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01-11-2014, 12:07 AM   #16
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I must be a weird one... I have the old and new version of the 18-55 kit and I can probably count the number of times they have been on my cameras with 8 fingers.

From my experience with both of those lenses, I get the same kind of results from a good Point and Shoot.

I did enjoy the kit 50-200 that came with my K100d... and the DAL 55-300 that came with my KX is a nice lens that I still use. Just never found much use for the 18-55. And certainly would not spend any money to to get a WR version.

Now a WR 18-135 would make a lot more sense.

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I must be a weird one... I have the old and new version of the 18-55 kit and I can probably count the number of times they have been on my cameras with 8 fingers.

From my experience with both of those lenses, I get the same kind of results from a good Point and Shoot.

I did enjoy the kit 50-200 that came with my K100d... and the DAL 55-300 that came with my KX is a nice lens that I still use. Just never found much use for the 18-55. And certainly would not spend any money to to get a WR version.

Now a WR 18-135 would make a lot more sense.
It's out of my budget range (the 18-135). when I was using the k-x, i mostly had the 18-55 on there. I guess it's just my subject matter.
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What are your subjects

QuoteOriginally posted by ziscwg Quote
It's out of my budget range (the 18-135). when I was using the k-x, i mostly had the 18-55 on there. I guess it's just my subject matter.
Well that could be, subject matter could make it useful or useless... At the time I got the kit lenses, I had really young kids, so it was not fast enough. And I liked taking flowers and portrait shots with the blurry subject isolation... The kit could not do that.
If I had never seen the wide open FA 50, and Tamron 90 shots, I probably would have been a kit shooter for a much longer time. But I ended up almost immediately buying the FA 50 and a Tamron 28-75 2.8 for the kid shots, and I never looked back.

What kind of subjects do you shoot with the 18-55? Maybe I need to fish mine out of the box and give it another try.
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Well that could be, subject matter could make it useful or useless... At the time I got the kit lenses, I had really young kids, so it was not fast enough. And I liked taking flowers and portrait shots with the blurry subject isolation... The kit could not do that.
If I had never seen the wide open FA 50, and Tamron 90 shots, I probably would have been a kit shooter for a much longer time. But I ended up almost immediately buying the FA 50 and a Tamron 28-75 2.8 for the kid shots, and I never looked back.

What kind of subjects do you shoot with the 18-55? Maybe I need to fish mine out of the box and give it another try.
I got just the body for now, but am on the hunt for a SMC DA 50mm 1.8

I shoot a lot of my daughters indoor volleyball. Then, there's just "walk around" shots on vacation, gatherings, or riding out in the woods (mountain bike)

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Go body only and save a few bucks, especially if you find a nice used one in the marketplace. The k-50 or k-30 is a huge improvement over the k-x you will definitely be happy.
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I upgraded to a k-5ii & still have my k-x kit lenses.
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I upgraded to a k-5ii & still have my k-x kit lenses.
I think I will do fine with the kit lenses for a bit. I do want the speed of the 1.8 50 mm indoors. It will be an odd balance of avail light and depth of field shooting volleyball.
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I think I will do fine with the kit lenses for a bit. I do want the speed of the 1.8 50 mm indoors. It will be an odd balance of avail light and depth of field shooting volleyball.
I bought the two plastic fantastic primes also. Between them & the kit & my eBay stuff, I have a wide variety of, admittedly, average quality lenses. At this point, all I really want now is a fast wide zoom and a fast tele zoom and the XS40.

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