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04-09-2007, 01:02 AM   #1
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Hi folks, this is my first post here so go easy on me. I've been using a Fujifilm F-11 compact for the last year to take mainly landscapes. As my skills have grown so the shortcomings of my compact have become magnified. Anyway, time is here to buy my first DSLR and from all I've read I'm looking at the K10D.

What lens would you recommend for all-round use? The vast majority of my shots will be landscapes but I do need it to be useful for foreign trips. I was thinking of the 16-45mm Pentax lens as it seems well regarded, but I'm wondering if it's really enough at the long end. 45mm translates to 68mm in old money, right? If so, that's maybe not long enough.

There's a bit of a rush on as my wife & I are going to Corsica in 5 weeks time for our 10th anniversary. I'd really like to have the camera up & running before then.

Thanks in advance for any light you can shed on my situation.

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Hello and welcome
I am a fairly new player too. Recently bought a K10d myself. For walkabout use I purchased the Sigma 17-70, (have found it very satisfactory, anf carry a Pentax 50-200 (very ligth weight, small and gives top results!)
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Hi Gordon

The Sigma 17-70 is a very good alternative as suggested above. And if your "all-round use" means snapshots, then you can also consider Sigma 18-125. And if you don't need 18mm, then you can take a look at Sigma/Tamron 24-135.

However if quality is important to you, then stick with Sigma 17-70, Pentax 16-45, or Tamron 28-75/2.8 (if you don't need wide-angle).

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I don't own either, but from what others say about the lenses, the 16-45 and 50-200 would be a very solid setup.

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Thanks for the help folks. Does anyone know when the 16-50mm D* is likely to be available in the UK? And how much it's likely to cost? I have a max budget of 1000 and I can source the K10D body and and 16-45mm combo for 800 which leaves a bit of room for maneouvre.
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QuoteOriginally posted by zorrofox Quote
Thanks for the help folks. Does anyone know when the 16-50mm D* is likely to be available in the UK? And how much it's likely to cost? I have a max budget of 1000 and I can source the K10D body and and 16-45mm combo for 800 which leaves a bit of room for maneouvre.
from the prices I read here in canada, the 16-50 will be about the same price as the 17-70 and the 16-45 combined
I have the 17-70 and it is a great lens for outdoors. very sharp around F8.
It is a little slow for indoors without a flash, unless you use it in the 17-30mm area.

good luck

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QuoteOriginally posted by zorrofox Quote
Thanks for the help folks. Does anyone know when the 16-50mm D* is likely to be available in the UK? And how much it's likely to cost? I have a max budget of 1000 and I can source the K10D body and and 16-45mm combo for 800 which leaves a bit of room for maneouvre.
Hi, and welcome to the forum. I have no idea when the new lenses will be available. Theoretically in May, but Pentax has been known to be slow in coming to market. I do know that Adorama has it listed for a pre-delivery price of 750 USD.
21650 Pentax SMCP-DA * 16mm - 50mm f/2.8 ED-AL (IF) SDM Autofocus Zoom Lens for Digital SLRs - U.S.A.
I'd also add my recommendation for the DA 50-200 as a companion lens for the 16-45. It really is light and compact.

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Gordon,
I recently picked up a Tamron 24-135, which would be as wide as your Fuji on the short end, and a little longer on the tele end (+20mm). It has more or less replaced my kit lens because it performs just about as well, and will continue to fill that range until I get something better. (I also got to fiddle with the Sigma lenses in this range--I don't care for the build quality as much.)

Good luck getting your kit together before your trip.

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