If I Could Only Pick One Lens....

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  1. Alan Ellis

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    I carry my camera in the mountains/backcountry on multi-day hikes or climbs. I really only want to carry one lens, so I need one that is fairly versatile.

    Right now, I have the 18 - 70mm kit lens, but I need one with more zoom. I was originally thinking about buying 70-300mm, but then I would have to carry two lens.

    So now I'm thinking that a 18-200mm would fit the bill and would give me nearly the zoom I'm looking for, but also the wide-angle ability of 18mm.

    Any thoughts or suggestions on my thought process or what would be the best lens to fit my needs?

    Thanks for the help.

    AE
     
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    The usual scenario is that a lens with a wide focal length range (zoom)...will have compromises in image quality. If you are OK with that, then something like an 18-200mm lens might be a good fit for you. If image quality is higher on the list, you may have to make the compromise and carry more lenses.
     
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    If I were limited to one lens it would be a 35mm SMC-A Pentax. Im not sure if they made it as a macro or not but that would be a plus. I dont have one of these lenses but I am looking all over for one.

    I like how the old rangefinder cameras usually had a 35 or 43mm lens.
     

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