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11-21-2013, 04:20 AM   #1
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18-135mm or 18-250mm

Hey there,

I am an amateur photographer with a Pentax K-r with the standard 18-55mm lens.

I am looking to get my first lens an it will be a zoom lens.

I am between SMC Pentax-DA 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 and SMC Pentax-DA 18-250mm F3.5-6.3.

What do you suggest? Anyone using any of the above?

Thanks in advance for your time.

11-21-2013, 04:29 AM   #2
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I'm very happy with my 18-135mm. The focus motor is very quiet and fast. Image quality is very good for this class of lens. I've heard great things on the 18-250. I guess its up to if you want the extra reach. Check out the lens review section to help your decision. I've seen a number of used copies for sale in the market place too.
11-21-2013, 04:32 AM   #3
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I would recommend the 18-135. I have just got one, and it is excellent. It is WR, it is quite light and o-so-quiet, and makes a perfect walk-around lens. Before you decide, check the user reviews on this site, because it all depends what you want it for.
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why not the 50 - 200 lens? You already have the range from 18 to 55.

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As said, it very much depends on what "reach" you think you will need. But do take a look at the sample images here:

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/130-lens-sample-photo-archive/191544-pent...-18-135mm.html

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/130-lens-sample-photo-archive/154415-pent...f-samples.html

I can only speak for the DA 18-135mm myself. For me, that's an ideal walk-around and travel-light companion. Weather Resistant, quiet and reliable DC focusing motor, very nice close-up capability. But do note that it has only DC motor and no screw drive for Auto Focus so it will not provide AF on older Pentax DSLR bodies.
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The 18-135 is excellent for a general walkaround, however with your Kr, WR isn't really beneficial. In fact you'll probably suffer lens creep without a sealed body.
If you're planning on keeping the 18-55, I might consider the 55-300, so you are covered from 18-300.

PS: Get a fast prime (50mm or 35mm)
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QuoteOriginally posted by gkey Quote
why not the 50 - 200 lens? You already have the range from 18 to 55.
Two things to consider:

1. Do these ranges (18-55mm and 50-200mm) require that you change lenses very often? For me, it is not ideal to have to change lenses around 50mm.

2. While there is certainly nothing "wrong" with the DA 50-200mm, one might want to spend a little extra money to get a bit more versatility and build quality.
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You could also consider the new DA HD55-300mm WR. It would pair well with the 18-55 and if you ever bought a 18-135 you would have a very. nice WR kit with good overlap.

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QuoteOriginally posted by SuperD Quote
Hey there,

I am an amateur photographer with a Pentax K-r with the standard 18-55mm lens.

I am looking to get my first lens an it will be a zoom lens.

I am between SMC Pentax-DA 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 and SMC Pentax-DA 18-250mm F3.5-6.3.

What do you suggest? Anyone using any of the above?

Thanks in advance for your time.
I would say go for the 18-135mm. You'll love the fast/quiet AF.

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I say to everyone, first lens.. DA 18-135. No matter what else you buy, you'll still use it. Once you buy a DA*60-250 of DA 300 ƒ4, you'll probably never want to use your 55-300 again. But even if you buy a 55-300 WR, the 18-135 is still a great compliment for it. I've never seen a lens with more zoom than the 18-135 that outperforms it optically. After that, you're going for a lens that is superior at some focal lengths, to lenses that aren't superior to anything, anywhere in their focal length.
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Well, I never owned the 18-55, I had and sold the 18-250 but I still have and use the 18-135. You do the math.

A lot depends on how you "think" - wide or long. My tendency is to go wide much more than long, something like 70% of shots at 17 to 35mm. I found I was not using the range beyond 135 very often so decided I could cover those few occasions with the 55-300, which usually just sits in my bag. If you are more likely to go long, there is certainly nothing wrong with the 18-250. Its just a matter of your personal style. It works very well as an all-in-one, lightweight travel solution. It also is a good choice if you really hate changing lenses any more than you absolutely have to.
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I sold my DA18-250 to fund the 18-135. My experience with both lenses is the latter is superior to the former in many ways – optically, build quality, faster and quiet focusing. I do miss the extra 115mm reach from time to time but it isn’t a deal breaker for me. The 18-250 is no slouch by any means but one thing to note is its notorious barrel creep – although there are a few “workarounds”. If you’re willing to go outside of Pentax the Sigma 18-250 might be an option also.
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