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11-17-2011, 02:43 PM   #1

Help with my roadmap

Currently I have:
K10D (a bit big, slow AF, needs +ISO, great build)
Sigma 10-20 (fun, bulky)
DA 16-45/4 (in for repair, a little bulky for the too short range)
FA50/1.4 (love it, maybe a touch long)
Tokina 70-210/4.5-5.6 (Hey, it was cheap and is decent)

My wife (good composition skills, no tech knowledge yet) is wanting to join my photo hobby and start shooting with her own body. After a recent trip, it feels like I have too much bulk, so I have been considering shaking up my kit.

Body wise...I'm yet undecided on which body(s) to add given the 2x price difference between k-r and k-5, and (based on timelines) there should be something(s) new soon. Any comments on AF or AWB differences or will either both completely blow away my K10D?

Lens wise...I'm thinking about a travel zoom (18-135 or 18-250) coupled with a compact set of primes (15,35,50,100 or 15,21,40,70 or something) that should cover both of us, right?

Anyone shooting as a couple that can make comments on sharing kit?

Will I be let down on the performance of either travel zoom, or will it be fine in good (f8) outdoor light with primes backing it up? (I love the 16-45 IQ, less so with my bro-in-law's 18-55.)

If going with the 18-135, will I want a little more reach (my 70-210 or a 55-300) and still need 2 (bulk) zooms? Should I then stick with the 16-45? If I keep that, is the 15 needed? Will I miss the 10-20 much if I have the 15? I know much of this is personal pref and quite a mouthful, but other perspectives are useful.

11-17-2011, 06:08 PM   #2
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I am in a slightly different situation. I share my K-7 with my wife when we travel. I found that the DA18-250mm is the most flexible/useful lens that my wife is happy to use. She finds the prime lenses to restrictive and lack focal length range when travelling... It is a different story when at home, but I assume that you are most interested by a travelling experience.

However, if my wife asks me for a dSLR one day, I would suggest her a small nifty package like K-r + DA40mm pancake. This small package would complement nicely my K-7 + Da18-250mm when we travel, and it would be a nice small size for my wife, possibly with a neoprene pouch and strap like (

Food for thoughts.... and hope that the comment may assist.

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11-18-2011, 08:48 AM   #3


Can you comment on how the 18-250 compares to your primes? you are happy with the output? Thanks for the perspective.
11-18-2011, 01:24 PM   #4
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QuoteOriginally posted by K-? Quote
Can you comment on how the 18-250 compares to your primes? you are happy with the output? Thanks for the perspective.
Like all zoom lenses, the DA18-250mm is a compromise and the IQ is below the IQ of the best primes. The main advantages of the DA18-250mm are IMHO its focal length range (huge, 15x), the solidity and robustness of the lens, and its small compact size at 18mm, which mean easy to carry in a small bag. The versatility of the lens has no equal. The two weaknesses are the low light shooting and the zoom creep. The former is easily covered with a fast prime (in my case the Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f1.4) while the latter is easily fixed as described here:

I wrote my own opinion of the lens here: Favorite Lens: 18-250mm.

Overall you cannot compare the IQ of the DA18-250mm with that of primes, especially to-notch primes like the FA31mm f1.8 Ltd, Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f1.4, Carl Zeiss 85mm f1.4, Voigtlander 125mm f2, ... But I am damned happy with the quality of the shots taken with my DA18-250mm. When we travel in family, my wife takes her P&S and her shots are no way as good as my DA18-250mm+K-7.

Hope that the comments will help.

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