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12-05-2011, 05:22 AM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by TOUGEFC Quote
You need to look past the zooms if you want a taste of the best lenses for Pentax.
Agree.
Also get use to manual focus lenses.
There are many waiting...

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If you ranked the best Pentax lenses for IQ alone, no zoom would even crack the top 10
I'd not normally disagree with you Twitch, but I think the DA50-135 is a simply outstanding zoom. Top 10? Yep, I'd say so.
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QuoteOriginally posted by TOUGEFC Quote
You need to look past the zooms if you want a taste of the best lenses for Pentax.
Won't be happening...I am on a very tight budget. I'll just do the best I can with what I have. And again, due to the danger where I do much of my photography, I can't get too close into the action, and I don't have time to set up my shots with a tripod.

I've been very pleased with my K5 and the lenses that I do own.
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QuoteOriginally posted by TooLoose Quote
Won't be happening...I am on a very tight budget. I'll just do the best I can with what I have. And again, due to the danger where I do much of my photography, I can't get too close into the action, and I don't have time to set up my shots with a tripod.

I've been very pleased with my K5 and the lenses that I do own.
My post was for the OP, not you

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Well, at least you know where I stand now. I'd like to bow out of this conversation and return it to the poor man who started this thread.
12-05-2011, 07:12 AM   #21
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I love my new K5 but I'm not totally happy with the kit lens. Having been at this for many years now I know that without a good lens it doesn't really matter how good the camera is.
What I need to know, even if it costs me plenty, what are the best lenses for my K5?
I'm looking for the best zooms available. Any suggestions? I want sharp, quiet reasonably contrasty glass. As with most of us I am looking for the WOW factor is my images.
Looking forward to hearing from those of you out there who have lenses they are really happy with.
Thanks - Ken
are you just looking for a Kit lens replacement or looking for others as well?

I can't comment on the kit lens because I have never bought one with my bodies (outside of the FA-J 18-35 that came with my *istD) I use a tamron 28-75F2.8 for an intermediate lens, and a sigma 10-20 for the ultra wide. I live with the 20-28mm gap, although if I really want to I can take the old 18-35 or a newly aquired kit lens that I bought for $40 to see how it behaved (only done a couple of snaps with it so I can;t comment really on its performance)

You also need to think about how this lens will fit into what ever you plan to do on either end of the range, i.e. below 16-18 or above 50-70
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QuoteOriginally posted by TooLoose Quote
Ah, but I did my 'homework.' The problem with your statement is...there are so many different opinions on just about everything in the world. Some praise this lens. In truth, I didn't research by peeking over your shoulder and copying from your homework. Had I said that the 18-135 lens was a waste of money, I'm sure I'd get a similar remark from someone else asking me if I had done my homework!

I shoot street photography in a very dangerous area and a zoom lens works for me. I thought about a third party lens, but when I did my 'homework' there, I found camps that were gung ho these lenses and others who were not.

This is the lens that I chose.

Done deal.
I was just giving some (unsolicited) advice, but you did mention that you were buying it to replace the 18-55, which is what the OP was asking about, so my commenting on it is valid. However I won't say anything more since you have done your homework and ordered it so you'll be able to give us an opinion in the near future

Only thing I'd say is that 135mm might not be far enough away if you are shooting in 'very dangerous' areas ! Maybe a 250-600 would be better
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Prime Prime Prime - did I say I love primes?

If you can, get the DA limited set and you're set.

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Thanks again.Great advice. Any thoughts on the Pentax f4 17-70 SDM?
It's a very nice lens with more than enough contrast. It's sharp and it's silent when focusing. It's not as fast as others, and if you do go this route make sure you get an extended warranty. After owning the DA 17-70, 18-55, 16-45 and the *16-50 I kept just the 16-45. I'm not a zoom shooter so it doesn't get a ton of use, but it met my needs better than the others.

Maybe I would have kept the 16-50 or 17-70 had I picked up an extended warranty?
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What does the IQ of a lens mean?
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What does the IQ of a lens mean?
Image Quality?
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what about the Pentax DA 16-45 F4 ED AL?

I notice nobody has yet mentioned the Pentax DA 16-45 F4 ED AL. I find it noticably sharper than the kit 18-55. A third party tested it as very good IQ, good build and very good value. I find the 16mm more appealing and useful, yet the 45mm length is close to "normal".
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QuoteOriginally posted by wizofoz Quote
I'd not normally disagree with you Twitch, but I think the DA50-135 is a simply outstanding zoom. Top 10? Yep, I'd say so.
Yeah I agree the 50-135 is superb, I love mine . For Top 10 IQ I was thinking of lenses like the A*85/1.4, FA*85/1.4, FA*300/2.8, A50/1.2, DA*300/4, A*135/1.8, FA31, FA77, FA43, DA*55. That's tough company for any zoom to dislodge just on IQ alone, and I'm sure I've missed a few stella primes like other macros etc.
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Another Vote...

Hi Ken, Welcome aboard!
I'll add a second or third (I've lost track) vote for the DA 16-45 f4.0 (constant) zoom, about the best $300-$400 you can spend.
Here's just one example of the brilliant color reproduction and razor-sharp detail this lens is capable of;
DA 16-45mm@ 43mm K110D 1/250s f5.6 ISO 200 - rbefly's Album: rbefly photos - PentaxForums.com
Bear in mind, this was shot with a humble K110D, all of 6.2 mp. Your K-5 would make a photo like this literally jump off the screen. Also, the lowest ISO the K110D has is 200, with the lower ISO (of 100) from your camera, it would increase the color saturation even more, better shadow detail, etc.
The 16-45mm is one of the finest walking around, street, candid, wide angle zooms on the planet. Oh, sure, it would be over-the-top super if it was an f2.8, but then it would cost $1,200.00!!! I find the f4.0 fine for daytime shooting.
With another zoom in the mid-tele range (50-200mm, 70-210mm, etc) you would be covered for 90% of any photo ops you might encounter.
JMO
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