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05-06-2011, 12:42 PM   #16
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When I was a new dSLR/Pentax user, I took an attitude of spending a little less and covering a full range so I could get an idea of what my real needs were in terms of focal lengths. At the time, I used the kit 18-55 lens and a Tamron 70-300, both of which were cheap. The reason being is I wanted to buy the best lens I could on the 2nd round of purchases and I wanted to be sure that those lens were in focal ranges I use the most.

The result ended up that I wound up going after Sigma's 30 1.4 and a few manual primes at 135 mm, 100 mm and 50 mm. I also learned that at the longer end, I didn't need much, but I did need it. So, I ended up with the 55-300 mm because it performed remarkably better than the Tamron lens did even though it still has its flaws... hey I'm a hobbyist. I can only afford so much otherwise I'd get a dedicated 300 mm prime.

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I understand the appeal of the 2 lens kit giving more reach, but the 18-135 has better iq, and covers the classic 35 mm range of 28-200 approximately (moderately wide to decent telephoto. unless you are spending a lot of time hunting distant objects this really covers all your needs. once you are comfortable with the camera and have some history to look at you can assess further needs by looking at the FL range you shoot most in. For me a wider lens would have more use than longer than 135. and there are WR options coming in the wider end (Sigma for instance has a 12-24 coming)
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I have the 18-135 on my k-5 and despite what some reviews say about it, I'm very satisfied. I also have the 21mm and the 43mm primes and while the primes are definitely better lenses, I'm perfectly happy with my 18-135. It is just so convenient and I don't have to worry about the weather.
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I recommend the 18-135. It's the only all-around WR lens, and it also performs better than the kit. If it's rainy, you don't want to be changing lenses, now do you? its AF is also very fast and quiet.

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weather sealing

The weather sealing is truly a fantastic benefit. I was out today trying to get some cool flower macros when it started to rain, which was also cool! But I didn't have to worry about the 18-135. I've never had a weather sealed setup until now, and normally I would have looked for cover, but today I looked for photos.
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I am also a beginner on DSLR. I use K5 plus DA18-135mm WR for two months. The lens can fulfill most situations.
The first photo is 135mm and the 2nd one is 18mm.



I am thinking to buy DA 55-300 which is most compact. As I have owned a 18-135, it is better to have a 100-400(Sigma ...) but normally the size is not convenient for carry. It is my dilemma now.

You may consider DA 18+55 plus DA* 60-250 but you need to often carry two lens and change lens!
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I've just sold my DA 50-200, but i really thought it was a good lens. Not one of Pentax sharpest but sharp enough.
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