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06-27-2013, 01:32 PM - 1 Like   #16
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No problem, happy to help a neighboring state Pentaxian. Note: some owners of the DA 55-300 would argue that having the quick-shift feature is really helpful because the zoom sometimes hunts around. However, you can't beat the value of a DA-L version. Either would be good choices for a low-cost, great image-quality telephoto zoom.

Ebay is definitely a possibility, especially if it's a seller with great feedback, but sometimes I like the reassurance that I can easily return a lens or get a limited warranty on it...

Oh, for taking pictures of landscapes and architecture, you may want to have a wide-angle zoom like a Sigma 10-20 f/4-5.6:

$399, new from an authorized Sigma dealer, via eBay

Sigma 10 20mm F 4 5 6 EX DC HSM Lens Canon Nikon Pentax or Sony Alpha | eBay

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There was a thread about sensor cleaning a while ago , where he had to clean a finger print off his sensor. It came with an ebay purchase.

I'm like a recording, I tell everyone to get the 18-35 first, but my wife recently bought a Sigma 18-250, and it's also a keeper, you can't go wrong with either one. The 18-135 is great edge to edge up to 50mm, after that it stays centre sharp but loses resolution on the edges. The 18-250 doesn't have the excellent center, but it's not far off, and it's more consistent, meaning better on the edges. It's really a toss up.

If you go with the SIgma 18-250, you can spend the rest of your money on fast primes. The DA 35 2.4 is a no brainer, And the Tamron 90 macro is awesome for resolution and macro work, and it's great in a part of the focal length where both the Sigma 18-250 and 18-135 are at their weakest. A great companion prime to go with either of those two zooms.

For me, as much as I like the versatility and IQ of the Sigma 18-250, I won't give up the water sealing on my DA 18-135. But I spend a lot of time on or near water, so maybe that's just me. We also own a Tamron 17-50, it's a great lens, but we don't use it nearly as much as I thought we would.
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QuoteOriginally posted by shark7 Quote
I'm mostly into landscapes, architecture, objects, animals.. have done at most 3 'photo shoots' for close friends (and we were both quite happy with results).. i seem to enjoy photographing people while i'm actually doing it, but it's not something i look for, i prefer sunsets and moonrises, parks and waterfalls, and the like.
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.......Understanding Exposure, 3rd Edition: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera (9780817439392): Bryan Peterson: Books
This books looks excellent... i wonder how different it is (176 pages) from the first edition on the cheap. (160 pages).
Book: most libraries have the earlier edition. Check out your local library. I borrowed mine from the library first and liked it enough to purchase it. I have the earlier edition. I doubt the new edition could add much as the basics dont change.

Lens: your photography subjects suggest that a regular focal length would suit you well. The Tamron 17-50 will work well for your needs and is really sharp. The lens itself does not look fancy and maybe somewhat noisy but is a great lens. Later you can get a wider angle lens for architecture.

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The K-5 is a remarkable camera! Hope you find a lot joy in using it
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Welcome to the forum, enjoy that K-5.
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Whoa i have several replies here that i wasn't even aware of until now.. i think i have notifications on now though. Thanks everyone for the fantastic posts and greetings. I can tell this is a great place to be!

As soon as i decide on a lens, i'll start posting photos!

Next i'm going to try to find LCD covers like the ones i see in the pics in the sale(sold) thread....

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