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12-06-2012, 04:22 AM   #1
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Best sub 200$ kit lens ??

I'm searching for best image quality from a sub 200$ lens for the pentax k-30 ,,

Pentax 18-55mm
sigma 18-50mm f/2.8-4.5
sigma 18-125mm non HSM version

????

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Are you looking for a zoom ?
If you're ready to consider buying used, you may be able to find a Tamron 17-50mm 1:2.8 around $200-250. This would really be a step up from the 3 lenses you mention. Otherwise, there's the Pentax DA 16-45mm 1:4 that can also be found (used) around $150-200.
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Pentax 18-55mm sigma 18-50mm f/2.8-4.5 sigma 18-125mm non HSM version
The Pentax is honorable without anything brilliant about it, the Sigma 18-50 is probably a bit better but not by much, the Sigma 18-125 will be useful thanks to its range but is not a fast or high-quality lens.
If you are using a "WR" DSLR, the only WR lens in your price range (that I know of) is the Pentax 18-55mm.
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Pentax 35mm f/2.4
I have 31mm 1.8 :-)

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Are you looking for a zoom ?
If you're ready to consider buying used, you may be able to find a Tamron 17-50mm 1:2.8 around $200-250. This would really be a step up from the 3 lenses you mention. Otherwise, there's the Pentax DA 16-45mm 1:4 that can also be found (used) around $150-200.

The Pentax is honorable without anything brilliant about it, the Sigma 18-50 is probably a bit better but not by much, the Sigma 18-125 will be useful thanks to its range but is not a fast or high-quality lens.
If you are using a "WR" DSLR, the only WR lens in your price range (that I know of) is the Pentax 18-55mm.
Give me tamron 17-50 for 250$ ,,, i will buy it right now :-)
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QuoteOriginally posted by photoshoper Quote
I'm searching for best image quality from a sub 200$ lens for the pentax k-30 ,,

Pentax 18-55mm
sigma 18-50mm f/2.8-4.5
sigma 18-125mm non HSM version

????
Look for a Tamron 28-105, or it's twin sister branded under Promaster. You can usually find them around 50 bucks...it's very compact and it's a very sharp, contrasty lens. You can also find them on eBay looking for Pentax AF film cameras. The Tamron I have now I got as part of a kit with a zx-7 and a Tamron 70-300 (another good, cheap lens) for $75.

Promaster 28-105mm f/4.0-5.6 Lens Reviews - Miscellaneous Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database
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QuoteOriginally posted by jgmankos Quote
Look for a Tamron 28-105, or it's twin sister branded under Promaster. You can usually find them around 50 bucks...it's very compact and it's a very sharp, contrasty lens. You can also find them on eBay looking for Pentax AF film cameras. The Tamron I have now I got as part of a kit with a zx-7 and a Tamron 70-300 (another good, cheap lens) for $75.

Promaster 28-105mm f/4.0-5.6 Lens Reviews - Miscellaneous Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database
In fact here's one for $59...
Pentax Autofocus 28-105 F4-5.6 TAMRON INTERNAL FOCUS (62) WITH HOOD, CAPS, 35MM SLR AUTO FOCUS ZOOM WIDE ANGLE LENS - KEH.com
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Give me tamron 17-50 for 250$ ,,, i will buy it right now :-)
I sometimes see them going for under EUR 200 here in France, I assumed that would translate to (roughly) USD 250. The key is to be patient... Good luck!

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QuoteOriginally posted by photoshoper Quote
Give me tamron 17-50 for 250$ ,,, i will buy it right now :-)
They are $295 new in HK:

Tamron SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical [IF] (A16) - Lens ?? - ???? - ?? - ????? Price.com.hk
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QuoteOriginally posted by jgmankos Quote
Look for a Tamron 28-105, or it's twin sister branded under Promaster. You can usually find them around 50 bucks...it's very compact and it's a very sharp, contrasty lens. You can also find them on eBay looking for Pentax AF film cameras. The Tamron I have now I got as part of a kit with a zx-7 and a Tamron 70-300 (another good, cheap lens) for $75.

Promaster 28-105mm f/4.0-5.6 Lens Reviews - Miscellaneous Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database
I can agree with this. I actually got the Tamron and the Promaster in different auctions in the same week, both were outstanding, I gave the Promaster to my daughter. She has a K-x and only an 18-55 and an old Takumar 70-200 I gave her. I haven't seen the Promaster off of her camera. I sold the Tamron after I bought the K-30 & DA18-135 kit, the Tamron became redundant. Had I not got the 18-135 I would have never sold the Tamron, it was very sharp.
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Can i buy from this site and pay by credit card ? what about internation shipping ?
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Can i buy from this site and pay by credit card ? what about internation shipping ?
That site is like a shop window for retailers to show their best pricing. You could contact any of those retailers and pay by credit card and have the lens sent to you via UPS or FedEx collect.

I bought mine from GrinApe and can vouch for them.
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Pentax 35mm f/2.4
I'm with you PABLOM! I think the 35mmm 2.4 is great! It's really great for portraits. But I love the range of my DA 18-250 even more.
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I'm with you PABLOM! I think the 35mmm 2.4 is great! It's really great for portraits. But I love the range of my DA 18-250 even more.
I have 31mm limited ..
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Get the 18-55mm WR lens, if only for the WR. Great optics, too!
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