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12-28-2021, 05:53 AM   #1
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Best travel lens

Hello:

If you had only one lens to take on a road trip, what would it be?

Tks!

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QuoteOriginally posted by ctt Quote
Hello:

If you had only one lens to take on a road trip, what would it be?

Tks!
which camera body?

old or new only?

budget or sky's the limit?
12-28-2021, 06:04 AM   #3
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K10d, any lens

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K10d, any lens
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My first lens was an all-around lens, the DA18-250mm. I bought it for its versatility, and I continue to use it. In fact, it was regarded as one of the best all-around lens across all brands. It can be found 2nd hand, and its sibling, the Tamron 18-250mm, is often cheaper in K-mount. The newer DA18-270mm has a faster AF ans a slightly longer reach, but is more expensive. Often, the DA18-250mm (now the DA18-270mm) is my one travel lens, because of its incredible versatility.
Hope that the comment will help.

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It's hard to beat the DA 18-135 for quality and versatility at its price level. That's what's on my K-3 when I am travelling. If you need more reach, perhaps the 18-250 or 18-270 would be better.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ctt Quote
K10d, any lens

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K10d, any lens
definitely DA 18-250 , old classic , still love it.

Obviously available on used market only
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My first lens was an all-around lens, the DA18-250mm. I bought it for its versatility, and I continue to use it. In fact, it was regarded as one of the best all-around lens across all brands. It can be found 2nd hand, and its sibling, the Tamron 18-250mm, is often cheaper in K-mount. The newer DA18-270mm has a faster AF ans a slightly longer reach, but is more expensive. Often, the DA18-250mm (now the DA18-270mm) is my one travel lens, because of its incredible versatility.
Hope that the comment will help.
Is yours a F4 or F2? I have a real issue with getting sharp images. I donít know if itís me, the camera or the lens. Even on a tripod they are not sharp. Pretty depressing. Iím a rookie 100%. Would love a coach!

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QuoteOriginally posted by ctt Quote
Is yours a F4 or F2? I have a real issue with getting sharp images. I donít know if itís me, the camera or the lens. Even on a tripod they are not sharp. Pretty depressing. Iím a rookie 100%. Would love a coach!
None of these open wider than f3.5 and none are constant aperture. All should focus accurately and give sharp photos in liveview even if PDAF calibration is off.

SMC Pentax-DA 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 ED AL [IF] Reviews - DA Zoom Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database

SMC Pentax-DA 18-270mm F3.5-6.3 ED SDM Reviews - DA Zoom Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database

SMC Pentax-DA 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 ED AL [IF] DC WR Reviews - DA Zoom Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database

The 18-135 is my recommendation only because Iíve never used the other two. Also itís lighter and easier to carry than a heavier lens. There are more limited range lenses like the 17-70 and 16-85 that also make good travel lenses depending on where you are going.

All of this assumes you are using an APSC body or using crop mode. If you are shooting on full frame then the 28-105 appears to be a good choice although I might try the old F 35-135 even though I felt it was often subpar when I owned one shooting film - but I didnít use a hood and the slow lens aperture was more limiting on fixed iso film than it would be on modern sensors and that could make a huge difference.
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For my K-3, either the 21 Limited or the 35 Limited Macro. Little bulk and weight, low profile, and both capable of excellent images.
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For my K-3, either the 21 Limited or the 35 Limited Macro. Little bulk and weight, low profile, and both capable of excellent images.
Another excellent choice in a completely different direction. The DA 20-40 Ltd is another light and capable lens along those lines as is the 18-50 RE.

Realistically where the travel is would influence my choices. I wouldnít be likely to take only a DA 21 on a trip where the wildlife is part of the appeal, but in a tour of cities it might be perfect - particularly for street shooting.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ctt Quote
Hello:

If you had only one lens to take on a road trip, what would it be?

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It would depend a lot on what I'd be doing and the environment. Lots of low-light? Need a wide-angle? Etc etc

It would probably be the DA 35mm Limited though, it's still my all-time favourite.

Other contenders would be:

HD FA 35/2 for low light or shallower DoF
20-40mm Limited to maintain a compact lens but have a little flexibility in focal length
16-85mm if I was going to need a bit range but it'd kill me to have f/3.5 as my aperture limit
Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 would get me both a fast aperture and a good focal range but it's significantly bigger and heavier than the other options.

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It would depend on whatís on the road trip, either DA20-40, DA55-300, or DA300. It all depends on the journey, fortunately I can take more. Iím on a road trip now with all of those, I have not used the 300, and it was questionable anyway, but I had the space for a holster bag.
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I do a lot of urban and churches. For me it will be the 20-40mm limited because of the IQ and WR
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Get a 18-135 or 16-85, those lenses have HD coating, they render good image, perfect for travel. The 18-250 would also work, but it's the kind of lens that was designed for 10Mpixels no more, so whenever you upgrade your camera you won't be very happy with a 18-250 anymore. (I had the 18-250 on the K200D, worked well, but when I used it on the K3 it turned out blurry at the edges).
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QuoteOriginally posted by biz-engineer Quote
Get a 18-135 or 16-85, those lenses have HD coating, they render good image, perfect for travel.
Only the 16-85 has HD of these two. The 18-135 is SMC only.
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