Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home
 

Reply
Show Printable Version Search this Thread
05-05-2013, 12:05 AM   #1
Veteran Member
kshapero's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: South Florida, USA
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 382
Ideal Starter lens for K5iis?

Looking for a zoom lens (must be WR) to mate with a K5iiS. Opinions please? Oh yes I want the lens to optimize the Image IQ on the K5iis.

05-05-2013, 12:26 AM   #3
Junior Member
LB1103's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2013
Photos: Albums
Posts: 34
+1 for DA*16-50mmf/2.8. Check the Marketplace on here for some offerings as the price for new can be expensive.
05-05-2013, 01:26 AM   #4
Site Supporter
vagrant10's Avatar

Join Date: May 2007
Location: portland
Photos: Albums
Posts: 1,327
There are a lot of options that will do that camera proud, but it kind of depends on what you plan on using the lens for. If this will be one of your first lenses, you may want to go for a zoom for convenience. In this case, the 16-50 or 50-135 by Pentax would be good fast 2.8 choices and they have excellent weather sealing. The 60-250 f4 would also be a good choice if you want a bit more reach, but this lens is a bit on the heavier size - pro glass usually is though.

If you want a good portrait lens, the DA* 55 1.4 would be an excellent choice.
If you want to do macros, the DFA 100 2.8 WR macro is superb.
There's a couple more DA* lenses that have great weather seals (the 200 & 300) but they are for pretty specific needs.

To get an idea of what kind of abuse the DA* lenses can take, check out this video by one of our forum members:

Personally, that's more than what I'd purposely expose my gear to, but I do feel more confident that some samples out in the world have endured this torture test!

Good luck in your choice!

05-05-2013, 03:33 AM   #5
Pentaxian
fs999's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Luxembourg
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 3,458
+1 for 55 and 50-135

The DA 40mm XS is so small and so sharp ! It is now my every day lens...
05-05-2013, 06:38 AM   #6
Loyal Site Supporter
Mikesul's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Posts: 2,481
Be sure that the lens is worthy of the K-5iis or you may not see the quality you expect. Try the DA* lenses or the limiteds if you can afford them.

Last edited by Mikesul; 05-05-2013 at 06:55 AM.
05-05-2013, 06:44 AM   #7
Site Supporter
Sandy Hancock's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Adelaide Hills, South Australia
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 5,256
If you're after a zoom, you can't go past the DA*50-135 for blistering image quality to do justice to the K-5 IIs.
05-05-2013, 07:08 AM   #8
Veteran Member
kshapero's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: South Florida, USA
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 382
Original Poster
Would the Pentax-DA 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 WR be suitable for the K5iis? On paper is seems to a good fit for me?

05-05-2013, 07:26 AM   #9
Forum Member




Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Minnesota, USA
Posts: 51
18-135

I have the 18-135 paired with my K-5. I started with the kit 18-55, but sold that when I stepped up to the 18-135. The 18-135 is a decent walkabout lens, weather sealed, and a step up from the shorter lens in sharpness. It's relatively slow (as one would expect) and does get pretty soft, especially towards the 18mm end wide open. I do need the weather sealing for snow, rain, and some trekking type dust situations.

I've been collecting primes now, and saving up to get a better set of zooms. My advice is to get the best, fastest lens you can afford. If you can manage a DA*16-50 or 50-135, they would be a better match for the K5iiS. You'll lose money on the selling of the used lens, barring another assist from Pentax with a price boost on the new ones. Best to spend the money up front and get what you really want...if you can afford to do that. A used DA* wouldn't be as big a leap as a new one.

EDIT: re-reading this, I think I'm giving the impression I don't like the 18-135. I do like it, and I've gotten great shots with it, especially at f5.6 and greater at the 18 mm end and f8 or more at the telephoto end. It's very useful to have one lens mounted with all that range and weather sealed besides. It takes 2 lenses in the DA* line to replace this, but they do get you constant f2.8 apertures.

See this thread for a lot of shots with the 18-35. Stormtech posted the link in a different thread:

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-slr-lens-discussion/179869-da-18-1...at-can-do.html

Last edited by stens; 05-05-2013 at 11:54 AM. Reason: Accuracy and completeness
05-05-2013, 01:55 PM   #10
Site Supporter




Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Wilmore, KY
Posts: 349
For a "starter" lens and beyond, I would easily recommend the DA 18-135mm. It's the sweet spot of focal lengths for most general-purpose shooting. The lens is weather sealed, light and IQ is, I think, very good, especially for a lens in this price range. I would not even think of recommending the DA 18-55 to someone who could spring for the DA 18-135mm.

I also was a fan, and still enjoy, the old DA 18-250mm zoom. It had its quirks, but I got a lot of good pictures with it.

Again, thinking starter and beyond, I like the DA 55-300mm. You can get it, and the DA 18-135, for about what you'd pay for one of the DA* zooms.
05-08-2013, 04:20 PM   #11
Pentaxian
reeftool's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Upstate New York
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 8,012
If i was just beginning, I would choose the 18-135 to start with and go from there. It has a good and usable range, better IQ than the old 18-55 kit and is weather sealed.
05-08-2013, 10:14 PM   #12
Veteran Member
stormtech's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: In the boonies (NW Penna)
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 5,670
QuoteOriginally posted by Mikesul Quote
Be sure that the lens is worthy of the K-5iis or you may not see the quality you expect. Try the DA* lenses or the limiteds if you can afford them.
Very true - listen to what is said here!
Reply

Bookmarks
  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
camera, dslr, k-5, k-5 ii, k-5 iis, k5, k5iis, lens, pentax k-5, starter lens
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Ideal uses for this kind of three lens kit? incidentflux Pentax K-30 & K-50 10 05-19-2013 10:18 AM
What lens for K5iis gooseta Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 22 11-06-2012 10:44 AM
Lens advice for K5 starter Tessl8d Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 18 02-08-2012 02:49 AM
Best options for starter lens KR monarcmarc Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 13 07-23-2011 02:06 PM
Wanted - Acquired: Starter lens for a K10D thefragger Sold Items 10 11-17-2009 01:49 PM



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 06:23 PM. | See also: NikonForums.com, part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
register
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]
Top