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03-19-2009, 04:39 PM   #1
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Lenses for K20D

Just bought a K20D. I am shopping for a couple of lenses. Thinking about the DA*16-50mm and either the DA*50-135mm or the DA*60-250. I have not heard much about the 60-250.
I welcome your comments.
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depends what you want to do.
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QuoteOriginally posted by aperture_09 Quote
Just bought a K20D. I am shopping for a couple of lenses. Thinking about the DA*16-50mm and either the DA*50-135mm or the DA*60-250. I have not heard much about the 60-250.
I welcome your comments.
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looks like you are looking for all range zoom. you should go to a store and try the DA*. for me it was heavy.
Pentax have great small primes and I like primes for most things.
now I do feel that I need one zoom and will get either a 16-50 or the FA version 28-70
but walking all the time with a 2.8 zoom glass on your neck could be hard task for some and some other people have no problem with that

so go try for yourself all are amazing lenses you can not go wrong

the 60-250 is new and still very expensive if you can find one I bet in a few months you will see a huge price drop

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For casual shots, a sigma zoom will suffice - 17-70 or 70-300

All these higher end products produce shots no different from any point and shoot cameras especially with ISO 100-200 range.

Depending on the level of obsession towards photography gear, there will be different levels of criticism towards these lenses.

It really depends on what technical parameter you are looking at and what sort of application you want to use the lenses on
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QuoteOriginally posted by aperture_09 Quote
Just bought a K20D. I am shopping for a couple of lenses. Thinking about the DA*16-50mm and either the DA*50-135mm or the DA*60-250. I have not heard much about the 60-250.
I welcome your comments.
Stan G.
All the lenses you mentioned are good. DA*60-250 isn't out yet.
DA* 300 f/4 is great. One shop in my town claims that DA*60-250 "is coming soon."

You can also collect a couple cheap but great used manual focus primes while you're at it.
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For casual shots, a sigma zoom will suffice - 17-70 or 70-300
I'd avoid any loud AF lens that brings the attention of my subject to the camera and me. It could ruin your intended shot if your subject looks at your dentist drill in fright and/or puzzlement. I'd rather strain my eyeball focusing manually. Although DA 40 f/2.8 is quick enough so that the motor's noise isn't all too noticeable. All my casual shots...in fact all my shots are done in either Av or M modes and so I avoid variable aperture zooms.

If lenses aren't an issue, then the cheapest route would be to get a black mount cap, poke a hole in it, put it on the camera, put the camera on a tripod and use Bulb mode.
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QuoteOriginally posted by roentarre Quote

All these higher end products produce shots no different from any point and shoot cameras especially with ISO 100-200 range.
How do you mean? my 31mm and k20D looks nothing like my P&S
Do you mean on auto mode ?

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QuoteOriginally posted by redpigeons Quote
How do you mean? my 31mm and k20D looks nothing like my P&S
Do you mean on auto mode ?
On auto mode, at f/8 and scaled to thumbnail size.
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But the poster who claimed All these higher end products produce shots no different from any point and shoot cameras especially with ISO 100-200 range. said NOTHING about auto mode and/or f/8......I'm still baffled by that comment.

OP wanted some comments on the 16-55/50-135 and someone says the shots won't look any different than a point-n-shoot....
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OP - I LOVED my 50-135. If that range works for you, it is an excellent zoom lens that has "prime" image quality. And my K10D/50-135 produced pictures that looked QUITE different (ie better ) than the shots out of my Canon A510.
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Well, your lens choices are vast, of course. I'll just say that the DA*50-135 seems to be a perfect match for the K20D. I'd like a little wider range, but the image quality is superb, and it's great for action shots on AF-C. Fantastic portrait lens as well (at least to me).

I also really like the DA*16-50. These two lenses really make your K20D a very nice, weathersealed, kit.
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I'd recommend the DA*16-50 and the DA*50-135. I love both of mine, and they work great on my K20D.
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QuoteOriginally posted by asdf Quote
I'd avoid any loud AF lens that brings the attention of my subject to the camera and me. It could ruin your intended shot if your subject looks at your dentist drill in fright and/or puzzlement. I'd rather strain my eyeball focusing manually. Although DA 40 f/2.8 is quick enough so that the motor's noise isn't all too noticeable. All my casual shots...in fact all my shots are done in either Av or M modes and so I avoid variable aperture zooms.

If lenses aren't an issue, then the cheapest route would be to get a black mount cap, poke a hole in it, put it on the camera, put the camera on a tripod and use Bulb mode.

Silent shooting is good if the thread starter wants a silent lens to work with.

That is a very useful info to let me know. Thanks
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