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09-19-2014, 06:44 AM   #1
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Selling vs keeping kit lens?

When I bought my K50 it came with the 18-55 WR kit lens. I recently bought a 18-135 WR and I'm debating whether I should sell the 18-55?

I know all of you have lens collections and I thought maybe I should do the same but that only makes sense if the different lens serve a distinctive purpose. My new 18-135 does everything the 18-55 does and more, so keeping the 18-55 would be redundant, at least that's what I tell myself.

Amazon is giving me $70 in a gift card (which for me is the equivalent of cash since I buy everything at Amazon). Does there exist any reason at all for me to keep my kit lens?

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09-19-2014, 06:56 AM   #2
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It may help the resell value of your K-mount camera body if you include a lens with it, especially if selling to a newbie who is just starting out with Pentax. Also, the DA 18-55 is lighter and a bit more compact than DA 18-135 so there may be times when that little extra lightness is useful. And there could be occasions where you want to take a "knock-around" lens that you don't care if something happens to it, which may not be the case with the more expensive DA 18-135.

Otherwise, a $70 credit is pretty a decent trade-off. Although you could also try to sell the lens here in the marketplace for at least that much, if not more.
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The WR 18-55 can go for as much as $100 so $70 isn't all that great. It does add to the value of a WR kit if you resell but I would get rid of it if you have the 18-135mm. It's not that great of a lens. Not bad, but not great. I'd upgrade to a 18-135mm WR if I could afford one right now, definitely...
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If you only have the one camera = Let it go , but sell it at Pentaxforums ....
If you have more than one camera , keep it ...

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I sold my kit lens and I never looked backed. Free up some space in your house and get some money for it too. Use the money toward getting a better lens, like a prime.
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Sell it. Use it to buy a used 40mm XS, a manual prime, or something else that at least supplements rather than overlaps your 18-135mm. Can't tell you how often I have had lenses that i kept because maybe I would use it - and it ends up sitting on the shelf collecting dust. I actually have several right now. I try to review what lenses I use (easy in Light room) on a regular basis and then I get rid of those i haven't used
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Keep it! The lens itself is not a 'collectors' item by any means so don't think of it that way. It will be useful as a backup in case something happens to your 18-135 or as a body cap when you sell the k-50.

Put it in the box your k-50 came in, put it on the shelf and leave it alone. You will not regret that in a year or so when you sell the camera to upgrade.
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Well, I have to say that I have a lot of lenses and my kit lens is still one of them. Why? Well for one, I have found that on my old K100ds which I've converted to IR use, the kit lens performs very well in IR use, much better than a number of other more expensive lenses. I would echo the comment above that you might find it easier to sell your camera body with the kit lens too down the road.

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I had the kit lens with my K-5. Sold it and bought another. Ended up selling it too. I don't miss them at all. Use the money towards a nice prime lens like the 40sx or the plastic fantastics 35 or 50.
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I keep hearing about people "selling lenses", but much like bigfoot and Nessie, I don't believe it.

One comment I would make in favor of the 18-55 is it has a very close min focal distance. If you wanted to shoot a very close shot at 18mm for example, the kit will do so much better than the 18-135. That's the only thing I know of where the kit is better, but it's something!

A second thought, on a windy day you go to the beach. Slap the kit lens on, go shoot the family at the beach, come home to find your front element all pitted from the blowing sand, no tears, just switch back to your 18-135 and keep going.
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QuoteOriginally posted by seventysixersfan Quote
It may help the resell value of your K-mount camera body if you include a lens with it, especially if selling to a newbie who is just starting out with Pentax. Also, the DA 18-55 is lighter and a bit more compact than DA 18-135 so there may be times when that little extra lightness is useful. And there could be occasions where you want to take a "knock-around" lens that you don't care if something happens to it, which may not be the case with the more expensive DA 18-135.
There you have it in a nutshell. FWIW, if Amazon is offering you $70 for the DAL WR, that is a decent deal and about what I would pay if offered on the marketplace here.


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$70 is a very fair price. You can't compare what you might get at retail with what Amazon will pay. There's a huge potential hassle factor when you sell retail.

However, my thinking is that you need redundancy if you're ever in a situation where you might lose unique photo opportunities if you lose use of a camera or lens. So when I take (what is to me) a significant trip, for example, I take two bodies (maybe not identical, but K-mount), and somewhat overlapping lenses. For example, 17-50mm and 16-45mm, and 70-300mm and 50-200mm. I have a 10-20mm too, but no backup for that, just because of the cost - but if I was taking a $20k trip, I might revisit that. It's generally even more important to do this with Pentax than Canikon. At least here in the US, in most places, you can buy a (consumer-grade) Canikon body or lens instantly in a brick-and-mortar store; that's definitely not the case with Pentax.
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My principle is if you dont use it, sell it. Poor lens can see some action in other people's hands then.

As mentioned above though, if redundancy is important (for paid work, or for once in a lifetime trips), I'd keep it. I have an 18-55 as a backup to my 28-75. Then I got the 16-45 and sold the 18-55. If I'm you I'd look at a 17-50/2.8 if you dont have one already It increases your available range, and can also act as a backup.
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