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11-05-2013, 08:34 AM   #1
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Buying my first, and possibly second lens.

Looking for input on picking up my first couple lenses on black friday. I just picked up a k5 with the 18-55 al II. I'm planning on picking up a 55-300 wr on black friday. My question is about the 18-55 vs the 18-135. I'm either thinking of trading my 18-55 for the wr version, or jumping up to the 18-135 wr. Considering I'm buying the 55-300, is it worth it for me to still go with the 18-135?


11-05-2013, 09:01 AM   #2
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A similar thread.
I like the 18-135 but I don't have the new version of the kit lens to compare it with.
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Definitely go for the 18-135 if you can.
11-05-2013, 09:32 AM   #4
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18-135 is a more versatile range than 18-55 + 55-300 unless you plan on picking up a second body (that you will always bring)

Having to change lens, or make the decision to bring two lens, means more missed shots, which matters WAY more than IQ :x

IQ wise I suspect it goes like this: 55-300 > 18-135 > 18-55

IMHO though unless you plan to be shooting with the 55-300 alot (birding or airplane or other telephoto things), a 50mm or 35mm prime is a better second lens

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Hi Nate,

Welcome to Pentax Forums. Thanks for dropping in and asking a very important question - "which lens?"

There are plenty of considerations and options.

The 55-300 has something not possible with the other options - reach. Depending on your subjects, you may not require a 300mm lens. On the other hand, if you think your photography will lead you to a variety of themes - landscape, people, wildlife, cityscapes, etc, the pair of 18-55 and 55-300 could work well for you as a starting pair of useful lenses, without needing to upgrade to the 18-135 immediately. In time, you might look at a third lens, e.g., wide aperture (f/2.8 or wider) for indoor shots at lower light levels.

The 18-135 is generally well regarded amongst users, and it would provide more versatility than the 18-55. I tend to agree with Andi - if you're not going to really need the extra reach of the 55-300, you might get more use from a combination of 18-135mm plus a 35mm or 50mm single-focal length lens.

If you could describe your style and likely subjects, it will be easier to suggest possible options. Don't forget to mention any budget constraints (i.e., just starting out with a low budget; just won a lottery...)

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11-05-2013, 11:09 AM   #6
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Does anyone find the 18-135 to be annoying for an every day lens? The specs list it as being quite a bit heavier than the 18-55.

I like to shoot just about everything. The 55-300 would be for car/motorcycle racing, sports and wildlife.

I forgot to mention I have a 50mm prime (manual) also.

Thanks for all the replies!
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No, I find the 18-135 is my primary walkaround lens. If I'm after wildlife, I'll mount the 55-300. If I'm taking indoor shots of things, like models etc. I'll mount the 28mm macro. But as a general use lens, the 18-135 is really good. It seems to keep up well with moving subjects - the motor drive focus is very quick. It's not too heavy, IMHO. I did have to replace the hood once, and that was more expensive than the 18-55 would have been....

I have been caught in the rain several times, with no problem. I've also taken it when there's a chance of rain and been rewarded.
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I find that the main lens I use is the 18-135, as a walkround lens. As a second, it depends on what I'm shooting. I've been using the sigma 10-20 f3.5 recently for quite a bit of stuff as it is so much wider than the 18-135, but when I'm out shooting sport, I've used the 60-250 loads. My 50 1.4 comes out on occasions, especially when shooting indoors or in very low light situations where a mid-length lens doesn't cause that much of a problem.

My only comment about the 18-135 is "lens creep"...and lots of it, especially if pointing up/down. It isn't a massive issue though (not hard to hang on to whilst taking the shot).

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Thanks for the input, I think I'll go with the 18-135 for now then. Possibly both if the deals are nice.

Really wish this 50mm I have had af... Oh well, add it to the list! Lol
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U might be lucky on black friday with the Pentax DA 35mm F2.4 or Pentax DA 50mm F1.8 lens

Oh yeah, forgot to mention I also agree that the 18-135mm WR and 55-300mm WR lens is the best combination.
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Good choise. Da 18-135 wr and 50mm f1.8/f1.4 are be very useful both.

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