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05-30-2011, 07:08 AM   #1
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Pentax 18-135mm with K200D a good combination?

I have a K200D and was looking into getting the new Pentax 18-135 to replace my kit lens. Was wondering if anyone has any experience using the lens with a K200D?

I have heard that the lens works best with the K5 as the lens correction in camera helps and also the focus speed is very fast with the k5.....but I dunno if it would work just as well with the K200D which doesn't have lens correction?

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I had that pair.. for a while

I found the PP needed was beyond my interest level / attention span .
Fringing above 100mm was pretty strong, which is where the newer cams shine by cleaning it up in advance (for a speed penalty). My budget forced the 18-135 to depart, then a k-x bargain 'forced' sale of my k200.
If you're a fan of computer adjustments you might even find it fun; I prefer minimal effort so it wasn't my cup o' tea.
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I have that combination, along with a K20D and some other lenses. While I haven't used it much yet, I have been happy about its strengths: range, color, size, handling, WR, fast focus. I readily admit I'm not an expert at critically analyzing lenses from a technical standpoint, but I've seen very nice photos from others with this lens, and I've been happy with the few images I've taken so far.

To me the various lenses are designed to facilitate getting images in a variety of conditions, and this lens is excellent for a one lens solutions in what might be harsh outdoor conditions where you need fast focus, but also good color rendition.
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thanks for the replies....I am gonna go for this lens if I cant pick up a Pentax 18-250 at a reasonable price.

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As long as you will be outdoors all of the time, it should be OK. That set up will require a good deal of natural light to work well.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Jordan Quote
thanks for the replies....I am gonna go for this lens if I cant pick up a Pentax 18-250 at a reasonable price.
I much prefer the 18-135. I gave the clunky 18-250mm to my wife. If you're satisfied with the performance of the 18-55, you should be quite happy with the 18-135mm.
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Interesting - I thought I remember you being a pretty big fan of that 18-250, Dan. Does the 18-135 "feel" that much better?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Marc Sabatella Quote
Interesting - I thought I remember you being a pretty big fan of that 18-250, Dan. Does the 18-135 "feel" that much better?
I appreciate the Pentax superzooms for what they are, decent quality coupled with extended range convenience, but I much prefer the 18-135mm.

- The 18-250 is my worst lens for focussing in dim conditions. It often hunts, it has no quickshift and the manual focus ring feels like it's running on sand instead of bearings. Autofocus on the 18-135 AF is quick, sure and silent.

- The 18-250mm doesn't just creep, it runs out. It has to be locked at 18mm, or held in place in use.

- Vignetting is a mixed bag

- Colour and contrast are a little nicer on the 18-135mm

- Barrel distortion is lower with the 18-135

- Fringing is noticeable with both

- Size is surprisingly similar

- I suspect flare is lower with the 18-135 but I haven't specifically tested

- My 18-135 is a bit sharper than my DA 18-250 in the center and across the frame, wide open at 18mm and 135mm. My 18-135 is also a bit sharper than my DA L 18-55, at 18 and 55mm. YMMV

- The 18-250 has longer range. Nice, but 135mm is usually enough. If I'm shooting tele, I want my 55-300.

- WR, baby!


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