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05-23-2009, 08:27 AM   #1
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Walk around lens for backup

Picked up a K10d body at Wolf for $250 . (That's their current chain wide price if you can find one) I'de like suggestions for a walk around lens for it at $500 or under. I have the Pentax 18-250 for my K20d but would like something different for the new body. Sigma/Tamron 28-300 or something shorter/similar?

05-23-2009, 09:13 AM   #2
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I have a Tamron 28-300, which is not really that bad for a superzoom. But I think 300mm is overreaching for a walkaround lens, and it certainly isn't in the DA 18-250 class for IQ. I would consider a 17-70 instead. A lot depends on your walk, but I my photos turn out better when I get closer to something than when I try to superzoom there.
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I have the Sigma 17-70 and am very impressed with it. It's a nice range and seems pretty sharp all the way through.
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Sigma 17-70 is a great walk around lens with macro 1:2.3 for up close. But why would you need a second walk around zoom when you already have one? Unless you plan to have someone else using the second camera I would go for one of the limited primes, Da35 macro is probably the most versatile, Da40/2.8 is the lightest/cheapest limited. Fa43 is special (my fav), Da 15 would give you extra wide perspective.(just over $500 though). Fa 50 is another fast and cheap choice although it doesn't have the limiteds build quality.

Alternatively you might want to go for new weather resistant kit lens combo or sigma/tammy f2.8 zooms.

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I second the 17-70 as a walkaround. Depends on your walks, but typically most of my shots fall within this range. Both the siggy and pentax versions are purportedly very good. I only have had experience with the sigma version and it was very sharp and had a very useful close focusing capability
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As you have a good super zoom already on the K20D, I would opt for a good "normal" prime. The Da35 ltd as robjmitchell suggested would be excellent (It rarely leaves my K20D's body). My second option would be a real wide angle prime / zoom, like the DA12-24, DA14 or DA15 ltd.
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QuoteOriginally posted by wowtip Quote
As you have a good super zoom already on the K20D, I would opt for a good "normal" prime. The Da35 ltd as robjmitchell suggested would be excellent (It rarely leaves my K20D's body). My second option would be a real wide angle prime / zoom, like the DA12-24, DA14 or DA15 ltd.

I was thinking the same thing. It does not really make sense to have 2 cameras which are equipped nearly the same. Personally I would get a few inexpensive Takumar lenses, like a 35mm/3.5 a 50/55mm and maybe the 105 - the image will look very different from your long zoom, and the usage is definitely different, too.
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QuoteOriginally posted by chse Quote
I was thinking the same thing. It does not really make sense to have 2 cameras which are equipped nearly the same. Personally I would get a few inexpensive Takumar lenses, like a 35mm/3.5 a 50/55mm and maybe the 105 - the image will look very different from your long zoom, and the usage is definitely different, too.
Quite right. My K20D usually sports the DA 18-250 or sometimes the kit DA 18-55 (with the DA 10-17 and FA 50/1.4 in my pockets). My backup cam is a ZX-M (film) SLR, and it would be easy to mount a Takumar 28-80 - but why bother? That's effectively the same as 18-55 on the K20D. The ZX-M's advantage is that it's full-frame, so wide lenses are actually WIDE. Thus I usually have a Vivitar 24/2 or Takumar 28/2.8 or 35/3.5 or on it, or even a cheap-but-crisp Lentar (Tokina) 21/3.8 or Zenitar 16/2.8 - or the FA50 or my Vivitar 90/2.8 macro - anything that will give a totally different effect than the 18-whatever walkaround. Exactly what you'll want depends on where and when you do your walking. If your K20D has the 18-250, your K10D should probably have something fast and/or wide and/or exotic, like InfraRed.


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I'll throw the DA 21 limited in here. I've been on business in Sydney and had the opportunity to do some sight-seeing this past weekend; the DA 21 has really been a pleasure. It's tiny, sharp, and has (for me) a very useful focal length: my definition of a "walk-around" lens.
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Thanks for the input. It has made me realize that the 10d should have something completely different from the 20d. I'll post back with results.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Schwatmann Quote
Picked up a K10d body at Wolf for $250 . (That's their current chain wide price if you can find one) I'de like suggestions for a walk around lens for it at $500 or under. I have the Pentax 18-250 for my K20d but would like something different for the new body. Sigma/Tamron 28-300 or something shorter/similar?
Go wider Dude!

10-17mm f/3.5-4.5

It is definately DIFFERENT!
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