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07-09-2008, 05:51 PM   #1
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New to digital, what lenses to purchase

Just bought the k10 without a lens and am totally new new digital. Now I can purchase the The PENTAX smc P-DA 16-45mm F4.0 ED/AL and the DA 55-300mm ED zoom lenses. Or I simply purchase the smc PENTAX DA 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 ED AL alone.

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It is very hard to give you some proper advice without knowing what kind of photography you shoot.

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The 16-45, by all accounts, is fantastic. The 55-300 is well reviewed (I've got one in the mail, myself).

The 18-250, on the other hand, is "pretty good" and "super easy".

By my scorecard, I'd go with the 16-45 and 55-300.
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I would do the 16-45 and 55-300 as well. The 2 mm difference at the wide end is proportionately more than it sounds, and the 55-300 is very nice.

If wide angle (or speed, either) is not so important or you hate to change lenses, the 18-250 may be the better choice.

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Like i said in another part of this forum.
You might want to check the Tamron 70-300mm
Its a great lens. Gave me a lot of great pictures.
If you want to check it out, go to my site and check the karting 2007 pics i took with it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by houstonmacgregor Quote
Just bought the k10 without a lens and am totally new new digital. Now I can purchase the The PENTAX smc P-DA 16-45mm F4.0 ED/AL and the DA 55-300mm ED zoom lenses. Or I simply purchase the smc PENTAX DA 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 ED AL alone.

Open to comments and suggestions.
The two-lens combo would be my choice:
- lower distortion at 18mm
- sharper up to 45mm
- sharper above 135mm
- 2mm wider
- 50mm longer reach
- quick-shift focus

The 18-250 is convenient, minimizes lens changes.
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QuoteOriginally posted by babelphotos Quote
Like i said in another part of this forum.
You might want to check the Tamron 70-300mm
Its a great lens. Gave me a lot of great pictures.
If you want to check it out, go to my site and check the karting 2007 pics i took with it.
The Pentax DA 55-300mm outperforms the Tamron by a significant margin. Sharper, better bokeh, nicer colours, wider fov, quick-shift focus. I know this because I own both lenses. Mind you I paid 3X the price for the Pentax lens, so it should be better.
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QuoteOriginally posted by audiobomber Quote
The Pentax DA 55-300mm outperforms the Tamron by a significant margin. Sharper, better bokeh, nicer colours, wider fov, quick-shift focus. I know this because I own both lenses. Mind you I paid 3X the price for the Pentax lens, so it should be better.
Yeah.

To the OP - It really depends on your budget.

The nice thing about the Tamron 70-300 is that it is a low-risk buy. $150 or so for a very good lens. It's not "great" or "excellent", but it is *amazing* for a lens in its price range. To find anything that competes with it you have to go into significantly higher price brackets.

The Sigma 17-70 is an extremely popular replacement for the kit zoom range. I have one and love it. It and the Tamron form my "super kit" combo.

If you travel a lot, you may want to consider the Tamron or Pentax 18-250 instead. Probably Pentax - worse warranty but better coatings and same price. Its IQ and flexibility (speed) will not be as good as a Sigma 17-70 + Tamron 70-300, but it is a lot smaller and more portable than a combo of two lenses. Personally I'd go for a two-lens combo instead of this until you absolutely need the portability.

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