18-55 & 50-200 kit lenses


Link Posted 10/10/2011 - 21:34
I am looking at a K-R with the 18-55 & 50-200,anyone care to advise on whether they are good or not?, is the 18-55 the same optically as the other 18-55 Pentax lenses?
Last Edited by DonaldM on 10/10/2011 - 21:35


Link Posted 10/10/2011 - 23:11
Yes, they are very satisfactory. The DA MkII, the DA WR and the DA-L 18-55mm are as I understand it optically identical and have higher resolution than the original Mk I lens.

The 50-200mm is also a fine lens, but the 55-300mm is better if you can stretch to it.
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Link Posted 10/10/2011 - 23:14
The 18-55mm is my only AF lens wider than 28mm. I feel no particular urge to replace it as for the few times I want a wide angle lens it's perfectly satisfactory. Try it around f8 or so for best results.

If you end up with the DA-L lens you can buy 3rd party copies of the Pentax lens hood rather than spending almost as much as the lens cost on a genuine part. They clip on just like the real thing and are the same shape, the moulding may be a little rougher around the seams but it can easily be smoothed if you're bothered by this.

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Link Posted 10/10/2011 - 23:27
I can't comment on the 50-200mm as I have the K-x with 18-55 and 55-300mm. Both of these lenses are exceptional when measured against their (relatively) nominal cost. There are plenty of landscapes on the Gallery that demonstrate the quality of the 18-55mm (morpheus71, JohnE) and many different shots that show off the 55-300mm.

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Link Posted 10/10/2011 - 23:36
The standard zoom is much better than its price would suggest and stopped down to f8 is hard to better no matter what you pay.
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Link Posted 11/10/2011 - 00:19
Personally I would skip the 50-200 and go for the alternative suggested by John, or one of the fine older lenses like the F 70-210mm. The 18-55mm is bundled for next to nothing, and if you get a good one, is pretty good. Unlike a lot of people I haven't been especially happy with my copies when scrutinising my shots (I sent my first one back), but neither were so bad as to be unusable, far from it.


Link Posted 11/10/2011 - 06:11
The 55-300 is considered to be superior to the 50-200. So as John said, if you can stretch it, it will be the better option.

The extra reach is an added benefit.
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Link Posted 11/10/2011 - 08:44
I have both the DA50-200mm and the DA55-300mm and while both my copies are excellent I find the 50-200 is better at 50mm than the 55-300 is at 55mm... even at f8
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Link Posted 11/10/2011 - 20:12
Many thanks to you all.
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