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11-21-2012, 07:40 AM - 1 Like   #16
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You've got most of the focal length range covered so now you can look at improving IQ at typically-used focal lengths. I'd suggest something like a "normal" prime, or walkaround zoom. Some ideas...

Primes
F or FA 28/2.8
FA 35/2
DA 35/2.4

The F & FA 28s are different optically but both have good reputations. I have experience with both the FA 35/2 and DA 35/2.4. They're very similar optically & have similar levels of sharpness. Both are very good lenses. The DA does a better job controlling purple fringing but you really have to try hard to provoke the FA into PF. The FA has nicer build quality and obviously the faster aperture. I stuck with the FA. Still need to sell my DA actually...

For zooms, you could look at something that gives you a faster max aperture and/or better IQ. I'd look at...

DA 16-45/4
DA 17-70/4
Tamron 17-50/2.8
Tamron 28-75/2.8
Sigma 17-70/2.8-4.5 (the older, non-HSM or OS version)
Sigma 18-50/2.8 (there were two versions of this, the Macro one is newer/better)

One caveat on the Tamron 17-50. I have one and I really like it...on my K-r which has AF fine adjustment. I used to have a K-x and since my copy of the 17-50 required some dialing in of AF fine adjust, it never really gave good results on the K-x.

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Spent the first of my $400 on a DA 50mm f/1.8 - couldn't pass up the Black Friday deal of $209.95 ($40 off) with free shipping.
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QuoteOriginally posted by kaiserz Quote
..... The question is, what focal length do you usually shoot? .....
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..... Audiobomber read my mind about needing a flash ......

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I'd recomend diving into the wondrous world of macro, with a little portraiture on the side
Someone earlier mentioned Tamron 90mm...have to agree
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Couldn't pass up the deal on the DA L 35mm f2.4 for $174.95 at B & H. Thanks, All. Have the other recommendations on my list for replacing older lenses. Thanks again.
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I'm trying to get the most bang for my $400 bucks this Christmas and was thinking of a lens to compliment or replace my current stash. My camera is a K-x with the following AF lenses:

Tamron 28-105 f/4-5.6
Tamron 100-300 f/5-6.3
Pentax 18-55 (kit lens came with K-x)
Pentax 35-80 (used kit lens I got on a whim)

Only Manual lens that matters: Pentax 50 f/1.7 (I got with my ME Super - lens in sweet condition)

I was thinking of the Pentax SMCP-DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ($355 at B&H) or the Pentax Normal SMCP-FA 50mm f/1.4 ($360 at B&H). I'm open to other suggestions that would round things out. I find myself taking a fair amount of landscape, people/portrait but I like to be open to trying new stuff so like the idea of covering my bases. To be honest, I've been leaning to the 50mm. I'm not in love with the kit lenses I have as they don't impress in the sharpness arena.

Any help is greatly appreciated. - RS
You need a prime! How about these two?

Pentax SMCP-DA 50mm f/1.8 Standard Lens 22177
Pentax 35mm DA L F2.4 AL Lens 21987 B&H Photo Video

(under $400 for both!)

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Adam, ya' the Rebate Gods smiled down and I picked up the 50mm & 35mm you listed for my Christmas gift. Very happy. Linked the sites through the Forum. -- Ron S.
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Ahh nice! you got the two I suggested! You'll have lots of fun with those lens! To be honest I really want to get my hands on the 35 2.4 and the 50 1.8, To me the 35 2.4 is the perfect length as an indoor lens. and then the 50 1.8 I want because it's cheap, sharp and it has round aperture blades. Don't get me wrong I like the 50 1.7 too, But the round aperture and the AF on the 50 1.8 is always a + in my book.

Have fun!

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