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02-15-2012, 07:26 PM   #106
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I've got many great lenses for under 100$, but one that really stands out is the Super-Takumar 50mm f/1.4.

02-15-2012, 10:34 PM   #107
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Reading this thread is dangerous, as I've now joined the lens buying club. Not sure if these will be favorites, but so far I've picked up
Pentax-A 28 f2.8 - I have a feeling I will come to like this one a lot.
Pentax-A 70-210 f4

I'll probably snag a 50 f1.7 sooner or later, just not sure if I'll get the A or M version, and I've got my eye on a A 35-105. And then I will stop. Really I will.
(Actually by not wanting to chase M or M42 lenses just yet, I know I can keep the addiction under control. At least the buying part. As for lens browsing addiction...)

And should I add that I've only owned my K-5 for a few weeks!?!

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QuoteOriginally posted by MSL Quote
Not sure if these will be favorites, but so far I've picked up
Pentax-A 28 f2.8 - I have a feeling I will come to like this one a lot.
I had a couple of 3rd party 28's and then jumped straght to the FA version (similar optics)... It spends LOTS of time on my camera...
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I like the 28mm FL.True normal. Bought a Tokina 28 f/2.8 (cheap as chips) a while back and, although good indoors, had bad flare resistance in daylight. Real shame as, its rendering otherwise was really good. SMC is the way to go. Pretty unmatched

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QuoteOriginally posted by briankemper Quote
A few months ago, I picked up an SMC Pentax K 55/1.8 for my Pentax K-x and really enjoy using it. Now I have the bug for inexpensive film lenses and I'm wondering what some of your favorites are if the price ceiling was around $100? I'm quite happy with full manual lenses. Along the same lines, I found a Rikenon P 35-70 lens (Ricoh 35-70mm XR Rikenon f/3.5 Lens Reviews - Ricoh Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database) tonight for about $50 (well actually 5,000 yen) and I'm wondering if it is worth picking up.
none!
maybe some simple 50 mm glass....
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Keep it coming guys!

Here's mine.
M 50 1.7 <--- sharp awesome bokeh @ wide open [Price range $10 - $50]
FA 28 - 105 (WITH POWER ZOOM!!) Sharp! I used to think that this thing was heavy, but I was carrying my camera on my neck. But when I got my "sling strap" it just doesn't weigh that much. This is my ultimate walk around lens. (I also have the F 35 - 70 with macro, not a big fan I like my FA 28 - 105 much better. maybe I just got a bad copy) [Price range $75 - $150]
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QuoteOriginally posted by Dobbe Quote
Without any doubt:

Pentax K 28/3.5: 20 Eur.
Pentax A 50/2.8 Macro: 60 Eur.
Pentax K 55/1.8: 20 Eur.
Pentax K 135/2.5: 80 Eur.

I love the build quality of the old K-series and hope I can find some more (18, 20, 50/1.2, 85 and 200/2.5) for reasonable prizes. (You can always contact me!)
Hi Ben, for digital i definitely recommend K20 to K18....
On film Pentaxes i don't know....
also you'll probably find K20 to be cheaper than K18....but still you'll be lucky to find it for price of all your 4 Ks combined
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QuoteOriginally posted by vrrattko Quote
Hi Ben, for digital i definitely recommend K20 to K18....
On film Pentaxes i don't know....
also you'll probably find K20 to be cheaper than K18....but still you'll be lucky to find it for price of all your 4 Ks combined
Hi Martin!

I think you are right. But I wonder how the 18 compare with the 20 ... Does anyone has both lenses and is able to compare?
First I' m going to economize for one of these..

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QuoteOriginally posted by Dobbe Quote
Hi Martin!

I think you are right. But I wonder how the 18 compare with the 20 ... Does anyone has both lenses and is able to compare?
First I' m going to economize for one of these..
Ben,
I had both lenses.....but used them on digital only. K20/4 is way better performer than K18 on dSLR.....maybe it has something to do with built in filters of K18, I don't know, but photos taken with K20 are consistently more sharp across the frame. I never had them at the same time though, so no direct comparison. When I had K18/3.5 I compared it with DA16-45/4 and Tamron SP 17/3.5 - see my review in lens reviews.
K18 was visibly better than Tamron...and slightly better than DA16-45. It has very good control of the distortion too. There was also very useful article on internet about k18/3.5 from italian magazine with resolution curves....here's the link: FOTOGRAFIA NADIR MAGAZINE - 18mm a confronto
But still on my personal experience I would recommend greatly K20/4 over K18. Btw. K35/3.5 is on its way....
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K 28/3.5.
No doubt at all. It almost gave my 21 Ltd a run for its money. Almost.
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Pentax A 35-70 F4

For a relative newcomer to the DSLR world, this lens has been fantastic for me! I purchased it for around $60, and it is my all-purpose walk around lens. No zoom creep whatsoever, even though I'm at least the 3rd or 4th owner. The shots are sharp, but the most impressive characteristic of this lens is its bokeh. Simply amazing!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Lacrosse321 Quote
For a relative newcomer to the DSLR world, this lens has been fantastic for me! I purchased it for around $60, and it is my all-purpose walk around lens. No zoom creep whatsoever, even though I'm at least the 3rd or 4th owner. The shots are sharp, but the most impressive characteristic of this lens is its bokeh. Simply amazing!
A nifty neighbor to the A35-70/4 is the sharp and agile little F35-70/3.5-4.5, the smallest zoom Pentax ever made, about the size of the FA50/1.4. The F35-70 has separate focus and zoom rings, not a one-touch push-pull, so zoom creep is impossible, and its 'macro' mode focus decently close, to about 20cm, for about 1:3.5 magnification. Nice bokeh, too, and it's usually pretty cheap. You'll see it mentioned a lot around here.
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Lately I've been rediscovering how good the DA18-55 is for most things in its range!
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My vote goes to DA 18-55 WR. Cheap, light, small and WR and good quality all taken into account. Sure there are better quality lenses with faster apertures, but no in this kind of package and price point.

Another ones that may just qualify are K135/2.5 (60e), Tokina AT-X macro 90/2.5 (90e) and A50/1.4 (90e). All my other lenses are in the 150-300e range.
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Of my 233 lenses (current count, according to my database) just 12 cost over US$100, and another 41 aren't really mountable as objectives on my K20D (TCs, auxiliaries, short-register, etc), leaving 180 to qualify for this list. Earlier (a few pages back) I listed maybe a dozen gems costing under US$13. If I raise the limit to US$100, that expands to several dozen glorious hunks of glass, including all my Takumars (13), Schneiders (8), Vivitars (12), Meyers (8), Tokinas (8), Russians (13), macros (4), etc. Y'all don't want to see that list and I don't want to gen it. Suffice to say that stupendous deals are still to be found, if ye but work at it.
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