undecided about giving up my two current lenses for the 18-125 because it's nice having the 200mm reach.

If you don't mind changing lens than the combination you mention gives you a very nice range and the quality of both lenses is very good but if you think 125mm will be enough reach for you the majority of the time and you'd prefer not to change lenses than I would probably suggest the Sigma, but that's just my opinion. Hopefully you get a few more responses.
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I have to agree with JeanneB. I have the 18-55 & a Sigma 70-300, but I would really like to get something like the 18-125 as a walk around lens. I usually have the kit lens on as my walk around, and use the Sigma for wildlife.
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So the Sigma 18-125 is regarded as a "good" lens?

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QuoteOriginally posted by Arpe Quote
So the Sigma 18-125 is regarded as a "good" lens?
I've read very few complaints about it and I've seen it recommended often as a good walkaround lens.
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I have the 18-55 and 50-200 combo and they seem to work pretty well. The only real drawback of the 18-55 is vignetting. It has pretty good color and good micro contrast. Like any budget lens you have to stop down a bit for best results.

I looked at the Sigma, but a lot of the reports and reviews hint at a weakness above 90mm. I haven't tested one though.
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DA18-55 is good, but based on reports Sigma 18-125 is not so good. There is another option though: Sigma 17-70 which is reported to be an excellent lens, better than DA18-55 and it gives you a good range.

BTW, I am waiting to see the upcoming Pentax DA17-70 which (if comparable to or better than Sigma) may replace my DA18-55.
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QuoteOriginally posted by i.glisin Quote
DA18-55 is good, but based on reports Sigma 18-125 is not so good. There is another option though: Sigma 17-70 which is reported to be an excellent lens, better than DA18-55 and it gives you a good range.

BTW, I am waiting to see the upcoming Pentax DA17-70 which (if comparable to or better than Sigma) may replace my DA18-55.
I am waiting on the Pentax 17-70 too. I use(d) the Nikkor 18-70DX on my D70 almost all the time except for low light shooting. It is the perfect range for 90% of what I shoot. I am actually surprised how close the DA18*55 comes to the (very good) Nikon. Build quality is very high and it is quite sharp with less wide angle distortion.

If the Pentax takes too long I may have to go with the Sigma though.

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I would love to own Da17-70

QuoteOriginally posted by i.glisin Quote
DA18-55 is good, but based on reports Sigma 18-125 is not so good. There is another option though: Sigma 17-70 which is reported to be an excellent lens, better than DA18-55 and it gives you a good range.

BTW, I am waiting to see the upcoming Pentax DA17-70 which (if comparable to or better than Sigma) may replace my DA18-55.
The release date is somewhere around March 2007, right?

That will be so cool. Just not too sure whether the images it produces would be sharp wide open. Wondering its bokeh quality as well...

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