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07-03-2013, 05:02 AM   #1
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Best travel lens?

I'm travelling to the USA next month. I just bought a K-5. I already have the DA 12-24 lens which is great for landscapes or unique shots. I'd now like to replace my rubbish Sigma 18-50mm lens that I got with my K100D. I expect it will be on the camera most of the time while I am travelling. I don't expect I'll need a bigger zoom than that.

Any suggestions about the best quality I can get, preferably for under US$400 (as far under as possible as it is going to bite into my travelling money )

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07-03-2013, 05:08 AM   #2
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I have the 18-135wr and find I use it most of the time. Great lens and is very versatile.
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Hmm it depends on your photography style, the space you have in your luggage, and your destination. If you want just one lens, then the DA 18-135mm is a great choice (and its WR!). If you have space to carry a couple lenses, you can bring with you some primes, to get the best IQ. When I travel, I like to take my DA 40mm XS and M 50mm f1.7. That way, I have two sharp lenses, one has fast AF, the other has good low light capabilities. Sometimes I take my DA 35mm f2.4 instead of the 40mm XS, as its a little wider. And I usually like to have the DA L 50-200mm with me, so I can get closeups of fine details on wildlife or cultural monuments that you can't get close to. But this depends on the destination.
The UWA lens is a great idea if you are visiting a place with narrow spaces, like tight cities. But its good to have a longer lens with you as well, so a DA 18-135mm or a DA 50-200mm WR to complement your awesome DA 12-24mm. Or a used nifty fifty, so you get a fast, sharp, reliable lens. The M series go for as little as $50. The A series have more automation and cost a little more. F, FA, and DA also have AF, but can cost a little more. Still in your budget, though.
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If you want something to directly replace your 18-50 Sigma, look at the Tamron 17-50. It's a little more than $400 new, but is the highest-rated zoom in that range for Pentax.
If you want something to complement the 12-24, consider the DA 55-300. It's $366 ant B&H. I have this same set up for travel and works well. I like having the reach of the 55-300, and the 12-24 is great for wide angle stuff. A fast 50 for low light and you're set.
You could also try to pick up a second-hand DA 18-250. That was the first lens I ever bought, still own it, and still use it if I only want to carry one lens. Like all zooms with this range, it's a compromise, but I've captured a lot of great images with it.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Powerstroke 7.3 Quote
I have the 18-135wr and find I use it most of the time. Great lens and is very versatile.
This is my vote as well. Anytime I only want one lens, this is the one that does it all.
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The DA 18-135 gets my vote as well; as it has the most useful focal-length range, sharp wide-open, color rendition plus WR.

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QuoteOriginally posted by aleonx3 Quote
The DA 18-135 gets my vote as well; as it has the most useful focal-length range, sharp wide-open, color rendition plus WR.
18-135 for me too. I took it travelling in India and worked wonders. The weakest part of my kit was really the bit between the viewfinder and shutter release!
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I'm looking at the Sigma 18-250 macro HSM. Just can't quit pull the trigger yet. For $399 it's getting decent reviews and has more reach than the Pentax 18-135. Although I probably don't need 250mm, I also don't need the WR of the Pentax. I'd be happy with an 18-135 non-WR to make it cheaper but the Sigma seems to be the best walk-around long reach lens for the money, better than previous versions of the same focal lengths or any of the old 18-200s.

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Another vote for the 18-135. Decent quality and I take it and 3 or 4 Limiteds for a great travel combination. Personally the larger ratio zooms lack the IQ especially at the long end.
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QuoteOriginally posted by alysha1981 Quote
I don't expect I'll need a bigger zoom than that.
IŽd skip the DA18-135 and go for the DA*16-50. If you want to complement the DA12-24 perhaps the Tamron 28-75 / 2.8 but then you would have to switch lenses for wide angle...
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Thanks for all your opinions. I'm going to go with the majority and buy the 18-135 lens. Thanks for your help
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QuoteOriginally posted by alysha1981 Quote
Thanks for all your opinions. I'm going to go with the majority and buy the 18-135 lens. Thanks for your help
Don't pay more than $400.
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