Lens problem....


clairefairy21

Link Posted 08/05/2012 - 11:29
I have an 18-55mm lens and a 70-300mm lens... I need something in the middle... cos I'm really fed up of changing lenses all the time... I do event photography so sometimes I cant change lenses quick enough lol..

I was wondering if people could advise me on the best lens please?

Thank you

Claire

stub

Link Posted 08/05/2012 - 11:35
That could depend on the budget you have in mind Claire.
K-1Gripped K-1 ungripped K-5ii K7 Various lenses

Stuart..

Hyram

Link Posted 08/05/2012 - 11:36
Do you mean you are looking for say a 18-300mm lens or a 40-200mm lens

One solution is to buy another body, which works well IMHO.
Hyram

Bodies: K20D (2), K10D, Super A, ME Super, Auto 110 SLR, X70, Optio P70
Pentax Glass: DA* 300, DA* 60-250, DA* 50-135, DA* 16-50, DA 70 Ltd, FA 31 Ltd, DA 35 Ltd, DA 18-55 (2), DA 12-24, DA 10-17, M 200, A 35-70, M 40, M 28, Converter-A 2X-S, 1.4X-S, AF 1.7, Pentax-110 50, Pentax-110 24
Other Glass: Sigma 105 macro, Sigma-A APO 75-300
Flash: Metz 58 AF-1 P, Pentax AF160FC ringflash, Pentax AF280T

milamber

Link Posted 08/05/2012 - 11:37
Depends if you need the 300mm at the long end. If not, it might be worth considering a Pentax or Tamron 18-250mm. The quality of this lens is very good indeed considering the range it covers.

I have a Pentax version and use it as my main travel lens because I don't want to carry too much with me and be constantly changing lenses.

The lens isn't available new in either version now, but you can pick up a good used one for around 250.

An alternative would be the DA 18-135mm, but that's quite a bit more expensive and I can't comment on the quality as I don't have one.

JAK

Link Posted 08/05/2012 - 11:38
How about either a Pentax or Tamron 18-250mm? Sadly brand new ones may be difficult to come across. Maybe also consider the Pentax WR 18-135mm?
Alternatively, keep the 70-300mm on the DSLR and get either a decent compact camera or another DSLR body to use with your existing 18-55 to cover the more normal focal length range to save changing lenses.

John
John K

clairefairy21

Link Posted 08/05/2012 - 11:42
Yeah I want something that gives me a range of everything I don't really want another body as I really dislike carrying too much around.

I dont really need it up to 300mm... probably about 200mm-250mm...

Thanks xx

Hyram

Link Posted 08/05/2012 - 11:51
There is a used Samsung 18-250 for 275 on the SRS website - see

www.srsmicrosystems.co.uk/c/319/Used-Pentax-Fit-AF-Lenses.html?Page=2&sortby=

(Could not get the link to work)
Hyram

Bodies: K20D (2), K10D, Super A, ME Super, Auto 110 SLR, X70, Optio P70
Pentax Glass: DA* 300, DA* 60-250, DA* 50-135, DA* 16-50, DA 70 Ltd, FA 31 Ltd, DA 35 Ltd, DA 18-55 (2), DA 12-24, DA 10-17, M 200, A 35-70, M 40, M 28, Converter-A 2X-S, 1.4X-S, AF 1.7, Pentax-110 50, Pentax-110 24
Other Glass: Sigma 105 macro, Sigma-A APO 75-300
Flash: Metz 58 AF-1 P, Pentax AF160FC ringflash, Pentax AF280T

clairefairy21

Link Posted 08/05/2012 - 11:54
I found this one on ebay is this any good? link

alimid

Link Posted 08/05/2012 - 12:00
Found this new
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Pentax K-1, K-3,K-5,

TonyM

Link Posted 08/05/2012 - 12:11
Getting better: 135 plus free delivery - http://www.waeplus.co.uk/product/256450/TAMRON-AF-Lens-18-200mm-F3.5-6.3-XR-Di. I've had one myself and they're fine for what you're paying.

Hyram

Link Posted 08/05/2012 - 12:19
Could you clarify what you mean by event photography - is this indoors or outdoors
Hyram

Bodies: K20D (2), K10D, Super A, ME Super, Auto 110 SLR, X70, Optio P70
Pentax Glass: DA* 300, DA* 60-250, DA* 50-135, DA* 16-50, DA 70 Ltd, FA 31 Ltd, DA 35 Ltd, DA 18-55 (2), DA 12-24, DA 10-17, M 200, A 35-70, M 40, M 28, Converter-A 2X-S, 1.4X-S, AF 1.7, Pentax-110 50, Pentax-110 24
Other Glass: Sigma 105 macro, Sigma-A APO 75-300
Flash: Metz 58 AF-1 P, Pentax AF160FC ringflash, Pentax AF280T

clairefairy21

Link Posted 08/05/2012 - 12:33
I take photographs at ferret shows so it varies between indoors and outdoors. I am also an animal photographer so the distance varies a lot too.
So people and animals I take photos of.. I also want to use it for general photography for my ferrets and my dog.

Claire x

milamber

Link Posted 08/05/2012 - 12:42
Hi Claire

If you want an idea about the capabilities of the 18-250mm then there is a mix of inside/outside low and bright light photos all taken with the 18-250mm here:

https://www.pentaxuser.com/forum/topic/photos-from-asia-32473/p-0#comm_367194

On my portfolio the recent storm picture, the boat scene, the pagoda at night, the butterfly, the dragonfly/darter and the lightning were all taken with the Pentax 18-250mm. More capable hands would produce even better results

Hyram

Link Posted 08/05/2012 - 13:00
The Samsung lens that I mentioned is the same as milamber's lens but with a different name on it.

If you live anywhere near Watford, then a trip to SRS could be well worthwhile - they are very highly rated on this forum and very helpful.
Hyram

Bodies: K20D (2), K10D, Super A, ME Super, Auto 110 SLR, X70, Optio P70
Pentax Glass: DA* 300, DA* 60-250, DA* 50-135, DA* 16-50, DA 70 Ltd, FA 31 Ltd, DA 35 Ltd, DA 18-55 (2), DA 12-24, DA 10-17, M 200, A 35-70, M 40, M 28, Converter-A 2X-S, 1.4X-S, AF 1.7, Pentax-110 50, Pentax-110 24
Other Glass: Sigma 105 macro, Sigma-A APO 75-300
Flash: Metz 58 AF-1 P, Pentax AF160FC ringflash, Pentax AF280T

SteveF

Link Posted 08/05/2012 - 13:07
+ 1 for a second body.

This has two benefits - no lens changes necessary with the attendant delays/lost shots and offers back up in case of problems, which is important if you are commissioned to take these event shots.
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