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10-17-2012, 08:57 AM   #1
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What's a sharper lens than the 18-55 AND affordable?

Hey there.

I'm relatively ok with the performance I get out of the kit lens, but there are places in the focal range that aren't as sharp. Is there a zoom that starts around 18mm that's significantly sharper all across the range AND affordable?

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Define affordable....
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Probably the best/cheapest option would be the 16-45 f4 (~$200-250). It has a similar range (slightly wider) and is generally considered better than the kit lens. Next up would probably be the 17-70 f4 or a variety of third-party options (sigma 17-70 comes to mind).
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DA 16-45 ($225 used) or Tamron 17-50 ($325)
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Da-l 35, da-l 50

Edit: I missed the zoom part :s

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Define affordable....
A couple hundred or less. Used is ok.
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Ditto

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A couple hundred or less. Used is ok.

For $200, keep the DA18-55.
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Agreed
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For $200, keep the DA18-55.
Can you get a DA 18-55 for $200 ? Not with tax I suspect.
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The Tamron 17-50 usually goes for $350 used. The DA 16-45, Sigma 17-70/2.8-4.5 and 18-50/2.8 can be had for under $300. There was a "macro" version of the 18-50 that's a little sharper than the original.
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QuoteOriginally posted by civiletti Quote
For $200, keep the DA18-55.
What he said. Just about any decent zoom that will go that wide is going to cost you. Ditto for primes. This is true even for older/vintage gear. Everybody wants a quality, value-priced, wide lens for APS-C.

One possible exception might be the Tokina 19-35/3.5-5.6. In the past, it has been relatively inexpensive and in my estimation is somewhat better than the DA 18-55. I bought one for my daughter's K10D back in 2007. The trade-off is size and weight.

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QuoteOriginally posted by civiletti Quote
For $200, keep the DA18-55.
QuoteOriginally posted by normhead Quote
Can you get a DA 18-55 for $200 ? Not with tax I suspect.
That's the point. You can't touch similar or better quality at a lower price point. Note that the $196 at B&H will get you the most recent WR version of the lens with metal mount and hood, and not the down-market version that is bundled with some bodies.


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Da-l 35, da-l 50

Edit: I missed the zoom part :s
But maybe the right answer if sharpness is the goal.
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