Final questions before I pull the trigger

Started Jan 19, 2013 | Discussions thread
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bob5050 Regular Member • Posts: 271
Final questions before I pull the trigger

Intended buy is a K-30 with kit lens and an additional Pentax DA 35mm f/2.4 AL for a faster prime (museums, church/cathedral interiors, etc). You can see what I've been doing with my now aging Olympus C5050 at

First choice for kit lens was the 18-135 WR, since Pentax didn't offer a WR 18-55 kit.

That's apparently changed--I can pick up a K-30 kit with 18-55 WR from Cameta for ~$800, or a K-30 kit with 18-135 from Adorama for about $1000.

I understand the 18-135 to be slightly faster, what about total IQ? The 18-135 just a better lens overall? (and in what way?), Or am I just as likely to be happy with the lighter lens as a walk-about, and save the $200 towards getting a telephoto later if/when I want one?

Really comes down to would I be likely to notice a significant difference in performance within the shared range?




 bob5050's gear list:bob5050's gear list
Pentax K-3 Pentax smc DA 18-135mm F3.5-5.6ED AL [IF] DC WR Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM Pentax smc DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR Pentax smc DA 35mm F2.4 AL +3 more
Pentax K-30
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