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11-24-2015, 08:47 AM   #16
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It is an 18-55mm lens so just very slightly over 3x zoom.
52 is the filter diameter, this lens takes 52mm filters.

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There is a ring that you turn that has 18 and other numbers up to 55.

Massive zoom ranges like 52x aren't practical on larger sensor cameras. There are some superzooms out there like the 18-270 or 50-500 but the longer the range the more compromises and size needed.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Galin Quote
Good morning, yes everything was helpful. Now i can take pictures. Thank you very much. Just one more question about the zoom option with 18 mm lens how much is it and how i can activate it. There is some number 52 on the lens which means 52x or?
You manually zoom (turn it from 18 to 55 and you will see things get closer or farther) and the 52 is the thread diameter for a screw in filter. Later on you can get lenses that zoom farther out or wider.
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It is what the others said. 52mm is the size of the filter you can use on it. To zoom, turn the ring that is closest to the camera. The ring that is farther away adjusts the focus (something you won't want to adjust in general).

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Glad you worked out how to take pictures, Galin. It will not be as easy as with your phone, but you now have artistic control over your photos. A course can help you get the best out of your investment. :-)

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Welcome to the forum. Glad you finally can take photos. If you are new to dslr, there might be a steep learning curve - but dont worry, lots of resources are available online, check out on youtube. And of course PF members are always a dedicated backup for questions and clarifications. Yes take a hands-on course that will definitely help.
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Hi all, everything now working. Well i am not happy that doesn't have more zoom just 4x. Now i need to spend more money for lens. Any Suggestions for zoom lens. I saw some for 25-35$ on amazon. Are they good or how much i have to spend for good zoom lens. More important for me is so when i put the lens will give me immediately 20x zoom or i can manual adjust that, and every time when i want to take a picture of close subject i have to remove the lens or? Sorry i am pretty new in this and i don't know how this work. Thanks all.
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You may have been happier to purchase a PnS superzoom.

A superzoom lens for your Pentax will cost a lot more than $25. You can buy the 18-135:

SMC Pentax-DA 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 ED AL [IF] DC WR Reviews - DA Zoom Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database

There's the 18-270:

SMC Pentax-DA 18-270mm F3.5-6.3 ED SDM Reviews - DA Zoom Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database

The discontinued, but available used, 18-250:

SMC Pentax-DA 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 ED AL [IF] Reviews - DA Zoom Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database

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I would probably look at the DA 18-135. It's a decent lens with zoom that covers most of the focal lengths you'll use and isn't too big. The other ones that dansamy mentions will be OK as well. If you want bang for the buck, look at the DA 35 f2.4/DA 50 f1.8. Both are around 100 dollars new and will give good low light performance with a small package. Just keep in mind they are prime lenses, so they only cover a specific focal length.
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http://www.amazon.com/Opteka-Professional-Fisheye-Microfiber-Digital/dp/B00U...tax+k-s1&psc=1

Ok 300$ for lens is not my idea. what about the above what it that and what job do for me?
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That's not a zoom lens. That's a fisheye converter. It goes on the front of your lens to help give your 18mm a wider field of view. Note the decimal point. 0.20x.

---------- Post added 11-27-15 at 12:16 PM ----------

I think the least expensive super zoom lens is the 18-200 Tamron:

Tamron 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 AF XR Di II LD Aspherical IF Macro Lens Reviews - Tamron Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database

You can find it cheaper used, but it's still going to cost you $100+.

---------- Post added 11-27-15 at 12:30 PM ----------

Keh has one for $139. You might be able to take 30% off that with coupon code "BLACKFRIDAY"

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https://www.keh.com/241842/tamron-18-200mm-f-3-5-6-3-aspherical-di-ii-ld-if-...ensor-dslrs-62
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Dansamy is right. Tamron 18-200 is probably the cheapest super zoom lens. You can find that 18-135 for 250 used as well. Looks like Amazon has a Tamron 18-200 for 129 with free shipping from Japan. That's probably the best you can do if you don't want to spend money.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Galin Quote
Just one more question about the zoom option with 18 mm lens how much is it and how i can activate it.
You zoom by turning the zoom ring on the lens. The lens you have will zoom from 18mm to 55mm. The 52mm marking is actually something else, it describes the filter thread diameter on the front. This is only useful if you want to add filters, I would just ignore that for now. 52x is terminology used with point & shoot or super zoom cameras, not DSLRs. It means 52 x magnification but that has nothing to do with your camera.

Also, may I suggest, (since by your questions that you are new to a DSLR) that you read through the manual. I know it is long and boring but you will discover a lot about the potential of your camera by at least looking through and trying to understand the basics.

You might also find this information useful: Digital Photography Tutorials
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Just to be frank... 18-200 is just over a 10x zoom. 20x as far as I know doesn't exist for SLR cameras. The superzoom lenses are not the best quality either.

The small sensor point and shoot cameras can have massive zoom ranges but they give up low light performance and quality of image. What you purchased is completely different.

You either need to adjust expectations or maybe sell this and buy a superzoom bridge camera.

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QuoteOriginally posted by UncleVanya Quote
Just to be frank... 18-200 is just over a 10x zoom. 20x as far as I know doesn't exist for SLR cameras. The superzoom lenses are not the best quality either.

The small sensor point and shoot cameras can have massive zoom ranges but they give up low light performance and quality of image. What you purchased is completely different.

You either need to adjust expectations or maybe sell this and buy a superzoom bridge camera.
This came across wrong I think. I mean it in a nice way. Don't measure your needs by past experience. Take some shots and see what you Really need. Cropping a 20mp DSLR is more forgiving than a point and shoot. You can get great results with the 18-55, you may need to switch to an 18-135 or 18-200 but those will surprise you.
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