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04-06-2011, 06:26 PM   #1
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Which cheap WR lens?

To go with my K10D, I'm looking to buy a cheap WR lens. I can't decide on the 18-55mm or the 50-200mm. I know neither have great IQ, but I can't foot the DA* lenses or the 18-135mm.

I like shooting everything.


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What might you be shooting when you would most likely need WR?
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I think the 18-55 will probably render better IQ and is more of a useful focal range and it a bit cheaper, I would go with that one.
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What might you be shooting when you would most likely need WR?
Just whenever I feel like shooting pictures. Literally everything. Rainy day walkaround, rainy day sports/having fun in the rain, along the beach, hiking with undetermined weather, etc. Closeups, vistas, portraits, long exposures... I don't mind getting wet.
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I think the 18-55 will probably render better IQ
Thanks, this might be the defining factor for now. I may end up with both or a higher class lens eventually.

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18-55's not bad. I think of it as an 'f/8 and be there' lens.
I have one just for the WR and between 20-45mm at f/8 it's got very good IQ.
The 18-135 would be a very versatile focal range though.

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18-55's not bad. I think of it as an 'f/8 and be there' lens.
I have one just for the WR and between 20-45mm at f/8 it's good very good IQ.
The 18-135 would be a very versatile focal range though.
Good point. I think the 18-55 will reach f8 a lot easier if I'm walking around handheld.
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They are both good. It depends on what you're shooting really. I walked around downtown yesterday with my kids and used the 18-55 the whole time with no complaints. If we go to the zoo or the beach then I use the 50-200. They're both so cheap you may as well get both but given the choice I use the 18-55 the most.

I have been wanting the 18-135 since I first heard about it just for the convenience but - really, I think it costs too much just to save the trouble of swapping the between the 18-55 & 50-200. Perhaps the image quality justifies the high price but that remains to be seen (at least by me). If you can keep these kit lenses in the sweet range they take great shots.

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For the price the 18-55 can't be beaten. It is also a fair bit smaller than the 18-135. I have both the 18-55 and the 50-200 and am very happy with them.

18-55 : Flickr: Search kh1234567890's photostream
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If you are leaning toward both...save a little more and wait for the 18-135.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Eruditass Quote
I know neither have great IQ
The 18-55 WR constantly surprises me with its image quality. contrasts are a bit harsh but it's much better than I expected. Well built, too, and light.

Deciding between the 18-55 and the 50-200 should be a no-brainer, however. Decide by figuring out what you will be shooting and you'll see both are not interchangeable.
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PLus one for the 18-55. I've had test shoots off my porch where it out performed my 18-135. Given a do over, I'd by the WR 18-55 over the DA 18-135, and use any extra money to get another lens, like the tamron 90macro, os another lens capable of exceptional results.
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The 18-55WR for sure. I rarely shoot anything but manual primes now but in February i spent the month shooting with the 18-55wr as i hadn't used it. I was pleasantly surprised. would i put away the primes in favour of it nope, but now i won't sell it either which was what i was planning on doing the album will give you some idea of it's performance (though others have done better than my modest attempts)

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QuoteOriginally posted by normhead Quote
PLus one for the 18-55. I've had test shoots off my porch where it out performed my 18-135. Given a do over, I'd by the WR 18-55 over the DA 18-135, and use any extra money to get another lens, like the tamron 90macro, os another lens capable of exceptional results.
Seriously, perhaps you have a bad copy of the 18-135? Unfortunately, is done by the purchaser today.

I have the 18-55 and will keep it but the 18-135 is supposed to be/should be much better.
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I think it's a combination, of two things. My wife has a copy of a 18-55. Mine is better, so my 18-55 is a good copy of that lens.

I'm guessing my copy of the 18-135 is not so good. Don't get me wrong, I have had some of the images taken with this lens printed. It can take good images, I just don't find it reliable. It has focusing issues. That being said, if you don't have much money, I'd prefer to gamble on getting a good copy of an 18-55 and something like my Sigma 70-300, than gamble on a 18-135. I can say based on my lenses and the research going in to buying them, if you get a Tamron 90 macro, a 21 Ltd or a 60-250, you're not really gambling. And I infer from other's comments that many other lenses are the same. I'm not willing to put the 18-135 in that class, based on my lens.
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QuoteOriginally posted by normhead Quote
I think it's a combination, of two things. My wife has a copy of a 18-55. Mine is better, so my 18-55 is a good copy of that lens.

I'm guessing my copy of the 18-135 is not so good. Don't get me wrong, I have had some of the images taken with this lens printed. It can take good images, I just don't find it reliable. It has focusing issues. That being said, if you don't have much money, I'd prefer to gamble on getting a good copy of an 18-55 and something like my Sigma 70-300, than gamble on a 18-135. I can say based on my lenses and the research going in to buying them, if you get a Tamron 90 macro, a 21 Ltd or a 60-250, you're not really gambling. And I infer from other's comments that many other lenses are the same. I'm not willing to put the 18-135 in that class, based on my lens.
Perhaps you should send it back to Pentax for calibration?
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