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06-30-2012, 09:01 PM   #1
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Hello All,

I have been a long time Pentax user since I bought a Spotmatic way back in 1966. I was dragged screaming into the digital age only 3 or 4 years ago when I bought a K100 with an 18-55 kit lens. I have been eminently happy with both but have now upgraded to a K5 as sort of retirement present to myself. The K5 came on special at around half the price of a year ago with a Sigma 18-200 lens (which I am a bit wary about ) and I now need to build my confidence in the lens rather than the camera.

I am going to Europe next week and am a bit unsure whether to take the 18-55 lens (as a known quantity) with me or not.

One reads all sorts of camera and lens reviews these days but in my case anyway I tend to work on the highly unscientific principle that cameras and lenses are a bit like tyres and religion in that:

'Everyone has their own brand and you will never convert them to anything else'

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07-01-2012, 06:28 AM   #2
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Welcome to the Forums.
Why not take the 18-55. I don't know what leneses you do have, but if non wr the 18-55 can be a nice walk around lens light weight, and nice focal range.
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Welcome! You won't find that many Aussies here... (that's sarcasm, BTW, which is also in short supply!)
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QuoteOriginally posted by patrick9 Quote
Why not take the 18-55.
And then pick up a 55-300, or even a 50-135 if you're stopping over in Asia.
Welcome to the forum, have fun in Europe, and show us some travel shots when you get back.


07-03-2012, 12:37 AM   #5
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Hi from another Aussie...

I took the 18-55mm around the south island of NZ a few years ago, attached to my ist-DL and both served me admirably. Like you I upgraded to the K5, but got the 18-135 with it. I took that combination to Thailand last year and found the extra length most beneficial. The K5 and 18-135 make for a good weatherproof travel combination. It's going to Europe with me next year.
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Welcome,from another Aussie.I don't know the Sigma performs,but to keep things light as possible,and considering the 18-200mm zoom range covers most situations,I would be inclined to take that.I also own the K100D and upgrading to the K5 like yourself.It is like chalk and cheese.The K5 will serve you well no matter what lens you have on the front.But like sam-joseph said,when you get back,show us your results.Have a great trip and keep clicking away.
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Welcome to the Forum ,I look forward to seeing lots of photos from your Europe trip.

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G'day mate and welcome to Pentax forums.

I'd definitely take the Pentax kit lens along.
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Welcome from another Melbournian... (well sort of...)
Can you take both? Which Sigma 18-200mm do you have? I have an old one that I got with my old Pentax SLR. I used it on my K-7 to extent to the 200mm range before I bought some better lenses. It performed quite well. On the other hand the 18-55 is really handy as a walk around and travel lens and produces some good quality shots. If you need it for city etc, that would be my choice.
P.S. Where in Europe will you be going? Enjoy your trip!
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Thanks all for the warm welcome and helpful advice. I will take the 18-55 kit lens as, to me anyway, 'it is a known quantity' and I have still to build my confidence in the Sigma 18-200. I will take the Sigma and try it out but I would hate to get home 4000 shots later and be disappointed in the results.
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I have an older 18-55 which always seemed to work fine despite average reviews. I also have an 18-55 AL II which got good reviews and is also just fine. Remember that "good" may be a bit subjective. For most purposes the 18-55 will not disappoint, I'm sure. Sigma seems to come in for some criticism but I am not sure that they deserve it all. My only Sigma lens (a fairly rare 70-210 f3.5-4.5 APO) does a very good job in my opinion, even at full stretch.
If you want an example of why reviews must be weighed up carefully, have a look at the reviews of the Samyang 85mm f1.4 (I bought one today). It is an 85mm f1.4. That means the front has to take at least a 72mm filter. It is a big lens, and because of that it is going to be a heavy lens. So what are some of the "cons" noted by reviewers? "Big" - yes, that is because it is an 85mm f1.4. "Heavy" - well, obviously because it has to be big. "Soft wide open" - yes, it is f1.4. And so on. My advice is shoot with a lens and if you like it that is all that matters.
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Welcome to the forums. There are plenty of Aussies here, and some excellent photographic work for inspiration. Enjoy. There is not anything that I can add to the lens discussion as we don't have those lens, except to say that I have found the Sigmas we do have are performing very well.

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