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08-31-2012, 06:43 AM   #1
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Decisions about the next lens

Hey guys,

I'm at a point where I want a better lens and I've shortened my list to these:

DA 18-135 WR
DA40mm 2.8LTD
DA 40 2.8 XS
DA 35 f2.4

I currently have a white Pentax K-r, and I'm pretty sure that I'll be upgrading to a K-30 or K-5 in a year or so that's why I included the 18-135 WR, I don't think there's a bundle for a white or blue K-30 with the 18-135 so I might have to purchase it separately.

My current lens lineup is:
DA L 18-55
SMC M 50 f1.4
FA 28-70 f4 AL
Sigma 70-300 f4-5.6 APO DG

Also, It'll be my first time to go overseas, to Singapore where I hear there are a lot of greats pentax deals so I'm hoping to get one there!

Help me out pls? Thanks!

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18-135 WR performs moderately (very Moderately) better than the 18-55 and adds WR , your 28-70 is likely in the same performance range. you could probably get rid of the 18-55 and 24-70 if you went this rout and free up $ for the DA35 or 40

DA 40 LTD and XS optically ae the same lens, but the LTD gets you Quick shift and comes with hood and better build, you really can't go wrong with either from a better performance aspect vs your current crop of lenses
DA35 is slightly faster and really is for the price a fantastic little lens pretty much sharp right from 2.4, getting it's best at 5.6-8 - price wise this is an amazing value and being slightly wider than the 40's more of a true normal lens
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QuoteOriginally posted by Markooo Quote
DA 40 2.8 XS
I have this one as a type of novelty lens; even though it is above average optically; and as the previous poster mentioned (perhaps near) optically to the DA40, but... In having the XS version one wil have the size of the lens advantage, but that same advantage also gives a major hinderance - a miniscule filter size which almost requires an allotment of step up rings.

If I had a choice over the remaining lens'; it would be the 35mm f2.4
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thanks for your inputs! i'm also looking at the 18-135 to serve as my travel lens when I'm feeling lazy to foot zoom haha, and I'm looking to upgrade to a white/blue K-30 and it would complement that perfectly.


@mediumformatpro why the 35mm 2.4?

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The handling of the 18-135 is just great, even though the IQ is medicore you will fall in love with it
I tried him out and i like it as well even though i've the DA*16-50 and DA*50-135 it would be perfectly lens for family outings.

As for the other lenses just get the Limited lenses, you will love it and you can get a serrie. But try to decide if to go for 35mm or the 40mm. I went for the 40mm and i already tried and love the DA21, great little lens so that one plus the DA70 would be sweet traveling setup together with the DA18-135 i think.
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A fast normal is a necessity for me, for low ambient lighting indoors, so I recommend the DA 35mm 2.4. The 40mm's are too close to your 50mm. I only have the DA 40 because it's so tiny. I like it, but I certainly don't think of it as a necessary lens.

I like my 18-135 and use it a lot, but you have the focal lengths covered with your existing kit, and your current camera is not WR. As you noted, you would have to pay full pop for the 18-135. It's a better deal in a kit and you say you will buy another body in a year or two. I would wait until then.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Medium FormatPro Quote
it would be the 35mm f2.4
Ditto
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QuoteOriginally posted by eddie1960 Quote
18-135 WR performs moderately (very Moderately) better than the 18-55 and adds WR , your 28-70 is likely in the same performance range. you could probably get rid of the 18-55 and 24-70 if you went this rout and free up $ for the DA35 or 40

DA 40 LTD and XS optically ae the same lens, but the LTD gets you Quick shift and comes with hood and better build, you really can't go wrong with either from a better performance aspect vs your current crop of lenses
DA35 is slightly faster and really is for the price a fantastic little lens pretty much sharp right from 2.4, getting it's best at 5.6-8 - price wise this is an amazing value and being slightly wider than the 40's more of a true normal lens
And there is a 35/2.4 listed in the Marketplace as nearly new for around $150 (not mine though, I use it too much)

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so you're all suggesting the DA35 2.4 to get the normal FOV right?

are they selling the white/blue K-30 bundled with the 18-135WR? Last time I checked the pentaxwebstore they don't sell that combo.

Thanks everyone for the awesome replies!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Markooo Quote
so you're all suggesting the DA35 2.4 to get the normal FOV right?

are they selling the white/blue K-30 bundled with the 18-135WR? Last time I checked the pentaxwebstore they don't sell that combo.

Thanks everyone for the awesome replies!
They do not sell the kit in White or Blue, therefore I bought the black. The 18-135 is far better than I expected and I'm quite happy with it. I have that and the DA100WR for sealed lenses, but I'll still use my 55-300 in the rain with an Optec sleeve. I would also recommend the 35/2.4, todd has started a thread on it if you wish to see some samples. It's one of those lenses you throw on the camera when you have to get a sharp shot and lighting isn't great,= for me a high percentage of keepers.
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Oh lemme look at that thread Thanks a bunch!. Oh yeah, forgot to mention that I have a K1000, soI'd like to ask if the 35mm 2.4 for FF or for APS-C? Thanks everyone!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Markooo Quote
@ramseybuckeye

Oh lemme look at that thread Thanks a bunch!. Oh yeah, forgot to mention that I have a K1000, soI'd like to ask if the 35mm 2.4 for FF or for APS-C? Thanks everyone!
I've read that the 35/2.4 will work on full frame, but I've never checked it.
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Looked up the thread and I can say that it really is plastic fantastic! Might just get that one instead of the 40mm limited, it all depends if ill be able to try it out in the shops in Singapore! haha . Thanks everyone. You've been a great help!
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Another vote for the 35 2.4, a good match to your 50mm when you want to take your time, put the extra $ in the bank as the newer 18-135 will likely come down in the time you are ready for k5-k30, some retailers will even do a package deal on the spot.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Tonto Quote
Another vote for the 35 2.4, a good match to your 50mm when you want to take your time, put the extra $ in the bank as the newer 18-135 will likely come down in the time you are ready for k5-k30, some retailers will even do a package deal on the spot.
Also note there are two new superzooms coming according to the roadmap. No one knows the spec, but many people expect a DA 18-200 and DA*16-85. The DA* will be weatherproof and somehow better than the DA 118-135 (faster aperture? better IQ?). The DA 18-200 may or may not be WR.

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