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Old Aug 14, 2006, 7:44 PM   #1
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I'm interested in getting a decent walk around lens in the 18mm-ish - 100mm-ish range. I think Ira had mentioned before he was happy with what he generally used in that range, but I forget what that lense was. Any good recommendations?

I would like this lens to replace my DA 18-55mm. Thanks!
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Old Aug 14, 2006, 10:14 PM   #2
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Sigma 18-125mm lesn is a good one.

Personally I prefer my Sigma EX 28-70mm f/2.8 if I have to carry just one lens.

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Old Aug 14, 2006, 10:19 PM   #3
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I got the Sigma 18-125mm lens with my camera and have found it to be a great compromise for general walkaround, enough zoom for most things and I've ordered the 70-300mm APO lens for when i need more zoom.
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Old Aug 14, 2006, 10:38 PM   #4
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My walkaround lense is the Pentax FA 28-105MM 3.2-4.5. Great lense very seldom ever leaves my DS.

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Old Aug 15, 2006, 4:09 AM   #5
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Sigma 17-70 f/2.8-4.5 DC

Well worth the $


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Old Aug 15, 2006, 8:32 AM   #6
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Thanks for the input! I'm a little squeamish about getting anything that's only for digitial (DC), even though I don't ever plan to use film. I may change my view on this in time though.

How is the wide angle on the sigmas 18-125 and 17-70?
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Old Aug 16, 2006, 6:39 AM   #7
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18-125 f/5.6
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same lens and setting
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I use the Sigma 24-135mm f2.8-4.5 most of the time. It is a bit of a brute (77mm filters and lots of mass) but it does have decent speed and a nice range. Beware however that there have been a lot of these lenses that have given trouble due to electronic glitches. I got lucky, mine appears to work fine.

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Old Aug 16, 2006, 8:57 AM   #10
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If your budget allows it, Pentax FA24-90 is an excellent lens, probably the best you can get before you move onto the star lenses! it is better than the 28-105 but also more expensive. Since it is an FA lens, you can use it on film bodies too. The only drawback in your case is it isn't wide enough for you. However if you are thinking of getting the super wide zoom Pentax DA12-24 (or you can get the sigma one which is usable on film) in the future, then it will be a good match.

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