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  1. #1
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    What is a good basic lens for Pentax K100D?

    I am considering buying a Pentax K100D camera body which has 1.5x crop factor. I would like a basic lens for it like a kit lens. I would like to spend < $100. Are any of these good? Are there better options?

    B&H used lens:
    $70 Pentax Zoom 28-80mm f/3.5-4.5 Takumar-F Autofocus Lens

    $80 Pentax Zoom Super Wide Angle SMCP-DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL Autofocus Lens for Digital SLR

    Amazon.com
    $50 Tamron AF 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 Aspherical Lens for Pentax Digital SLR Cameras
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listi...6395793&sr=8-9
    Sony NEX 3 with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens. Canon 300HS, Fuji F70, Panasonic ZS19.

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    I doubt you'll find anything good for less than $100. The answer depends on if you want wide angle or a little more reach, but I'd probably go with the 18-55 as I prefer that range. Here are some user reviews from Pentax Forums.

    Pentax 28-80mm

    Pentax 18-55mm
    Tamron 28-80mm
    Lukas

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    28-80 probably isn't wide enough, being equivalent to 42-120 with the 1.5 crop factor.

    The Pentax 18-55 AL isn't bad for a kit lens, though the mk. 2 version (16-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL II) is better if you can find one.

    Other standard zooms that perform well and you might be lucky enough to find 2nd hand within your budget include the Sigma 17-70 f/2.8-4.5 and the Tamron 17-50 f/2.8.

    There are detailed reviews of these lenses, as well as many others, at SLR Gear http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/index.php.

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    28-80 probably isn't wide enough, being equivalent to 42-120 with the 1.5 crop factor.
    I agree with AlexMonro on this statement...If you had to chose I would go with the 18-55 which isn't the greatest lens around but for the money it's a great buy.
    Doug
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    Thanks for the tips. I do see the Pentax 18-55 AL mk. 2 on amazon but it starts at $130. I will settle for the Pentax 18-55 AL if I buy a K100D.
    Sony NEX 3 with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens. Canon 300HS, Fuji F70, Panasonic ZS19.

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    The Pentax 50-200 mm lens also remains a good bargain as well. It is very sharp and it is selling for about $(US) 180.00 to 200.00.

    Sarah Joyce

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    If you're limited to one lens...

    I'd go with the 18-55, which translates out to 27-82, a good "basic" range for anywhere from scenery to portraits.

    And HI, Sarah Joyce! LTNS!
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