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05-03-2011, 09:56 AM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by Jeff Charles Quote
There's an interesting post at dpreview that assesses the 18-135. It focuses on how to take advantage of the lens's strengths rather than focusing on its weaknesses. The assessment may be a bit too positive, but it makes sense to me, and I like that way of thinking. Here's the link: http://forums.dpreview [DOT] com/forums/read.asp?forum=1036&message=38289324

Pentax Forums does not allow links to dpreview, so you need to replace [DOT] in the link I posted.

Thanks for that link really helps me get an alternative view of this lens. Nice to have a positive real-life report to think about.

05-03-2011, 10:26 AM   #17
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QuoteOriginally posted by rparmar Quote
What are your priorities? Impossible to recommend from all the good lenses unless you apply some constraints.
  1. small size and low weight
  2. fast aperture
  3. versatility in focal length
  4. bokeh quality
  5. weather-sealing
  6. not needing to changer lenses in the field
  7. full-frame compatibility
  8. full Av coupling
  9. auto-focus
  10. low price
  11. etc.

So far you have indicated only 2 as a priority with 5 as "nice to have".
Good point...I guess I'm feeling my way a bit regards constraints. Not too worried about FF compatibility, Av coupling or low price. The other points all have their merits though.

QuoteOriginally posted by Ash Quote
Budget's got to be one of the biggest constraints. And given that you might not know what focal lengths and what kind of subjects you will be shooting (determining the type and maximum aperture of lenses you would need) it is indeed difficult to advise more than just to suggest the kit lenses at first, as your basic starting point, then going into more specialised lenses when you know exactly what you want.
I see your point about getting a kit lens first as a basic starting point. Makes sense.

Last edited by A440; 05-03-2011 at 10:31 AM.

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