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01-13-2012, 04:01 PM   #16
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There have been plenty of negative reviews about the 18-135. What do you guys think about the reviews? If it were a great lens it would be a no brainer. If you own a fabulous camera, you want an equally fabulous lens to stick on the front. I have not used one, but I would prefer the pentax 17-70 that I think does an excellent job for a zoom.

If you have the money my suggestion is:
1. Sigma 17-50 or penatx 17-70
2. pentax 60-250 for top quality or 55-300 for less weight
3. 35mm macro Ltd - sensational walk around lens and macro.

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If you don't mind manual focus and stop down metering, the smc-a 35-105 f3.5 has a good range for macro and portraits. It is fun to use and can be had for relatively cheap. Might be a little narrow for landscapes or short for wildlife though.
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has anyone experience the Sigma 24-70 2.8 IFEX HSM ?

maybe supplemented with a Tamron 10-24mm F3.5-4.5 Di II or Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM ?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Bob from Aus Quote
There have been plenty of negative reviews about the 18-135. What do you guys think about the reviews? If it were a great lens it would be a no brainer. If you own a fabulous camera, you want an equally fabulous lens to stick on the front. I have not used one, but I would prefer the pentax 17-70 that I think does an excellent job for a zoom.

In all honesty and with some shame, I must say that my 18-200 Sigma did a better job than the early copy of the 18-135 I owned. They may have improved it over time; I sure hope so. The 18-200 covered more range and with much less fringing - and the $250 saved will buy a WR sleeve + a nice bit of software to improve any other image issues. Toss in more cash for earplugs though, as the 18-135 is a very quiet lens.
I really haven't tried the Sigma with my newly-arrived K-5, but it was quite good on 10-12Mpixel Pentax bodies.

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Since the criteria is 2 lenses, I pack the DA40 and the DA18-250 for my ventures to Italy. The 40 is a discrete "street" lens, with exceptional skills. The 18-250 is just a gem for travel.
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have a look at DA 15/21 + 70 and a raynox close up filter
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I got my copy of the DA18-135 in June 2011 and my copy is great. Sharp in centre and sides too.

K7 & DA18-135


K5 & DA18-135

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QuoteOriginally posted by felixkh Quote
I got my copy of the DA18-135 in June 2011 and my copy is great. Sharp in centre and sides too.
Good to hear, and to see. I really did not want to dislike that lens!

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