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12-06-2013, 12:46 AM   #1
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Logical lens upgrades beyond the kit lenses

Ok! I got my new k-5ii. My daughter now has my K-x. Here's our lens line up:

DA L 18-55 kit lens
DA L 55-300 kit lens
FA 28-80 power zoom
FA 80-200mm
F 35-80mm
DA 35mm f2.4
DA 50mm f1.8

The F/FA lenses now reside with the K-x for my daughter's use. The kit lenses & primes are in my bag with my k-5ii. What I'm looking for is a wide-ish angle zoom to replace the 18-55 & maybe a "travel/vacation" longish zoom. What's reasonably priced? On the used market?

12-06-2013, 12:55 AM   #2
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You already have a good start-up of lenses.

If you want specifically a wide angle lens and a travel zoom, I may suggest two well-liked lenses:

DA15mm Ltd - not a zoom, but a superb pancake lens very worthy to consider by all means, and

DA18-135mm - a versatile zoom WR, silent, relatively small

Both lenses would definitely complement and enhance your lens lineup.

I hope that the recommendation may help.

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DA*16-50
18-135WR

Sell the 28-80 and the 55-300 and buy

55-300 WR

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12-06-2013, 01:29 AM   #4
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I think it depends on what you want to do.

Personally I think you could use an ultra wide, like a 10-20 or 12-24, or even the Tammy 10-24. For travel the 10-20 lives on my camera.

Then look at the long end. Having only the kit lenses is a bit limiting in focal lenght

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The 16-50 is a great lens but a little pricey. For a less expensive alternative, look at the Sigma 17-70 F/2.8-4. Pentax also has a 17-70 but it is a little slower at the wide end at f/4, is more expensive and maybe a tad less sharp. On the plus side, it is lighter and weather resistant.

You might also consider the normal direct replacement for the kit lens, the 18-135 mm. For really light travel with my DSLR, that is the only lens I take.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Lowell Goudge Quote
... For travel the 10-20 lives on my camera. ...
In all sincerity, I love how different we all are. That is why the manufacturers are kept busy expanding and improving the lens line-up.

I recently sold my 10-20 after a survey of my past travel photos showed that I used it less than 5% of the time. I've said it before, some of us naturally "see wide" and some "see long." Different strokes and all that. Keeps life interesting.
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I travel with the DA12-24, DA 55-300 and a fast prime (usually the 31 limited)
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The 18-135 is a great walkaround lens.
Your kit's a really good starting setup - better than many of us started with, for sure. The FA zooms may not be the best, but you'll figure out their sweet spots.

The 16-45 is a good indoor zoom, it's pretty wide for 16mm. It's also inexpensive.

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QuoteOriginally posted by abmj Quote
In all sincerity, I love how different we all are. That is why the manufacturers are kept busy expanding and improving the lens line-up.

I recently sold my 10-20 after a survey of my past travel photos showed that I used it less than 5% of the time. I've said it before, some of us naturally "see wide" and some "see long." Different strokes and all that. Keeps life interesting.
Lens buying is easier for the long side too. Would this photo at 135mm look better cropped by 50%? Maybe buy a 200mm lens. Prices eventually rise to infinity but you don't have to go that far.

A sign that wider is better for you: all your kit lens shots are at 18mm and you can't fit everything in. I suppose it's possible to stitch some shots and calculate a satisfying field of view. Look at sample shots to see which wide compositions work. You may see a point where the photos don't look right, which is exactly 12mm for me. A secondary wide-angle issue is the choices are limited compared to the long end, especially for prime lenses.

My travel-vacation-wide-long lenses are the DA 16-45/4 and the DA 50-200 WR, with some primes added it for flavor. The 16-45 is wide enough for me, a step up in quality over the 18-55, a bit chunky but OK. If I want lighter or WR, I bring the 18-55 WR instead. The DA 50-200 is not as popular as the 55-300 and now the 55-300 has a WR version. Maybe the only reason left to carry the 50-200 is size and weight.

I have a truckload of lenses and carefully select about 8 (bare minimum) for most trips. Then not really use them.
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You have a pretty good lineup! Maybe you might want something in the ultra wide angle range. FA 20-35mm, DA 20-40mm ltd, DA 16-45mm.. Da 12-24mm Or! Maybe the DA 70mm or DFA 100mm (for macro, portraits, tele photos. But it has relatively slow AF).
The good news is that (arguably) every new Pentax lens is "better" than the 18-55mm kit lens (even though it is not a bad lens to begin with).
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The 10-17 is something to consider if the fisheye holds any interest. It's a fun lens.
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+1 for the 10-17, it's fun, and holds up well as an UWA at 15-17, and can be rectilinear then with PP.
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Have you analyzed your photos to see what focal lengths you use more often? Try a tool like Exposure Plot, it is quite revealing.
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QuoteOriginally posted by dansamy Quote
Ok! I got my new k-5ii. My daughter now has my K-x. Here's our lens line up:

DA L 18-55 kit lens
DA L 55-300 kit lens
FA 28-80 power zoom
FA 80-200mm
F 35-80mm
DA 35mm f2.4
DA 50mm f1.8

The F/FA lenses now reside with the K-x for my daughter's use. The kit lenses & primes are in my bag with my k-5ii. What I'm looking for is a wide-ish angle zoom to replace the 18-55 & maybe a "travel/vacation" longish zoom. What's reasonably priced? On the used market?
Not sure how you could improve on the 55-300, unless you have a bad copy. What shortcomings do you find it has?

I think that to most people, "travel/vacation" might imply portability, and therefore preclude, say, a 70-200/2.8, or a Bigma. But possibly you have something else in mind.
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For that, I mean something encompassing an "all in one" solution for my daughter to carry on trips. I don't mind lens switching. She is a beginner & I think carrying one lens for the day will be a good start. Something that starts at a wide-ish angle & goes through a long-ish end.
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