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08-22-2010, 08:14 PM   #16
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Thanks everyone for your awesome replies. I'm definitely learning a lot about lenses here. I decided to go with the Ver. I 18-55mm as it fits my budget best right now. I will try to resist LBA...though my penchant for collecting will probably undermine my efforts. Guess I will see what subject matter I tend to shoot the most and then tailor future lens purchases toward those needs. Thanks again for the help, this place is awesome!

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You can go broke chasing the quality new lenses. The older used lenses, although not as cheap as they once were, are still a pretty good bargain. Every now and again I see really nice M 50/f2 for $20-$30 (with a K1000 film body attached).

Also, a lot of folks here forget that Tokina use to build their lenses with Pentax mounts. There are quite a few pretty nice M28/f2.8 lenses available for around $20.

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Taking some time to look, and wait for what seems to be a reasonable acquisition, can put a couple of primes in your kit for the cost of just a couple of lunches. These are great items to learn on. They may not be the most perfect optical solution ever made - but for the price its an 80% solution that you can live with. Tokina was started by 3 optical engineers from Nikon who wanted to build zooms and Nikon was not interested in zooms at that time.

Just a thought....
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QuoteOriginally posted by interested_observer Quote
You can go broke chasing the quality new lenses. The older used lenses, although not as cheap as they once were, are still a pretty good bargain. Every now and again I see really nice M 50/f2 for $20-$30 (with a K1000 film body attached).

Also, a lot of folks here forget that Tokina use to build their lenses with Pentax mounts. There are quite a few pretty nice M28/f2.8 lenses available for around $20.

Pentax tokina items - Get great deals on Cameras Photo, Pentax items on eBay.com!

Taking some time to look, and wait for what seems to be a reasonable acquisition, can put a couple of primes in your kit for the cost of just a couple of lunches. These are great items to learn on. They may not be the most perfect optical solution ever made - but for the price its an 80% solution that you can live with. Tokina was started by 3 optical engineers from Nikon who wanted to build zooms and Nikon was not interested in zooms at that time.

Just a thought....
Cool, I will definitely check them out in the future. Thanks!
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I just wanted to say thanks to everyone for your helpful comments. I took dgaies up on his generous offer and have a minty 18-55 ver 1 coming my way.

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QuoteOriginally posted by ninemm Quote
I just wanted to say thanks to everyone for your helpful comments. I took dgaies up on his generous offer and have a minty 18-55 ver 1 coming my way.
Yeah, for $25 w/ the hood, how wrong can you go?
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Yeah, for $25 w/ the hood, how wrong can you go?
lol I think the hood alone costs twice as much

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QuoteOriginally posted by Pablom Quote
lol I think the hood alone costs twice as much

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For versatility, the 18-55 is a good choice. For learning to produce images, I'd suggest a manual focus prime, 24, 35, 50-55; depending on main interests. It's easier to learn selective focus by focusing, methinks; and learning to recognize one frame size at a time is less confusing than thinking about zooming while considering all the other parameters.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ninemm Quote
I just wanted to say thanks to everyone for your helpful comments. I took dgaies up on his generous offer and have a minty 18-55 ver 1 coming my way.
The 18-55 will be your work horse and that's why I recommended that. Now, that you have saved some money and have your 18-55, let me tell you, the real joy in DSLR ownership for me is in using a fast lens that has the ultimate IQ. If you are ok with manual focus you should consider the A 50/1.7.
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QuoteOriginally posted by pcarfan Quote
The 18-55 will be your work horse and that's why I recommended that. Now, that you have saved some money and have your 18-55, let me tell you, the real joy in DSLR ownership for me is in using a fast lens that has the ultimate IQ. If you are ok with manual focus you should consider the A 50/1.7.
We'll see how manual focusing goes. Would the A 50/1.7 have better IQ than the AF 50mm I suggested in my original post?
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We'll see how manual focusing goes. Would the A 50/1.7 have better IQ than the AF 50mm I suggested in my original post?
The A50/1.7, F50/1.7 and FA50/1.7 (as well as the M50/1.7) all share the same optical formula and should therefore have the same IQ. The A is probably a little easier to manually focus than the F and FA.

Price-wise, the A50/1.7 typically sells for about $80, the F50/1.7 for about $200 and the FA50/1.7 for about $240 (depending on condition and your timing).
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QuoteOriginally posted by dgaies Quote
The A50/1.7, F50/1.7 and FA50/1.7 (as well as the M50/1.7) all share the same optical formula and should therefore have the same IQ. The A is probably a little easier to manually focus than the F and FA.

Price-wise, the A50/1.7 typically sells for about $80, the F50/1.7 for about $200 and the FA50/1.7 for about $240 (depending on condition and your timing).
You're quickly becoming my personal forum guide. Thanks for the input Dan.
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We'll see how manual focusing goes. Would the A 50/1.7 have better IQ than the AF 50mm I suggested in my original post?
All three share the same optical formula and perform the same (so does the M version). I mentioned the 'A' just because of cost. I got the A to use with my film SLR for cost and for the metal exterior which matches the camera body (FA and F has plastic bodies).

If you can get the AF versions, you should get one, but they cost in excess of $200.

P.S: Oops, didn't see dgais's reply.....dang! even included the 'm' version in the brackets....that's just too weird
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All three share the same optical formula and perform the same (so does the M version). I mentioned the 'A' just because of cost. I got the A to use with my film SLR for cost and for the metal exterior which matches the camera body (FA and F has plastic bodies).

If you can get the AF versions, you should get one, but they cost in excess of $200.

P.S: Oops, didn't see dgais's reply.....dang! even included the 'm' version in the brackets....that's just too weird
This version is the AF one I was referencing. There was/is a listing on the Marketplace asking $125 I think. SMC Pentax-FA 50mm F1.7 Lens Reviews - Pentax Lens Review Database
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