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01-13-2011, 04:01 PM   #1
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17-50mm or 18-135mm for beginner

Right now I have a Canon G9 and I will buy my first SLR, Pentax K-5.
For a beginner what's best? A Tamron 17-50 f2.8 and keep $$ for a later lens or a Pentax 18-135mm?
Maybe other lens/combination?
My photography will be family in interiors and outdoor/landscape.

01-13-2011, 04:05 PM   #2
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I would recommend the 18-135mm - the AF is faster, and it's more of a walkaround multi-purpose zoom!

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The DA 18-135 has a similar range to what your Canon did, with a better wide angle coverage. So that will give you what you're used to.

As for which is better, people go both ways and are perfectly happy. I actually don't know exactly how many lenses I have, and I regularily travel with seven or eight. Others are fine with one lens. I think some of the advantages of a DSLR are lost with one lens, and some of the fun. But it will be a lot easier to learn the characteristics of one lens if that's all you use.
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I find I shoot mostly wide myself. I have the 17-50 Tammy as my main walkaround it is fantastic. AF is super fast on my K-r, razor sharp too.

Family & interiors and landscapes is your main use? 17-50 for sure you wont need the extra reach inside or for landscapes. And the 17-50 is best at the wide end which seems almost wider than 17mm, very low distortion and CA so its great for that stuff

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Only issue with 18-135 will be that it is not as suited for family shots indoors as the 17-50/2.8 would be.
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Your G9 has a 6-times zoom. An all-around lens would suit you better, hence the DA18-135mm would be the best choice.

I came somehow a similar way to Pentax, from a Panasonic FZ20 (12-times zoom) to the K-7 with DA18-250mm, another all-around lens. Whatever some could say about all-around lenses, their versatility is a great asset, and I do nearly 75% of my shots with my 18-250mm.

The only weakness of all-around lenses is the low light conditions without flash. In due time, you couold consider a fast prime lens to complement your DA18-135mm.

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Either of these two lenses will be fine for you either as a first time DSLR shooter or a more experienced user. I cant vouch for the 18-135 Pentax, but can for the Tamron 17-50. The Tamron is a fantastic lens and constant 2.8 makes it quite usable in low light, not to mention is priced less than the 18-135. The only advantage I see is that the reach, of course on the Pentax is double that of the Tamron, but I guess it depends on your shooting style if you use those focal lengths as often as you do wider angles.

Either is fine, but I'd go with the Tamron for price savings, proven sharp lens characteristics, speed and warranty.


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QuoteOriginally posted by Jasvox Quote
Either is fine, but I'd go with the Tamron for price savings, proven sharp lens characteristics, speed and warranty.
I absolutely, totally and emphatically concur 100%! Those are 4 mighty arguments in favor of the Tamron and are some of the reasons why I'm taking it over the DA*16-50.
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It's hard to beat the Tamron 17-50mm for both IQ and value. It would be well suited to both indoor family photography as well as outdoor landscapes.
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If I don't change my mind till the camera be available I will go to the Tamron 17-50.
Lately maybe a Sigma 50-150 f/2.8 if I need more zoom.
01-15-2011, 09:19 AM   #11
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I just committed the order.
Pentax K-5
Pentax smc DA 18-55mm f/3,5-5,6 AL WR
Pentax SMC DA 50-200mm f/4-5.6 ED WR
Pentax SMC DA 35mm f2.4 AL
All 1220 (brand new of course)
I think that I will have 18-200 range with some quality and good at 35mm. If the zooms quality isn't enough I'll update for other zoom or primes.
For this price with WR (it will be useful)... I just bought...
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