One lens does all


Link Posted 07/02/2020 - 12:00
In APS-C I only really have the DA17-70/4 (bought years ago, I might go for something with WR today). It's my 'just-about' lens: just about wide enough, just about long enough, just about fast enough and just about compact enough.

In FF/135 (not forgetting film) I don't have a modern do-it-all zoom, my Tamron AF 24-135 is the closest option but I rarely use it. The FA20-35/4 almost lives on the K-1 with an FA50/1.4 and either M135/3.5 or M80-200/4.5 for tele. After years of using the 20-35, a 28-xx zoom just doesn't cut it (not wide enough).

I still shoot film with mechanical cameras, so any lenses (apart from the DA17-70) need to have aperture rings and I can't justify buying an expensive lens if it doesn't.
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Link Posted 07/02/2020 - 20:21
From what others and I have said, "me thinks" that, on APS-C, a 17-70mm seems to be "about the right" "one lens does it all" for many people
K-3 II, K-3 and a K-70 from SRS (having now relegated the K-30 /"K-50" to a backup body) , & some Sigma and Pentax lenses (and a lot of old 35mm gear!)
Last Edited by jeallen01 on 07/02/2020 - 20:22


Link Posted 07/02/2020 - 23:19
The 17-70 and 16-85 seem too bulky for me on the K-70 and KP. The 18-135 is lighter and more compact, but also more versatile for a one lens only option. Despite some of the comments in this thread, my guess would be that the 18-135 would generally be the most logical and popular choice of a one lens only zoom for Pentax APS-C users.

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