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Old Oct 10, 2010, 3:49 AM   #1
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Looking for recommendations.

I recently purchased a Kx with just the one kit lens (18-55)
I know it's a pretty decent lens as far as kit lens's go, but I knew if I liked the camera, I would wind up selling the kit lens and buy a higher quality lens.

The 18-55 length was okay, but I'd like a little more on each end, or at least a bit more zoom....say a - 24-70, 15-85, 17-50 etc.
I'm sure I'll be looking into something like a 70-200 a bit down the road.

Image quality is my #1 priority and I don't care what brand lens it is as long as it work well with the Kx.
Any particular lens come to mind that is tack sharp in my range?
Would Like to stay under $1000.00 (as much as possible, LOL!)

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Old Oct 10, 2010, 4:01 AM   #2
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The DA 17-70 F4 is a decent wide and with a bit more reach then the kit lens. Did you find the 18mm range wide enough. Sigma has the 17-70 2.8-4.5 also which may fit your needs.

24-70 will be a little tight if you need a wide angle.
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Old Oct 10, 2010, 4:12 AM   #3
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The DA 17-70 F4 is a decent wide and with a bit more reach then the kit lens. Did you find the 18mm range wide enough. Sigma has the 17-70 2.8-4.5 also which may fit your needs.

24-70 will be a little tight if you need a wide angle.
Thanks shoturtle,

Nope, don't really "need" a wide angle......yes, the 18mm range is wide enough.

Looking for better than "decent" (if there is any for the Kx )

Hmm, maybe I should return the Kx for a T2i body or D90 body, if I can get better lens's.......

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There's the Sigma 18-50/2.8 and 17-70/2.8-4.5, and the Tamron 17-50/2.8. They are all very good.

BTW, there are stabilized versions of those lenses, if you decide to switch to either Canon or Nikon, but hte stabilized versions aren't as good.
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Thanks guys

Are any of you familiar with the Tamron Macro SP AF28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di LD ?
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Are any of you familiar with the Tamron Macro SP AF28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di LD ?
That is also an excellent lens. I didn't mention it because I thought you meant that you liked 18mm. BTW, the Sigma 24-70/2.8 is also a good choice.
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my husband has the sigma 17-70 2.8-4.5 for his canon, and we're pretty impressed with it.
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there is the new Pentax DA 18-135mm - not much info on it so far since its very new - but early reports from photokina said its a pretty good lens - weather sealed too if you ever upgrade your body to one of the weather sealed cameras - certainly worth waiting till some more people have gotten their hands on it and we get some reviews - as thats a one lens solution with good wide angle and reasonable reach

with image quality being paramount and for more focal range your gonna probably want two lenses though then best availble would probably be the pentax profesional grade lenses

Pentax DA* 16-50mm f2.8
Pentax DA* 60-250mm f4

but they will set you back a fair whack with both costing significantly more than your camera
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Since you mentioned that you don't want to go over $1000, you have all kinds of choices. I'd be seriously looking at the new 18-135, it sounds like it might be really good, offer you a longer lens and should be reasonably sized.

Some questions you should ask yourself, since you have a generous budget - do you want a bigger, faster lens? If you are OK with the kit lens for now and want something longer, what about going for the DA*50-135? I have that lens and mine gets used all the time, very nice quality and weather sealed. If you want to duplicate the focal length of the kit lens (more or less) and don't mind a lens that's not sealed, the Tamron 17-50 f2.8 seems to produce lovely shots (it would probably be my choice for this range if I didn't put weather sealing so high on my priority list).

If you wanted to go wider and speed isn't a big issue, the DA 16-45 is well liked and most people say its a big step up from the kit lens.

My problem is that there's too many lenses to choose from and too many I want (and I have a decent lens collection).
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There's the Sigma 18-50/2.8 and 17-70/2.8-4.5, and the Tamron 17-50/2.8. They are all very good.

BTW, there are stabilized versions of those lenses, if you decide to switch to either Canon or Nikon, but hte stabilized versions aren't as good.
What about the new Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM ?
I'm a little confused on the Sigma's, they have a couple of versions in the 17-50 , 18-50 range.
Which particular model has the best IQ and will work with the Kx? .............

17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM

18-50mm F2.8 EX DC Macro

18-50mm F2.8 EX DC Macro HSM

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