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10-29-2010, 11:48 AM   #1
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I need a lens!

So I picked up a used K7 off the marketplace, getting me back into DSLR's after several years astray. Want to do primes at this time, but will probably pick-up a 18-135 eventually as a coverall zoom.

I need to start with something "normal." Mostly landscape, street, travel stuff. I don't really do any macro stuff. Choices appear to be as follows:

DAL 40
DAL 35 macro
DA 35/2.4 (new)
FA 35

I've read and read and read myself into paralysis. Any thoughts about where to start? Money IS a consideration but all of these fit within a reasonable budget.

FWIW, this hour I am leaning towards the 40 as it available at a discount at B&H & Adorama and is only about $120 more than the new DA34/2.4.

Thanks in advance for any guidance.

Tony A.

10-29-2010, 11:54 AM   #2
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Take my advice for what it's worth, since I'm still yet a beginner, but I'm using the DA 35mm Macro as my primary lens (and currently only lens --- I sold off my 50mm and I don't ever really put on my kit lens).
The DA 35mm provides a nice 'normal' field of view and suits me well for a lot of what I shoot. Plus, I figure that if I really do need something close range, I can walk up close and get a shot that way (because of the very short minimum focus distance). It's not always optimal (some people are uncomfortable getting their picture taken with me so close), but for me it gives me a great amount of versatility in a super sharp prime lens.
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I've owned all of those at one point or another over the past year (except for the DA35/2.4 that just came out). You can't go wrong with any of them, honestly. I loved the FA35, which I had since I first bought into Pentax 4 years ago. The DA40 is also great; I'm thinking about buying one to replace the one I sold once they come back into stock. The DA35/macro is a great all-around lenses, but the most expensive of your choices and probably the one I'd recommend least given the criteria you set in terms of use and cost. The new 35/2.4 would be the best bang for the buck as it's only $200 and from what I've read has fast AF.

I'm sure that doesn't help in the sense that you probably knew all that already... but it really is true that all 4 are great lenses (the 35/2.4 from what I've read and scene since I obviously haven't used that one).

PS I dropped your K7 off at the post office earlier this afternoon

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10-29-2010, 12:00 PM   #4
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From what has been seen so far, none of the others are enough better IQ wise than the DAL 35 to justify the difference in price, excluding the possible need for macro, aperture ring, or physically small.

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21 or 24 on an aps-c imo would be the best as it's the closest to the 35mm on a full frame sensor and that length is pretty much standard for almost everything a street shooter might shoot.
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QuoteOriginally posted by amalongi Quote
I need to start with something "normal." Mostly landscape, street, travel stuff. I don't really do any macro stuff. Choices appear to be as follows:

DAL 40
DAL 35 macro
DA 35/2.4 (new)
FA 35
I think the DA21 is more appropriate for "mostly landscape, street, travel stuff."

I wouldn't go longer than 28mm for sure.

Even 21mm many times is not wide enough:




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10-29-2010, 12:39 PM   #7
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Thanks, so far!

Actually, next on my list would be the DA15 - I'll probably bypass the 21 (or see what happens with a 15 and a 35/40. Then comes the 70/77. I can always fill in later. New 35 might be the best bang for the buck at the moment. My 16 year old daughter has a K100D with the two kit lenses - I can always pass the 35 on to her if I decide to "upgrade."

Thanks again,

Tony A.
10-30-2010, 12:27 AM   #8
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How fixated are you on new AF primes? Shall I argue for old manual primes? And 35mm is more of a snapshot lens, not a good one-for-the-street lens. It only gives ~45 degrees AoV, compared to 21mm (~70 degrees) or 15mm (~90 degrees). Or maybe you have wide streets in Enfield NH?

18-55 (or 16-45, if you prefer) is a pretty ideal range for much 'street' shooting. Each of us has our own preferences (and/or budget limitations) for dealing with that range. Start with the kit lens, then a Fast Fifty, then faster wider and longer glass (24/2, 85/2), then something fairly 'normal' between 28-37mm, and real wide at 14-16mm, and don't forget a good 135mm.

Or collapse that to: 14--24--40|50--85 and that's all. Ultrawide (14/2.8), 'scape wide (24/2), facials (40/2.8 or 50/1.7), and reach (85/1.4).

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Actually, I pulled the trigger last night on the new DA35. I need something to get started. Didn't want the 18-55 kit lens. I will probably get the new 18-135 as a walkaround sometime in the near future. Next up for me will be the D15.

Tony A.
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