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03-04-2011, 03:30 AM   #16
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Having had an 18-55 kit lens, which is now up in my cupboard, the first separate lens I bought was the 18-250 Tamron, which I love. After that I got my first prime which was the M 50, then the FA 50 as I needed auto-focus (kids!) and then I got a flash (which I need to send back). Anyway, my long winded response would be to go for the 18-135 WR, rather than the 18-55. I got really frustrated with it as the zoom was never long enough for me. Or the 18-250 if you can afford it, it's such a convenient walkaround lens

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Welcome here hurleygirlie.
I'd prefer getting the best of quality and versatility you can get from the start, and from that the 18-135 wins out on every aspect. All the best in choosing, and in your photography.
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QuoteOriginally posted by GerryL Quote
Welcome to the forums hurleygirlie05 and welcome to the Pentax family.
I see it's your first post.
Yes, thank you! I have a 35mm Pentax but can't wait to replace it with my K-5. I should be ordering it Tuesday! Then, I have to learn how to use it. I know NOTHING about photography except I know what kind of pictures I like. Thanks again!
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QuoteOriginally posted by hurleygirlie05 Quote
snip> I know NOTHING about photography except I know what kind of pictures I like. Thanks again!
That's a great place to start from. Don't let the top of the line equipment confuse your learning curve. Learn to use the options you'll have (slowly) to get the type of pictures you like.
Have fun!!

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There are so many great, supportive people in this community. I am happy to be part of it. Thanks to everyone. I should be getting my camera within a week. I just ordered it yesterday!
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Your thoughts 6 months on...

Hi Hurly,
So it's been 6 months since you order. Can you tell us what you decided on purchasing, and your thoughts so far? I'd be interested as I'm facing the same decision over 18-55mm and 18-135mm.
Thanks.
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For anyone else in the same predicament: In my opinion and if price is not an issue the 18-135 is the no brainer choice... Increased range, superior IQ and keeps the WR...

I have a fair few lenses and when I upgrade to K5 (or whatever) it'll likely be with the 18-135WR kit...
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Shkr88y- I LOVE my K-5! I ended up getting the 18-55 because I used some credit card points to get gift cards to purchase it and the place I had to buy it from did not have the 18-135 as an option. Having a camera and lens that is WR is WONDERFUL! I really like the look of blurry foreground/background with the use of a maximum aperature so I ended up buying a 50mm f1.4 as my prime lense. I LOVE this lens. I would DEFINITELY agree with Nicole who said the 55 didn't have enough zoom range. When I am using it, I do want better zoom range. BUT, most of the time I am using my 50mm. When I do have enough money to buy a good zoom it will have to have at last an f2.8 capability. :0). I can't believe how much the price has come down! Part of me wishes I would have waited like a lot of reviews said but I have gotten a ton of use out of the camera already so I am glad I didn't. If you want to check out some pictures shot with my K-5 you can check out my blog at Pretty Tutus for You. Be kind, I am still a beginner. :0). Enjoy!!

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Thank you for your feedback Hurley, I will check out your images shortly. It's good to hear what you bought and your feedback. Personally I'm new to DSLRs, so this is all a bit of a new exciting adventure in photography for me, however I have opted to buy a Canon 600D. What originally brought me to your thread was that, like you, I was very unsure as to which lens to buy initially so stumbled upon your question. For me I have decided on the 18-135 simply because for me using previous compact cameras I felt I was missing more zoom at times. I'll let you know how I get on.
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QuoteOriginally posted by shkr88y Quote
however I have opted to buy a Canon 600D. What originally brought me to your thread was that, like you, I was very unsure as to which lens to buy initially so stumbled upon your question. For me I have decided on the 18-135 simply because for me using previous compact cameras I felt I was missing more zoom at times. I'll let you know how I get on.
I don't think you'll get on too well to be honest... I can't see how a Pentax lens is going to work on a Canon DSLR...
Good luck!
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No one said anything about a Pentax lens with a Canon camera. The thread is about lens kits, and Canon offer similar kits. I'm buying a Canon EOS 600D Digital SLR Camera (Incl. 18-135 f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens Kit).
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