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01-20-2012, 05:04 PM   #1
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Another lens recommendation thread...

Ok, so currently I own the following lenses

DAL 18-55 and 55-300 that came with my K-x kit (I since sold the k-x and bought a K-5)
Sigma 10-20 f4-5.6
Tamron 17-50 F2.8
FA 50 f1.4
Sigma 170-500
Rokinon 8mm fisheye

I just received an offer for $200 for both kit lenses - (DAL's 18-55, 55-300). I am seriously consider selling them since the 18-55 I no longer use (tamron 17-50 replaced it) and the 55-300 I rarely use (since I have the Sigma 170-500).

So what I am thinking of is using the $200 to fund the purchase of a Pentas DA 18-135. I am interested on a multipurpose lens that I can use a walkaround lens and something that is WR. I have been doing some shooting in light snow and rain lately and since the K-5 is WR, I want to have a WR lens to go with it.

What do you recommend? Is $200 a good offer for the Kit DAL's? Your thoughts on the DA 18-135?

01-20-2012, 05:49 PM   #2
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$200 for both seems little on the cheap side. I guess it depends how long you want to wait to sell for a few dollars more.

The 18-135 has been thoroughly evaluated by Adam, and has its samples thread.
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Nice kit you have there. If you have no need for macro or other faster primes, I'd recommend the DA18-250 rather than the DA18-135 -- better optics, longer reach, just generally the most useful and flexible walkaround lens, especially for travel and dynamic situations. And yes, US$200 seems a bit low for the kit pair.
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Nice kit you have there. If you have no need for macro or other faster primes, I'd recommend the DA18-250 rather than the DA18-135 -- better optics, longer reach, just generally the most useful and flexible walkaround lens, especially for travel and dynamic situations. And yes, US$200 seems a bit low for the kit pair.
The DA 18-250 is not WR or is it? I would like to have a WR lens, since I don't have one at the moment, and currently I will be doing a lot of shooting in snow.

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$200 for both seems little on the cheap side. I guess it depends how long you want to wait to sell for a few dollars more.

The 18-135 has been thoroughly evaluated by Adam, and has its samples thread.
Can you post the link to Adam's review?
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QuoteOriginally posted by apac Quote
The DA 18-250 is not WR or is it? I would like to have a WR lens, since I don't have one at the moment, and currently I will be doing a lot of shooting in snow.
The DA18-250 isn't WR but it's not really leaky either. I've shot it on my K20D in heavy rain, with a cheap plastic supermarket produce bag for protection. And me wearing a wide-brim hat. I might be doing that again tomorrow when the forecast blizzard hits.
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QuoteOriginally posted by RioRico Quote
Nice kit you have there. If you have no need for macro or other faster primes, I'd recommend the DA18-250 rather than the DA18-135 -- better optics, longer reach, just generally the most useful and flexible walkaround lens, especially for travel and dynamic situations. And yes, US$200 seems a bit low for the kit pair.
Funny, most things I've read put the 18-135 >= the 18-250, although both seem reasonably decent.
I know you've had the 18-250 for a while, but have you owned an 18-135 as well?

They're both in the same general price range, regardless. I picked the 18-135, but haven't owned the 18-250.
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Wow that's a very solid set-up you got there... makes my mouth water...

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I am missing a few factors in your situation but to me it is like selling the DA-L 55-300 and almost giving the DA-L 18-55 away for free. Which could be considered generous.
Now I may not be as fussy about a few things as others here and I have only used a very nice copy of the DA 18-135 but what you have in mind is not reasonable in my mind.
The DA 18-135 is a very nice lens. A joy to use. But that 55-300 is a good lens as well. I can appreciate that at 55mm, it may not be wide in many situations. But I think your plan has flaws. If you sell the 18-55/50-300 combo for $200, based on your list of lenses you might better off looking for the DA/Tamron 18-250. The lack of weather resistance is the flaw in my plan.
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Funny, most things I've read put the 18-135 >= the 18-250, although both seem reasonably decent.
I know you've had the 18-250 for a while, but have you owned an 18-135 as well?
No, I haven't had an 18-135. I can't afford that kind of overlap in my AF zooms. I just read the reviews on the 18-135 -- and the 18-250 gets clearly higher optical ratings in the review database here.
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QuoteOriginally posted by RioRico Quote
Nice kit you have there. If you have no need for macro or other faster primes, I'd recommend the DA18-250 rather than the DA18-135 -- better optics, longer reach, just generally the most useful and flexible walkaround lens, especially for travel and dynamic situations. And yes, US$200 seems a bit low for the kit pair.
+1 with both message fo RioRico.

The DA18-250mm provides you a wider focal length range and it has a prove trck record of sturdyness. There are numerous stories of DA18-250mm in the rain, ice, saltwater splashing and all are full of praises for teh DA18-250mm. I am one of these and I have used my DA18-250mm in heavy subtropical downpour without an issue.

When the DA18-250mm was released, there was not 'hip' about WR and the PF members used the track record/experience of others to trust the solidity of the lens, The DA18-250mm has always been very well regarded in terms of foul weather shooting.
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