Purchasing a K-5 body and need help choosing a lens

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Purchasing a K-5 body and need help choosing a lens
Nov 21, 2011

I appreciate any help or insight that anyone has on this issue. I have decided to go the body only route and put the $ towards a nice lens. Sharpness and color is very important to me. To give you a little background on my shooting, it is multi-purpose. I have a 2yr old daughter that I generally take pictures of around the house, at playgrounds, and the Zoo. I also like to take some landscape pics, and every once an a while some macro shots.

Here are the lenses that I am thinking about:
Pentax SMCP-FA 77mm f/1.8 Limited AF $785
Pentax SMCP-DA 70mm f/2.4 Limited AF $530
Pentax Telephoto 55mm f/1.4 DA* SDM AF $640
Pentax SMCP-DA* 16-50mm f/2.8 ED AL (IF) SDM $750
Pentax SMCP-DA* 50-135mm f/2.8 ED (IF) SDM AF $850

I have been pondering over these for quite some time and don't have enough confidence in one choice yet to pull the trigger. If there is a lens that I have left off that you feel would be a great choice feel free to let me know.

Also any reason why I should spend the extra $$ on the Pentax AF-540 vs. the Pentax AF-360? I'm crossing over from Canon.... just fyi

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