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11-20-2012, 09:18 AM   #16
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For me when using a zoom lens, 50mm FL is very pivotal. By that, I mean I find myself constantly needing to go wider then 50 mm one shot and longer the next shot. This makes the 18-135 mm a much better choice than the two zoom combo which I used to own. IQ aside, having to constantly change the lens is really frustrating. I agree if you need the longer FL, you should look at the 55-300, which I had too.

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I'm struggling with the same dilemma. The k-30 with the 18-55 is so much less expensive then with the 18-135. I'm hoping to take a motorcycle trip to Alaska this summer and the WR features is what has sold me even though I haven't made a purchase yet. I envision stopping the bike pulling the camera out and shooting vistas and wildlife as quickly as possible without switching lens. I'm just not sure the 135 will be long enough.
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I bought my K-30 w/ 18-135mm WR lens a while back and love it, it's a perfect walking around lens that will do nearly anything besides super-long shots. 18-55 will have you swapping lenses too often, it's just not long enough IMHO.

Since then I've supplemented it with the 55-300mm for my big zoom, this is for wildlife, sports, whatever I can't get up close to. And also a Pentax-A 50mm f/1.7 prime, which will let you cheaply try out the world of prime lenses and manual focusing.

You can get an superzoom that's like 18-250 and have everything in a single lens if you want. But, there are always tradeoffs too. Weight, image quality, lack of WR, etc... Everyone's got to find their own best compromises. For me, I figure that even if later on I decide to upgrade to higher end lenses, the 18-135mm will always be the best single-lens choice because the WR lets me take it anywhere and the focal range is good enough to handle almost anything. If I'm specifically going out to look for wildlife or whatever then I'll know to pack my 55-300mm but 18-135mm is a good default for anything without special needs.
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I just came back from a trip to England and only took the 18-55 WR lens and an old prime, a Pentax M-135mm if I had to get something far away. I used the 135 twice. Most times the kit lens was perfect for the task - sightseeing, pictures of family, etc.

If I had the inclination, I'd save up for the 18-135 and then sell the 18-55 eventually, but since I have a bunch of film era zoom lenses (80-200, something that goes to 300mm [forgotten which zoom!]...a 500mm mirror, 105mm Macro etc etc) I'm covered, focally, but then again I don't mind the tradeoff of not auto-focussing. I found when I was using my film cameras regularly, I gravatated more towards the 28-80 zoom anyway - and the 18-55 is roughly the equivalent of that for the K30.

My approach to "what to buy" in regards to most things is to proceed with whatever does the job until I find that I can't absolutely do without that extra thing, whatever it is. For me It's all about squeezing the most out of what I have until I really need that extra lens or the tripod or whatever it is. That way I really appreciate it when I finally get that new thing, and then I'm more inclined to use it when I do get it.

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thanks, it sounds like for what I plan on doing the 18-135 makes the most sense. I'm trying to keep the weight down, and carrying two lens in my tank bag on the motorcycle, trying to switch a lens while a bear is scampering away (hopefully not towards me) doesn't sound like as much fun.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ronSJC Quote
thanks, it sounds like for what I plan on doing the 18-135 makes the most sense. I'm trying to keep the weight down, and carrying two lens in my tank bag on the motorcycle, trying to switch a lens while a bear is scampering away (hopefully not towards me) doesn't sound like as much fun.
Hey, I just want to warn you, I read in some Pentax manual (forgot which camera) and it said that motorcycles can rattle and damage your camera. But I think some people on this forum also have a camera with them while they bike around. I guess you just have to take a little precaution, add a little padding and a soft case, or carry it on your body. I don't actually have a motorcycle, so I can't speak from experience
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Thanks for the warning. Good advice. I would pad it well, but I just got the tank bag and found out it gets awful hot in there. I might need to figure out some other way to carry it but have it hand for a fast shot.

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I don't have a WR 18-55, but bought a used 18-135 a while ago and after being caught in the rain a few times and deliberately going out in the rain, really like having it. The lens itself is nice, too, the motor drive is super quiet and I find the 135mm long end useful for most purposes.

Yeah, it's more expensive - used is around $300 or so, but it's more versatile.
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QuoteOriginally posted by TER-OR Quote
I don't have a WR 18-55, but bought a used 18-135 a while ago and after being caught in the rain a few times and deliberately going out in the rain, really like having it. The lens itself is nice, too, the motor drive is super quiet and I find the 135mm long end useful for most purposes.

Yeah, it's more expensive - used is around $300 or so, but it's more versatile.
thanks for all the info. I was able to pick up an almost "new" k-30 with a 18-135 lens at a really good price. Now I have to learn how to use it!. I was very impressed though. I went out on the deck the night I got it and shot some flowers in almost no light at all and they really came out quit nice. I also shot some pics the next morning all the way out to 135 and I think the lens will work out fine.

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