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10-27-2014, 01:18 PM - 2 Likes   #1
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K-50 / 18-135mm for Travel

This forum was terrific in helping me decide to buy the K-50 / 18-135mm combination so I want to add my own report from a recent trip to Europe. Bottom line is it handled a variety of situations very well, and the high-ISO performance helped me get sharp shots without digging out the tripod. Also loved the size/weight combination which meant I had the camera out more often than not.


I've set USER1 as Program mode with ISO 100-1600, allowing me to respond quickly to situations like this. (100mm equivalent, ISO 800, f/4.5, 1/125)


This shot inside a cathedral (of my son and granddaughter) shows why I'm so happy with its versatility. (120mm, ISO 1600, f/5.6, 1/90)


The 28mm-200mm equivalent zoom range meant I could get a variety of shots without making my wife wait while I changed lenses. (70mm, ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/125)


Whatever we came across during our travels, I felt I had the ideal camera to capture the scene. (35mm, ISO 100, f/11, 1/60)

I thought I'd miss the wider angle lens lengths (especially 20-24mm), but I was just inspired to find the natural looking scenes that make good photos. 28-35mm may lack dramatic flair, but I appreciate the true-to-the-scene result.

10-27-2014, 01:28 PM - 1 Like   #2
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It's a fairly compact kit, easy to take pretty much everywhere with confidence.

Thanks for sharing.
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I agree. I liked the 18-135mm WR a lot when I travelled to Hawaii (I did a lensrental).
I'll probably be picking it up to replace my aging Sigma 18-200mm DC (its been used hard).
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I agree that the 18-135 delivers high versatility and that with only few compromises. However it is only a tool, but it looks like you know how to wield it. The last one of your shots is my favourite.

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QuoteOriginally posted by stormdude Quote
This forum was terrific in helping me decide to buy the K-50 / 18-135mm combination so I want to add my own report from a recent trip to Europe. Bottom line is it handled a variety of situations very well, and the high-ISO performance helped me get sharp shots without digging out the tripod. Also loved the size/weight combination which meant I had the camera out more often than not.


I've set USER1 as Program mode with ISO 100-1600, allowing me to respond quickly to situations like this. (100mm equivalent, ISO 800, f/4.5, 1/125)


This shot inside a cathedral (of my son and granddaughter) shows why I'm so happy with its versatility. (120mm, ISO 1600, f/5.6, 1/90)


The 28mm-200mm equivalent zoom range meant I could get a variety of shots without making my wife wait while I changed lenses. (70mm, ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/125)


Whatever we came across during our travels, I felt I had the ideal camera to capture the scene. (35mm, ISO 100, f/11, 1/60)

I thought I'd miss the wider angle lens lengths (especially 20-24mm), but I was just inspired to find the natural looking scenes that make good photos. 28-35mm may lack dramatic flair, but I appreciate the true-to-the-scene result.
Nice pics, I would love to pick one of these up for my med cruise,
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We are going to Disney World in February, and I'm tempted to pick up the 18-135 (or maybe even the Sigma 18-250), but I normally use my macro primes + a Tamron 17-50, so the proposition of spending $300+ on a lens that I might not ever use outside of a trip or two, just didn't seem like a good idea for my budget. I went ahead and picked up a Pentax MX-1, and am going to go with that. But there is still time for me to be tempted...and threads like this don't help...lol

Really love that bubble shot BTW -- really cool!
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QuoteOriginally posted by stormdude Quote
This forum was terrific in helping me decide to buy the K-50 / 18-135mm combination so I want to add my own report from a recent trip to Europe. Bottom line is it handled a variety of situations very well, and the high-ISO performance helped me get sharp shots without digging out the tripod. Also loved the size/weight combination which meant I had the camera out more often than not.


I've set USER1 as Program mode with ISO 100-1600, allowing me to respond quickly to situations like this. (100mm equivalent, ISO 800, f/4.5, 1/125)


This shot inside a cathedral (of my son and granddaughter) shows why I'm so happy with its versatility. (120mm, ISO 1600, f/5.6, 1/90)


The 28mm-200mm equivalent zoom range meant I could get a variety of shots without making my wife wait while I changed lenses. (70mm, ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/125)


Whatever we came across during our travels, I felt I had the ideal camera to capture the scene. (35mm, ISO 100, f/11, 1/60)

I thought I'd miss the wider angle lens lengths (especially 20-24mm), but I was just inspired to find the natural looking scenes that make good photos. 28-35mm may lack dramatic flair, but I appreciate the true-to-the-scene result.
Stormdude, do you also have the 18-55 and 55-200 zooms? I have both but was considering buying the 18-135 WR zoom so I would less likely need to change lenses during site seeing trips like yours. What I'm wondering is if I did buy the 18-135 would I still fing the other two zooms useful, or should I sell one or both?

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Stormdude, do you also have the 18-55 and 55-200 zooms? I have both but was considering buying the 18-135 WR zoom so I would less likely need to change lenses during site seeing trips like yours. What I'm wondering is if I did buy the 18-135 would I still fing the other two zooms useful, or should I sell one or both?
No, I only have the 18-135. I find it to be the perfect range for traveling. I just don't see many instances of needing a 300mm equivalent instead of 200mm.

Lens quality was the other major factor, especially since my other camera setup (for storm photography) is the Nikon 14-24 and 24-70 f/2.8 zooms (on D700 cameras). But I got around this concern by mapping out sweet spots for my 18-135 lens and keeping it there as much as possible, especially when border-to-border sharpness was important.

Basically, the closer to f/8.0 the better. Then the 18-135 shows terrific quality for my real-world uses.

Personally, if I needed more versatility for my K-50, I'd add a 14mm f/2.8 for the extra wide perspective.
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Ditto here.
I own the 18-135 WR and it does seem about perfect for travel.....does a good job in most situations....very happy !
However when the 16-85 WR came out Im thinking of that.....as soon as the price drops and more reviews come out may make a swap.
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