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dbmayur
12-17-2006, 07:03 PM
Hi Guys,
I was planning to buy the Pentax K100D and wanted to know if I should go in for the default DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL or go for a separate lens such as the 28-200mm F/3.8-5.6 XR.
The kit would cost about 600 USD or go for the camera without the lens and buy a separate lens that would cost about 630 USD?

This would be my first digital SLR.

TIA.

Note: I moved this thread from another section.

JPRATT
12-17-2006, 10:18 PM
I was in the same boat as you, I decide to go ahead and get the kit. So far I'm happy with. Now I'm trying to decide if I want to go with the pentax 50-200mm and habe to deal with switching the lens around for different shots. Or if I want to go with something like the sigma 18-125mm, 18-200, or 28-200mm.

Also check out this link http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/readflat.asp?forum=1036&thread=20478816

I'm happy with the 18-55mm, but I do like have a longer zoom. I'm kind of leaning towards going with the 50-200mm. If you don't mind switching the lenses, then go for the kit lens, and 50-200mm. Right now there's a rebate up until jan. 9th I believe. I think at either beachcamera.com or bhphotovideo.com the 50-200mm comes out to like 169 after rebate. And the k100d kit I think at beachcamera.com comes out to 514 after rebate.

dbmayur
12-18-2006, 03:00 AM
Thanks a lot JPRATT!

hmcfly
12-18-2006, 07:12 AM
Well I just bought the kit lens for I was looking for the Sigma 18-70 to replace the kit lens but everybody in town is out of stock. I also got the 50-200 because everybody is saying it a good lens for the money and the rebate is even better.

I get mine today and looking forward to it.

JPRATT
12-18-2006, 10:22 AM
Thanks a lot JPRATT!

No problem at all... Like I said, I was in the same boat as you. Doing a lot of forum searching, and researching. Trying to get as many answers, and help as possible.

Check out this website, it has a few different lens reviews. http://www.photodo.com/category_2.html
Pentax 50-200mm http://www.photodo.com/topic_58.html
Sigma 18-200mm http://www.photodo.com/topic_33.html
You'll notice that the sigam 18-200 and pentax 50-200 are alot sharper than the 18-125. Sigma 18-125mm http://www.photodo.com/topic_42.html
There's also the 28-300mm from sigma and also the 18-200 made by tamron http://www.photodo.com/topic_22.html the tamron 18-200mm doesn't look to bad either.

I know the IQ on some of the other lenses I reviewed on that site had pretty bad IQ. I'm not a pro by any means, but I think for where I am in photography, the sigma or tamron 18-200 would do the job. I kind of like the idea of only having to deal with one lens. I have the kit lens now, I could either try to sell it later, or keep it just to have for a spare. Either way, once you get the k100, you're going to love it.

Also search on bhphotovideo.com and beachcamera.com, I think one of them should have the sigma or tamron 18-125 or 18-200mm lens. That way you can just order the body, and the lens all at once. :D


Also check out this forum, it seems to be a lil more active over there. http://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/
http://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/post-your-photos/695-pentax-k100d-test.html

SpecialK
12-18-2006, 02:10 PM
Hi JPRATT:

It think you ignored all my advice if you got the kit lens :-) The 16-45 seems like a possible replacement if you stick with Pentax, though I'm not buying more stuff.

But, whatever works for you is what counts.

Reps
12-18-2006, 02:19 PM
IMO the DA double kit (18-55 and 50-200) is a very nice starting point (do not forget about 18-55 superb macro capabilities (1:3,x and 24?cm range maybe) and 50-200 outstanding sharpness for its price...)- worth a try :-)

Best and happy shooting, JR

JPRATT
12-18-2006, 02:37 PM
Hi JPRATT:

It think you ignored all my advice if you got the kit lens :-) The 16-45 seems like a possible replacement if you stick with Pentax, though I'm not buying more stuff.

But, whatever works for you is what counts.

Nah, did ignore you at all specialk. I took it into account. Just wouldn't be able to afford the 16-45 and the camera right now . Maybe go for it next year, and sell off the 18-55 lens. We'll see what happens. Thanks for your advice though. :) :cool: