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Old May 18, 2005, 8:25 PM   #1
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I made a mistake of posting this initially in the Pentax digital forum. I'm thinking of getting the ist*Ds for my first dslr. I can get the body only and since I may also need the zoom eventually, the supplier here is offering this lens for about $480. So what do you guys think? Is this worth it or is there a better alternative? What about the 18-55mm kit lens? ($200). I know I can buy these lenses cheaper on line but I try to avoid making online purchases with items like these.:?
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Old May 18, 2005, 11:29 PM   #2
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If it is the Pentax SMC-FA Zoom 28-200/3,8-5,6 AL (IF) lens it is a poor preformer. The 18-55mm kit lens can be had for $100 not $200 and is not too bad a lens.

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The results that I've had with the kit lens are most satisfactory, but then I'm comparing against the Fuji S602 which was my previous camera.

I would add that straight out the camera the shots appear soft which is corrected by using USM in Photoshop.
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Old May 19, 2005, 4:32 PM   #4
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Thanks Tom. If I opted for body only, what would be a good alternative all around lens (preferrably with more zoom say 28-100)?

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Old May 19, 2005, 4:35 PM   #5
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Thanks Catbells. Regarding the softness, would it be better to apply in camera adjustments (for contrast, sharpness, color, EV) or just work with the RAW in Photoshop?

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The problem with not getting the kit lens is that due to the crop factor using film lenses on the DS you will loose your wide angle capability. A 28mm film lens looks like a 50mm would on a film camera with the area it covers in the final image.

That is why I got the kit lens and it is a pretty good lens, especially for $100.

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Old May 21, 2005, 6:32 AM   #7
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Thanks Tom. I think you've convinced me. I'll just get the kit lens from the supplier and save up for a better zoom lens later.

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