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06-23-2013, 07:12 PM   #1
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Which to sell, which to keep...

I'm hoping to buy a K-30 w/ 18-135 kit before they sell out completely, but to offset the purchase, I'll need to sell some kit. Currently, I have a K-r that will definitely be up on the block (very hard to justify two bodies to the boss), but I'm not sure which lens(es) to part with. The following are my choices:

Tamron AF 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 Di II LD - Probably my most used zoom, but only about 20% of my shots with have a FL longer than 135mm. So, I think the 18-135 will cover most of what I would have otherwise shot with this lens. I'd miss the upper range when traveling (we visit lots of zoos and the like, so having that reach is helpful), but down the road, I'd like to add a 55-300, which might handle the 135mm+ range better than the 18-250?

Tamron SP AF 28-75mm F2.8 XR Di (A09) - My 2nd-most used zoom, and about 50% of my shots with it are at F2.8, but at least half of those are between 28mm and 50mm. I mainly use this for indoor stuff (church/family events), so I could just give my DA35/2.4 and A50/1.7 more face time (and gain a stop or two) and probably not miss this too much. If I did, though, it's still in production, so re-acquiring one is feasible.

So, sell the 18-250? Sell the 28-75? Sell both (which would easily cover the purchase of the K-30 kit and maybe give me a start on funding the 55-300)? What would you do?

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I would keep the 28-75 and sell the 18-250. For reach, you can always crop a bit. For low-light, you can't really make up the advantage a 75mm at F2.8 gives vs 75mm at F5.6.
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I decided to go with a 18-135 and the K-30 for a WR kit. Like you, at least 80% of my shots were 135mm or less. Get the 55-300 sometime for the telephoto...
If you can afford it, I'm thinking I'd hold on to the Tamron. I could regularly use something faster, and for now, I have to switch to my faster 35 or 50 primes. A f2.8 mid-range zoom would be nice...
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I decided to go with a 18-135 and the K-30 for a WR kit. Like you, at least 80% of my shots were 135mm or less. Get the 55-300 sometime for the telephoto...

If you can afford it, I'm thinking I'd hold on to the Tamron. I could regularly use something faster, and for now, I have to switch to my faster 35 or 50 primes. A f2.8 mid-range zoom would be nice...
The WR is my big draw as well. Right now, I have a WG-1 that I take when conditions could be dicey, but if I can sell that, too (though the resale market on them is pretty grim) and get down to one camera for all conditions, that would simplify things a lot.

Also, I assume you mean the 28-75 (as they're both Tamrons), correct?

At any rate, to see how I'd get by without these zooms (to see which one I miss the most, I guess), I've decided to shoot a weeklong event (our church's vacation bible school) with just my primes (the aforementioned DA35/2.4, A50/1.7 and a Sears 135/2.8). Yeah, I'm losing the whole 50-135 range, but I think I can adjust to make it work.

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Don't sell your most used lenses! I don't have a solution, but just don't do it!
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Don't sell your most used lenses! I don't have a solution, but just don't do it!
Well, I thought of that, too, but I'm thinking of it as "replacing" my most used lenses. I'll be honest, most of the time I rack the 18-250 all the way out, I'm just being lazy. From what I've read, the 18-135 holds its own against the 18-250 in terms of IQ, so it seems I'd really only be missing the longer end.

I guess I could get the K-30 body only, but I really like the idea of a full WR setup. Also, I hear "how many lenses do you need?" at least once a week now, so some will have to go to keep the peace.
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The 18-250, although a shame as it is arguably the best superzoom for the Pentax, by trading it for the 18-135 and later 55-300 you are getting better quality while the 18-135 covers the role nicely. The 28-75 will be missed as soon as you hit your next indoor event birthday/wedding/get together it is an awesome range for people.
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The 18-250, although a shame as it is arguably the best superzoom for the Pentax, by trading it for the 18-135 and later 55-300 you are getting better quality while the 18-135 covers the role nicely. The 28-75 will be missed as soon as you hit your next indoor event birthday/wedding/get together it is an awesome range for people.
Then again, the price I'd been waiting to go down a bit more jumped up $115. So, I think maybe I'll go with the body only for now and keep the existing lenses. Or, get the body & a DA50/1.8 (only $117 purchased with a body from B&H) and sell the A50/1.7. The 18-135 seems popular enough that it'll be around for a while.

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