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11-01-2015, 09:32 AM   #1
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recommend me a lens

Going to Costa Rica, want a good all around zoom that will really perform well in a rainy, humid and possible sandy conditions. Suggestions?

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Either DA 18-135 or DA 16-85.
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I see you already have two nice WR lenses (DA 20-40mm ltd, DFA 100mm macro). If you want more range in just a single lens, look into the DA 18-135mm (in depth forum review here). Sure, its not as high quality as the two mentioned lenses, but its no slouch, has a comfortable zoom range, WR, and its fairly affordable

In depth DA 16-85mm review compares it to the DA 18-135mm, there is a summary at the end of the reviews: https://www.pentaxforums.com/reviews/hd-pentax-da-16-85mm-f35-56/introduction.html

When buying a new lens, its usually a good idea to have the latest firmware installed on the camera, as an update might contain some new profiles that didn't exist back when the camera was released

Sounds like a great trip! Take good care of your gear
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QuoteOriginally posted by kshapero Quote
Going to Costa Rica, want a good all around zoom that will really perform well in a rainy, humid and possible sandy conditions. Suggestions?
What Bertwert said...that dadgum DA 16-85 goes wide and is one sharp SOB !

11-01-2015, 11:34 AM   #5
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It could be depending on what part of Costa Rica you are referring to? It rained a lot near the volcano and was dry and hot near the pacific coast near santa teresa was quite dusty do to the unpaved roads.
I took mostly non weather resistant lenses without any issues (Sigma 10-20, 18-50 2.8, and the 70-200 2.8) I used the 70-200 most of the time.

good luck and have a great time!

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You have not stated a budget. Since you already have 2 WR lenses, HD Pentax-DA 20-40mm Limited & Pentax D-FA 100mm F2.8 Macro WR, I would recommend the HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED WR for low cost option or SMC Pentax-DA* 60-250mm F4 ED [IF] SDM for a skies the limit choice to go along with the two you have. Both are weather sealed. This should cover just about any range including macro.
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QuoteOriginally posted by kshapero Quote
Going to Costa Rica, want a good all around zoom that will really perform well in a rainy, humid and possible sandy conditions. Suggestions?
Answer depends a little on one variable - are you looking for a single lens solution, or something to add to your current lenses.
If you are looking for a single lens solution to lock on your camera for the whole trip I'd recommend the 18-135WR (I like it a lot)

If you're looking for an add-on (a 2-3 lens kit for vacation) - I'd personally recommend the DA*50-135 if you have budget for it. (since you have 20-40 already covered)

and as mentioned previously - if budget is tight and you're looking for more reach the 55-300 WR is fairly well regarded for the price... never used one myself but it seems to be well regarded by those who have one.
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I went years ago on a habitat for humanity build. Spent the entire time (except a day at the end) on the west side of the country.

In the forests it is too dark for a long telephoto, and for small wild life you would want more than 300 mm. Same would be true for the rain Forrest I believe on the east side

Given what you have even though not ideal, (length wise) the DA 300 would make sense, or if you shell out the Bucks, the new 450mm zoom perhaps.

Depends what you shoot.

The DA 16-85 is a good lens as a one lens solution. As long as you don't want long

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As an all round one lens does all kit to never come off the camera: 18-135 (practicality being favoured over optics here; YMMV). Given that you already have 20-40 covered, the 55-300 HD WR is absolutely what I would buy as a supplement if I were in your shoes.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Lowell Goudge Quote
I went years ago on a habitat for humanity build. Spent the entire time (except a day at the end) on the west side of the country.

In the forests it is too dark for a long telephoto, and for small wild life you would want more than 300 mm. Same would be true for the rain Forrest I believe on the east side
If it was years ago, I'm sure the camera you used did not have the ability to shoot at as high an iso as the owner's K5IIs nor the megapixels's necessary to crop a 300mm (450mm equiv.) shot to a usable photo. I use a 300mm for small wildlife and get very useable shots even at twilight. The OP should get the best zoom he can afford that goes to the 250-300mm range, IMHO.
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The 55-300 WR seems a logical addition to what you already have.
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When I went to Costa Rica for a week, there were a couple instances when I needed a long, relatively fast lens (135 would not have been enough). Those were wildlife related situations. So, an all-around travel zoom would not have been the best option.

If the wildlife side of it (birds and monkeys mostly) aren't a priority, then even the limitation of 16-85 is probably good enough. I found shooting a lot of wide landscapes, and a variety of close-up to macro situations. Quality macro will be important.

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