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07-10-2012, 04:42 AM   #31
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I've just picked up the 18-135mm lens with the K30, so far I'm impressed!

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It's interesting to see the number of people who have found the 18-135 to be a good, light, walk-around zoom that produces more-than-satisfactory images most of the time, especially given all the pixel-peeping negativity that surrounded it when it was first released. The range is so convenient that my copy now spends more time on my K-5 than my 16-50.

The major reason it came off my K-5 on a recent European visit, was either that I needed more width (with the DA15) or to justify having dragged the FA Ltd trio and the FA20 along with me. So, add my voice to those who think you'll most likely find it your main go-to lens for general use.
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I appreciate all the feedback. I am pretty much convinced to go for the 18-135 kit now. The only problem is I really wanted the blue K-30. Oh well, I don't think it's worth an extra $120 just to get that color, though.
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I wouldn't have said so. Also you are in danger of making it look like you have a "toy" camera, in my personal opinion

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Our 18-135 was a disappointment. At 55mm f/8 it wasn't as sharp as our 18-55, 55-300 or DA* 55mm. I think we got a defective one since Adam's recent test shows that it's sharper than the 18-55. We bought our copy from B&H in their NYC store.

Trust my discovery here. It was a conclusive test: cam on tripod using 2 sec delay and contrast-detect AF.

I couldn't accept worse image quality than the 18-55 and ended up selling it. I think I want to try another one, though. It seems like a great walkaround lens. AF was great and it wasn't much bigger/heavier than the 18-55. WR, too.
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QuoteOriginally posted by RobA_Oz Quote
It's interesting to see the number of people who have found the 18-135 to be a good, light, walk-around zoom that produces more-than-satisfactory images most of the time, especially given all the pixel-peeping negativity that surrounded it when it was first released. The range is so convenient that my copy now spends more time on my K-5 than my 16-50.

The major reason it came off my K-5 on a recent European visit, was either that I needed more width (with the DA15) or to justify having dragged the FA Ltd trio and the FA20 along with me. So, add my voice to those who think you'll most likely find it your main go-to lens for general use.
The problem with the 18-135 is the corner quality and the price, if the corners where good quality or if the lens was cheaper then many won't have complained but now...
I bought the DA*50-135 for the same price as the 18-135 is going so i can't help and compare the two and so the 18-135 doesnt impress me. It's a cheaper option with a kit though so maybe i might do that since the range is handy....
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I wish I could find a 50-135 for $470! I would get it right away and not worry about size or weight. But I have never seen it even close to that price. I do find the focal range a bit weird, though. However, 77mm is a bit weird, too. The range of the 18-135 is so enticing and I think you have to expect some compromises. If I really hate it, I suppose I can sell it.
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I rechecked the prices and the price has indeed gone down a bit and thats very good =]
i got my 50-135 for around €600 and that is with 19% vat.

18-135mm is not that weird, it's close to the 28-70 & 70-200 combination often use with 135 format cameras but then in 1 lens.

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I meant the 50-135 is weird. I love the focal range of 18-135.

Regardless of "weirdness", if I ever see the 50-135 for $500 or so, I bet I'll get one!
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QuoteOriginally posted by loco Quote
I meant the 50-135 is weird. I love the focal range of 18-135.

Regardless of "weirdness", if I ever see the 50-135 for $500 or so, I bet I'll get one!
50-135 is the 70-200 for the APS-C world
The 18-135 is said to be expensive, but I paid less than 1/2 the price of a 50-135, which is currently 800 or so in the UK, for an 18-135 split from a kit. IQ wise it is as good as my DA16-45 in most circumstances, really haven't noticed the edge softness, distortion at the wide end is the major problem I have had. Focusing is excellent, even in low light (not bad for a f3.5-f5.6 lens)

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Nice looking shot, Stephen. I'm glad to see you hold the 18-135 in fairly high regard.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Anvh Quote
The problem with the 18-135 is the corner quality and the price, if the corners where good quality or if the lens was cheaper then many won't have complained but now...
I bought the DA*50-135 for the same price as the 18-135 is going so i can't help and compare the two and so the 18-135 doesnt impress me. It's a cheaper option with a kit though so maybe i might do that since the range is handy....
I got my 18-135 new from B&H. From that source, it's currently going for $460US, and the 50-135 is $899US, so I presume yours was secondhand, Anvh. I don't think there's any argument about the qualities of the 50-135, but there's also not much point in comparing the two, unless you're confining the discussion to the performance in the range between 50 and 135mm. What the 18-135 lacks in optical performance in that limited range of focal lengths must be weighed against the convenience of its having the additional width at the lower end. The result will be different for each person.

Edit: I should say that I bought the 18-135 for the upper end reach, as I was photographing dance competitions and my 16-50 didn't adequately cover the opposite end of the floor. Since then, I've found that the light weight of the lens has provided a benefit to my travel photography.

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Nope my was new from SRS from the England, i Live in the Netherlands so different market then yours
The euro was strong and the pound was weak and i bought it just before the price hike so i got a very good deal.

Like i said i can't help but compare the 18-135 with the 50-135 because i got the lens for the same price so the 18-135 is a bit underwhelming when it comes to image quality. I know different times and all but the DA*50-135 is now 3 years old so not that long ago...
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To me, the 18-135 and the 50-135 are apples and oranges.

One is a general purpose walk about / travel lens, the other more of a portrait / concert lens (sadly not also a sports lens... Sigma 70-200 for that).
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Different lenses but they do cover some part of the range.

Like i said im thinking about the 18-135 for traveling and family shots but so far i can manage that as well with the DA* combo. The 18-135 isnt that cheap either so its a hard call.
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