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01-28-2008, 06:13 PM   #1
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Lens recommendation?

I orignally posted this to dlsr discussion but now realize this might be the right forum...
New to forum, just bought K100D 18-55 mm kit. Beginner to (d)SLR photography. Intend to use camera for pics of dogs, outdoors, 5-20 feet away. Including some closeups. Landscape background in most cases. what kind of lens would you recommend as my first purchase? Keep in mind i want to remain under $300 U.S. and the lens will be my only addition to the 18-55 mm for a while.
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01-28-2008, 06:30 PM   #2
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QuoteOriginally posted by kevinfox203 Quote
I orignally posted this to dlsr discussion but now realize this might be the right forum...
New to forum, just bought K100D 18-55 mm kit. Beginner to (d)SLR photography. Intend to use camera for pics of dogs, outdoors, 5-20 feet away. Including some closeups. Landscape background in most cases. what kind of lens would you recommend as my first purchase? Keep in mind i want to remain under $300 U.S. and the lens will be my only addition to the 18-55 mm for a while.
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That's a tough one, but I'm going to say the DA 50-200mm. This is a lot of zoom lens for a very reasonable price (about $220). That way you have all your bases covered from 18-200mm in the most economic way possible. BTW the kit lens is probably the best value of any lens out there.
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Amazon currently has this lens for 99.99 thru Ritz Camera, good deal yes, but any comment on seller?
Holy cow, if that is real, that is one heck of a deal!!

Update: Just checked Amazon (USA). Price is $199 through Calumet which is reputable retailer. This is still a great price.
01-28-2008, 06:43 PM   #4
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Wrong lens. We were talking about the DA 50-200mm, not the 18-55mm kit lens. You indicated that you already had the kit lens.

01-28-2008, 06:46 PM   #5
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QuoteOriginally posted by Tbear Quote
Wrong lens. We were talking about the DA 50-200mm, not the 18-55mm kit lens. The OP already had the kit lens.
oops, sorry , need to be more careful on cut and paste searches
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oops, sorry , need to be more careful on cut and paste searches
Heh, no problem, happens to us all eventually.
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If you want to stay under $300, and stick with Pentax lenses, I have to agree with Tbear, and recommend the DA 50-200.

It's a good lens, and will give you pretty good close ups at 20ft. In fact you may not need to rack it all the way out to 200mm for what you want to do.

Other than that, you could get a 50mm prime for about $200 new.
20817 Pentax SMCP-FA 50mm f/1.4 Standard Auto Focus Lens

Here's an example of what the 50-200 can do.


Good luck.

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