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11-07-2012, 12:55 PM   #16
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For scenery, it certainly is good enough for me, since I can usually stick to f/8 without needing a tripod. Different story in low light, of course.

Pentax K-x with Pentax DA L 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL @ 18mm, f/8, 1/640s, ISO 400:

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QuoteOriginally posted by lytrytyr Quote
The DA 18-55 does a good job documenting things like signs for National Parks, but its rendering can be a little "muddy" at the fine detail level. Lack of microcontrast, as they say. There are some tricks you can do in PP, but they will only get you so far.
That's pretty much been my experience with the DA 18-55 II. The color rendition the kit lens is none to inspiring as well, which can have a real impact in landscapes. According to lenstip, the 18-55 blocks nearly 20% of the blue part of the spectrum from reaching the sensor. It's very hard to compensate for that in post without creating an over-saturated mess.

Any of the current constant aperture zooms, Pentax or 3rd party, would be a significant step up from the kit lens. And nearly any SMC prime lens, old or new, will give you even better results than most zooms. The best lenses I've used for landscapes are the DA 15, the K 28/3.5 and the K 35/3.5. The best zoom lens I've ever used for landscapes is the FA 24-90, which, between 40mm and 70mm, is prime good.

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