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Old Aug 9, 2006, 5:55 AM   #1
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Hi,

I'm looking at getting a Pentax K100D and am looking for some advice on the lens choices which are as follows (with cost in AU$ when package deducted from body only price of $820):

18-50mm $50

18-125mm $165

18-200mm $340

18-50mm, 55-200mm $340

Or to buy individually:

18-125 $469 18-200 $495 28-200 $389 28-300 $475 70-300 $275 ($349 for APO)

We'd be using for general every daysnapping and on holidays. The best value package looks like the 18-125mm, although I'm wondering whether it's worth looking at the 18-200 or possibly 18-50 + 70-300to give us a nice zoom range. 70-300 was great on our recent safari in Africa.

Appreciate any advice from those who may have used these lenses.

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Old Aug 9, 2006, 6:48 AM   #2
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K100D body only 820 AUD? Where do they have such prices?

I suspect, that all your mentioned lenses are Sigmas. I would reccomend you to get Pentax lenses instead. Sigma 18-50 is far far away from pentax DA 18-55 in build and image quality. Also consider Sigma 17-70/2,8-4,5, Sigma 18-50/2,8, they are pricey however.

For tele option go for Pentax DA 50-200. Also you can try to buy used pentax FA 80-320.

Also Sigma 70-300 APO version considered as not bad. Not APO version is [email protected]
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Old Aug 9, 2006, 11:56 AM   #3
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I began with the Pentax 18-55mm (the kit lens here in the USA) and added the Pentax 50-200mm. Together they make a very nice package cover a focal lenth spectrum, in 35mm terms, of 27 to 300mm.

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In addition to what MT/Sarah has said, the combination of these two lenses make for a very lightweight pack.
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Old Aug 9, 2006, 4:29 PM   #5
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I would recommend the Pentax kit lens (18-55) aswell, it produces excellent results.

Now if you really want to take one of the sigma packages, I would agree with you that the 18-125 would be the best choice.

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Old Aug 9, 2006, 6:32 PM   #6
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Thanks for your advice. You are right that these are all Sigma lenses.

Unfortunately they seem to be the only lens on offer for the K100D (and *ist DL). I haven't seen Pentax lenses advertised anywhere in Australia.

I've also looked on ebay Australia and the only Pentax lenses on offer are older ones. These are quite cheap but are not zooms so less convenient and I have no idea of whether they are good or not.

SMC Pentax-M 50m 1:2 prime Lens

SMC Pentax-M 40mm1:2.8 Pancake lens

Pentax SMC telephoto lens 200mm f1:4 lens

Any ideas?
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Old Aug 9, 2006, 8:00 PM   #7
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Your mentioned lenses are excellent, their picture quality surpass zoom lenses.

Talking about new lenses... I think you can order them, usually they don't stock them (althogh I've seen DA 18-55 and DA 50-200 in Michael's camera in Melbourne). You don't need to buy them in shop. Why don't you buy them on internet, from B&H or Adorama? Price will be much lower than buying them in Australia.

For example I've bought my FA 50mm/f1,4 from Adorama for ~$350 Australian in total (lense + shipping) while they sell this lense for $650-$700 in Australia...
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Ouch.... genuine Pentax lenses have to be ordered from the AUDistributor and cost:

$300 for the 18-55 and $500 for the 55-200.

This would add $800 to the body only price. Is this worth it over the Sigma lenses which add $165 for 18-125 or $340 for 18-55 and 55-200?

We aren't experienced photographers and are budget conscious so for this price differential the difference would have to be really significantfor me to consider it.

I'm actually thinking to get the 18-125mm Sigmafor the versatility and then possibly a 70-300mm later.


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Although the Pentax lenses are better, they aren't really that much better, especially to start with. The Sigma zooms are more than adequate now and if you find that you need more in future, deal with it then.

I have received many good comments on my pictures here, most were taken with very modest lenses (Sigma 24-135mm f2.8-4.5and Pentax 100-300mm f4.7-5.8 zooms are my cheapest lenses and also my favourites). You do not really notice the difference between good lenses and great lenses until you have had quite a bit of experience.

Good luck with your choice, and post pictures here for feedback.

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Old Aug 9, 2006, 8:27 PM   #10
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Hi Edvinas,

Sorry, I missed the question in your first post. This is where I found the body only at $820. I phoned them and they confirmed the prices. They are expecting stock by end this week.

http://www.digitalcamerawarehouse.co...egory149_1.htm

I hadn't seen yourlatest post before adding mine. Thanks for the feedback on those lenses.To be honest I've only used zooms on a previous DSLR and my point and shoot-I assume using "prime" lenses is less convenient but maybe you can confirm. AlsoI'm keeping in mind that wedon't need "perfection"as our photography skills are far from advanced. I'm conscious of not gettingtoo carriedaway with equipment when I'm sure we will enjoy whatever we have.

It sounds like you've been doing this for a whilebut I assume thatone day (maybe far back) went through the same situation as us.

I would certainly appreciate your thoughts on what might be an appropriate starting point lens wise taking into account cost / convenience etc and the options discussed above - I would certainlylook at getting something importedif you think it's really worth it for us.

Thanks for your help.

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