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07-05-2017, 07:10 AM   #1
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Best Travel/ Landscape lens for Pentax K-3

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I am looking for the perfect Travel/ landscape lens for the K-3 and hope to get some feedback on which lens would be good.
I currently use a 18-135mm which I want to upgrade to get some better image quality, especially in the corners.
It can be both a prime or a zoomlens.

Thank you advance

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The obvious answer(to me) would be the DA 15. It is a wonderful landscape lens!
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I went through this process some time back and settled on the 16-85,couldn't be happier.

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There is no "perfect" lens but lots of good ones. What focal lengths do you like to use? Is weather resistance necessary?

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My favorite APS-C landscape lens is the Sigma 17-50. I've found the image quality to be excellent. The reviews for this lens are quite favorable too and it's pretty affordable. I used this lens extensively with my K-3.
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not knowing your specific needs, I'd say I like to to bring DA15, DA21, and FA31 along for travel. All three are still smaller than the big DFA15-30 zoom and easier to stash in jacket pockets when on location. All three of these give superior image quality vs most zoom options. fwiw
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hands down, for me it would have to be the DA 14mm f2.8 ED (IF)


an amazing lens, it is....
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I use the 18-135 as a travel lens simply because it's so versatile. The 16-85 would probably be better for me, being wider and having better image quality, but not sufficiently so to warrant a replacement.

In addition to a zoom I (as good as) always bring a few primes when travelling; the DA15 is tiny and a wonderful landscape lens. I usually bring something like the FA43 and DA70, too. The key here is small size (as well as great image quality). The 55-300 has also given me some landscape shots I'm very happy with. Not all landscapes call for wide angle lenses.

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I have both Pentax 16-85 and Sigma 17-50. I have no reservation as far as IQ is concerned for either lens. The Sigma is extremely sharp in the center while the Pentax is more even across the frame. And the Sigma is f/2.8 which has some advantages in some situations. You can get the Sigma at a lower price than the Pentax. But Pentax is WR, wider 16 mm, and longer FL.

I also had 18-135 that was replaced by the 16-85, my copy is significantly better than 18-135.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ronaldtromso Quote
Hi,

I am looking for the perfect Travel/ landscape lens for the K-3 and hope to get some feedback on which lens would be good.
I currently use a 18-135mm which I want to upgrade to get some better image quality, especially in the corners.
It can be both a prime or a zoomlens.

Thank you advance
For a zoom, the 20-40 Limited would be my choice for a zoom (I wouldn't choose it though, I don't like zooms). Otherwise the 31LTD or 35/2.8LTD. I don't think wides are the best choice for landscapes. If you want wider, you can always do a panoramic stitch.
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I lost a 18-135 that I use skiing and cycling as well as travel. I liked the size, weight, and found IQ to be pretty good to very good depending on the shot.
When I lost that lens and needed a replacement, I considered a 16-85 and a 20-40 but wound up getting another 18-135.

The main reason is size and weight but also versatility due to the zoom range.
I take that when I'm not sure what to expect but want to travel light. I'll supplement with primes (DA15, FA77, A 300) for specific purposes too.
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I usually bring something like the FA43 and DA70, too. The key here is small size (as well as great image quality).
+1 for this. I adore my FA 43 and the DA 70, while not my most used lens, brings a unique perspective to both landscape and street. If you want wider the k 28 3.5 is also great (especially for landscape where you can stop it down a bit).
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The 15

It's in a league of it's own, really, as far as contrast, saturation, and sharpness. One of the top 2 Pentax lenses of all time.Amazing thing. You'd swear you have a polarizer on all the time.

If only it was weather proof.

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I have never in my life uttered the phrase "But this picture is so soft in the corners".
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QuoteOriginally posted by boriscleto Quote
I have never in my life uttered the phrase "But this picture is so soft in the corners".
You don't shoot enough brick walls
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