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10-30-2011, 03:56 PM   #1
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kx kit lens replacement

Having had my DAL 18-55 + 50-200 kit lenses for 18 months i feel i want to start replacing both with a whole new set up.

My main photographic interests are my kids + landscapes although i would like to broaden my horizons(if you pardon the pun)

I'm a bit undecided on which way to go and would value any opnions out there(and i'm sure i'll get lots of different ones but thats all good)
Option 1 is to get a like for like replacement ..so maybe a Tamron 17-50 + Pentax 55-300
OR i could get a larger range at the wide angle end such as the Sigma 17-70 and get the Pentax 55-300 later
Alternatively i was considering a faster mid range zoom such as the Sigma 24-70 or Tamron 28-75 add a telephoto zoom later and maybe also a 'super wide angle' such as the Sigma 10-20 or Tamron 12-24 later

I appreciate theres quite a price difference in all these options and i just need some gentle nudging in one direction or another
IQ..price..build quality - in order of importance(i don't want to buy any lens thats not a significant improvement over my current set up)

I value any opinons out there..cheers

10-30-2011, 04:19 PM   #2
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If I was in your shoes, and if money was not an issue, it would be very simple:
1 - Tamron 28-75 2.8
2 - Tamron 70-200 2.8
… and I would be set.

Another option could be:
1 - Tamron 28-75 2.8 (or any other 18-… 2.8 option)
2 - Pentax 55-300 4.0-5.8 (now or later)

Remember one thing: wide angle, and if not in a very specific mood, will be something that will happen (normally) in a environment with good light, thus your 18-55 kit lens will cover more then 80% of the situations (and your well earned spent money will be still at use!).

Best regards,
10-30-2011, 04:43 PM   #3
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As always, the only way to answer this is for you to first figure out what *exactly* you are hoping to improve here. Is the goal to reduce lens changes? To get better faster shutter speeds in low light? To go wider? To go longer? Or just some vague feeling of wanting "better IQ" to whatever extent the lens is currently the determining factor? The options you mention are all over the map in terms of the tradeoffs they propose.
10-31-2011, 02:20 AM   #4
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i think in the short term i'd leave the telephoto lens(that'll be the next on my shopping list) and invest in a wide-angle to normal zoom lens.
i'd be interested to here how Tamron 17-50 f2.8/Sigma 17-70/Sigma 24-70/Tamron 28-75 compare
i'm tempted by the Sigma 24-70 and Tamron 28-75 as they're fast and v well regarded in reviews..would you say that a shorter range of zoom genrally has better overall image quality ?
i know eventually i've got to decide between convenience of longer range(with less lens swapping) or better IQ

10-31-2011, 02:42 AM   #5
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AF zooms are for wimps. Get some fairly inexpensive manual primes: 21-24-28-35-40-50-55-etc mm. I could almost survive with just a 16-28-50-100 MF set. And maybe a 75mm enlarger lens on tubes for fixed-focus H&S portraits. But if you must have wimpy AF zooms, I'll endorse ddharriman's suggestions above.
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I used the kit pair (18-55, 50-200) for about a year before adding some primes and other zooms. It is important to see what focal lengths you are using repeatedly. My one lens solution is usually the DA 17-70. I add a 28/2, 35/2 or 40 to that next, followed by the FA77/1.8 for lens speed.

For walking about, especially when traveling, that kit pair is still quite handy.
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