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Old Sep 3, 2007, 11:46 AM   #11
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lesmore49 wrote:
I have heard and read that the Pentax 18-55 zoom kit is an excellent lens and that the much more expensive 16- 45 Pentax Zoom is a bit of a disappointment.

In fact some that I've read say use the 18-55 and don't get the 16-45 as it's not worth the extra money?

Is this correct ?
Everywhere I've looked (photodo.com, photozone.de, slrgear.com, etc.) all indications are that the 16-45mm f/4.0 is superior to the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6, and worth the extra money. In fact, if there's a decision to be made, I think it would be whether or notto spend the extrea money for the 16-50mm f/2.8. If I were you, I'd pass on the K10D and get the K100D so I could afford the 16-50.

If you go with the kit lens, then, later on, buying another lens that will do the same thing only better is a hard sell, both to yourself and to a significant other.

Yes...wise words. My significant other is very accomodating...but also very logical and would rightfully question why I din't get the 16-45 to begine with...

Generally speaking, the kit lens is just good enough to sell the camera. I think everyone should always get the best lens for the job, and that's usually not the kit lens.

Yes.....in my experience I've bought too many lenses, that turned out not what I wanted...because they were cheap or good deals at the time. They are not used very much as I'm not happy with their performance and I regret buying them every time I look at them.

It's better to bite the bullet and buy the best tool you can afford. Thanks for your comments...they made me think a little more clearly about what it is I want.

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