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05-08-2011, 07:05 AM   #46
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The metz flash looks great, I recieved the $165 Sigma flash for my birthday, and although I'd rather have the more expensive sigma ($255) the less expensive one serves perfectly well.

Also, regarding the wide angle primes, I have the 21mm and I find I use it a lot for wide angle photography, but it can also serve as a walk around lens. I don't know if you could do that with the 15mm.

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Distortion is quite bad at 18mm on the DA 18-135 and the PF is bad too.
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Yeah the 18-135 is out of the question. I am getting the tamron 17-50 f/2.8.
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Holy quick!! I took the 35mm 2.4 out for a spin on the weekend and it is lightening fast. Now I might just keep it.

I am the most double minded person, I know. The one purchase that I am most sure about is my k-x Thank god I didnt buy a CaNikon.

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Distortion is quite bad at 18mm on the DA 18-135 and the PF is bad too.
Distortion is correctable in software and should not be a consideration even with the 21 Limited (I have been told :-)
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QuoteOriginally posted by SpecialK Quote
Distortion is correctable in software and should not be a consideration even with the 21 Limited (I have been told :-)
You can correct the distortion, but you cannot add resolution to areas that end up being stretched for the correction.
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There seems to be a lot of good advice here. I recently bought a K-5 with the 18-135 as a good multi-purpose option. However, I have been buying a few old primes from eBay and playing around with these before I would even consider forking out for one of the current range of primes - this gives me the opportunity to see I how I get on with using a range of less flexible non-weather proof lenses. I bought an old 40-80mm Pentax M, Sigma 28mm super-wide and a Sigma 24mm, all old, all manual and in total about 100 for the three of them.
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Why choose between either all primes or superzoom?

I have a few primes, but not all. Just the focal lengths I want. The DA35, FA50, and heaps of old Russian stuff.

But there are lots of situations in which I don't want to switch lenses. Either because there's no time; moments can be gone. Or in very moist or very dusty conditions. That's were a superzoom is very handy. Face it, a superzoom doesn't have the IQ of primes... But in the rain or when the atmosphere is filled with dust, there won't be much sharpness anyway.

I'm saving up to get myself a DA 18-135, as a replacement for my DA 16-45. The added WR, extra focal lenght and fast AF will be very welcome.

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I know this is an old thread, but to me the 18-135 vs primes (limited or not) is not an either/or decision. I have 3 lenses that are always in my camera bag: the DA 18-135, the DA 40, and the DA 70. The DA 18-135 is a much better lens than both the DA 40 and DA 70, but only at focal lengths other than 40 and 70.

All three lenses serve their purpose well, and each gets used when it is the best tool for what I need.
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