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09-07-2013, 07:59 AM   #1
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Pentax 18-55 AL kit lens worth it ?

Hi to all!

I'm new at this site.

I have a question about an offer I found: Pentax 18-55 AL (almost unused) for just 60 euros.

I already have two Tamron lenses (wide-angle and zoom 28-75) and only a Pentax prime lens (50mm).

I'm using a Pentax k20d.

I'd like an opinion if it's of any use to buy it. I've read contradicted reviews about its sharpness.

Thank you!

09-07-2013, 08:18 AM   #2
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If you have other lenses, you do not need this one. There are 2 versions, the later "II" being better.

There is also a "kit lens" thread of photos:

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/lens-clubs/45425-kit-lens-club.html

The lens review:

Pentax Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database

and this:

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-slr-lens-discussion/234406-defense...-disguise.html

There are previous threads of replies to this question, but I'm not going to look for them.
09-07-2013, 08:18 AM   #3
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I don't know what the prices are like in Europe but 60 euros seems a little steep. Here in the US they usually go for $45-50 for the mint AL versions. Otherwise it is a pretty decent lens. It seems however you are already covering most of that range. I personally would save a little more and get myself a really wide prime which could be more useful (such as rokinon/samyang 14mm 2.8) or maybe the Sigma 10-20 (the variable aperture version). Good luck!
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Thank you guys! Very helpful!

09-07-2013, 12:10 PM   #5
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As soon as I get the DA 21, I'll probably sell mine. It's OK, but now that I've gotten used to the Image Quality of my DA*50-135 and FA 43, It just doesn't do it for me anymore. However As a budget lens it's great.
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