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10-02-2013, 05:22 PM   #31
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QuoteOriginally posted by RonHendriks1966 Quote
I started out some years ago with K20D with DA*16-50mm and DA*50-135mm, because I had a little more to spend at the time. Great set!

I bought a few months after that just in a spur, i was in a shop, the DA 40mm/f2.8 Ltd. That was a great thing, since your camera shrinks in size and delivers you great images. I can recommend to even just start there and don't spend any money on lenses before you know how to handle your camera properly in all situations.
Problem is that DA50-135 is out of the range of what many of us can afford. I really do need a long zoom, and I just recalled the famous old Tamron 70-300 F4.0-5.6 Di LD Macro zoom model A17P. THAT'S something I can afford.
Any comments from you guys will be appreciated regarding this idea. Also, I have heard that some prefer using all primes instead of zooms. In that case what would be a good low cost prime that would reach out further than my old DA50-200.
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P.S. I had the 40mm ltd, but for some reason I didn't like using it.. It had a minimum focus of about 20" and I had a devil of a time getting macros out of it. It was a good sharp quality lens, but I ended up trading it for a nice K200D camera
that I still have and enjoy using. Now, of course, I prefer my K30, because of its remarkable IsO capability and excellent image quality. now that I have the new DA35mm 2.4 AL lens I find it a perfect match for the K30. Love the lens and the K30.
I use my K200D just for my Takumar 55mm lens, because I hate messing with the M42. The Tak is now a great partner for my K200D. The Tak is my favorite lens of all, but only for limited use and out of doors.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Peckols Quote
I decided to go with the Pentax 16-45mm f/4.0 SMC PDA ED AL Zoom Lens and the Pentax 16-45mm f/4.0 SMC PDA ED AL Zoom Lens.
QuoteOriginally posted by Peckols Quote
Oops. For the second one I meant Pentax DA 50-200mm f/4-5.6 ED Lens.
The 16-45 has been given many good reports by users in terms of sharpness, colour, and versatility; it seems to offer good value (I don't have one). So, you'll be covered from 16 to 200 mm. The pair should start you off nicely with the K-5. Later, if you're inclined to consider slightly 'faster' lenses (wider apertures) or higher image quality, for example, there are plenty of options. To keep within my own budget limits, I initially expanded my kit with several older manual focus lenses that I still use frequently.

Looking forward to seeing some of your images!

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QuoteOriginally posted by Peckols Quote
I decided to go with the Pentax 16-45mm f/4.0 SMC PDA ED AL Zoom Lens and the Pentax 16-45mm f/4.0 SMC PDA ED AL Zoom Lens.
What do you guys think?
QuoteOriginally posted by Peckols Quote
Oops. For the second one I meant Pentax DA 50-200mm f/4-5.6 ED Lens.
Definitely not what was suggested or what I would have chosen. The DA18-135 is a perfect starter lens IMHO and well worth the price.
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The 55-300 DA L lens would be a better choice over the cheap 50-200 kit lens. About the same price too.

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Pokhols, the 16-45 is a great choice and well worth the money. A smart beginning! As was mentioned above, there are better choices than the DA50-200. Still, it is a decent lens for a starter.
I'm going to look at reviews re: the DA55-300 someone mentioned.
Looking forward to seeing your shots. Freddy
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I'd look at the 16-45 and DAL 55-300 as a starter. The Tammy 70-300 worked well on my K10, but once on the K5 the purple fringing was totally unacceptable. Too bad, it's a light and accurate zoom. The 55-300 lenses are better all-around, though. They don't fringe nearly as much.

In my view, don't compromise too much here - get the lenses you know will last a while instead of looking at "starter kit" lenses. There's nothing wrong with the ones I mentioned above, though I'd probably go for the 18-135 instead of the 16-45 if you have the money. It's all about what you need, though. If you're doing a lot of indoor events etc, the 16-45 will be much better for casual photos of people or groups. The extra 2mm doesn't sound like much but on that lens, it really is significantly wider.
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Glad I read your remarks here, Ter-Or. I'll stay away from the Tammy, and I read the reviews on the DA55-300 and I will most likely get that one. I have to have a zoom. It's the only thing I'm missing. I think it costs $249. new (but has a plastic mount, but I'll just be careful with it).
I might even buy it used.. I may be selling my K100D shortly for $150 (I'm including my DA18-55 in the deal, since I never use it). and that will give me enough to help me buy the DA55-300. Funny, how things are falling into place for me. Trading and selling have really improved my lens selection.
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Definitely look at the used market here. I've bought most of my lenses used on the Marketplace. You can set watch words, too, to keep an eye open for things or just keep track of pricing.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Driline Quote
The 55-300 DA L lens would be a better choice over the cheap 50-200 kit lens. About the same price too.
You'll regret not having quick shift focus every time you try to shoot a cat/bird/child up a tree and the thing keeps focusing on some stray twig in the foreground

Do not dismiss the DA 50-200 just because it is 'cheap' or 'kit' - look at some shots taken with it first.
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Thanks, KH. I don't remember ever using the quick shift focus. I'm used to shooting mountains and boats out at sea. Don't shoot moving objects these days. If I do I'll just have to get lucky.
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