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11-04-2012, 08:55 AM   #1
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What lens for K5iis

I have decided to return my K-30 with 17-70 and 100macro after the weather sealing failed. I have decided to go with a K5iis instead for the sharpness, but I won't have much money to spend until around four months from now. Right now I have 500 to spend on one or two lenses for the K-5iis. I shoot portraits, bif, landscapes, macro, and others, but I can wait to buy speciality lenses. I will either buy it with the 17-70 and a 35mm f2.4 or with a 15mm limited. Can you guys recommend other lenses around that price point for a pentax convert? Keep in mind I will be able to buy all of the fancy DA* lenses later in 2013 but I want to know if the 15mm limited is wide enough for most landscapes. Would the 17-70 be a better buy? In total I wanted to get a macro, tele, landscape, and standard zoom, maybe a prime. If I get the 15 it will cover the landscape, then I will probably buy myself a 17-70 for christmas, then in the next few months buy the 60-250/300mm and a fast prime, what do you thnk?

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You still have the chance to go with other brands . . .
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QuoteOriginally posted by Fontan Quote
You still have the chance to go with other brands . . .
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QuoteOriginally posted by Fontan Quote
You still have the chance to go with other brands . . .
WTF.....?

What's wrong with you? You can't answer a simple question with bringing up your personal agenda?

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Right now I have 500 to spend on one or two lenses for the K-5iis.
My current ideal kit if you're going cheap would be Tamron 10-24, Tamron 28-75, Tamron, 90 macro, on DxO the latter two are two of the highest rated lenses you can get on a Pentax body. Then when you have the money the Sigma 70-200 2.8 for BiF, I think it's probably the fastest focusing lens in the longer telephoto range for the K-mount, but that's a guess based on what I've read, not personal experience.

But if you're really sticking to 500 and you're going for mostly primes anyway, for now just get the 18-135, and then ad primes as desired. The 18-135 is awesome from 20-40 mm and acceptable from 40-70, and excellent centre sharpness right through to 135mm, although once you get over 80-90 the edge sharpness deteriorates. If you can only own one lens. the 18-135 should be it as far as I can tell.

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Get fast primes for your K-5 IIs, considering that it shines at fast apertures and low ISOs.

The FA 31mm, FA 43mm, FA77mm, DA40, DA70, and D FA 100 would all be great options.

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Think outside of the box. It appears that he is not heavily vested in Pentax yet. Other brands are truly legitimate options. I have no personal agenda. I just bought a K-01 for God's sake.
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So would you guys get the 17-70 or a prime for now? Note I will be able to get all sorts of lenses when I get more money in a few monthjs
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It's philosophical, if you're going to get the zoom anyway, I'd get it first... just for the flexibility. If you think you might go all primes, then get the primes you want first. For just one lens the 35 f2.4 or the 35 2.8 macro are in the "only lens" category. Why not get one of those?

Personally I cover my whole shooting range with zooms, and then add primes where I think I need them. The Pentax DA 35 2.4 and Tamron 90 macro f2.8 would both fit into your budget for now if you decide to go with primes. Those two would be an awesome start.

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Hi, I think I will eighter get the 17-70 OR the 35mm macro, I will eventually add the 15mm prime, 70mm, a macro,and 300 prime, and 60-250.
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500? 35mm Limited Macro. It's somewhat more expensive than the 2.4, but much nicer and has the benefit of doing 1:1 macro. You should then be able to pick up a 55-300 DA with the remainder.

Referring back to your original post:
  1. OK, so you're returning the body. But why return the lenses? The 17-70 and 100 macro seem like quite a tidy pairing to me.
  2. K-5 IIs? While you'll have the latest and greatest, an EOL K-5 will give 90+% of the functionality (you may not notice the absence of an AA filter and the AF improvement is marginal in good light) and an extra 300 or more to spend on glass. Another thing to bear in mind: a K-5 IIs + 17-70mm (or 18-135mm) costs around 1300. This is dangerously close to the best deals on a D600 plus 24-85mm or 5D MkII plus 24-105mm, which come in around 1700.
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Hi, I think I will eighter get the 17-70 OR the 35mm macro, I will eventually add the 15mm prime, 70mm, a macro,and 300 prime, and 60-250.
Tidy line-up, but the 60-250mm makes the 300mm somewhat redundant.

The 15mm is sweet but closish in its FOV to 17mm. For the money, you could also consider a UWA zoom.
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yea but I've seen some really nice 15mm shots and I don't like massive wa distortion.
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"15mm controls my mind"? There are some beautiful shots in that thread.

The 15mm has 1.5% barrel distortion, which is quite moderate. The 14mm F2.8 has lower distortion but a bit more complex. The Tamron 10-24mm has around 2% barrel throughout its range. A UWA zoom doesn't have to have really heavy distortion.
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They're all around 400 but I want af and the tamron's mtf is pretty poor, only uwa zoom i would consider is the sigma 10-20.
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The 35/2.4 is really good...if you want to keep your spending down for the time being and then pick up a 15 Limited in the near future that's a good choice.
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