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01-03-2008, 01:52 PM   #1
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Lens advice for K10D

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I'm new to the forum and DSLR cameras. I'm planning on buying me the Pentax K10D body sometime in the near future. Is there one multipurpose lens that someone can recommend? There is not one specific subject I plan to shoot, thats why I thought I would go with a multipurpose lens (if there is such a lens). If anyone has a suggestion I would appreciate it. Can you also list the price of the lens you recommend? Thank you!

01-03-2008, 01:58 PM   #2
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$ - 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens ~$80
$$ - Pentax DA 16-45mm f/4 ~$300
$$$ - Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 ~$300-400 (too lazy to look up exact price, but similar to the 16-45mm above)
$$$$ - Pentax/Tamron 18-250mm ~$500
$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ - Pentax DA* 16-50mm f/2.8 ~$800
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Depends on what type of pictures you want to take. I picked up the K10D a few months ago along with the DA 16-45mm and have found it to be a very flexiable, excellent combination for indoor and landscape shots. It's a great lens for the price. If you are into primes or need some fast glass for indoor picts I'd also recommend the FA 50mm f/1.4, also excellent for the price. Both of thoes lens are easy to find. I don't own one yet, but a growing number of people in this forum are coming to like the Pentax DA 18-250mm as a general purpose walk-around lens, so that might be one to look at if you just want to mess around and haven't build up an lens preferances yet. This is where I am right now.
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Or, the DA 40mm Limited.

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I am very NEW to the digital camera hoppy and picking the K10D was my first correct move. The second was the 18-250 MM lens, though I went with the Tamron and not Pentax. [same price as the Pentax.. stocking issue at the time] Excellent range for what I want for now or until I take a few thousand pictures to see where my interests are. At my current rate I should have the first 1000 in by the weekend. Would have been to 2000 if I had some decent wearther at home. No sun for a week. Good luck and take care. JIMBO
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The size of the lens may also be a factor. I carry my k100d in a pack just about where ever I go, so a light, compact walk around lens is important. If it was too heavy I wouldn't bother carrying it around.

I'm sure that you've read about the accolades given to the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens. If you don't have a feel for what focal length you need, just get the kit lens - should be an extra $70. You should have no problem selling it for at least $50 if you need something better, or better yet keep it as a backup.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Jimbo Quote
Would have been to 2000 if I had some decent wearther at home. No sun for a week. Good luck and take care. JIMBO

I read this and thought to myself jokingly, "probably lives here in Vancouver" Then I glanced over at your location. Figures.

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Couldn't agree more

QuoteOriginally posted by tybeck Quote
Depends on what type of pictures you want to take. I picked up the K10D a few months ago along with the DA 16-45mm and have found it to be a very flexiable, excellent combination for indoor and landscape shots. It's a great lens for the price. If you are into primes or need some fast glass for indoor picts I'd also recommend the FA 50mm f/1.4, also excellent for the price. Both of thoes lens are easy to find. I don't own one yet, but a growing number of people in this forum are coming to like the Pentax DA 18-250mm as a general purpose walk-around lens, so that might be one to look at if you just want to mess around and haven't build up an lens preferances yet. This is where I am right now.
I came to this same conclusion. I ordered a 50mm f/1.4 and a 18-250mm to go with my soon to arrive K10D as well. Once I decide what I like to shoot I'll look at others like the 43mm or 70mm primes or maybe a macro lens.

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QuoteQuote:
I read this and thought to myself jokingly, "probably lives here in Vancouver" Then I glanced over at your location. Figures.
Nixter: Good call. In 10 days I think I have only seem the sun once for a hour! Oh well. Gives me time to play around with different photo software on the first 500-600 pictures. Spring here should be great. Been out in the Mission area shooting birds. Cheers. JIMBO

PS: Will send a few pics over soon.
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I was very satisfied with the DA 16-45 for over 6 months.
It's a great multi-purpose lens to start with, and has an excellent price-quality ratio.
But it also depends on what pictures you plan to take.
If you want to work indoor and really catch the atmosphere without spoiling the light with a flash, the 50 mm FA 1.4 would be an excellent choice at a very good price !

Good luck !
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