Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home
 

Reply
Show Printable Version Search this Thread
07-19-2013, 09:33 AM   #1
Senior Member
Iksobarg's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 208
decisiontime on the 18-135/3.5

Hi my name is John and I'm an amateur Pentax guy with a decision to make and I could use some help from my beloved community.
Can anyone advise me for or against getting a Pentax DA 18-135WR/3.5 to replace some of this:



FA 50/1.4, Tamron 17-50/2.8, DA*50-135, DA 10-17/3.5, FA 80-320/4.5

The 18-135 is not going to replace everything, I know. It's just that I'm having probs. with deciding what lenses to take for vacation at the beach and a family wedding...
soo I'm taking all of them!! but would prefer just my DA10-17, FA50/1.4, a DA18-135 (only three lenses vs. five!!) but then maybe also the FA80-320 (not likely, ohh!! I don't know!! )
Now tried to do a little homework and read a little about the 18-135 but I do love my DA*50-135/2.8WR and the FA80-320/4.5.
Anyway I don't think I would replace/get rid of any of my current lenses ("YOu just don't do THAT!! I know!!).

So back to it: Should I get the 18-135WR and expect it to be a decent replacement (on such a travel where I want to be light), for my tamron 17-50 and the DA*50-135?

I spose I should just get rid of the camera bag that can carry all my kit and leave just the little one.. heheh (NOT GOING TO HAPPEN!!)

corrected my tamron specs!! goodeye Tomwil


Last edited by Iksobarg; 08-02-2013 at 01:58 PM.
07-19-2013, 09:44 AM   #2
Pentaxian
JinDesu's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: New York City
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 5,626
The 18-135 will be a good replacement for the 17-50 and 50-135 in cases where you want to travel light and are not concerned with the telephoto end of the lens. The 18-135 performs great in the 20-35 range, and is only one stop slower than the Tamron, but it will not be as good as the 50-135.
07-19-2013, 10:07 AM   #3
Pentaxian
Kozlok's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Albuquerque
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 1,787
The 18-135 is serviceable for when your family doesn't want to wait for you to change lenses. My vacation setup is the 18-135, 10-17 and a Sigma 30/1.4 for low light. At portrait distances, it is more than adequate, decent at the wide end, so-so at the long end for far away objects.

All that said, Adams recent review suggests the Sigma 17-70 is better.
07-19-2013, 10:14 AM   #4
Pentaxian
seventysixersfan's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Alexandria, VA
Posts: 1,710
QuoteOriginally posted by Kozlok Quote
All that said, Adams recent review suggests the Sigma 17-70 is better.
But the DA 18-135 WR would be handy with your K-30 WR body, when you're at the beach with the family...

07-19-2013, 10:19 AM   #5
Site Supporter




Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 155
John,

Keep things simple. Travel light. Enjoy your vacation and family wedding. Tamron zoom lens and the FA 50mm will do.
07-19-2013, 10:28 AM   #6
Site Supporter
tomwil's Avatar

Join Date: May 2009
Location: Maryland USA
Posts: 778
QuoteOriginally posted by Iksobarg Quote
Tamron 16-55/2.8
I'm puzzled. Did this lens ever exist?
07-19-2013, 11:06 AM   #7
Site Supporter
jatrax's Avatar

Join Date: May 2010
Location: Oregon
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 10,770
The 18-135 will cover the 17-50 and 50-135 range thus eliminating one lens. It certainly won't replace the 10-17 or the 80-320 or the FA 50mm. If you are looking for a good all around take on vacation lens the 18-135 is excellent. My wife's kit is the 18-135 and 55-300. The 18-135 gets 90% of the use. I would think the IQ will not be quite as good as your current 17-50/50-135 but for family pictures I'm not sure you would notice and it is certainly a much handier lens.

So for a light simple kit get the 18-135 and pair it with the 80-320 and you have a good 2 lens kit. Take the FA 50mm along for low light if you want or just make do.
07-19-2013, 11:23 AM   #8
Senior Member




Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Indiana
Posts: 170
Life is too short to fret about stuff. Just get one of each and a great big bag, and take'em all.
I know, I'm not much help because I always take too much.

