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12-04-2011, 01:03 PM   #16
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No. I sold it with the body many MANY years ago. I had to get out of film due to the cost...and then when digital started happening, so did I.

12-05-2011, 12:41 AM   #17
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I don't know,

it's hard to say what should YOU get.
Knowing me, I'd get lenses.
The reason is 30/31 range is very unattractive for me on APSC, despite the fact it includes 31ltd, which is possibly (IQ wise and mechanically) the best lens in the range you can get.
Don't let the fact I own one mislead you! I'd have sold it long time ago if it wasn't for my Mrs who has loved it since she first tried it, and she refuses to settle for anything else (I tried to offer her 35ltd, FA35/2 and made her try FA43ltd). I just don't see that FOV at all. I have always felt more at home with either moderate wide (24mm on APSC) or very tight normal/very short tele (40/43).
28mm is very good focal length and using my 28-70 zoom I often find it wide enough, although the perspective I would have gained while framing with 24mm would probably be even more to my liking. On the other side, I rarely zoom to 30-35 range, and often find myself in 38-50 range. I'd recommend you do zoom exercise. Take your kit lens or any zoom and stick to selected focal length for a week or few days at least. If it helps, tape the lens. This will give you idea about which focal length do you prefer (28-30/31-35-40) and it'll make your choice easier. Once you'll know the focal length, you can focus on features (HSM or not, f1.4 or 1.8 or whatever, SMC or not) and price ratio.

Good luck

oh and at the end, there used to be member with very truthful sig tag:
Get what makes you happy!
Anything else will make you less happy

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If you are leaning to the 35 2.4 and you don't mind used lenses keep an eye out for the FA35/2 or its Samsung badged clone ( Samsung 35mm f/2 D-Xenogon).
This lens is slightly faster and sharp at any setting.
12-05-2011, 01:46 AM   #19
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One thing you can do is to search in Flickr (or similar sites) for images shot with the lenses you're interested in. Lots of people tag their images with what lens they used and it is easy to get lots of results on searches. Check out the large or original sizes of several representative images and get a better idea for yourself what the differences are and see which appeals to your personal tastes (and budget).

Don't forget to consider your options among older/used lenses as well.

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The Samsung? Do these lenses fit my camera (K5) without an adaptor?
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The ones designed for their dSLRs that were basically the same as the Pentax dSLRs.
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Like the NX series I'm guessing. Thanks.
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No, not the NX lenses.

I said dSLR, not MILC

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I have a DA35 macro and a Sigma 28/1.8. While the DA can focus closer, as pointed out above, with this focal length it is fairly rare to need to get that close. For flowers, butterflies and product shots 1:3 is generally plenty. And the speed of the Sigma is attractive, with very good IQ. Its main downside is large size and weight, relative to the DA options.

My advice to the OP would be to get a DA 35/2.4, and use that for a while. Then you would know if you need more speed, the ability to focus closer, or whatever. Probably you will be fine, but who knows.
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a 28mm would had been the perfect normal for the APS-C. too bad pentax never made an autofocus fast 28/1.8 or f2. the 24/2 would act more of an all-purpose walk-around lens, but it needs some optical revisions IMO.
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@ Tooloose - the Samsung lenses that will fit without an adapter are those that indicate they fit Samsung Cameras : GX 1L / GX 1S / GX 10 / GX 20

Like Samsung D-XENON 50-200 4-5.6 ED , Gx Series | eBay
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QuoteOriginally posted by sterretje Quote
The ones designed for their dSLRs that were basically the same as the Pentax dSLRs.
Samsung designed ANY lens for (their) DSLR?
hardly, they didn't even have their DLSRs, just rebadged Pentax and that goes for lenses too..

basically Samsung took and rebadged bunch of Pentax stuff as follows:
*ist DL = GX-1L
*ist DS = GX-1S
*ist DL2 = GX-2L
*ist DS2 = GX-2S
K10D = GX10
K20D = GX20

SMC Pentax = Schneider Kreunzach
DA18-55 AL Mk I = D Xenogon 18-55 AL
DA16-45/4 = D Xenogon 16-45/4
DA50-200 (non WR) = D Xenogon 50-200
DFA 100/2.8 M = D Xenogon 100/2.8 M
DA10-17 FE = D Xenogon 10-17 FE
FA35/2 AL = D Xenogon 35/2 AL

and I believe the rebadged both AF360FGZ and 540FGZ but I'm not sure about the monickers..

anyway, the lenses seem to be identical to SMC stuff even with SMC (there were some tests done by folks who owned both SMC & Schneider copies).
So yes, any of the lenses listed above will fit your camera.

Stay away from NX lenses, they won't work on DSLR
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QuoteOriginally posted by TooLoose Quote
Yes, I did read through the reviews on this site, and customer comments at B&H. That alone did not help because I really wanted more information, and I certainly got it here. For one, the comment about quality and price are not always running parallel. So many of the lenses are within the same basic size and aperture. And not having physical access to the lenses before buying is another concern. We don't have a Pentax dealer in my area. The few camera stores that are left are Canon, Nikon, Olympus, and Sony, basically.

The pancake 40mm is not on my list. I have a FA 50mm 1.4 and I really want something more in the 28-35mm range (considering the crop factor.) Not reading members here dogging the 35mm 2.4 Pentax is swaying me in that direction, and then...the fast Sigma 28 f/1.8 could be nice, being a faster lens.

I'm leaning more to saving some money and going for the Pentax 35mm.

Thank you all so much. I learn so much when I post questions as above.

I have the 35/2.4 and think its a solid performer. But another response put it well - trying it doesn't cost much because you can sell it for not much of a loss. I'd try it and see what you think. If you decide you need more from a 28-25 then you will know that spending more money is not just throwing money at the issue but based on genuine experience. Good luck
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I sent in my order on Monday for the 35mm 2.4. It seemed like a cheap option for trying out this prime lens and the general reviews were quite favorable on it. I may one day replace it, but for now, it will be an interesting lens and one that is an old comfort zone for me, being so close to my old Minolta 55mm f/1.2. I have this range in my zoom, but this is a faster lens and I seem to dwell in that dark zone where a little faster is a lot nicer.
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I bought one with my K-r. A great value for the money. Already had a 28 manual focus and a 50 F 1.7 as part of my small and light kit. Current thinking is the only way I would replace it is if I got a 31 Ltd to replace both it and the 28. Unlikely to happen.
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