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01-29-2011, 05:40 PM   #1
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"Must-Have" Lenses for K-7

If you could only have 3 lenses for your Pentax ( K 7 for instance) what would they be ??? The lenses would be used mostly for outdoor photography...dusk and dawn to photograph whitetail deer and of course regular daytime photography.What are the low light and sharp lenses that impress you ?

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I would put the 12-24 on the list. The deer-shooting lens is the issue. How much you want to spend? Sigma makes a 500 f/4.5...
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DA 12-24, DA*16-50 and DA*60-250. 250mm is pushing it for deer shots. Would need to resort to heavy cropping most likely.
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That's tough. I would really want 4

I'd say the DA*16-50, K85/1.8 and a longer lens, something like the A*600 but it's F5.6. The A*300 is F2.8, but it is heavy for a fairly short small lens (considering it's speed) and I find 600mm the sweet spot for wildlife. This is of course presuming you're OK with manual focus.....


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QuoteOriginally posted by Ex Finn. Quote
DA 12-24, DA*16-50 and DA*60-250. 250mm is pushing it for deer shots. Would need to resort to heavy cropping most likely.
Ditto, except I would think long & hard on whether I could trust SDM in the long run. Low EV AF & Pentax don't mix either. If low EV AF and fast super-teles are what the OP needs, maybe he's in the wrong system to be perfectly honest.
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Ditto, except I would think long & hard on whether I could trust SDM in the long run. Low EV AF & Pentax don't mix either. If low EV AF and fast super-teles are what the OP needs, maybe he's in the wrong system to be perfectly honest.
Re the brand....I think it partly depends on his budget and whether someone wants AF or MF. I like MF at extreme telephoto range as I have more control over the shot and the razor thin focus area, especially when the lens is wide open. If you don't mind taking the time to look for one, Pentax has some legendary lenses available at a very good price. Looking can take some time though, now that there seems to be a trend to convert these lenses to Canon and Nikon mounts.
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Pentax should crank out one more * zoom in the 150mm to 400mm range.
"maybe he's in the wrong system to be perfectly honest".
Yeah, the other brands have that covered. I would like to have one for my Pentax that is Pentax.

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Sigma 10-20
Tamron 17-50
Tamron 70-200

3 very sharp reasonably priced lenses that can compete with anything Pentax makes for more money. If I were to add one more lens to that list it would be the DA40.

Oh, besides never having to worry about an SDM failure, both Tamron and Sigma lenses come with a much longer warranty. So there you have it, very competitively priced high performance optics backed up withy the best warranty.

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always felt that the DA 35mm Macro was made for the K7
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QuoteOriginally posted by Adk X Quote
If you could only have 3 lenses for your Pentax ( K 7 for instance) what would they be ??? The lenses would be used mostly for outdoor photography...dusk and dawn to photograph whitetail deer and of course regular daytime photography.What are the low light and sharp lenses that impress you ?
There was a recent relevant thread that you may fing relevant:
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-beginners-corner-q/130811-lenses-n...otography.html

and add to the above input. Here is my own thoughts and experience.

I shoot primarily outdoor. I have a K-7 and my three main outdoor lenses are Pentax DA18-250mm, Pentax FA31mm Ltd f 1.8 and Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f1.4.

The DA18-250mm is the most versatile. Excellent focal length range. It allows me to shoot where I cannot go. A great all around lens. Like any all-around zoom lens, it has some shortcomings but the lens is highly regarded by Pentaxians and non-Pentax users incl. professionals.

The FA31mm f1.8 is a superb lens. Not cheap but beautiful results. I love to use it for outdoor landscapes. It has very little distortion and nice colours. A great lens which gives good results even when the light drops.

The Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f1.4 is my low-light lens. It is MF, has superb IQ and great bokeh. It is a beauty for dusk and dawn situations, and gives also great results in foggy/smoky situations. This lens is a real-surprise for it oustanding IQ.

I recommend very strongly all three lenses. Each one has its strengths and is a winner in its own category. The DA18-250mm is my workhorse during daytime. The FA31mm is my main prime for daytime and dusk and dawn. The Nokton 58mm is the 'surprise' lens, excellent in low light, at night, at dusk and dawn, in poor lighting (smog, fog) and even in daytime light.

Food for thoughts....
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SMC...What are those Legendary Lenses that you say are out there ?Thanks for taking the time to give me some help.
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