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02-12-2013, 08:56 AM   #1
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$$$$ to burn....

Hello!!!

My husband gave me a dslr budget and being that I got an AMAZING price match steal on my k-30 I have some left over money lol

I am looking for "learner lenses": I do not have any brand or era prefrence.

I will be taking the camera to Disney soon and want to get some low light dark ride experience.

Any suggestions?

I also have a great interest in macro and landscaping and love me some creamy bokeh!


many thanks!!

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I'd get the 18-135 and not be afraid of getting wet! (just make sure you don't lose the lens hood)

The FA100mm macro has served me very well - if you're after insects etc. the 100mm reach will serve you well.

As far as manual learner lenses, the old kit 50mm lenses will let you learn how to really control your camera.
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amazing!!!! thank you so much!

I am very excited!!!
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As a new K-30 owner as well, I got the kit with the 18-135 which I really like. I would also suggest getting the DA 35mm F2.4. It is a well regarded "economy" lens. I picked it up when it was on sale at Adorama last month but it is still $199 when you add it to your cart. I haven't had a ton of time to use it yet but it seems to be a great lens for the price to start out with.

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As a new K-30 owner as well, I got the kit with the 18-135 which I really like. I would also suggest getting the DA 35mm F2.4. It is a well regarded "economy" lens. I picked it up when it was on sale at Adorama last month but it is still $199 when you add it to your cart. I haven't had a ton of time to use it yet but it seems to be a great lens for the price to start out with.

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!

Best Buy didnt have it with the 18-135 boo.

is it worth picking it up by itself?
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I think so. I bought the 18-135 used for a bit over $300, mostly as a walkaround lens. If I'm out with the dogs etc I don't have to worry about weather. With kids, I think this lens would be on your camera most of the time.

The inexpensive DA 35mm is also hard to argue against.
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k30 with the 18 - 135 WR combo like they said(Although I don't use zoom lenses that much). But a fun way to get those creamy and wonderful bokeh is to invest on a 50mm prime lens. I would suggest getting the DA 50 1.8 + the DA 35 2.5.
For macro you don't need to invest a lot of money. A manual M28 2.8 or an M50 1.7 + a reverse mount and some extenders will get you awesome results.

Here's an example of what you can get with that kind of set-up

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QuoteOriginally posted by disneybride Quote
THANK YOU!!!!!!!!

Best Buy didnt have it with the 18-135 boo.

is it worth picking it up by itself?
I never had the chance to use the 18 - 135 before. But if I were in your situation I would just skip it. If you only want the WR the 18 - 55 would also yield awesome results. I rather spend the $ on prime lenses. But I guess it depends on your shooting style. If you know that you'll be needing the reach of the 135 and don't care that much about IQ then I'm pretty sure the 18-135 will do just fine.

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QuoteOriginally posted by disneybride Quote
THANK YOU!!!!!!!!

Best Buy didnt have it with the 18-135 boo.

is it worth picking it up by itself?
Interesting. Best Buys around me don't even carry Pentax products aside from maybe some P&S cameras.

On the 18-135, so far I like it and it seems to hold high regards here on the forum. I went with Pentax because of the WR as I often take trips that can have challenging weather conditions. So, the 18-135 was a easy choice as a single WR lens that has a good range of focal lengths. However, the sticker price on a new lens is a bit high. Maybe try to catch on used for sale in the marketplace. Overall though, it does make sense to at least have one WR lens that covers what you want to shoot so you can be confident in the WR of the whole system should a rain shower move in.
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When I got my K-30 I got the 18-55 because of the deal, I was nervous about it because of early poor reviews when it came out a couple years ago. It has floored me. The 18-135 will blow the 18-55 away in IQ. The 35/2.4 is a cheap low light lens that really performs.
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k30 with the 18 - 135 WR combo like they said(Although I don't use zoom lenses that much). But a fun way to get those creamy and wonderful bokeh is to invest on a 50mm prime lens. I would suggest getting the DA 50 1.8 + the DA 35 2.5.
For macro you don't need to invest a lot of money. A manual M28 2.8 or an M50 1.7 + a reverse mount and some extenders will get you awesome results.

Here's an example of what you can get with that kind of set-up

perfect!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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perfect!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks (:

And just letting you know the da 35 2.4 and the 50 1.8 are on sale until the end of the day.

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