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03-18-2014, 06:53 PM   #1
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i want to buy a wr lens. which is better 18-135 wr or 55-300 wr?

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Better for what?
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Ah the dreaded 'better' word
I've found they both can do excellent work, but the edges will have the big challenges. With 18-135 it's often color fringing or softness beyond 80mm, with the 55-300 vignetting can have quite an effect. Both issues are corrected in later processing though. Given the huge difference in purpose and range, sooner or later you will want both - so pick which suits your most-common needs now, and start saving up
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QuoteOriginally posted by SpecialK Quote
Better for what?
Bread making.

I think the 55-300 as one can fit more flour in it. Plus the longer zoom extension allows a better kneading action.

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Both are good for having WR and are useful for some shooting scenarios, but neither one will match some of your other lenses (such as the Tamron 28-75 and Sigma 70-200 (assuming it's an f/2.8 lens)).

I had the DA55-300 (original, non-WR version). It was a little weak over 135mm - it took OK pictures over 135mm, but I can't remember a single shot I got in that range that was really interesting.

I've thought of getting the DA18-135 WR someday if I ever want a single lens solution for traveling, but I haven't needed to yet. It's no perfect lens either, but I think it'd be more flexible overall (and possibly better IQ) so I'd lean toward that one.

You can see they both take nice photos, though:

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Obviously it depends on what you want to do with it. For longer / distant shots the 55 - 300 is a great lens. But if is for a general walk around lens and / or travel, the 18 - 135 is a very useful lens.
I'm more of a prime shooter these days but I got a 18-135 about 5 months ago and I was pleasantly surprised by it. Autofocus is great, its relatively compact and center sharpness is very good (edges of the frame are weak at the long end though).
Presume you have seen the reviews ( SMC Pentax-DA 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 ED AL [IF] DC WR Reviews - DA Zoom Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database and HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED WR Reviews - DA Zoom Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database )?

I also have a DAL 55 - 300 (basically the same optically to the WR) and its also a great lens - as long as it suits the shooting you intend to do (I use mine pretty infrequently myself but its very useful when I do need it).

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QuoteOriginally posted by calculator01 Quote
Bread making.

I think the 55-300 as one can fit more flour in it. Plus the longer zoom extension allows a better kneading action.
I assumed he was not baking bread because surely he would not be crazy enough to consider either of these lenses - the loaves will be just too small and there is still a of lot of thick glass that needs to be smashed out.
For bread baking I recommend something like this: Sigma 500mm F4 XQ Mirror Lens Reviews - Sigma Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database
Good capacity, mostly metal (I think) making it better for the oven, and would be easier to smash the glass / mirror out of. Even comes with a handle! Bon appetit!

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I have the 18-135, it's convenient for fairly close work.

If you want a longer reach the 55-300 is tough to beat for its cost. The decision isn't between the two lenses, it's about what you want to do. There's not much overlap between the two. 55mm is pretty tight within 20 feet, as such the 55-300 isn't extremely useful for close work.

What will you primarily do with your lens?

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