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10-15-2013, 09:53 AM   #1
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What is a really awesome walkaround or everyday lens?

There are probably threads about this already but i'm not good at finding them... I'm looking for suggestions on a really good everyday kind of "walk around" lens... I have the 18-55mm WR lens but it seems to struggle in low light and the IQ seems to be average....

I just picked up a Pentax 35mm f/2.4 lens which so far I really like, but without zoom it's not really going to cut it for certain things....

If this topic has been beaten to death on here, I apologize ... If anyone has any links to prior threads about what folks favorite walk around lenses are, that'd be great... it seems like a lot of people talk about 17-50mm's quite a bit...

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For a film camera?

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IMO this lens is not to be overlooked:
Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 Contemporary - Introduction - PentaxForums.com

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I was about to suggest the DA 35mm or DA 40mm
Zooms.. Pentax used to make a well-loved DA 16-45mm lens, but it is discontinued. You can get it used, people seem to really like it.
The 17-50mm lenses were reviewed by the forum:
DA* 16-50mm vs. Sigma and Tamron 17-50mm F2.8 Comparison - Introduction - PentaxForums.com
You might also want to think about 17-70mm lenses. Just one thing, if you are buying a Pentax lens with SDM, make sure it is not old, because SDM focus mechanisms used to have a relatively high risk of problems. The newer series were improved, though.

Btw what camera are you using?

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You may want to post/move this in the Digital Section ( I do not see a film Pentax in your signature ). You seem to prefer zooms, so I will not recommend any primes.

For Digital APSc: the Sigma/Tamron 17-50mm's you mention have good reputations. The DA*16-50mm is a nice 'walk-about', and if you suffer a SDM event the SDM can now be by-passed.

Film K-mount zoom: I think the FA*28-70mm f/2.8 is "really awesome" for 'walk-about', and I like the Vivitar Series 1 28-105mm f/2.8, too.

M42 mount zoom: I like the Vivitar Series 1 35-85mm f/2.8.

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Oops, I posted this in the wrong section.... Sorry guys, can I move it or do we need a mod? Meant to put this in Pentax DSLR....

I am using a Pentax K-30.
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For lower light the Tamron 17-50 f/2.8, for a longer range one (and don't be afraid to bump the ISO up to 3200 if needed) the 18-135WR.
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Everything that has been said above is good advice. Here's my 2 cents that incorporates some of what has already been said. This is also assuming that we're sticking to zooms:

(1) Keep your DA 18-55 WR for times when you need a WR lens to go along with your K-30 WR body.

and then add the new Sigma 17-70 contemporary lens. Faster, quiet HSM focusing, nice zoom range, and excellent IQ.

(2) Sell your DA 18-55 WR and acquire the DA 18-135mm WR. Slightly better IQ, quiet DC focusing, nice zoom range, very good IQ.

(3) Keep DA 18-55 WR, and add either Tamron 17-50 or Sigma 17-50. Excellent image quality and f/2.8 constant throughout zoom range will give you speed for indoor shooting. Get Tamron 17-50 if you want to spend less and have a very compact and light zoom. Get Sigma 17-50 if you can afford it, and want quiet HSM focusing, but realize that the Sigma is much bigger and heavier in size.

(4) Keep DA 18-55 WR, and then get a used DA 16-45 f/4. Great image quality, very reasonable price on used market, but you may find yourself limited by the zoom range that stops at 45mm.

(5) Keep DA 18-55WR for WR needs and wider-angle applications. Get Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 zoom for nice walkaround, with the limitation that it starts at only 28mm.

Good luck!!

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QuoteOriginally posted by seventysixersfan Quote
(2) Sell your DA 18-55 WR and acquire the DA 18-135mm WR. Slightly better IQ, quiet DC focusing, nice zoom range, very good IQ.
The above is the way I have gone for shots for the outdoors/bush. This 18-135 lens still surprises me.
(1/80, f8, Iso 6400, K5iis) (the 2nd is a the same but with a bit of flash at Iso 80)
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Between my Sigma 17-70 (2nd version) and Tamron 17-50, I preferred the Sigma for it's better ability to take pics in lower light.
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Of all the lenses mentioned in this thread, which do you guys think has the best IQ? Sounds like the Sigma 17-70mm perhaps?
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If you need the convenience of a zoom and good IQ, get the Sigma 17-50....

If you wish to take it to another level and don't mind a prime, get the FA 31.
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I second Adam's recommendation of the Sigma 17-70/2.8-4 "C". IQ is much better than the Pentax 18-135 WR. I have both and have no hesitation in punting the Sigma. It's well made and excellent value for money.
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I second Adam's recommendation of the Sigma 17-70/2.8-4 "C". IQ is much better than the Pentax 18-135 WR. I have both and have no hesitation in punting the Sigma. It's well made and excellent value for money.
By "C" do you mean the third generation of that lens? This is the one I have been leaning towards.
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It depends very much on what the short and long ends of a zoom range suit you. The 18-135 is very popular and extremely versatile, but most of the time I'm happy with an FA 20-35 f4 - it's fairly small, lightweight, excellent IQ and just suits my preferences. Having said that, it's not often that I would go out with just a single lens - 1 on the camera (FA20-35) and a couple in the pockets ( a 15 Ltd and 100 WR Macro)
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