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12-29-2012, 10:36 PM   #1
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K10D Kit lens died.

my 18-55 from my K10D kit crapped out. I've obviously moved on to a K5 and am using some big glass on it (24-60 f2.8, 70-200 2.8, 150-500 etc etc). I also have some MF primes. But i'm thinking of getting another not overly expensive lens just to leave on the '10.

possible options (all brand new):

18-55 kit - $200
17-70 macro Siggy - $290.
16-45 f/4 pentax - $270
DA 35mm 2.4 - $ 200.

My first inclination was to go with the prime, because i want an AF prime anyway. But with the kit dying, i now have nothing wider than 24mm. Not that I shoot heaps at wider than that anyway. But the other three would at least give me the ability and double as that old "walk-about" lens at times. or do i just save up for longer and get a 10-20 or 10-24 and do the UWA thing properly? If i had 10mm, i'd probably experiment with it's effects a lot more than the relatively standard 17mm range. and either way it all upsets my plan to spend available funds on a FF compatible fast-50 sigma, which i'd still like to afford pretty soon.

I think I'd lean towards one of the two non-kit zooms. the 17-70 has always been a good lens and offers some quasi macro ability, but the f/4 pentax is supposedly a nice bit of glass too.

ahh, decisions, decisions.

12-30-2012, 12:06 AM   #2
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I don't understand why you want to buy another lens for what amounts to a backup body.
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He wants to buy a wide lens for ALL his cameras.
I'd buy the 16-45. For that price there's no contest IMO.
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Hi Saladin,

There's something to be said for getting a DA 18-55 WR, just for the WR. It's nice to have the option of a fully WR body and lens to grab at times. My goto zoom for this range is usually the Sigma 17-70/ 2.8-4.5, but I recently picked up a used DA 18-55 WR for $100 just to have a sealed alternative.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Giklab Quote
He wants to buy a wide lens for ALL his cameras.
That's fine, but not what he posted :-)

In view of what the OP has, I'd go with the 12-24 (I know it's not on the list). It dramatically expands the focal lengths without duplicating what is already available. More than $250, though.
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QuoteOriginally posted by SpecialK Quote
That's fine, but not what he posted :-)
True, didn't read properly

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In view of what the OP has, I'd go with the 12-24 (I know it's not on the list). It dramatically expands the focal lengths without duplicating what is already available. More than $250, though.
That or maybe a used Sigma 10-20? Although I'd still recommend the 16-45.
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