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06-22-2012, 12:18 PM   #1
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Impulse Buy Pentax 35-80

I had the day off and dropped into my local (Vancouver, WA) camera shop. Bought a used Pentax 35-80 f/4-5.6 (kit) lens. Talked them into dropping price but still paid too much (after I got home and poked around the Web). Oh well. Bought it "just 'cause". I will use it this weekend taking pics at my son's graduation party. Something new for the K-x.

06-22-2012, 12:21 PM   #2
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Congrats. How much did you end up paying, I think an Orange DA 35mm 2.4 would look better!
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I recently sold one for $13 + shipping. Hope you didn't pay too much. They are "most likely Pentax lens to find at a thrift store".
06-22-2012, 12:36 PM   #4
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I'll man up and say I paid $40. Buyer beware, huh. I've walked into the same shop and gotten over $80 worth of stuff (had I paid full retail) for $6... so sometimes you win sometimes you win a little less. The lens is in really good shape if that means anything. Well, someone's got to keep the local Mom & Pop in bid-ness.

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Congrats on the new lens! You shouldn't worry about not having paid the optimal bargain price. That's just how it is. Hope it performs well for you, maybe you can even write a review when you get to know it
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QuoteOriginally posted by vonBaloney Quote
They are "most likely Pentax lens to find at a thrift store".
LOL. Also "most likely Pentax lens to be found on ebay"

Please post back when you have a chance to try it out. It is generally regarded as not very good but I wonder what it works like on a modern camera?
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It is not as bad as some say. Not for a $20 lens anyway, or even $40. It is perfectly acceptable all-around, just a bit slow.
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Assuming it was designed for a film (full frame) camera, you'll only be using the centre of the lens on an APS-C camera, so should get the best out of the lens. The advantage of being able to check the lens out in a shop is often worth spending a little bit more than buying online.

06-23-2012, 09:48 PM   #9
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The 35-80mm was a kit lens during the film era and is just a so-so performer. I had one in mint condition but performance was so poor that I just gave it away. One of the forgettable offerings from Pentax, the other being the 28-80mm.
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I saw a couple in the camera store yesterday, priced $40 & $50...
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QuoteOriginally posted by vonBaloney Quote
I saw a couple in the camera store yesterday, priced $40 & $50...
I honestly don't think it's even worth $10.
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QuoteOriginally posted by creampuff Quote
I honestly don't think it's even worth $10.
They aren't THAT bad -- it is capable of taking sharp pictures, colors are fine. People make it sound like it is a plastic lens (the actual elements). I've had a couple pass through my hands and shot a few tests with each -- they're fine for a beginner.
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