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02-19-2016, 02:21 PM   #1
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Hi, I was cleaning out old little-used film camera equipment and started thinking about buying my first DSLR. My old Pentax film SLR has been to Europe three times before hanging up it's "spurs" due to the convenience of digital photography. I found out that Pentax made an affordable DSLR so bought a K-50 with the 18-135 kit lens. We donated the rest of our equipment to the school but kept my k-mount lenses. (My husband had a Mamiya Sekor film camera.) I was quite pleased to see that my old lenses would still be usable but wondered if there was another WR lens I "should" have. We're outside a lot and enjoy biking (pedal, not motor) and will carry the camera in the bike bag. I kept a Pentax-A 35- 70 zoom, and a larger zoom lens that won't be traveling on the bike. I've only had the camera for about 10 days but am amazed at the qualaity pictures that it takes! Any thoughts about additional lenses would be much-appreciated. Thanks in advance!!

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The 18-135 is a very good all around lens. The folks on this forum love to buy lenses so expect a lot of suggestions. But you should think about what you shoot and cannot do with the lens you have rather than worry about what you might need.

If the 18-135 is coming up short then look at the HD 55-300 WR, a very good match to your 18-135. For wider there is the Pentax 12-24 and some Sigma lenses that are well regarded in the 10-20 range.

But first, ask yourself what you are trying to do that the 18-135 cannot do.
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The 18-135 is a very good all around lens. The folks on this forum love to buy lenses so expect a lot of suggestions. But you should think about what you shoot and cannot do with the lens you have rather than worry about what you might need.

If the 18-135 is coming up short then look at the HD 55-300 WR, a very good match to your 18-135. For wider there is the Pentax 12-24 and some Sigma lenses that are well regarded in the 10-20 range.

But first, ask yourself what you are trying to do that the 18-135 cannot do.

Thanks so much. Very good advice!


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Welcome to the forum! Looking forward to seeing some of your images.
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Welcome to the forums. It is nice to hear that you are enjoying your camera/images. The 18-135 does cover quite a range, though I opted for a 16-85 for my needs. There is quite a line up of lenses at the Pentax site lenses | Ricoh Imaging. What is available there is usually available on sites such as Amazon also. Your camera has the Pentax K Mount for K Mount lenses, as most Pentax DSLR cameras do. You may want to look at those lenses and see if you would want something to cover more of the 135 plus range for your telephoto needs. You probably have a lot of interesting ideas on what you may be doing. I myself have the Pentax 16-85 for my wider angle needs and a Sigma 150-500 for my wildlife/bird in flight shooting. Welcome again, and I hope you enjoy shooting with your new K-50.
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Welcome to the forum, as for lens advice... may I suggest enjoy your photography for a good while longer with this new camera, any short comings you have lens wise will then become apparent and you can then purchase really what you need.
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Yes, the 55-300 would be my second lens if you like to do a bit of longer-range photography at parks etc. Otherwise, that 18-135 will be your workhorse for quite a while.
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