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03-18-2008, 05:36 PM   #1
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I'm thinking of getting a K10D body only, but what lens to buy?

So I'm pretty sure that I'm going to but a K10/20D by the end of the summer, but I'm not sure if I want to get the kit or buy the body and a separate lens. I have Three old (K mount I think) lenses from an old Ricoh film slr, but I have no Idea how the quality is.

I have a Ricoh 50mm 2.8, Continental 80-200mm (4.5 or 2.8- I'm not sure) and a Continental 22mm (1.8 or 2.8) How can I find out more info on these lenses?

Also- How does the kit lens compare to other kit lenses in the K10/20D class?

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My 2 cents tells me that if you go K10D, and you're new to DSLR, the kit lens will be a great starting point. However, if your budget isn't limited and the K20D is in reach, then I highly recommend any one of the really good new Pentax lenses so you can really take advantage of the amazing image quality that camera adds (trust me the K10D is very good on it's own). Snoop this forum and you'll likely read a lot about these lenses. For me, I elected to purchase the Sigma 17-70 as an alternative to the kit lens as at the time the K10D body was priced well w/o lens. Most everyone here however will question what it is you wish to shoot, then think lens. The kit lens is a very nice compromise while you get your bearnings.
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Hi Columbus,

I would need a lot of convincing not to get the K20D and the kit lens (Pentax 18-55). Generally body only price is not much less than the kit price and the kit lens is no slouch. If $$$ are not an issue then negotiate the body + a better lens ( eg: 16-45, DA* 16-50 etc).
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QuoteOriginally posted by columbus Quote
So I'm pretty sure that I'm going to but a K10/20D by the end of the summer, but I'm not sure if I want to get the kit or buy the body and a separate lens. I have Three old (K mount I think) lenses from an old Ricoh film slr, but I have no Idea how the quality is.

I have a Ricoh 50mm 2.8, Continental 80-200mm (4.5 or 2.8- I'm not sure) and a Continental 22mm (1.8 or 2.8) How can I find out more info on these lenses?

Also- How does the kit lens compare to other kit lenses in the K10/20D class?
Tests in Popular Photography has the Pentax kit lens beat the competittion in image quality as well as mechanical construction.

What lens to buy? This really depends on your photography; what is your main interest? Landscape, streetscapes, people, travel, macro etc.?

One avenue for you could be to go for the Pentax or Tamron 18-250. It coveres about everything except true macro. Then when you have used that for a while you will be in a good position to decide what to get next. And you'll probably hang on to the 18-250 as your "walk-around" lens, so its money well spent!

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Just about any other lens would be a good idea as I assume money is not a real issue, otherwise you have chosen the wrong hobby.
The Sigma 17-70, as mentioned, seems to be popular, and has a good range that will cover the basics for some time.

Unless your 80-200 is big and heavy, it is likely an f4.5 or so. An f2.8 in that FL would be $750 or more perhaps. The aperture ring should tell you. Try Googling for them?
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I have just bought a K10D house and opted for the Sigma EX 18-50/2,8 DC Macro for normal zoom. After a few months of browsing to decide what camera and lenses to buy, I decided I wanted a 2,8f and the Sigma has gotten more or less only good reviews where ever I have looked. As far as I can understand its one of the best lenses in that price range.

On a telezoom I was more modest and went for the Pentax SMC-DA 50-200/4-5,6 ED, because I cannot afford a 2,8f at this very moment. So I am going to use it to learn what lenses I might need in the future. But that does not mean its a bad lense, its also got good reviews for it's price range, and I have been looking at alot of pictures from it and it seem to do well.
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In my humble opinion as a relative noob, I second the kit lens. It is surprisingly good for what it costs, and gives you plenty of opportunities to learn the capabilities of your new camera. Learn the camera and discover what your favorite type of subject matter is, then spend a pile of money on nicer glass that suits your style of photography. Plus, someday you may want to upgrade from the K10D to whatever is available at the time, and it will be easier to sell it as a kit, so you will be able to include the kit lens without having to part with one of the primo lenses that you have acquired by that time.
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Be careful with those Ricoh lenses

Caution regarding Ricoh lenses on Pentax bodies: Pentax SLR Talk Forum: Digital Photography Review

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I have no issues with the kit lens. Maybe if it was a little faster but look at the price. If there is another 100 dollar lens around (new, not used) that is better I'll buy it. I'm staying with the kit lens for now and saving for a wide angle, probably the 10-17.
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K10D + Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 was my "starter kit" and I couldn't be more happy; hands down best "bang for the buck" lens available for Pentax. Never a thought of if I made the right decision as my starter setup. Click the "Introducing Me..." link in my sig for just some examples I took with it early in my ownership (not the setting-sun shots), and links to more if you would like.
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If you are waiting awhile before buying the K10D then you'll be able to get the new DA 18-55mm II, the second generation 'kit' lens. It's supposed to be much improved and will be the best bang for the dollar. After using this lens for awhile you'll know which direction to go, either wider or longer or much longer. If you are into prime lenses, I picked up a really nice SMC M 50mm f/1.7 lens off EekBay for $60. There is an SMC M 35mm f/2.8 lens on there right now with a first bid of $0.99 with no reserve.

Just my $0.02.
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QuoteOriginally posted by wtlwdwgn Quote
If you are waiting awhile before buying the K10D then you'll be able to get the new DA 18-55mm II, the second generation 'kit' lens. It's supposed to be much improved and will be the best bang for the dollar. After using this lens for awhile you'll know which direction to go, either wider or longer or much longer. If you are into prime lenses, I picked up a really nice SMC M 50mm f/1.7 lens off EekBay for $60. There is an SMC M 35mm f/2.8 lens on there right now with a first bid of $0.99 with no reserve.

Just my $0.02.
I agree. The new 18-55 II is a major improvement. Very good lens for the money.

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How much longer will I have to wait for the new kit lens to be out? Will it be offered as a "kit" with the body, or will I need to buy each separately?
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It's already out..

I bought mine recently, still waiting for it though.
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Any reviews on this lens? :P It's that much better than the 18-55? Is it worth it to sell my 18-55 now and get this?

@_@ so many lenses to buy.... I need a part time job added to my 9-5
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