Help: Pentax System choices

Discussion in 'Pentax' started by Phoenix Enigma, Jul 13, 2008.

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    I've been beating my head over choosing lenses to go with my shiny "new"
    K10D. Due to factors beyond my control, whatever I get now I have to
    live with for at least a year (and quite possibly a lot longer, if my
    better half has her way :p ) At the moment, I have a K10D and an old
    Soligor 350mm f/5.6 that was buried in an attic - that's it.

    I've boiled it down to two major options:

    16-45mm f/4
    50-200mm f/4-5.6


    16-50mm f/2.8

    I tend to do a mix of nature (esp. birds), landscape, and (mostly
    outdoor/environmental) portraits. The 16-50 looks really, really nice,
    but I don't know if I can live within the constraints of it's focal
    lengths. It would also mean pretty much giving up on any use of flash.

    Can anyone help me with some advice?
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    Phoenix Enigma, Jul 13, 2008
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    RichA Guest

    I've used them all. First, with the K10D, the 16-45mm is a terrific
    choice. It works very well, even fully-open, and it is a bargain at
    $300 used on Ebay. The 50-200mm works well if stopped down to f8 or
    so, depending on the lighting conditions, it can show colour error
    when used at faster f-stops. But it is hyper light and small, very
    convenient. The 16-50mm f2.8, IMO, is not a great lens for $700-
    $900. Most other mfg lenses in that category are much sharper when
    used wide open. If you must have that f2.8 or weather sealing, get
    it. Otherwise save the money. There have been numerous quality
    control issues, with incidences of the rubber sealing grommets coming
    out of the lens itself.
    BTW, if you want the 50-135mm f2.8, it is outstanding, even wide open,
    one of the best lenses in its class amongst any mfg. And NO QC issues
    like the 16-50mm f2.8.
    So, IMO, I would get the 16-45mm, the 50-200mm and the flash.
    RichA, Jul 14, 2008
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