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11-08-2011, 05:22 PM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by RioRico Quote
DA10-17, the lens that drove me to Pentax.
That's an odd reason to choose Pentax. The Tokina 10-17mm is the same lens, available in Nikon and Canon mount.

11-08-2011, 05:28 PM   #17
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The 18-250mm has terrific range but is beaten in every other way by the 18-135mm (I own both). If the Pentax 17-70mm was WR, I'd have that instead, but for now my main kit is 18-135mm + primes.

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That's an odd reason to choose Pentax. The Tokina 10-17mm is the same lens, available in Nikon and Canon mount.
I didn't see the Tokina when I did my dSLR research 3.5 years ago. Also, when I read user reviews of Canikony cams in the same price range as the K20D, I saw many urgent desires to upgrade ASAP. I didn't want to buy into a system that required a periodic migration path. The DA10-17 drove me to Pentax; the K20D drove me onward, beyond the blue horizon.
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I didn't see the Tokina when I did my dSLR research 3.5 years ago. Also, when I read user reviews of Canikony cams in the same price range as the K20D, I saw many urgent desires to upgrade ASAP. I didn't want to buy into a system that required a periodic migration path. The DA10-17 drove me to Pentax; the K20D drove me onward, beyond the blue horizon.
You got the right camera. A friend of mine with a 40D had the Tokina fisheye before I had my K20. He upgraded to a 50D pretty quickly, that 40D IQ was pretty awful compared to the K20D.

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Where are you going to visit and plan to shoot? The 12-24 may be all you'd need!
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I bought a used Pentax 18-250 for our recent family trip to England. LOVE this lens. I don't have any really good primes, so it was the only lens I took. I bought a neoprene camera cover and just threw the whole camera in my purse... didn't even bring a camera bag. I love traveling light, and this lens helped me do that. It's not a small lens, but it was very nice not to have to change lenses or schlep another one around with me. The only time I really wish I had another lens was when we went down into the dungeon of a castle... it was just too dark for me to get pics of my boys goofing around down there. But it certainly did perform admirably in all other situations during our trip.
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We are going to New York and Boston this Winter. It seems that from ebay, it would cost about

- $400 for the used 18-250mm or new Tamron 28-75,
- $475 for Pentax 18-135,
- $>450 for both Sigma and Pentax 17-70mm.
- $220-250 for Pentax 24-90 (from my friend)

As RioRico mentioned, I can get probably $120 selling both FA100-300mm and F35-70mm (after fees).

So, what do you think?
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My wife uses a Sigma 28-105/2.8 and it gets the job done. I don't think I could live without my limited though, even if I only had to pick 1 each day, I rather make a few pictures with that one that take a lot of pictures with the other.

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Thank you for all helpful comments. Just got used-excellent Tamron 18-250 version for $348 from ebay. Too bad, got it before selling my Fa100-300 and F35-70 lens. Will see if I will sell these two in the near future. My LBA just starts again.
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Thank you for all helpful comments. Just got used-excellent Tamron 18-250 version for $348 from ebay. Too bad, got it before selling my Fa100-300 and F35-70 lens. Will see if I will sell these two in the near future. My LBA just starts again.
I have no trouble keeping and using all three of those. But I'm a perv. Have fun!
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Too late now, but DA12-24 + DA40 or F35-70 would have been my choice. Enjoy your new lens.
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Too late now, but DA12-24 + DA40 or F35-70 would have been my choice. Enjoy your new lens.
There are several ways to approach this.

1) For travel and dynamic situations (i.e. I don't know what to expect) the 18-250 is just so damn convenient. No lens-swapping. No missing shots shots during lens-swapping. The IQ of a missed shot is zero.

2) If situations are more foreseeable, then a set of shorter-range zooms are fine. My Tamron 10-24, F35-70, and FA100-300 work well thus, if I know that my targets will be at close or middle or further distances.

3) If I want to work harder at framing specific images, then primes are the answer. I'll toss into my bag the Zenitar 16/2.8, the Kiron 24/2 or Komine 28/2 CFWA, some Fast Fifty, and a 90mm or 105mm macro.

4) If *coverage* is vital, then I go whole-hog: DA10-17, Tamron 10-24, DA18-250, Lil'Bigma 170-500, Rubinar Makpo 1000/10 mirror, and the FA50/1.4 -- all my most expensive glass (except for the K50/1.2).

OP chose #1. You suggested #2 (sorta), which OP wants to move away from. I use both those and #3 a lot. For #4 I need a porter or pack-llama, especially for the tripods. Carrying one's kit in a rucksack isn't really fun. Oh, my aching back...
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i was in a similar situation, decided on tamron 17-50 (lens swapping is annoying for non photographers :P) so i could do wide ish angle and also low light
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My go-to zoom when switching primes isn't practical (also a prime guy) is the A35-105/3.5. Not quite as wide as I think you'd like it I am guessing (I'd like 24-105), but it is a rather nice lens for the price it can be had. IQ is definitely there, a bit on the heavy side though.

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Saying that lens is a bit on the heavy side is understatement on a par with saying Bonnie & Clyde were a bit on the mischievous side.

The image quality, though, is indeed superb and many owners (including me) say it is like having three primes in one lens.
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