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11-08-2009, 04:14 PM   #1
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K-x and 18-250: Balance

Here's a question for K-x owners who've tried the 18-250mm lens (Pentax or Tamron versions) on the new camera. How does that combination balance out? I sometimes use the 18-250 on my K200D - a great combination for vacations instead of a megazoom point and shoot. I was wondering if the lens might be a bit heavy for the K-x, given that the new camera's kit lenses are particularly light and compact. But if the balance is still good, perhaps the new combination will make an even better vacation kit.

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I dont have that lens in particular, but do have the 55-300 and 50-135 - the 55-300 fits it nicely. I also actually like the 50-135 on the k-x. However, it is more like attaching the camera body to the lens rather than the lens to the camera body! Most of the weight is with the lens, and having such a nice large surface area makes the 50-135/kx combo very easy to cradle - I like it almost as much as with the k20/grip to be honest. The nice deep hand grip on the Kx is also very nice. hope that helps alittle!
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I have both, but never tried that combination on the camera yet. I have been using the 17-50mm Tamron which has the same dimension and weight as the 18-250 and yes, it feels like the body is being attached to the lens than the other way around.

The 18-250 is a better vacation kit for the K-x because of the high ISO capabilities of the K-x makes the slower lens feel quite at home.
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I have this exact combination of K-x and 18-250 (Pentax branded). It definitely feels very different than using the camera with the kit lens. You have to support more of the weight with your left hand under the lens. However, since this lens is so prone to zoom creep, I have my hand there anyhow. If you've only ever used the light weight kit lens, just about any lens will feel heavy in comparison.

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