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03-15-2013, 12:57 PM   #1
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Perfect lens combination for me, again..

Hello all,

I have a, what we in Sweden call a first world problem... I recently bought a K-5 and I love it (except the screw noise it makes when you turn it on and another lens related problem, described below).

I bought just the camera house and I have a Tamron 18-250 which I like as a travelzoom since I am lazy and I also have a Tamron 17-50 f2.8 which I also like, however I find that it overexposes about 1 stop when it is dark.. annoying! anyone have any idea what I can do, except underexpose?

Since the K-5 is WR, it would be a shame not to have a WR lens but I don't want to carry too many lenses. (2 zoom lenses + prime maximum).

What would you do to get the most bang for the buck, I don't want to spend all my money on this adventure. I mostly take street photos and "travel pictures".
1) get a 18-55 wr and carry three lenses
2) sell 18-250 and buy a 18-135
3) sell 17-50 and buy a 18-55WR +prime?
4) ?


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03-15-2013, 01:12 PM   #2
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QuoteOriginally posted by Snajder Quote
Hello all,

I have a, what we in Sweden call a first world problem... I recently bought a K-5 and I love it (except the screw noise it makes when you turn it on and another lens related problem, described below).

I bought just the camera house and I have a Tamron 18-250 which I like as a travelzoom since I am lazy and I also have a Tamron 17-50 f2.8 which I also like, however I find that it overexposes about 1 stop when it is dark.. annoying! anyone have any idea what I can do, except underexpose?

Since the K-5 is WR, it would be a shame not to have a WR lens but I don't want to carry too many lenses. (2 zoom lenses + prime maximum).

What would you do to get the most bang for the buck, I don't want to spend all my money on this adventure. I mostly take street photos and "travel pictures".
1) get a 18-55 wr and carry three lenses
2) sell 18-250 and buy a 18-135
3) sell 17-50 and buy a 18-55WR +prime?
4) ?
2) sell 18-250 and buy a 18-135
03-15-2013, 01:28 PM   #3
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I wonder if you are fooled by marketing. Many lenses are not officially rated WR, but were tested by users in real situations far worst than WR testing. And the Tamron 18-250mm is one of them.

I have the DA18-250mm (the Tamron lens rebadged by Pentax) as well as the DA18-135mm. Why? My wife use a K-01 and want a ultra-zom and I like my DA18-250mm on my K-7. At the end of the day, both lenses are very close on most features, but for the lesser reach of the DA18-135mm.

The Tamron/DA 18-250mm is a very sturdy lens. While pre-dating the WR marketing labelling, many Pentaxians have used the Tammy/DA 18-250mm in very harsh situations (snow, ice, rain, mud, sand). I would not sell the Tammy/DA 18-250mm just to get a WR lens.

If you really want to get a new lens (LBA?), I would urge you to consider a prime lens to complement your line-up: eg the DA*55mm, the Voigltander Nokton 58mm f1.4. Both are very sturdy. The DA*55 mm is WR rated and the VL58mm is a very sturdy metallic lens well worth to consider despite MF.

I hope that the comment may help.

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03-15-2013, 02:12 PM   #4
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QuoteOriginally posted by Snajder Quote
I mostly take street photos and "travel pictures".
You haven't mentioned it, but I think you'll need to maybe go wider.

Have a look at the "The 15mm Limited controls my mind - club" and see some of the stunning images on there, for both street and travel.

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DA*55 F1.4, WR, fast, shallow dof, you need a prime. For less and sacrificing WR, any 50mm f1.4 or f1.7 or f1.8, or Sigma 30mm f1.4
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It's not the sharpest lens you'd own, but the 55-200WR could serve as your foul-weather lens. Both the others are generally well regarded. My plan b would be (b) - but I do agree with others here that primes are a great way to go. I was hiking with my 18-135 and dropped a 40 Limited on in its place; that ended the zoom's time on the camera, just over an hour into an all-day hike! I traded the 18-135 in for a DA70, no regrets. The 18-55WR is my foul-weather choice.
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