Cant make up my mind on the lenses bundle i wish to get.


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K30 18-135 1369
K30 18-55(non wr), 50-200(wr) 1329

which is a better buy?

I would be taking photos on travel trips and most impt my JRT. Reason i getting a dslr finally is to capture more of my JRT.
 

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I feel that you should get K30 18-55 WR and 50-200 WR for now. These are decent enough lenses that you can keep for the WR value even after you add other lenses to your collection subsequently. I think the 18-135 is ok, but you might also want to experiment with longer focal lengths.

What is JRT, btw?
 

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I'd prefer 18-135.
1. One lens w/ comprehensive focal lengths
2. Close focus
3. Well made
4. Easier to sell and 'trade up' if you need to in the future
5. WR all the way (18-135mm)

Whats JRT??
 

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I go with JK

The 18-135mm give better IQ compare to 18-55mm

Use it first and get a 55-300mm if u need longer reach next time :)
 

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K30 with 18-135

by the way, JRT means

JRT Jack Russell Terrier
JRT Junctional Recovery Time - Medicine (DMAA)
JRT Jumbo Roll Tissue (bathroom tissue)
JRT Jugoslovenska Radio-Televizija (Jugoslav radio and television)
JRT Joint Readiness Training
JRT Justin Randall Timberlake (member of NSYNC)
JRT Journal of Religious Thought (Howard University School of Divinity; Washington, DC)
JRT Joseph Rank Trust (charity)
JRT JR Tolkien (author)
JRT Job Relations Training
 

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Jack Russel Terrier! lol

most prob SAT make my purchase.. any things to look out for?
 

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SAT is a day ...... Saturday
 

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If it matters to me that i need a kit lens that is compact and the in-camera flash won't cast a shadow, then the choice has to be 18-55 WR.

If the above is not a requirement then 18-135... its a great one-lens solution (24-200 on 35mm format), it's got a quick and reliable DC AF motor & of course, the WR means you not scared whether rain, dust, sand, snow, etc, making it a great travel lens.

IQ may not be prime standard and there could be better but it's not horrible... Pentax 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 WR - a set on Flickr

& if you want to explore longer FLs then get the 50-200 or 55-300 later separately. If you like Pentax enough and have deeper pockets then maybe even DA* 60-250 :cool:
 

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The 18-135mm give better IQ compare to 18-55mm

Use it first and get a 55-300mm if u need longer reach next time :)
I'm not so sure about this - I admit I haven't used the lens before but my impression was always that the overlapping range was comparable with the 18-135 having a slight edge. At the long end the 18-135 is soft.

Pentax SMC-DA 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 ED AL [IF] WR - Review / Lens Test - Analysis
Pentax SMC DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL WR - Lab Test / Review - Analysis

I do agree that the 18-135 has better build quality and is probably easier to unload (that is, if you intend to unload later on). Anyways, the 50-200 doesn't have immaculate IQ either (being a kit lens), but is reasonable enough, and has a slight edge over the 18-135's longer focal lengths, especially when it comes to corner performance.

Pentax SMC-DA 50-200mm f/4-5.6 ED - Review / Test Report - Analysis

I guess another factor that you would want to consider is if you actually wish to avoid changing lenses a lot. The 18-135 would have most of your commonly used focal lengths covered. The 18-55 can be a bit short sometimes when it comes to shooting pets.
 

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If it's a dog then best to get a fast lens...
Depends on your definition of fast ;). Fast as in large aperture is one thing but if it cannot focus quick, you also will not get the shot.

I had a problem trying to get a picture of a dog (who won't stay still) once using an FA 50 1.4; I just couldn't get the K-x to lock focus. Luckily the dog was at my home, so when i switched over to my 18-135mmm, "BANG!", decisively caught the dog and got the shot (all on high ISO).


It's not the cleanest of images but at least i got a picture compared to attempts with the FA 50 1.4.
 

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I'm not so sure about this - I admit I haven't used the lens before but my impression was always that the overlapping range was comparable with the 18-135 having a slight edge. At the long end the 18-135 is soft.

Pentax SMC-DA 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 ED AL [IF] WR - Review / Lens Test - Analysis
Pentax SMC DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL WR - Lab Test / Review - Analysis

I do agree that the 18-135 has better build quality and is probably easier to unload (that is, if you intend to unload later on). Anyways, the 50-200 doesn't have immaculate IQ either (being a kit lens), but is reasonable enough, and has a slight edge over the 18-135's longer focal lengths, especially when it comes to corner performance.

Pentax SMC-DA 50-200mm f/4-5.6 ED - Review / Test Report - Analysis



I guess another factor that you would want to consider is if you actually wish to avoid changing lenses a lot. The 18-135 would have most of your commonly used focal lengths covered. The 18-55 can be a bit short sometimes when it comes to shooting pets.

I never own a 18-135mm too. But according to our own user review by fw , I rem he did mention it's slightly better in term of IQ compare to 18-55mm . However when compare to 50-200mm I am not sure which is better as 50-200mm iq was also know to be better then 18-55mm.

For the price pay for , feel 18-135mm is a better buy as there are a lot more option for tele in the market , like the 55-300mm or even tamron 70-300mm at a good price .
 

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Depends on your definition of fast ;). Fast as in large aperture is one thing but if it cannot focus quick, you also will not get the shot.
Oh, hrm... I always switch over to manual focus if I have trouble focusing with AF... So don't really care about focusing speed. :p The f/1.4 is quite bright... So not that hard to MF either..
 

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For the price pay for , feel 18-135mm is a better buy as there are a lot more option for tele in the market , like the 55-300mm or even tamron 70-300mm at a good price .
That's true, one other option is to just get the 18-55 kit and grab the other telephoto lenses available. Tamron 70-300mm should be a steal now... Especially if you drop by HK for holiday. :bsmilie:
 

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That's true, one other option is to just get the 18-55 kit and grab the other telephoto lenses available. Tamron 70-300mm should be a steal now... Especially if you drop by HK for holiday. :bsmilie:
That's how I pair it too . Ha . 18-55mm Wr with dal 55-300mm .

But I still got a 17-50 to stand by . Hahaha
 

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my JRT is fast very fast.... i am getting a DSLR cos of her.... any lenses to recommend for catching up with her moves?
 

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if budget not constrain. just buy a k30 body. pair it with DA*1650 n 50135. then forget about upgrading n lookinh at other lens. save some room for prime lens posion later on.
 

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