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01-30-2008, 11:02 AM   #1
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Looks like I'm picking up a used Pentax K100D kit for $350 & will joining you as a Pentax user.
The reviews I've read do not speak highly of the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens

What lens would you suggest for an upgrade?

Thanks for letting me join !
Cheers, Bill

01-30-2008, 11:19 AM   #2
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Welcome Bill. You actually might find the kit lens quite to your liking. Check out this review as pointed out by loyal member mattdm yesterday.
01-30-2008, 04:18 PM   #3
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The Pentax kit lens is consistently reviews as one of the best kits around so it's an excellent start point. Where to go next really depends on what kind of pictures you want to take. I have the DA 16-45mm, little wider than the kit lens, is excellent for the price and it has become my main shooter. If you want a wider angle maybe check out the Pentax 12-24mm or the Sigma 10-20mm. If you need more range, a bunch of people are liking the Pentax or Tamron 18-250mm. For longer zooms I'm still deciding on one myself and can't comment on them. For a wider aperture on a normal prime seek out the FA 50mm /1.4. I got mine on eBay for $150 shipped lightly used and have been very happy with the performance. Just some suggestions. I'm sure the more experienced folk here come make other suggestions.

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01-30-2008, 07:49 PM   #4
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I think Cameta Camera still has the older version of the Sigma 18-50 f2.8 for about $270. The newer one (with quasi-macro) is over $100 more. I can get down to about 5 keyboard keys in the frame with the old one. Sigma 18-50mm F/2.8 EX DC Lens for Pentax Digital SLR Cameras: Camera & Photo


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