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03-04-2008, 06:11 PM   #1
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lookin for good all-around lens

I am looking for a good wide angle-telephoto lens maybe used, for under $250,
any suggestions?

03-04-2008, 06:51 PM   #2
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I got an extra kit lens for ya!

Seriously though, you want MF or AF? And how wide do you want to go?
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I looked in your profile and I noticed that you have the 18-55, so I'm assuming you're looking for something wider than that. My best advice to you at this point is to keep on saving because you're going to need $400-500 to pick up even a used WA zoom. The 2 least expensive WA lenses are the DA 10-17/3.5-4.5 fisheye at $449 new and the Sigma DC 10-20/4-5.6 at $499 new.

When you're going that wide on a DSLR, you've got to consider the crop factor (1.5x), so it would be very hard, if not impossible, to find older film WA lenses that will be a true WA on a DSLR.

I hate to burst your bubble like this, but I know how you feel, although my longing is for a dedicated macro. Maybe I'll have enough by the end of this year to afford one. If you've got a birthday or any other reason coming up where people would be inclined to get you a gift, ask for cash for your WA lens fund. Maybe when the weather warms up in your neck of the woods, you can find enough stuff to have a large yard sale and raise funds that way. When there is a will, there is a way.

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Tamron or Pentax 18-250. Pick one up used. New, they run $400.

03-04-2008, 08:13 PM   #5
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I think Heather has it right on the money, no pun intended, save up some money. Outside of your kit lens, you are going to be looking at a super-wide angle and the two that she mentioned are availabe now and Tamron will be releasing their 10-24mm lens later this year I hope.
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I agree with Mike H. I have the 18-55 kit lens and purchased the DA 18-250 and find it to be a great addition. I am a bit of a novice and this lens covers most everything I do.

Good luck
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If you don't need the zoom to go real wide and you don't mind manual focusing the Pentax A 35-105/3.5 is a very nice zoom which comes up every now and then on Ebay. I bought mine in our marketplace for $150 but I've seen it go for a little less recently on Ebay.

Hey Steve, I just noticed your location. Did you get any snow pictures this winter? I know you guys got hammered and I bet you still have 10 or 15 feet laying around:-).
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QuoteOriginally posted by pentaxk100d Quote
I am looking for a good wide angle-telephoto lens maybe used, for under $250,
any suggestions?
how about a little more info, wide to tele is a little vague.

the limit right now in both extremes all at once is 18-250/300

03-05-2008, 11:46 AM   #9
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I just sold my 18-55 kit and my 80-200 pentax. I used the money and bought a pentax 18-250. I love this lens! Great walking around lens that cover nearly anything. Next I will be picking up the 50mm 1.4 for mostly low light social situations, (and occasional low-life social situations). After that I will most likely add one of the 2 wide angle zooms mentioned above. I'm fairly new to this as well, bought my GX10 about a year ago. My advice would be to just start shooting with what you have. That way you'll discover what kinds of subjects you most enjoy capturing and what lenses would be best for the job. The 18-250 from Tamron or Pentax is about as good as it gets in terms of bang for buck though.

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If you already have the kit 18-55mm keep that, and buy the DA 50-200mm for around $200. Practice changing lenses

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