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09-11-2006, 05:25 AM   #1
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Recommended Basic Lenses

What are the recommended lenses for the following basic lens types that are easily available?

Prime?
Telephoto?
Wide?
Zoom?

I already have a K1000 with a SMC Pentax-M 1:2 50mm and a Sears 70-120mm zoom.

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Depends

What are you shooting and what is your price range?
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For Pentax, you have the choice between Tamron, Sigma, Pentax...

And a good alternative, an all-purpose-walk-around-lens is the

Sigma 28-70mm F2.8 EX DG (for analog/film)
Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC MACRO. (for Digital)

I compared it with the Pentax 18-55 that came with my ist DL, and except for a larger zoomrange and a faster lens, it focussed slightly faster too. I noticed no vignetting (which was a bit the case with the cheaper Pentax-lens).

So, this new Sigma lens is a good and fast all-purpose lens which might give you a nice zoom-range with very sharp images, even in low-light contidions.

Because it is a fast lens (2.8 in wide), you have the opportunity to make more creative pictures than with most other 'standard' lenses.

Give it a try ! You probably won't be using any other lenses anymore (except for a telezoom lens as a 50-200...)
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If you're looking for standard zooms from Pentax, the FA 24-90 and FA 28-105 are nice

Good manual focus lenses include the A 70-210 and the A 35-105.

As for wide-angles, you can get the DA 17-28mm fisheye (for the fun of it) or the FA 20mm.

I also bought myself a 15mm K lens- now that's wide-angle at its finest! (but pricey and hard to find on ebay)


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QuoteOriginally posted by Matthew Roberts Quote
What are the recommended lenses for the following basic lens types that are easily available?

Prime?
Telephoto?
Wide?
Zoom?

I already have a K1000 with a SMC Pentax-M 1:2 50mm and a Sears 70-120mm zoom.
Hi Matthew,
At the moment there are not so many Pentax lenses available.
Primes:
DA 14mm*
DA 21 mm pancake
FA 31mm ltd
DFA 50mm macro
DA 40mm pancake
FA 43mm ltd*
FA 50mm f1,4*
FA 77mm ltd
DFA 100mm macro.
Zooms:
DA 10-17mm fish-eye
DA 12-24mm
DA 16-45mm*
DA 18-55mm (kit lens)
DA 50-200mm*
There are many others available second hand (in ebay, B&H, KEH).
The lenses with asterisk* are in my possession and I highly recommend them to you.
You can check the follow link with sample photos from nearly all Pentax lenses
http://www.pbase.com/cameras/pentax
09-11-2006, 03:08 PM   #6
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^^^ There are also a lot available new off BH photo you haven't listed..

Such as..

FA 20/2.8 (not in stock but acceptinng orders)
FA 35/2
FA 50/1.4
FA 28-105 3.2-4.5
FA 28-105 4-5.6
FA 24-90 3.5-4.5
FA 17-28 fisheye
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Matt it really depands on what you are shoting and what your price range is. As you saw above the sky is the limit on what you can get. Well, maybe I should say not you can get but what is made to fit. I must say the 16-45 is one of my favorites and spend a lot of time on my DS.
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I have a very limited most likely nowhere more than $100 per lens.

Also, I currently shoot Kodak Color Print Film, B&W Film, and Kodak Elite Chrome when I can buy it, but am looking seriously at a K100D.

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Some ideas...

QuoteOriginally posted by Matthew Roberts Quote
I have a very limited most likely nowhere more than $100 per lens.

Also, I currently shoot Kodak Color Print Film, B&W Film, and Kodak Elite Chrome when I can buy it, but am looking seriously at a K100D.
Aha, that's *much* more helpful.

In that range, there is one new lens that gets some good reviews, and it is the 18-55 3.5-5.6 ('kit') lens that usually comes with the US bodies. It has decent close focus capabilities, and many people take some stunning shots with it.

I'm not a zoom guy (currently own two, trying to sell one, would sell both) and I have a plethora of primes bought for under $30. They're all M42 (Pentax screw mount) lenses that I use with my M42-to-K adapters. My favorites in that range:
SMC Takumar 50/1.4
Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 28/3.5
Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 135/2.5 (Although this one might go for over $100.)

You can also pick up some K, M, or A manual focus lenses that will work fine on film and digital. I have (or had) an M28/2.8 (~$40), M135/3.5 (~$30), A50/1.7 (~$50), A50/2 (~$25), and a nice K200/4 (~$75). Prices are rough, I've seen them go for much less and much more on eBay. Out of those, I like my 200mm the best, then the 50/1.7 was very good.

Hope this helps,
Sean
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QuoteOriginally posted by joele Quote
^^^ There are also a lot available new off BH photo you haven't listed..

Such as..

