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12-06-2011, 09:50 PM   #31
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I'm quite happy with my DA* 16-50. DxO removes 90% of the down side optically. I love the f/2.8. My personal kit lens with the K10 was the DA 12-24. Optically, my DA* 50-135 was nothing short of superb. Mechanically, well the SDM broke for the third time and out of warranty.

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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.
Indeed. And some praise the kit lens. It's tough to sort through opinions to get anysort of truth, especially about a subjective quality like image quality. But for the record, objective tests show the 18-135 to not be s significant optical improvement over the kit lens. On the other hand, you obviously gain more "reach", plus the WR and the silent focusing. So I think it a worthy upgrade overall if you don't mind the significant increase in cost or in weight.
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QuoteOriginally posted by TooLoose Quote
(re: primes) Won't be happening...I am on a very tight budget.
Precisely one of the reason many prefer primes, though. Especially if you are willing to consider manual primes at some focal lengths. You can often put together a prime line up for less money - *definitely* less weight, for Pentax anyhow - than the equivalent zoom lineup. Not there aren't other reasons to consider zooms. But it's somewhat of a myth to assume the zoom option is going to cheaper, except in the case of slow consumer zooms (eg, the 18-135). Then it's not really a fair comparison, because the primes would be much faster. It's more if you start wanting f/2.8 zooms - and getting into the telephoto range - that the primes can start looking better and better.

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