I’ve pretty much made up my mind on purchasing a new Pentax K-x DSLR. This will be my first DSLR after many years of point and shoot cameras. I’m doing a trip to Canada in July and will buy the camera in June and get the GST back on the Travellers Refund Scheme so I’ve got a few months to consider which lens to get. For my first lens I need a good walk-around lens and I’m considering the Pentax DA 17-70 f4 above the 18-55 kit lens, a mate of mine reckons I should go for an 18-200 for ease of use (for overseas travel) and of course the extra reach. But this trip will be my last overseas trip for some time as I want to travel in Australia by car and carrying extra lenses is less of a hassle. I would probably consider a something along the lines of FA J 75-300mm F4.5-5.8 or a earlier second hand version off eBay at that time. I’ve got some old M42 Pentax prime lenses that my Dad used to use on a 35mm SLR years ago that I believe will work on a K-x with an adapter, another reason to buy the Pentax above the Canon 500D or Nikon D5000 along with the K-x being more compact and seemingly better value for money.
I want a bit of a Jack of all trades eventually, but for the Canada trip just landscape and a bit of portrait type work (holiday snaps) and if I can get close enough to some bears I’d give them a go as well! Although I know the 17-70mm is not what you’d call a wildlife lens, but that’s not so important on this trip.
So now that you know a bit about my situation I’d like to know what you think would be the best value for me.
Would the Kit 18-55 do my needs or the 17-70 do a better job in Canada and the long term. Is it worth spending the extra money? An online retailer offers the 17-70 with the body at a slight discount, but it’s still $600 more than with the kit lens! I know you get what you pay for with lenses but that is quite a bit more! What about an 18-200? From the reviews I’ve read they are a bit of a compromise? And I won’t mind carrying and changing lenses back in Aus. I’m very much a beginner but I get annoyed when I skimp on equipment and quickly out grow it. I feel the K-x is more than adequate I just don’t want to make the wrong choice with the first lens for the trip.
The old primes I have are f3.5/28 and f2/55, is one of these worth taking to Canada? I like the idea of doing some low light stuff with the 55.
Your thoughts and comments would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for reading this far.
One last question, do I multiply the focal length by 1.6 for K, M, AF, A and F series lenses and any D series are made for DSLR so I do not, the focal length quoted is right for the K-x? So many questions I know, but it’s a bit confusing for the newbie!
I know the 55 is more like 85 but what about other, newer lenses? How do you tell?
Sorry for the long post and dragging up the same old questions, but newbies are newbies