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12-28-2012, 01:19 PM   #1
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Kit lens replacement

Okay so I don't know whether I should get either, Sigma 15-30mm, Pentax 16-45mm or Tamron 17-50mm.

I quite like to shoot wide so I would generally go for the Sigma but it only goes to 30mm, for everyday use I think I would miss near 50mm, even though I have primes to cover it.

Anyone here have the 15-30mm? Really interested in it.

Is 15mm a big difference from 16mm? and hence from 17mm?

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I had the Sigma 20-40, which I believe is somewhat similar. I'm not a Sigma fan, but I have to say it was a pretty good lens.

But even 20-40 really wasn't good for general purpose, as I recall.


From what I've seen, the Pentax 16-45 might be a good compromise. But in general you need a lens dedicated to wide-angle in order to get the quality. I'll use my DA*16-50 for wide angle, but not when I'm trying to get the best quality shot.
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I thought the 16-50 was a quality lens. What lens do you go to for higher quality on wide angle?
12-28-2012, 02:29 PM   #4
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I assume a 10-20/8-16?

I would get the 10-20 but then I would still have the kit lens :s

The 15-30 seems pretty good from what I hear, I don't mind it being big really Its still not wide enough though. I might just hold out for a 8-16 :/

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I hemmed and hawed on replacing my kit lens and finally ended up with the DA 18-135 WR. I really love that lens. Fantastic image quality and a great focal range to use as a walkaround zoom. Plus, it's weather sealed. If you want wider, just get the DA 15 Ltd, another stunner of a lens.
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I replaced a kit lens with a 16-45mm. It is a much sharper lens. I really like mine.
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I'm just going to go for a tamron 17-50.. I'll save up and get the 8-16mm at some point
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If you like wide angle I would recommend the 12-24. I agree with some others who think the break at 50mm is an inconvenient lens-swapping point, so another lens, say the 17-70 or 28-75 for the portrait/detail end of things, could be a great pair.

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QuoteOriginally posted by jake14mw Quote
I thought the 16-50 was a quality lens. What lens do you go to for higher quality on wide angle?
I use my 15, 20, or 24mm prime, or the DA10-17 if I don't mind a little distortion. If I were going with a zoom I'd get the DA12-24, but I like the primes better.

My point is that even the better quality zooms are usually a bit weak at the wide end. But for more casual photography (family gatherings or documenting the remodeling of the house) it's fantastic, and I love the convenience of the zoom in those situations. It's also a pretty good lens for video.
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QuoteOriginally posted by SpecialK Quote
I agree with some others who think the break at 50mm is an inconvenient lens-swapping point, so another lens, say the 17-70 or 28-75 for the portrait/detail end of things, could be a great pair.
I thought the same thing too, so I appreciated the DA17-70 and FA24-90/3.5-4.5 when I had them. But I wanted f/2.8 and the IQ of the DA*s, so I adapted. Now I use primes so much that I think any zoom is amazing!
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Get the Sigma 15-30 (I have it) if it is reasonable priced. And if it does not bother you to carry a heavy lens.
The Tamron is a good choice as well.

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I have the kit lens, Pentax DA 16-50 and Sigma 17-50. The later two zoom lenses are definitely better than the kit zoom.
I can't comment on Tamron 17-50 but looking at the review and if it is within your budget, go for it!
All the best!
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