Best landscape lens for K-5

Started Jun 22, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Re: Pentax DA 18-55wr
In reply to KK1979, Jun 22, 2012

I have tried on several occasions to beat the 18-55wr in features. Sigma's original 17-70 was excellent, their new 18-50 os hsm very nice, the 16-45 was my favorite; the 18-135 copy I had wasn't great unless I turned on in-cam corrections which slow the process too much for my liking. All were quite close except distortion at WA was a bit stronger with the kit; IQ in the corners might be a bit poorer but I only see those issues when I explicitly hunt them down. It's about 0.35x close-focus which is respectable; I have a Sigma 50 macro when I 'need' macro abilities.

In the end its compact size, price, 52mm filter size and WR combined to win out. Your preferences might not produce that result, but it's more than decent.
Jim in Oregon -- K5 user, Alpha a200 & Lumix G1 veteran
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