07-19-2013, 11:28 AM   #9
Site Supporter
JimJohnson's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Lake Superior - Michigan
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 2,270
+1 on the 18-135 plus 80-320.

If all I can take is my body and one lens, it is the 18-135. If two lenses, the 18-135 plus 55-300. Just like I can fake a longer lens via cropping, I can within limits fake macro via cropping too.

More gear? Now I have to start thinking between a better flash and one of my specialty lenses. It's always a tough decision to not take gear, but my shoulder and back always thank me at the end of the trip for doing it.
07-19-2013, 12:10 PM   #10
Loyal Site Supporter
TER-OR's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Dundee, IL
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 5,828
Well, if the FA50 were the macro, I'd certainly take it to the beach, if there are any interesting critters.
Otherwise, I'd take the 18-135 and your long zoom. I'd probably pack the 10-17 as well, if nothing else for some sunset time-lapses.
07-19-2013, 01:34 PM   #11
Senior Member
Iksobarg's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 208
Original Poster
Thanks for the feedback \o/

Hi, John here again and I just want to say it's been just over three months since I bought my last lens (the DA10-17).
I wasn't actively thinking about it but "it" just happened. LBA. It's as if that 18-135 said to me,"Hey if you get me you won't need all those other heavy and expensive lenses!"

Back to topic, since my goal for next time is to achieve portability and range coverage (is that what's called?), I side with getting the 18-135. Gee, that was easy.

As for this trip we leave in just six hours. I'm taking all the pictured kit even though I agree with simplicity, as someone stated. I have plenty of space and we'll be close to home base.

I now realize that I wanted to take all those lenses since I'll certainly have some time to get to know them better.
08-02-2013, 02:16 PM   #12
Senior Member
Iksobarg's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 208
Original Poster
Thanks to all for the feedback. I ended up taking all pictured kit :S
Onto a second family gathering in Berlin late August, a few weeks away:
After much research I'm about to pickup a Tammy 18-250 and take the FA50/1.4 and call it a day.
Option b would be my Tam17-50/2.8, the fa50/1.4 and the da*50-135.

Some of you said go 55-300 and I'm like, nooo, that would mean I'd have a major overlap with my FA80-320, which love.
I don't mind changing lenses too much. At the wedding we attended I had to go with the FA50/1.4 as there was no time to swap. If I had known to use my ext. flash I would've use the *50-135 but I was a guest and didn't want to shadow too much the pro Canon photographer already on site. I haven't researched, but prolly will now. Does the 55-300 kick my 80-320 ass that bad?
Again, thanks my Pentax bros. and sisters.
08-02-2013, 09:14 PM   #13
Site Supporter
jatrax's Avatar

Join Date: May 2010
Location: Oregon
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 10,770
QuoteOriginally posted by Iksobarg Quote
Some of you said go 55-300 and I'm like, nooo, that would mean I'd have a major overlap with my FA80-320, which love.
I don't think anyone actually said to get the 55-300, only that a good kit is the 18-135 pared with the 55-300. In your case the 18-135 pared with the 80-320 is just fine. I suspect the 55-300 is better but not enough to change when you already have the 80-320. And I've never used a 80-320 so who knows it might be just as good.
Reply

Bookmarks
  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
da, da*50-135, fa, lenses, pentax, pentax help, tamron
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
For Sale - Sold: M42 lesnes, Tak 50/1.4, 35/3.5, 135/3.5, Sears 200/3.5, Helios, New price grahame Sold Items 5 06-30-2013 07:48 AM
Pentax 18-135 3.5-5.6 repairable? Dachiko Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 6 06-05-2013 12:49 PM
SMC-DA 18-135/3,5-5,6 AL should I buy it? peos99 Pentax K-5 17 01-11-2013 11:36 PM
Pentax DA18-135 3.5/5.6 WR or Sigma 18-125 3.8/5.6 NRV Shooter Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 5 12-15-2012 10:05 AM
For Sale - Sold: For Sale in Australia Tamron 18-250, Takumar 135 / 3.5 and 2.5,Pentax SMC K 200 Westoz Sold Items 15 06-07-2012 04:24 AM



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 09:28 PM. | See also: NikonForums.com, CanonForums.com part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
register
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]
Top