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01-16-2012, 02:37 PM   #1
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I am buying a new Pentax K5 tomorrow. I am an amateur and I am wondering what lens to buy along with it. I have shortlisted Pentax 18-55 lens and Sigma 100-300 APO HSM f/4. Will it be covering almost all the focal lengths in all practical day to day photographs and sports/wildlife. Initially I planned to get Sigma 70-200/f2.8, but after reading the reviews, I have decided on Sigma 100-300 APO HSM f/4. I will appreciate your comments regarding this. Many Thanks in Advance
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01-16-2012, 03:25 PM   #2
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If you can get the K5 with the DA18-135mm kit you should have plenty of range to work out where you like to shoot and a solid WR (weather-resistant) set-up!

If you really want to learn quick... Get the DA18-135mm and the DA35-2.4 prime lens... That to me would be a pretty stunning starter kit!!

If you're really set on 200mm + I would personally go for the 2.8 lens in your list... But I'd still go 18-135 +35-2.4 as an initial kit as I think you'll get more (fun) out of it...
01-16-2012, 03:28 PM   #3
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I could be wrong, but I thought that the latest versions of Sigma 100-300 APO HSM F4 are not available for Pentax. You may want to check this first.
01-16-2012, 03:29 PM   #4
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You're going to have a significant gap from 55mm to 100mm, which is where a lot of photos happen that aren't wildlife/sport outdoors. I'd probably go with the 18-135 because it covers the gap AND its water resistant instead of the 18-55. It's more expensive but its a more versatile lens, has more reach, and better IQ at the 50-55mm range too.

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If you want to stay with all zooms then the DA 18-55 and DA 55-300 is a better combination than using the Sigma 100-300 because of the gap as noted above. The 100-300 looks like a great lens but the Sigma website shows it as 'discontinued' and I cannot find any reference to a Pentax mount online. If your dealer has one be sure it is actually Pentax mount. Amazon shows it in Sony and Canon mount but marked as "out of stock".

The DA 18-135 and DA 55-300 is an even better combo although more expensive but you do not need to change lenses as often and the 18-135 is WR.

Although if you are OK with the price range on the Sigma 100-300 then the Pentax DA*60-250 might be worth a look as well.

And if you want to look at a little higher end combo then the DA*16-50 and DA*60-250 would really set you up nicely.

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