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02-27-2013, 12:28 PM   #1
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Lens options for new K5 and new to Pentax?

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I am currently without a camera and in search of one. After many debate and decision making process I think I am set on buying a K5 and take advantage of the good price due to the release of the K5II.
Now what I am in the process of deciding is in regard to the lens.
I have several options and I don't really know what to do.

I want to use my camera mainly as a travel camera for out of country travel and weekend walkabouts. Also for family and social events and some portraits of my wife and friends.

After getting to know a bit of the Pentax lens system, I think I would like to have the DA* 16-50 2.8, mainly for the 16 on the wide end and the 2.8 aperture to try to compensate for the lack of primes initially and avoid the changing lenses while travelling and WR.
I am a bit afraid of the size and weight of the lens for travelling with it all day, but still I think it might be a good choice.

As for the k5, I can get it:
- body only for 580
- with 18-55 WR for 650
- with 18-135 WR for 880

The 16-55 cost 680.
So, if I buy the body only, I will need a lens and strech my budget to get the 16-50. That adds to 1260.

If I go with the 18-135, I will have to hold on the 16-50 for a while and just use the 18-135. But when I get the 16-50, I will already have the 18-135, although they will both be WR and overlap on the most used FLs. So I don't know if it is worth it...

All in all, since I am totally new to Pentax and don't really know the lenses, I was hoping for some thoughts, opinions and advice.

Thanks in advance.

02-27-2013, 09:51 PM   #2
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If WR is a must, there are not many choices. I think you should go with the 18-55 WR while saving for 16-50. It is $70 more so you don't need to worry about losing money like the 18-135. If you don't need WR, Tamron or Sigma 17-50 f/2.8 is cheaper and better.
02-27-2013, 09:56 PM   #3
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The 18-135 would be a good place to start. You can shoot a lot of subjects with it, while you are learning the camera and deciding what lenses to work toward. You can always sell it in the future.

I would avoid SDM lenses, at least until they include a longer warranty.

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