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10-10-2011, 03:43 AM   #1
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Best lens set-up with K-x

I already have the white K-x, 40mm LTD and 18-55 kit, and I am loving this set-up, but both lenses are for general use
I want a wider lens for landscapes/architecture and a more telephoto lens for head and shoulder portraits and shallow depth of field.
What is the best set-up I can get for the least money
I have been thinking Sigma 10-20, 15 LTD, DA 70mm LTD, Sigma 85mm 1.4, tamron 90mm macro etc
What is a great four lens set-up would you guys reccomend?
Thanks

10-10-2011, 04:03 AM   #2
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QuoteOriginally posted by BendingPhotography Quote
I already have the white K-x, 40mm LTD and 18-55 kit, and I am loving this set-up, but both lenses are for general use
I want a wider lens for landscapes/architecture and a more telephoto lens for head and shoulder portraits and shallow depth of field.
What is the best set-up I can get for the least money
I have been thinking Sigma 10-20, 15 LTD, DA 70mm LTD, Sigma 85mm 1.4, tamron 90mm macro etc
What is a great four lens set-up would you guys reccomend?
Thanks
I'm not sure, but having sigma 10-20 and da15 covering moreless the same spectrum of use doesn't make much sense to me....so for example - keep da15, da40, da70 or sigma 85 (if you like fast lens).....and instead 10-20 add something longer like 135mm.....
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QuoteOriginally posted by vrrattko Quote
I'm not sure, but having sigma 10-20 and da15 covering moreless the same spectrum of use doesn't make much sense to me....so for example - keep da15, da40, da70 or sigma 85 (if you like fast lens).....and instead 10-20 add something longer like 135mm.....
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Oh sorry, I meant only ONE wide lens and ONE telephoto lens
but I am not sure what two lenses are the best to get, best value, best focal length
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For minimal use of money I would recommend used (manual) wide angles and the SMC F35-70 (or F35-105 or F35-135) even if the DOF isn't that small for portraits.

For more money there are obviously much better lenses!

Seb.

EDIT: M28 is on my wish list. Or the K24 even better.


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i would choose either the 10-20 or the 15, and i would add the tammy 70-200/2.8 if you are short of money, or either the DA* 50-135 or the Sigma 70-200 HSM.

I've seen that the Tammy as some sort of quickshift, and i'm going to try it during the afternoon
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QuoteOriginally posted by bassek Quote
For minimal use of money I would recommend used (manual) wide angles and the SMC F35-70 (or F35-105 or F35-135) even if the DOF isn't that small for portraits.

For more money there are obviously much better lenses!

Seb.

EDIT: M28 is on my wish list. Or the K24 even better.
Good suggestions. Some possible good wide and wide-normal primes are:

* Tokina-made 21/3.8 (often badged as Vivitar, Soligor, Lentar, etc)
* Vivitar-Kiron 24/2, or Pentax or Sigma or Tamron 24/2.8's
* real bargains: Tokina-made 25/3.5 (often badged as Lentar)
* Vivitar-Komine 28/2 CFWA, or Vivitar-Kiron or Tamron 28/2.5's
* real bargains: 28/2.8's badged as Sears, Focal, Soligor
* or of course any Pentax|Takumar 21-24-28-mm you can find

The F35-70 is a great bagful of primes packaged in the smallest zoom Pentax ever made, and can still be found dirt-cheap. For a very versatile ultrawide zoom with lower pricetag and longer warranty than the Sigma 10-20's and Pentax 12-24, consider the Tamron 10-24; I love mine. For a decent landscape lens FREE, stop-down your DA18-55 to f/8 or f/11.

My favourite portrait zoom is an old M42 Sears-Tokina 55-135/3.5 that cost me all of US$8 shipped. If you want great sharpness and don't mind the weight, look for a Vivitar-Kiron Series 1 70-210/3.5, still a bargain. Various other fast (f/2.8, costly) and fairly fast (f/3.5, much cheaper) 70-210's and 80-200's will serve well for headshot and H&S portraiture.

Or just tell us how much money you have, and we'll tell you how to spend it.
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Samyang 14mm/2.8 and 85mm/1.4 would be your cheapest new setup(and fastest). My Tamron 90 is good enough for me in that (telephoto) range though, and doubles as a macro. If I want shallower depth of field I use my FA50/1.4 or my Takumar 55/1.8(cheap).
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i'd go for tammy 10-24 and 70-200 f2.8 with the lens you've got.. I've got them both plus the tammy 17-50 f2.8 and wouldn't be without them on my K7

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K-x + DA 15mm f4 + DA 40mm f2.8 + DA 55-300mm f4 - f5.8

You are complete
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The easy answer for low outlay is the DA16-45 and either 50-200 or 55-300 - that covers a lot of ground in a hurry!

I have not tried it for portraits yet, but I got a deal on a Rikenon XR 70-150 f/4. What a fun lens, and internal zoom keeps it compact. One of the best $50 I've spent in this hobby. Shots at my picasa site. And I'd add many Rikenon lenses to RioRico's list, I picked up a 28/2.8P that seems barely touched in 30 years. Several Sears lenses are also Ricohs relabeled. Of course, the older coatings will not serve in strong backlighting, but I've had that problem at times with SMC lenses as well.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Eagle_Friends Quote
K-x + DA 15mm f4 + DA 40mm f2.8 + DA 55-300mm f4 - f5.8

You are complete
I travel with this very setup and I agree it'd hard to beat!
There are nicer and faster zooms, but for the price/size/weight to performance ratio there's isn't much better.
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the 15mm is quite expensive though and i was wondering, sigma 10-20 or da 15?
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QuoteOriginally posted by BendingPhotography Quote
I already have the white K-x, 40mm LTD and 18-55 kit, and I am loving this set-up, but both lenses are for general use
I want a wider lens for landscapes/architecture and a more telephoto lens for head and shoulder portraits and shallow depth of field.
What is the best set-up I can get for the least money
I have been thinking Sigma 10-20, 15 LTD, DA 70mm LTD, Sigma 85mm 1.4, tamron 90mm macro etc
What is a great four lens set-up would you guys reccomend?
Thanks
IFyou are ever thinking that the day may come when you want to sell the lenses, do remember that the brand x---though often less expensive
to purchase, will resell very badly compared to the brand name product. I've occasionally changed my mind about what I wanted to use
in the way of lenses, and my uniform experience has been that the off brand glass ends up being a paper weight on the second hand market.

IF you buy it knowing that, and pay a lot less for it, it all works out, but I'd want a really compelling reason to take a 3rd party 'will fit' if the prices were close.
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QuoteOriginally posted by BendingPhotography Quote
the 15mm is quite expensive though and i was wondering, sigma 10-20 or da 15?
If size and weight aren't that important, get the Sigma. If you want great optics in a small and light package save for the da15.
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Distortion specs might be really important to you on a wide-angle lens used for architecture. Or some software ability to correct for them.

I really like the DA 16-45/4 as a wide angle solution, because it works well, I'm cheap and I'm not sure I could compose well if I got much wider. I'm happy with it, but some would not consider that to be wide-enough. It is easy to integrate with faster prime lenses in the 24 to 55mm range.

I think all 85mm lenses are three times the price I'd pay except for the Samyang or other brand 85mm f1.4 manual focus. I'd just get a 90mm or more macro.
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