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Old Jan 11, 2007, 5:46 AM   #1
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OK last lens thread ill be posting for a while,
Pentax Kit lens or Sigma 18-125?
Which would you choose,
samples and on camera shots would be appreciated!!!
also does the extra lenth make that much differecnce?
thanks you for all the help over the past few weeks!
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Old Jan 11, 2007, 9:39 AM   #2
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Hi,

I would all depend on what you want to shoot. Both lenses are the same for f settings. Do you want an all around lens or a wide to short telephoto lens?

I have the 18-55mm lens for my wider shots and a 28-70mm for the next step up.

Here is a shot with the 18-55mm lens.

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Old Jan 11, 2007, 1:42 PM   #3
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I got both kit lenses 18-55 and 50-200 (plus several others!!!). Generally, unless I am very close to something, I have found the 50-200 has a more useful range for my shooting, so I would go for the 18-125 everytime.


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Old Jan 11, 2007, 2:41 PM   #4
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It all depends on what you like to photograph and where you'll want to go next. I don't have the Sigma 18-125, but if I were only going to have one lens for a long time, then I'd get it - while I like the kit lens and use it often on a second camera body, it's short for how I see things (like to hone in on things). And if you tend to see everything from a wide angle perspective then the Sigma would work well almost of the time (might never feel a need for anything else).

I started out with just getting the kit lens because I already had a Kiron 80-200 lens, and I knew that I wanted something that long. But I missed that 55-80 range a huge amount and bought the DA 50-200 to go with the kit lens - a perfect solution for me.
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Old Jan 11, 2007, 4:14 PM   #5
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Hi,

For my walk around lens I use a Sigma 28-200mm. This lens I generally use for events.

My lens lineup at right now is:

Pentax 18-55mm Kit lens

Pentax 28-70mm f4

Sigma 28-200mm

Sigma 70-300 APO

I did really want the lens that came with the istD (18-45mm), But it is hard to find one forsale.

For my landscapes I find that most often that 18mm is too wide and 28mm is just fine.

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Old Jan 11, 2007, 5:30 PM   #6
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Hmmmm, well im not much of a landscape photographer and i would like to have the extra distance but how is the quality between the two. I think the build quality is quite close because to me the sigma felt quite sturdy. But what about the optical quality?
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Old Jan 11, 2007, 5:47 PM   #7
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I have the Sigma 18-125mm and sold the DA 18-55mm (the money went to a good cause, i.e. more lenses:-)).

Here is an old thread about it:
http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...ht=Sigma+125mm

It is a good lens but for the same money you could get DA 18-55mm and DA 50-200mm. There are pluses and minuses to both. You will need to balance the convenience of one lens with longer reach. Overall the IQ of the combo seems slightly better than the Sigma.

Even now I am not sure what I would do if given the choice again.

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Old Jan 11, 2007, 6:22 PM   #8
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hmmm, i guess i will have to go in to a store to see if theres that much difference in the zoom range (a significant ammount which will be worth paying for). Thanks for all your help over lens decisions in the past few weeks!
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Old Jan 11, 2007, 6:30 PM   #9
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Hi,

For myself I prefer a zoom to not have much range. the Sigma 28-200mm being the exception. Once you learn a lenses sweet spots and quirks you will have no problem getting great results from most any lens.

It is all a matter of preference. You would not ask us to tell you what kind of underwear to get.... LOL!!!! :shock:

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Old Jan 11, 2007, 6:33 PM   #10
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hmmmmm, welll thats the other thing i was wondering about :G,
haha i guess your right.
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