Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home
 

Reply
Show Printable Version Search this Thread
10-15-2015, 11:12 AM   #46
Veteran Member
FantasticMrFox's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Munich
Posts: 2,211
Original Poster
I think the choice is between the Pentax 16-85 and the Sigma 17-50. While I realise that a lot of Pentaxians love their 18-135, and it is versatile and weather resistant, there is just too much agreement across virtually all reviews I've read on the lens being pretty mediocre optically. When PF calls the corners "terribly soft" and Photozone adds a note saying "Just to mention again - we couldn't believe the rather poor performance so we asked the local Pentax service in Hamburg/Germany for an assessment of the situation. Result: the lens is within factory specifications.", I am just not comfortable with shelling out a couple of hundred € on it

Until recently my brain said "Sigma!" while my heart whispered "Pentax ...", but the more I read about the Sigma, the more it appears to be a great alternative. Sure, I'd lose a bit of range and weather sealing, but the vast majority of PF members having reviewed this lens seem to consider its optical performance nothing short of spectacular. Very sharp in the image centre and decently sharp into the corners wide open at 17 mm, and razor sharp across the frame upon stopping down by just one to two stops ...

Argh, the choice is not getting easier. But I will stop bothering you folks with my undecidedness. I think I now have all the information I need, so thanks everyone for a lot of great and really helpful advise!

10-15-2015, 11:41 AM   #47
Pentaxian




Join Date: Feb 2010
Photos: Albums
Posts: 1,854
If you get a non WR lens and want to take photos in the rain if it's not too windy a small umbrella works just fine.
10-15-2015, 11:53 AM - 2 Likes   #48
Veteran Member
FantasticMrFox's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Munich
Posts: 2,211
Original Poster
QuoteOriginally posted by mohb Quote
If you get a non WR lens and want to take photos in the rain if it's not too windy a small umbrella works just fine.
Like this?
Attached Images
 
10-15-2015, 12:12 PM   #49
Pentaxian




Join Date: Feb 2010
Photos: Albums
Posts: 1,854
I used a child's one, a bit bigger than that one, it was also useful for keeping the rain off my sandwiches


Last edited by mohb; 10-15-2015 at 12:53 PM. Reason: spelling thanks Vanya
10-15-2015, 12:15 PM - 1 Like   #50
Loyal Site Supporter
Loyal Site Supporter
UncleVanya's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2014
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 15,157
QuoteOriginally posted by mohb Quote
I used a child's one, a bit bigger than that one, it was also useful for keeping the raid off my sandwiches
Why was someone spraying roach killer on your sandwich?
10-16-2015, 04:47 AM   #51
Pentaxian
bdery's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Quebec city, Canada
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 6,571
QuoteOriginally posted by mohb Quote
If you get a non WR lens and want to take photos in the rain if it's not too windy a small umbrella works just fine.
To me WR is one of the main perks of Pentax.
10-16-2015, 07:10 AM   #52
Pentaxian




Join Date: Feb 2010
Photos: Albums
Posts: 1,854
QuoteOriginally posted by bdery Quote
To me WR is one of the main perks of Pentax.
If financial constraints stop it being affordable there are plenty of alternatives - plastic bags are always useful
10-16-2015, 08:09 AM   #53
Pentaxian
bdery's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Quebec city, Canada
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 6,571
QuoteOriginally posted by mohb Quote
If financial constraints stop it being affordable there are plenty of alternatives
Of course, but nowadays WR can be had with many inexpensive lenses. 18-55, 18-50 RE, 18-135, 50-200, 55-300 are all below 400$, sometimes a low below.

QuoteOriginally posted by mohb Quote
plastic bags are always useful
Try shooting under a waterfall spray.

In any situation the convenience clearly isn't the same...

10-16-2015, 08:21 AM   #54
Pentaxian




Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: United States
Posts: 376
i own a 18-55mm WR specifically if i need a WR mount cap.
Reply

Bookmarks
  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
40mm, a7, af, canon, da, f/2.8, film, frame, image, iq, k-mount, lens, lenses, level, mm, options, pentax, pentax lens, primes, quality, range, sigma, slr lens, sony, weather
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Need a versatile all around lens! northmole Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 15 10-07-2013 03:00 PM
Sigma or Tamron all around lens (picture quality) jrcastillo Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 18 10-02-2013 08:09 PM
Best All-around Lens? McDunk Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 45 05-22-2011 02:39 PM
Good all-around portrait Lens ~$300? cputeq Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 22 04-26-2008 12:11 AM
lookin for good all-around lens pentaxk100d Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10 03-06-2008 09:54 AM



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 06:14 PM. | See also: NikonForums.com, CanonForums.com part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
register
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]
Top