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11-06-2012, 08:03 PM   #31
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If money and versatility are an issue, then I think the DA 16-45 is the value option. That was my step up from the DAL 18-55.
In the longer run (ie, when I saved up enough $$), my set of lenses for coverage is a Sigma 10-20 (I have the f4-5.6 version and love it), DA 18-135, and DAL 55-300. A cheap fast 50 and some way to do macro, and I'm in great shape.


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11-07-2012, 08:18 AM   #32
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Unless you really want HSM or the faster aperture, the Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 is pretty much just as good optically as the 10-20mm f/3.5 and a lot cheaper. With that wide of a lens you're probably shooting at f/8 for more depth of field anyway.
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Hi All,

Well I backed off from the ultra wide lens for now. My choice came down between Tamron 17-50 and Pentax D16-45. I stayed with Pentax even though the other lens from Tamron hade a good review. Now I have D16-45, F Zoom 35-45, and F zoom 70-210. That should hold me for all around general purposes for now. Maybe add a prime lens at later date------- that 12-24 was tempting. Thanks for all your comments.
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Turning down the Tamron 17-50? I just decided I should probably buy that and the Sigma 8-16 to go with my 60-250. But I'll probably change my mind another 5 times before I buy anything. What I buy tends to depend on what day it is, what I had for breakfast and how bad the weather is on a given day. That seems to work as good as all this analysis.

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QuoteOriginally posted by normhead Quote
Turning down the Tamron 17-50? I just decided I should probably buy that and the Sigma 8-16 to go with my 60-250. But I'll probably change my mind another 5 times before I buy anything. What I buy tends to depend on what day it is, what I had for breakfast and how bad the weather is on a given day. That seems to work as good as all this analysis.
Bad weather always brings that WR (or AW) back into the equation.
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You need something wide. 15mm LTD would be a great choice. If you prefer zoom, Sigma 10-20 is also very good!!
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Great Site

OK, I listened to all the input from you and decided to go with the DA 61-45 and received today via UPS. I shot just a few and love the lens, the weight, and the pics. I am not a professional, but enthusiast. I now have a 35-70 F zoom :-),70-210 F zoom :-), and my DA 16-45. I travel into the northwest and British Columbia, shoot BIG KITE pics., my wife's flower garden, some people. and just anything that we feel would be a terrific pic. If I were to add just one mor lens, what do you think? Do I really need a prime or go 55-300 DA. Probably appreciate outside photos more than inside, but love people. All over the board aren't I? I am using a k-7.
11-09-2012, 06:49 PM   #38
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QuoteOriginally posted by kiteman Quote
All over the board aren't I? I am using a k-7.
lol you appear to have a case of LBA, take it easy
Familiarize yourself with what you have, but you should get a prime eventually. They tend to really change your shooting style and teach you a lot in the process.

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Well, I had a film slr back in '87 - '88 and when digital came out I did not realize that I could use my lens'---------- dumb me, I am on medicare now :-) I have had p/s since digital started now excited about getting back to slr. What is what ever u typed LBA??????? I can text though!!!!!!!!!!

This is a good site with lots of info. I am glad to have found it.

Really don't need anything now, but just thinking what would be fun to add in future.
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LBA = Lens buying addiction
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Ok Na,

Me laughing too.However, LBA ?, only really looking for 1 lens here and chose DA 16-45. This may be good or bad, since most wanted me to go with Tamron 17-50, but my alliegiance to Pentax. My LBA comes from really checking all possibilites, but I end up leading with my heart--------------- PENTAX!. :-) I do the same thing if I buy let's say a TV----------------------------I do done tons of research before making a responible decision. Except in this case I probably should have bought the Tamron, but you know, I am going to be happy with my Pentax lens. OK, which prime do I need to think about for the future for panoramic, flowers, and people. Thank you. www.colorthewind.org
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Try a telescope. You will get lots of exercise carrying it around and maybe get some great shots as well.

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haha.. reading this thread really made me laugh (in a good way) plus, I just found out what LBA means. If it weren't for limited funds, I think I would be diagnosed with a terminal case of LBA too!

I bought my K5 back in January with the DA-L 18-55, which broke when I dropped it in Normandy. Silver lining here was that the plastic mount broke the fall and the camera was unscathed, which gave me a great reason to have to buy the lens I should have bought in the first place, the DA 18-135 WR. That happens to be a good walkabout lens, but now I'm wondering what I should start saving up for. When I visited France, I found the kit lens lacking in taking pictures of churches, so I would probably get a fast 50mm prime next. The reason I would pick that over a wide zoom lens (for landscapes) is that I figure I can take two shots with the 50mm prime, and stitch it together later. Anyway, thanks to all for the education and the smiles :-)
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QuoteOriginally posted by goldenarrow Quote
Try a telescope. You will get lots of exercise carrying it around and maybe get some great shots as well.

They are too limiting, very hard to handhold.
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