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02-17-2016, 02:38 AM   #1
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Looking for a WA lens on my k3 ?!

Now that i've just purchased a k3 with a 35mm f/2.4 standard lens , i'm looking for a Walk Around lens , allthough i'm always attracted to bright lenses and never bought anything else , i'm strongly considering an exception this time around.
I might just go for the : Pentax 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6 ED DC WR DA.
I've had Tamron & Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 before and they were great , i loved the Sigma on my Nikon D7000 , extremely sharp pictures , the OS on the Sigma is not really essential on my k3.
The range of this 16-85mm Pentax is phenomenal and looking at the reviews both here and on very good websites like "photozone" "imaging resource"or "ephotozine" , it's obviously an excellent lens.

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QuoteOriginally posted by guillermovilas Quote
Now that i've just purchased a k3 with a 35mm f/2.4 standard lens , i'm looking for a Walk Around lens , allthough i'm always attracted to bright lenses and never bought anything else , i'm strongly considering an exception this time around.
I might just go for the : Pentax 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6 ED DC WR DA.
I've had Tamron & Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 before and they were great , i loved the Sigma on my Nikon D7000 , extremely sharp pictures , the OS on the Sigma is not really essential on my k3.
The range of this 16-85mm Pentax is phenomenal and looking at the reviews both here and on very good websites like "photozone" "imaging resource"or "ephotozine" , it's obviously an excellent lens.
The 16-85mm is very good optically, but as you mentioned, a little bit slow. If you want something slightly faster, consider the Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 "C". It also has a nice macro mode

IMO you can't go wrong with either choice.

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DFA15-30/2.8 looks pretty good....
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The 16-85mm is very good optically, but as you mentioned, a little bit slow. If you want something slightly faster, consider the Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 "C". It also has a nice macro mode

IMO you can't go wrong with either choice.
Yes , i forgot that one , difficult choice ???

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DFA15-30/2.8 looks pretty good....
Not quite a WA lens , reach isn't great .

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QuoteOriginally posted by guillermovilas Quote
Not quite a WA lens , reach isn't great .
WTF? Even on APS-C, 15mm is ultra-wide, and 30mm is short-normal. How much reach do you want in a wide angle lens?

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Pentax 16 85 is a fantastic lens ... I suggest to buy asap ...
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WTF? 15mm is ultra-wide, and 30mm is short-normal. How much reach do you want in a wide angle lens?
I want Wide and Tele
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Well your thread title specifies WA, which I read as "wide angle"
If you ask a bad question, expect a bad answer.

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I think he meant Walk Around. But I thought it was about wide angle as well.
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I can vouch for the 16-85; a very nice lens. If you want more speed and don't mind the more restricted focal length range and lack of WR, then the Sigma 17-70 f2.8 is the go. If you want FF-compatible, then the D FA 15-30 f2.8 looks interesting, at a price.

Personally, the DA 15 has most of my WA needs covered, brilliantly.
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16-85 then, if you're after a zoom. Why are you even asking?
My favourite walk-around lens on APS-C is the DA21 limited.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Sandy Hancock Quote
16-85 then, if you're after a zoom. Why are you even asking?
My favourite walk-around lens on APS-C is the DA21 limited.
Someone is pissy today
Must be the built up tension for FF
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Someone is pissy today
Must be the built up tension for FF
Not at all pissy, and I have no tension whatsoever.
Perhaps if people avoided ambiguous acronyms everything would be simpler.
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It all depends on what you're walking around. When I was looking for a lens to be my general-use weather-resistant zoom, I chose the 18-135 because my outdoor environment is mostly flat ground, open and wooded spaces, and very few tall buildings or narrow thoroughfares, so reach is more important and 18mm gives me enough FOV on APS-C. If I lived in a major metropolis where tall buildings and narrow streets were the order of the day, I'd probably have bought the 16-85 instead.

The 16-50 DA* would be great if not for its price, its reputation for SDM failures and the fact that it may not give the OP quite the amount of "tele" he's looking for.
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The DA 18-135mm has great range, is sharp where you want it to be, is relatively light, is not expensive, and it is WR... I can't think of any other lens that fulfills all these criteria, which makes it a great walk around lens along with the K3
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