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04-17-2012, 12:37 PM   #1
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Best alternative to DA/DAL 18-55/II under $400?

I really want something better than the 18-55 kit lens for when I get my K-5. [ For the 55-300mm focal range, I am going to satisfy this with a DA 55-300 for the time being. For 50-58mm I have several lovely manual fast 50's. I can use the DA 55-300 for the time being for when I need an autofocus 55mm for portraits and what not--f4 should suffice when autofocus is needed. I am going to wait on an autofocus fast 50 until the new one is release and reviewed.]

Anyways what is a good zoom lens for wide to 55mm or so, for under $400?

[I also need a recommendation for a fast 35mm prime (comparable to Nikon's f1.8 for $200).]


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If you're willing to exceed your budget by $74, here's the lens for you:

Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di-II LD Aspherical [IF] AF016P-700 B&H

This thing was $414 last month, shame it went up...

See our review of it here: DA* 16-50mm vs. Sigma and Tamron 17-50mm F2.8 Comparison - Introduction - PentaxForums.com

If that's too much, then here's a cheaper alternative:

Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8-4.5 DC OS HSM Zoom For Pentax 861109 B&H
Sigma 18-50mm F2.8-4.5 DC OS HSM Lens Reviews - Sigma Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database

Only $199 new! If you scroll down through the reviews a bit, there's one in which a member is much more satisfied with this than the kit lens.

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I don't think you can go wrong with the DA35/2.4, it's the least expensive AF prime from Pentax currently, it's a solid performer, and it's got descent low light ability. Mine keeps creeping back onto my K-5 somehow......
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I recently bought the DA18-135 used for about $300 - keep your eyes open (and set up a watchlist on the marketplace). I got that because I wanted a neighborhood walk-around lens and really wanted a weather resistant lens. So far, so goo - it's a bit tough close-up but I think that's my need to learn its minimum focus. It autofocuses really nicely on the K-5.

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No doubt that the 16-45mm doesn't get nearly enough love around here. It is a solid upgrade to the kit lens, and you should be able to find one in the marketplace used in great condition (depending on the owner of course!) for less than $250. If you can squeeze it the tamron is probably a better lens, well, faster anyway, though slightly less wide (every mm counts at the wide end! Don't worry about the 45-55 gap either, the 16-45 makes a great pairing with the 55-300).
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QuoteOriginally posted by pxpaulx Quote
No doubt that the 16-45mm doesn't get nearly enough love around here. It is a solid upgrade to the kit lens, and you should be able to find one in the marketplace used in great condition (depending on the owner of course!) for less than $250. If you can squeeze it the tamron is probably a better lens, well, faster anyway, though slightly less wide (every mm counts at the wide end! Don't worry about the 45-55 gap either, the 16-45 makes a great pairing with the 55-300).
I concur, I find my 16-45 much sharper than any of the 4 (!!!) copies of the Tamron 17-50 that I've tested, especially at the wide end.
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Tamron 17-50. If you can't break your budget, wait for it to come up on the marketplace (generally $325ish).
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QuoteOriginally posted by pxpaulx Quote
No doubt that the 16-45mm doesn't get nearly enough love around here. It is a solid upgrade to the kit lens, and you should be able to find one in the marketplace used in great condition (depending on the owner of course!) for less than $250. If you can squeeze it the tamron is probably a better lens, well, faster anyway, though slightly less wide (every mm counts at the wide end! Don't worry about the 45-55 gap either, the 16-45 makes a great pairing with the 55-300).
As I've aid before, my brother got his almost glued on to his camera, amazing lens for the price! The distortion at the wide end looks really got for bringing a bit more "action" to the shots.

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Agreed ...

QuoteOriginally posted by Docrwm Quote
I don't think you can go wrong with the DA35/2.4, it's the least expensive AF prime from Pentax currently, it's a solid performer, and it's got descent low light ability. Mine keeps creeping back onto my K-5 somehow......
Bonjour,

I'm a big fan of this lens ... and it's a fantastic "bang for the buck" ! Check out the PF users' reviews ...

I'm also awaiting the upcoming DA 50mm 1.8 ... hoping that it will be in same league as the DA 35mm f2.4.

Allez et bon courage, John le Frog
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QuoteOriginally posted by pxpaulx Quote
No doubt that the 16-45mm doesn't get nearly enough love around here. It is a solid upgrade to the kit lens, and you should be able to find one in the marketplace used in great condition (depending on the owner of course!) for less than $250. If you can squeeze it the tamron is probably a better lens, well, faster anyway, though slightly less wide (every mm counts at the wide end! Don't worry about the 45-55 gap either, the 16-45 makes a great pairing with the 55-300).
+1. Although I have replaced it with the DA*16-50, this is a fantastic lens. If you are not looking for something faster than f4 and not weather sealed, this should absolutely be at the top of your list.
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Regarding the 16-45mm: at 16mm, wide open, it is at f4--what is it wide open at 45mm?
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QuoteOriginally posted by geekette Quote
Regarding the 16-45mm: at 16mm, wide open, it is at f4--what is it wide open at 45mm?
f4 across the full range.
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I just bought a Vivitar Series 1 (Cosina) 19-35/3.5-4.5 (MF) for US$35 shipped.
Two years ago I got an F35-70/3.5-4.5 for US$11 shipped; it's about $50 now.
Put them together, and the kit.lens can be replaced for pretty damn cheap.
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QuoteOriginally posted by pxpaulx Quote
No doubt that the 16-45mm doesn't get nearly enough love around here. It is a solid upgrade to the kit lens, and you should be able to find one in the marketplace used in great condition (depending on the owner of course!) for less than $250. If you can squeeze it the tamron is probably a better lens, well, faster anyway, though slightly less wide (every mm counts at the wide end! Don't worry about the 45-55 gap either, the 16-45 makes a great pairing with the 55-300).
It is a great zoom optically. It has the typical DA zoom build. There are 2 things I personally don't like about the 16-45. It isn't IF and it is longest extension is on the 16mm end. This isn't a problem for a lot of people. However, I think it worth mentioning.
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If you can get a good used copy, the DA 17-70/4 is a good option. It has the sdm which is a bonus and potential area of concern. It is also IF which helps keep the lens overall compact.

For under $70, a good copy of the F 35-70mm 3.5-4.5 can be picked up. It is a compact little lens with good performance. It only goes to 35mm is the down side.
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