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02-26-2007, 02:29 PM   #1
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Oh what to do...?

The more I use Pentax lenses - the more I like them, and finding myself with almost no post processing, as I love the colors right out of the camera.

I would love to buy a lens that I can walk around most of the time... I would like the quality of the glass to be similar to 16-45 lens (or better), but ideally, the range I would like 28-105 - don't see anything on the "roadmap" for 2007 along those lines.

16-45 may do, but honestly, its a bit shorter than what I want. I see there is 17-70 in the late 2007, any "inside scoope" anyone? I can deal with that range.

I know the spring will be here (those certainly does not look like it now), I want new lens! Do I buy 16-45 and try to get use to the "shyness" on the long end, and sell it when 17-70 comes out, or is there any other sharp glass in Pentax's current lineup that will give me results and focal range I want?

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If you are looking for a 28-105 the Pentax FA 28-105mm f3.2-4.5 AL IF lens is a great compact lens. Sounds like it is just what you are looking for.
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I've seen this lens, I'm sure its a nice walkaround piece, but I'm looking for something closer to 16-45mm image quality or better...

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QuoteOriginally posted by Duh_Vinci Quote
I've seen this lens, I'm sure its a nice walkaround piece, but I'm looking for something closer to 16-45mm image quality or better...

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Why do you think the latest 28-105 has lesser image quality? It's a very fine lens. It just doesn't have a constant aperture.

Your other bet is to get a FA 24-90 f3.5-4.5 but it costs up to 3x more money.

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The 17-70mm and the 70-300mm will most likely be budget lenses, so IMO turn to the current lineup. Why not check out the lens review database?

Why not try the DA* 16-50mm? Remember, though, that cheap quality zooms are hard to come by, so while most of the regular FA and DA zooms produce great images, they could still be much better. If you're looking for true quality, turn to either primes or star zooms; otherwise, look into the FA 28-105 (I'd recommend the power zoom version), F 35-105, or A 35-105 (sharpest and fastest).

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Thank you both for your responses!

Actually, was just reading the reviews in the database here - the impression I have: its is good all around lens, maybe even close to DA 18-55 kit lens.

However, I'm looking for a sharper lens, more inline of "close" to Canon's L lenses (sorry for the comparison, but switched to Pentax from Canon)... Ben in his review of 16-45 comparing it to 17-40L at mid range, and that is something I find incredible (at this price), and indeed inline of what I was looking for.

16-50 well, I'm considering it too, just having hard time agreeing with the range at this price (which is fair, considering the quality of *lenses).

And you are absolutely right, finding current FA lenses are tough... Still leaning toward the 16-45. Looked through so many files, not too many taken over 50-55mm range.

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I don't have a pentax 17-70 but I can say for sure if you buy one, the range is just about perfect for a walk around unless you venture into wild life or lots of sports action.
for a lens that covers most everything else, I really like 17-70 range.

good luck with you decisions

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Try the Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 DC. It's a pretty sharp lens and runs for about the same price as the DA 16-45mm/4

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