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09-08-2015, 06:56 PM   #1
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Hello from Scotland

I recently decided to rekindle my interest in photography, now that I have more free time. I'm very much a beginner and am enjoying learning how to use my K50. I also have a Nikon D3300, but find that using the Pentax gives me a buzz that the Nikon doesn't. Most of my photography is of the outdoor variety so having a weather sealed camera makes all the difference. Has anyone used the 18-135 WR Pentax lens? I'm looking for an all rounder for general use in all weathers. I have the 2 kit lenses 18-55 and 55-200, 35mm , 50mm and 55-300. They are all pretty good, but I think an all rounder would serve me well for most occassions.

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I am going to Scotland someday. May I look you up when I get there?
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I am going to Scotland someday. May I look you up when I get there?
Of course! I think you'll find plenty of good photo opportunities in Scotland.
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G'day mate and welcome to the forum

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G'day mate and welcome to the forum
Thanks.
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Welcome and hello! I have heard some really nice comments on the 18-135.WR. The following is the address to an 18-135 WR Pentax Forum thread. It has sample images and a lot of opinions on the lens. It seems that people like it as a lens with a range that also gives satisfying results. The images shown should give you an idea of some of its capability.

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/10-pentax-slr-lens-discussion/179869-da-18-135-wr-show-us-what-can-do-83.html

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Welcome aboard! The 18-135 is a nice lens, its motorized focus will spoil you...
The new 16-85 is also one to consider, though the extra reach to 135 is welcome for a walkaround lens.
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I was considering the 16-85 also per its reviews and it supposedly being a newer model. It seems to be the more refined of the two, with a more wide angle advantage, but without the 135 reach.


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Hi Doug, Welcome to the forums from a Glaswegian in New Zealand! I started off in photography about 3 years ago and this site has helped me hugely with information and helpful forum members. I use a K 50 as well. Great camera. Anyway, enjoy yourself and best of luck with the snapping
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Bonjour from France, Doug, and welcome to PF. Hope to see some images soon ! Salut, J
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so having a weather sealed camera makes all the difference
Welcome, aye it makes a lot of sense when you live here.
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Welcome and hello! I have heard some really nice comments on the 18-135.WR. The following is the address to an 18-135 WR Pentax Forum thread. It has sample images and a lot of opinions on the lens. It seems that people like it as a lens with a range that also gives satisfying results. The images shown should give you an idea of some of its capability.

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/10-pentax-slr-lens-discussion/179869-da-1...can-do-83.html
I had a look at the link. Some really nice shots on there and I like the idea of a quieter focus as a bonus.

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Welcome aboard! The 18-135 is a nice lens, its motorized focus will spoil you...
The new 16-85 is also one to consider, though the extra reach to 135 is welcome for a walkaround lens.
I don't think the 16-85 would have the reach that I want, but I'll need to check it out anyway. I'm in danger of having too many lenses as it is!

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QuoteOriginally posted by thegadge Quote
Hi Doug, Welcome to the forums from a Glaswegian in New Zealand! I started off in photography about 3 years ago and this site has helped me hugely with information and helpful forum members. I use a K 50 as well. Great camera. Anyway, enjoy yourself and best of luck with the snapping
I've been looking at a few forums and really like this one. It seems very active with lots of advice and information. I've heard that New Zealand can be a bit like the UK for weather, but I see that you're in one of the drier areas.
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Welcome! Nice to see another Pentaxian joining us from the UK.

I recently acquired the 18-135 and as a general walk around lens it's great. The quietness of the focussing is something I really appreciate - especially after using the 55-300 HD. Talk about chalk and cheese!
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Well I took the plunge and bought the 18-135WR and, going by a couple of quick snaps that I took to check that it worked OK, it looks like a good decision. All the photos are nice and sharp and I like the way that it handles, plus that Scottish essential of waterproofing. Thanks for the advice.
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