FA 20/2.8 (not in stock but acceptinng orders)
FA 35/2
FA 50/1.4
FA 28-105 3.2-4.5
FA 28-105 4-5.6
FA 24-90 3.5-4.5
FA 17-28 fisheye
Hi Joele,
You're right
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One important note to be clear on if you'll want to swap lenses between your K1000 and a possible dSLR (eg K100D), is that you'll note many of the latest Pentax lenses are named with "DA" .... which signifies that they're designed specifically with the dSLR's in mind.

It means that they will produce a smaller image suitable for the digital sensor (which is somewhat smaller then a frame of 35mm film).
While a DA lens will mount as standard on a Pentax film SLR, you'll normally get significant darkness in the corners of the photo.

Having said that, the DA lenses are latest spec and brilliant quality for digital.

The reverse process, putting older [full-frame] lenses [from original K-, M-, A-, F-, FA-, to DFA] on a dSLR, will produce a perfectly bright photo, albeit consistant with the quality and spec of the lens in question. Naturally, some have a better reputation than others [which is what you are asking about!! :-)]. Just to mention that, generally, Pentax lenses have been of very good quality.

M42 lenses require an adaptor [M42-to-Pentax-K mount adaptor, surprise, surprise ] to fit on any Pentax camera (whether film for digital)... other than the previous generation of screw-mount cameras (eg Spotmatic, etc). Sean was pointing to some of those, and many are still highly regarded after all these years.

Two good sites to check out:
http://stans-photography.info/ [not every lens, but still extremely useful]
and
http://www.photodo.com/ [very useful too]
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QuoteOriginally posted by Gio645 Quote
Hi Matthew,
At the moment there are not so many Pentax lenses available.
Primes:
DA 14mm*
DA 21 mm pancake
FA 31mm ltd
DFA 50mm macro
DA 40mm pancake
FA 43mm ltd*
FA 50mm f1,4*
FA 77mm ltd
DFA 100mm macro.
Zooms:
DA 10-17mm fish-eye
DA 12-24mm
DA 16-45mm*
DA 18-55mm (kit lens)
DA 50-200mm*
There are many others available second hand (in ebay, B&H, KEH).
The lenses with asterisk* are in my possession and I highly recommend them to you.
You can check the follow link with sample photos from nearly all Pentax lenses
Pentax Cameras with Photo Samples
Sounds the things changed greatly in 8 years... The Pentax APS-C lens line are almost complete now and there even have many overlaps among each other like the new 16-85mm... One thing I learn here is to be patient...
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QuoteOriginally posted by carpents Quote
Aha, that's *much* more helpful.

In that range, there is one new lens that gets some good reviews, and it is the 18-55 3.5-5.6 ('kit') lens that usually comes with the US bodies. It has decent close focus capabilities, and many people take some stunning shots with it.

I'm not a zoom guy (currently own two, trying to sell one, would sell both) and I have a plethora of primes bought for under $30. They're all M42 (Pentax screw mount) lenses that I use with my M42-to-K adapters. My favorites in that range:
SMC Takumar 50/1.4
Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 28/3.5
Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 135/2.5 (Although this one might go for over $100.)

You can also pick up some K, M, or A manual focus lenses that will work fine on film and digital. I have (or had) an M28/2.8 (~$40), M135/3.5 (~$30), A50/1.7 (~$50), A50/2 (~$25), and a nice K200/4 (~$75). Prices are rough, I've seen them go for much less and much more on eBay. Out of those, I like my 200mm the best, then the 50/1.7 was very good.

Hope this helps,
Sean
I support this author, takumar very well established, the picture quality, and most importantly, very affordable price

these 3 lens- a classic M42
I did their shots - a very worthy
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QuoteOriginally posted by gor80 Quote
I support this author, takumar very well established, the picture quality, and most importantly, very affordable price

these 3 lens- a classic M42
I did their shots - a very worthy
Yep. If we do not pick up the rare lenses like 135 F1.8, the old lenses still are shining with affordable price!
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Ha, there are hundreds of lenses to choose from! You have to narrow it down in terms of what you want to photograph, and which qualities are important to you. Bokeh? Sharpness? Magnification? Artsy rendering? And also the budget. The DA* 55mm is a great lens for portraits and general tele photography, but it isn't quite as affordable as the DA 50mm f1.8, which is great for its price.
Either way, people usually want to start with inexpensive lenses, and I can recommend the DA 35mm f2.4 as a general prime, as it has a bit of everything. Normal FoV, fast AF, good low light performance.. I doubt it would disappoint you. Get the FA 35mm f2.0 if you want to spend a little more, or FA 31mm ltd for the full-wow factor!
Starting around 30-40mm is great because it is versatile, and it also helps you decide whether you prefer wide angle lenses, or tele lenses. Oh, and Sigma 30mm f1.4 is also a good choice. Not super expensive, and very good low light/bokeh performance. A bit bigger, though.
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