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04-03-2013, 02:02 PM   #1
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Lens selection for K5IIs - what do you think?

I have read thread after thread, viewed thousands of examples. And I still have not come to a conclusion. I will buy a k5IIs and take advantage of the $250 rebate on a FA 31mm. I work on the ocean and in rainy, wet areas.... so for a WR lens I narrowed it to the 16-50 or the 50-135. Let me know if you have any suggestions where to proceed.

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The 16-50 would be somewhat redundant with your 31 but would be WR. The 50-135 gets you much more reach, is also WR, and is not an overlap with the 31. The other factor is that the 16-50 is often a real dog by many reports an the 50-135 is very well regarded.The difference in scores here in the lens section are rather dramatic for two lenses that cost roughly the same (nearly a full point on a scale very skewed to the high end).
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All I can say is that my brother's 50-135 is truly wonderful. Well saturated sharp pics with a pop, it doesn't look like the usual zoom ones.
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The 16-50 is a gorgeous lens for people and situations and would not be redundant at all, but the 50-135 blows it out of the water. The images don't have quite the same look to them, but they're murderously sharp at all aperture and focal lengths, tis my favorite lens. If you want wider, get the 16-50, if you want longer get the 50-135, neither will disappoint

I wouldn't be satisfied with 31 as my widest focal length, but I could live with 50 being my longest depending on the situation.

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The rebate on the FA31 expired 3/31, unfortunately:
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QuoteOriginally posted by Mareket Quote
I wouldn't be satisfied with 31 as my widest focal length, but I could live with 50 being my longest depending on the situation.
And I am the complete opposite!
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QuoteOriginally posted by harmonica2 Quote
The rebate on the FA31 expired 3/31, unfortunately:
Rebates - PENTAX Imaging USA
Being a Canadian is finally not such a bad thing, if only for this moment:
Pentax Canada | PENTAX Professional System Rewards Expires 4/15
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With the DA 35 2.4 I'm having trouble justifying the 31. The 16-50, for the price seems to me just about the worst idea ever. I don't own it but I tried it out once and was mightily un-impressed. How much can you pay for WR? I paid under $400 for a Tamron 17-50. If Tamron made it WR the 16-50 would be dead in the water, it's pretty much the only advantage the 16-50 has.

The 50-135 tends to be much higher regarded. But you have to understand the popularity of the 70-200 lenses to understand it's appeal. (50-135 APS-c is approximately 70-200 FF). That being said, I don't think the 50-135 ever caught on the way the the 70-200 focal length lenses did, even on APS-c.

If you can get away with the 18-135, you'll save a pile of cash. The problem being that while centre sharp, the 18-135 is no match for the DA* 50-135 in that focal range. But if you ever plan to spring for the DA*60-250 you've completely covered it's range.

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Rodger that..... I only bought a prime lens because the dealer had a FA 31mm in Black, New for $1000. Minus $250 with the discount I have a nice lens for $750, right about where they can be found used. (+tax but whos counting) I didnt explore the thought of the 60-250, seems like quite a step up again. After reading these few replies I was ready to say I am sold on the 50-135, but I'll begin the research process again with this new idea. I would have bought a Tamron, and in fact I helped a member here with his quest for a lens and suggested the 17-50 which he is going to buy.... but I work on the west coast on the water... thats why I narrowed it to the best WR Pentax has.
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Don't forget the DA*55 and DFA100WR. Either would compliment the FA31 well, and as well as being WR they add their own special tricks (speed/paper-thin DoF, and macro respectively).
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