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11-07-2011, 08:48 PM   #1
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New to forum - Need advise for lens on K-r body only

I am buying the Pentax K-r (Red) and do not want the lens that comes with it. What is the best all round lens for this camera. Something like 18 - 250mm. Would the Sigma 18-250mm Zoom Lens for Pentax Digital SLR Cameras be good? Looks like the DA II Pentax is preferred by most here.
How does the Sigma compare to that?

11-07-2011, 09:36 PM   #2
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The 18-250's are about the same. Those "superzooms" make some compromises in image quality (IQ) for the sake of the large zoom range.
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If you only want to use one zoom lens, then you should just buy a quality point and shoot.
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I am jusst now changing to digital. I just sold my K1000's, ZX-5n and ZX-60. Also sold all lenses want to get down to 1 or 2 lenses for first year or so until I know what I want. Just want to buy the best I can to begin with.

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What type of images are you most interested in capturing? Maybe that will help you to decide. I am interested in wildlife so I knew I needed a longer range zoom.
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So, the Sigma 50-200 would be better than the 18-250? and the sigmas 50-200 would be comparable to the Pentax DA 55-200 II for quality and use on the K-r?
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I take candids, group shots, team pictures, action - football, softball, baseball, t-ball, family events and I am expecting my first grandchild so who knows what else.
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Why not a K-r double kit - DA L18-55 and DA L 55-300? You could find a good deal on this kit.
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I would advise the DA18-250mm. Although discontinued, you can buy it 2nd hand for about $350 to $450 at the PF Marketplace, keh.com and adorama.com (Used equipment). Its sibbling Tamron 18-250mm (for pentax mount) is equally good. (The DA18-250mm was in fact manufactured by Tamron.)

If you want/insist on a new lens, the Sigma 18-250mm is the othe roption albeit more expansive.

Hope that the comment may help....

PS: You may be interested to read: https://www.pentaxforums.com/pages/favorite-lens-pentax-18-250mm.html

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The double lens package does not come in the red, only black, and from what I have read the DA L lens is not quite as good as the DA II . Am I wrong on this? Where can I get the multi lens package in the red body?

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I have the Promaster Spectrum 7XR 28 -- 300. I was told it would work but would be loud. I had kept it because I couldn't get much for it. Is it much different than the Tamron 18-250
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Sorry, did not notice that you are talking about red K-r. Have not seen the red combo. Sorry.
Regarding the DA L and DA lenses – optically they should be the same I think. DA comes with hoods and metal ring on a mount.
Hope you will find a solution that will suite you.
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If you are a zoom fan and want a large amount of focal length coverage, I would seriously consider the Tamron 17-50/2.8 AND the Pentax DA 55-300 as a combo. Both of these lenses are excellent (far superior to the kit lenses) and the IQ would far surpass any of the 18-250's, including the best (Pentax/Tamron 18-250).

Good luck and have fun shooting with your new Kr!

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QuoteOriginally posted by angelaasmith Quote
I have the Promaster Spectrum 7XR 28 -- 300. I was told it would work but would be loud. I had kept it because I couldn't get much for it. Is it much different than the Tamron 18-250
I cannot comment on the promaster beyond the users' reviews (PROMASTER 28-300 f3.8-300mm Lens Reviews - Miscellaneous Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database), but the DA18-250mm/Tamron18-250mm is regarded as one of the best all-around zoom across all brands incl. Canikon, Oly and others.

You may be interested to read my experience:
Favorite Lens: 18-250mm

Since you have already the Promaster, I would suggest that you use it first. If you feel that the lens does not suit you, or is not wide enough at 28mm, you could consider the DA18-250mm.

Hope that the comment may help.
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QuoteOriginally posted by angelaasmith Quote
I take candids, group shots, team pictures, action - football, softball, baseball, t-ball, family events and I am expecting my first grandchild so who knows what else.
Based on the type of images you want to shoot you only have 2 options a super zoom 18-250 or the 2 lens kit including the DAL 18-55 & DAL 55-300, I have the 2 lens kit and the 55-300 is great for sports, I think the extra reach of the 300 is worth changing lenses to get. I have shot my grand kids soccer games and am more than happy with the results of the 55-300. I have found that when shooting games I don't miss the wide lens and the same goes for family events I don't miss the long lens so I don't find myself changing to often. The super zooms don't come in red, Maybe you can talk a camera shop or online retailer into swapping bodies on a kit deal.

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