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07-26-2011, 05:38 PM   #16
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The obivous choice is the 16-50, it's the only weather sealed option in that range. The 17-70 is not weather sealed other than that one seal on the lens mount. Otherwise the new HSM Sigma 17-50 f2.8 is meant to be great but not weather sealed.

But if it's starbursts you want then there is one Pentax lens whose mission in life is to give you starbursts on demand, anything from subtle to nuclear explosions, just dial in the amount and it will deliver That lens is the DA 15mm limited.











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QuoteOriginally posted by johnmflores Quote
Agreed. If it's a nice wide to normal zoom that you need then the 16-50 is the ticket - https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-slr-lens-discussion/106084-da%2A-1...at-can-do.html. If you really won't consider it, then maybe Pentax isn't the right brand for your needs. Perhaps Sony?

I typically work with zooms (16-50, 50-135) and vacation with primes (DA Limited 21, 35 Macro, 70). Works a peach.
Same here. Work with the zooms, play with the primes.
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Hi

I am a great fan of the TAMRON 24-135 Af AD IF 1:3.5-5.6
It is an absolutely fantastic piece of glass and it is on my K-5 all the time. It gets top notes on most if not all reviews. And it comes with a top quality genuine leather pouch. Unfortunately it is out of production but you can still by new ones on the net. Even for a lens that is out of production it is relatively expensive (≈ $400) but this reflects only the optical quality and the build of the lens. Not quite sure about star bursts but there should be no problem as a star burst filter can take care of this.

NEW Tamron SP 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 Macro AD IF for Pentax | eBay

With this lens, the SIGMA 10-20 and the PENTAX DA*60-250 I have all possibilities covered when I travel. I also take along the PENTAX AF 1.7 X Adapter if I need a little more reach for the 60-250. It is small and does not weigh me down.

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Those starburst's from the 15mm lens are just stunning!! Actually I should be clearer in my needs: The Nikon D7000 is a great camera, but the lack of sealed lenses and anti shake kills it for me. Karen has the Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 lens on her K7 and it is far better than the Nikon version: The camera has anti shake, and the screw drive focus is nicer than the motor Tamron put into the Nikon version. Also, I really only need the walk around zoom to be weather sealed for my K5, but Karen needs the 50-200WR(she has that lens) for some of her projects. The 500mm F4 nikon lens just sits in it's case: I have used it twice in 2 years because of it's size and weight, the 50-500 os sigma would probably replace that one. But using small primes on the K5 seems like a winner.

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On the 16-50 Pentax: The lens would fit my needs, but the SDM failures really scare me. I spend 5-10,000$ a year in travelling and if it dies on a trip it kills it. I could take the 18-55 WR as a back-up, and so I am thinking about the 16-50 lens again. This is what this forum is about: ideas!

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QuoteOriginally posted by David&karen Quote
On the 16-50 Pentax: The lens would fit my needs, but the SDM failures really scare me. I spend 5-10,000$ a year in travelling and if it dies on a trip it kills it. I could take the 18-55 WR as a back-up, and so I am thinking about the 16-50 lens again. This is what this forum is about: ideas!

David
I have the 16-50 since 2008 and a 60-250 since 2009, we travel a lot, spending lots and lots of 's.
There is a Tamron 18-250mm backup in my bag.
Cannot afford not to take photo's,
The kit is dragged around the world several times.
We didn't need the Tammy so far.

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QuoteOriginally posted by bymy141 Quote
I have the 16-50 since 2008 and a 60-250 since 2009, we travel a lot, spending lots and lots of 's.
There is a Tamron 18-250mm backup in my bag.
Cannot afford not to take photo's,
The kit is dragged around the world several times.
We didn't need the Tammy so far.

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Truthfully, a kit lens or couple of primes could be back up for the 16-50. It is a really nice lens.
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I agree with others, the Pentax DA* 16-50 is the obvious choice. f2,8, weather sealed, high quality optics. The Tamron 17-50 has a better reputation than the Sigma, if you want to go third party. Or you could treat yourself to the Pentax glory of Limited primes (and sell that beercan of a Sigma 28mm...)

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If you want nice starbursts, then get the DA 21mm Ltd.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ubuntu_user Quote
If you want nice starbursts, then get the DA 21mm Ltd.
THAT is true
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or da 15mm limited
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David, if the SDM dies on the DA*16-50 you are still left with a good lens. You only have to focus it manualy! It may not be as convienent but you still should be able to shoot enough keepers to warrant bringing this lens with you. After you travels you can look for a more permanent solution. If the SDM dies....
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I say it again, also look at the 16-45, it isn't as fast, but it is an excelent lens
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if the SDM dies on the DA*16-50
When is the last time we have heard of it failing? I believe that situation belongs to the history books
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QuoteOriginally posted by bdery Quote
When is the last time we have heard of it failing? I believe that situation belongs to the history books
I hesitate to say that it is purely history, but I can say that I had the SDM motor replaced in my 16-50 two years ago (after using it for about 5 or 6 months) and have not had a hiccup since then.
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