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01-09-2013, 09:45 PM   #1
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If you had to choose 2 lenses........help needed.

I was wondering if someone could give me some advice or recomendations on a delima I am having regarding which lens to get. I currently have a Pentax 18-135 kit lens and a 15mm limited Pentax. I was thinking of getting the 16-50mm star and maybe selling one of my other lenes. I like landscape photography and northern lighs shots but in the near future when we have a baby I figured the Pentax star f2.8 16-50 mmm would be a better choice for depth of field shots with the blurr effect. Don't really use alot of zoom like wildlife or anything. Any adice would be great. I don't mind paying the extra bucks if I get good lenses I just don't want to have 3-4 lenses.

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If you had the money....sell both and get a DA*16-50/50-135 combo. It would give you constant f2.8, weather sealing, approximately same range with a 6% loss on the wide end.
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If you don't have the money...probably drop the 18-135 for the 16-50 if you use wide end more often than the long end.
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I... uh... don't want 3-4 lenses, either. But I'm not starting with 2.


I'd consider the Tamron F/2.8 right now with the silly-pricing that Pentax has going on.

Amazon.com: Tamron 17-50mm SP AF F/2.8 XR DiII LD Aspherical (IF) Lens for PENTAX Digital: Camera & Photo

https://www.pentaxforums.com/news/pentax-16-50-vs-sigma-17-50-vs-tamron-17-50mm.html
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I can't live with just 2 lenses, but if it is a matter of survival, I'd try living with a 18-250/270 and a 50/1.2

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Thankyou everyone so far. Of course more lenses is always good but I don't want more than 3. But I am leaning towards the 16-50mm. I kinda want to stick with Pentax as it just makes it easier to sell in the future.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ElJamoquio Quote
I... uh... don't want 3-4 lenses, either. But I'm not starting with 2.


I'd consider the Tamron F/2.8 right now with the silly-pricing that Pentax has going on.

Amazon.com: Tamron 17-50mm SP AF F/2.8 XR DiII LD Aspherical (IF) Lens for PENTAX Digital: Camera & Photo

https://www.pentaxforums.com/news/pentax-16-50-vs-sigma-17-50-vs-tamron-17-50mm.html
I just got one, simply for use as a wide-angle lens (minimal zooming), since I was recommended away from the DA14 and didn't particularly care for the DA15 and 21.

It's ok. If I wasn't so into primes, I'd do the Tamron 17-50 and the 70-200. The latter being an extremely high rated lens for IQ, worthy of professional usage.

I work more on the other end, so if I had two lenses, it would be my FA35 and the 70-200 (or Tokina 80-200). However, I'm still left needing something wide from time to time, so the Tamron 17-50 fits that bill. I'd have not a single hesitation of doing these two zooms.

As far as being "easier to sell" if you go with Pentax, I'd not be so sure. Do your research on the SDM issues, which unknown people will claim, for the fourth year in a row, that they are resolved, with zero evidence. Additionally, the pricing scheme is all screwed up so people will likely take a hit, if they bought higher on the retail market or a correspondingly high price on the used market. Couple that with the aversion many have with arguably the two more disastrous lenses in the SDM line (16-50/50-135), and your assertion about ease of sale idea might not hold.

By the way, I just got my 17-50 new for 285 Euros shipped. It sells used (and they almost always sell) for 200-220 on ebay. Sometimes a bit lower, but they are holding their value pretty damn well. Not to mention, over the last 12 months, the 70-200 had jumped about 200 Euros on the used and NOS market since Pentax instituted its MAP pricing in the US which created used and new pricing inflation in Europe, too. When the bottom falls out, then you're going to see that your criteria of resale/retained value/ease of sale should not be a huge factor. Just get what you will use.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Skipper74 Quote
I was wondering if someone could give me some advice or recomendations on a delima I am having regarding which lens to get. I currently have a Pentax 18-135 kit lens and a 15mm limited Pentax. I was thinking of getting the 16-50mm star and maybe selling one of my other lenes. I like landscape photography and northern lighs shots but in the near future when we have a baby I figured the Pentax star f2.8 16-50 mmm would be a better choice for depth of field shots with the blurr effect. Don't really use alot of zoom like wildlife or anything. Any adice would be great. I don't mind paying the extra bucks if I get good lenses I just don't want to have 3-4 lenses.
If I had to make that choise, I would consider buying sigma 30/1.4. 15mm, 30mm/1.4 and 18-135WR would handle quite a many situations. 15mm for wide angle shots/landscapes, 30/1.4 for shallow DoF shots/inside/artistic shots/portraits, 18-135WR for walkaround jack-of-all-trades, WR for worse weather. DA* 16-50/2.8 is very good lens (I own one) but it's not best at F2.8 and the bokeh doesn't compare to primes. It's also quite big. You may be disappointed if you expect stunning DoF shots. But then again I don't know what is "good enough" for you. But if you really want to get along with only two lenses and are ready for selling and buying, then DA* 16-50/2.8 and DA* 50-135/2.8 (or Sigma 50-150/2.8 if you can find one) makes quite a nice pair. Or if you want to save some money and WR is not that important, replace DA* 16-50/2.8 with Tamron 17-50/2.8. It's better wide open than DA* 16-50.
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My choice would be DA*16-50 for wide and f2.8, the DA*60-250 for the reach and IQ.

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Only.... two... lenses...?
I...I....I..... dont understand.

But regardless, I'd just have to have a schmick 50mm of some description in there. Probably the 1.4. Or my full-manual Pentacon 1.8.
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Easy. FA 31Ltd + FA77Ltd.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ploetzlich Quote
Easy. FA 31Ltd + FA77Ltd.
Care to at least ground the reasons why?
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If you want something dedicated for indoor thin DOF shooting, you might as well get a prime. Something like the DA*55 F1.4, FA 50 F1.7, DA 50 F1.8, etc.

I wouldn't necessarily trade the 18-135 for the DA*16-50, unless you really want an improvement in IQ and don't use the 50-135 range.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Skipper74 Quote
I like landscape photography and northern lighs shots but in the near future when we have a baby I figured the Pentax star f2.8 16-50 mmm would be a better choice for depth of field shots with the blurr effect
QuoteOriginally posted by Skipper74 Quote
Of course more lenses is always good but I don't want more than 3
Siggy 8~16 FLD
Siggy 17~50 FLD
Siggy 70~200 FLD
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Care to at least ground the reasons why?
Sure. A normal fast prime and a short tele fast prime comprise 95% of all my shooting. If I had to add a third, it'd be the Samyang 14mm f/2.8 for landscapes.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ploetzlich Quote
Sure. A normal fast prime and a short tele fast prime comprise 95% of all my shooting. If I had to add a third, it'd be the Samyang 14mm f/2.8 for landscapes.
So then why not any others in those classes?
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