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05-09-2011, 06:00 PM   #1
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Help choosing 2nd lens for K-5

Hello,

I am a new K-5 owner and selected the 50-200mm WR for my first lens.

If I added the 18-55mm WR (about $155) I would have the entire range
from 18-200 mm covered with two lenses.

However it seems like the 18-135mm WR overall gets better reviews but
also costs $480.

I am new to SLR photography and was wondering if anyone could help
me with their advice on which lens to choose next. I have a slight lean to
go with the 18-55mm WR for $155 and then save for a DA* lens in the future.
But perhaps I would be better off with the more versatile 18-135mm even
though it would significantly overlap the range of my 50-200mm first lens?

Thank you for any help - I really appreciate it! - Janis

05-09-2011, 06:17 PM   #2
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Hi Janis,

The 18-135 is better than the 18-55 in terms of IQ (see review), and its AF is also much faster (and quieter). What I recommend is you buy that, sell the 50-200 because of the overlap, and then save up for a DA* prime.

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05-09-2011, 06:41 PM   #3
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the 50-200 is a fine zoom...i own the samsung version that is suposed to have the same design and i really like it. The problem with trying to sell it is that people tend to prefer the 55-300, and since lots of people drop their kit quite fast for upgrades they are somewhat underpriced.
I wouldn't go for the kit lense...you'll probably be dumping it in some time to get a better one so why spend the 150? you can always look to faster constant aperture lenses on that zoom range.The 16-45 f4 is quite apreciated or you could go off brand for a Tamron 17-50 f2.8 (visit the tammy club to see what it can do...just gotta be carefull with front or back focusing issues, but since you got a k5 you can always microadjust it).
Another good thing would maybe go for a prime (pentax strong point lies on it's prime lineup...i can't wait to save some money, a 70ish and a 30ish have been rumbling through my mind lately)...
The 40 f2,8, the 21 f3.2, or 35 f2.8 macro (wich has 1:1macro ratioSMC Pentax-DA 35mm F2.8 Limited Macro Reviews - Pentax Lens Reviews & Pentax Lens Database), or the cheaper 35 f2.4 that may leave you some money for another prime or a cheaper zoom (16-45 or a used 17-50 f2,8...) could be good things to consider.
Superzooms are versatile but they always have to compromise on something to keep that long long range...a prime might be helpfull learning some things and will force you to think and move to compose (and zooms have trouble getting to a comparable to prime IQ).
Congrats on the k5! Enjoy that beast.

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if you want to stick in the wide-normal zoom range and don't mind the lack of weatherproofing, a nice affordable option could be the tamron 17-50mm f/2.8. the IQ you get from that lens along with the fast aperture opens up a lot of possibilities.
The 18-135 WR is a fantastic lens (my girlfriend's practically lives on her K-5) and following Adam's advice would definitely be a great idea too.

i guess the real question is, what do you plan on shooting with the second lens? That should be a major deciding factor in what the next lens you purchase

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Get yourself a DA prime and learn the joy of pentax prime lenses. =)
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As you're starting out, Adam's suggestion is the most prudent, particularly if you do not require any more reach than 135mm.

If you like the 18-135mm range, then the next logic step would be (in case you continually love and advance in your photographic journey) to invest in the DA* 16-50 and DA* 50-135 lenses.

However, if you begin to find your niche in a particular style/genre of photography, you should invest into lenses that are purposely exemplified for those purposes, e.g. the DA 35 macro or DFA 100 macro WR for macro photography, or the DA 40 or 70 limited for portraiture. You also have the cheap, yet in no way cheap in quality, option of buying the stellar little DA 35 f/2.4 lens that just shines in everyday applications. It will give you decent low light ability whilst being small, light and of excellent optical quality.
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