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12-16-2007, 11:07 AM   #1
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Lens for K10D

I am going to order a K10D as soon as I decide which lens I am going to purchase. I really do not want to go with a kit, unless that is recommended. I shoot portraits, motion and landscapes. What type of lens is available for the K10D that is the all around most practical. I was looking at the Limited lenses for sharpness and detail.

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QuoteOriginally posted by EAD Studios Quote
I am going to order a K10D as soon as I decide which lens I am going to purchase. I really do not want to go with a kit, unless that is recommended. I shoot portraits, motion and landscapes. What type of lens is available for the K10D that is the all around most practical. I was looking at the Limited lenses for sharpness and detail.

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I am happy with my DA* 16-50. My copy seems to be one of the better ones. The range is nice, the f/2.8 is good. As you see in my sig, I have the 12-24 as well, and it is superb for landscape work. For portraits, I have used my DA* 50-135 the one time I did a shoot since I got it, and am very pleased with the results.

The two DA* lenses are weather proof, and with the weather proof body, these are great for outdoor use. They give me the 35mm equivalent of 24 - 200 mm in two lenses, with excellent image quality.
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Thank You for your input. Would a limited lens be an option?

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Sure. The Limiteds are excellent. I own the DA40. Its really sharp, compact, well built and fast enough. I love this lens. I can show some photos if you want.

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QuoteOriginally posted by EAD Studios Quote
I am going to order a K10D as soon as I decide which lens I am going to purchase. I really do not want to go with a kit, unless that is recommended. I shoot portraits, motion and landscapes. What type of lens is available for the K10D that is the all around most practical. I was looking at the Limited lenses for sharpness and detail.

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Limiteds are nice (so say those that have one :-) but you will need at least 2 of them. Something wide for landscape, and one longer for portraits. If you get 2, you might as well get 3 of them.

Or, the Sigma 17-70 zoom which is wide enough and long enough to get you by until your budget and research allows you to make other choices.

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Will the
Pentax Telephoto SMCP-FA 77mm f/1.8 Limited Autofocus Lens - Black
Pentax Wide Angle SMCP-FA 31mm f/1.8 AL Limited Autofocus Lens - Black

fit the K10D?

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Both are working with the K10D.
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Thank You! I have my eyes on both. Now I need to choose which one.

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I think thats a really difficult decision. The 31 transforms to an excellent "normal-lens on the K10D and the 77 is an amazing lens for portraits or sports.
Have you thought about the DA-Limiteds?? I mean the DA40 and the DA70. That are very nice lenses, too. I love my DA40.
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If you purchase these 2 lenses, you will own 2 of the finest SLR lenses ever made... by manufacturer.
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Thank You. I feel very confident now than before. I just wonder which of the 2 lenses will be more useful.

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Well, it will depend on your intended use. By the way, all of the Pentax FA and DA primes are very good lenses as are most of the manual focus A,M, and K series. I started out as an all prime shooter. I'd carry 2 bodies and a bag full of primes with me. That got old pretty quick. My basic field kit now consists of high quality zooms, the DA 10-17, Tamron 28-75, and the Sigma 70-200 EX. These 3 lenses are supplemented with 1 or 2 primes, depending on what I intend to shoot.

My studio work, is all primes. I use the 77 limited for Head and Shoulders portraits, the FA 50 f1.4 for 1/2-3/4 length, or small groups, and the FA35 f2.0 for full length portraits, and other general studio work. I am finding that both the 50, and 35 are a touch to long for their use - my studio is not that big. I'm thinking of replacing them with the 43 limited and the 31 limited, to get a touch more working room.
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Which of the Limited lenses are a good walkaround lens for the K10D?

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QuoteOriginally posted by EAD Studios Quote
Which of the Limited lenses are a good walkaround lens for the K10D?

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Here, a zoom is much more versatile as you never know what you will encounter "walking around".
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I shoot mostly portraits and mostly indoors. I have the kit lens 18-55mm which I've not used since I bought the FA 35 f2 and FA 50mm f1.4. Recently, I just bought the FA 77mm f1.8 which is really nice to use outdoors.

Everytime, I think of getting a zoom for the convenience I ended getting another prime! I just love prime lenses. I guess I won't miss the zoom unless I am on holidays and need to shoot a variety of things.

For a "walkabout" lens, I think I will either get the Sigma 17-70 or Tamron 28-75. For me either one would cover the range that I normally shoot in very nicely. The Tamron would probably be my preference since I prefer fixed aperture since I am indoors most of the time.
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