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01-27-2013, 04:42 AM   #1
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F lens for K-30

Hi there all, just joined up and this is my first post. I haven't posted in the introduction as yet as I need some quick advise. I have done a fair bit of research the last couple of days, around the net and in this forum, on what camera will suit me, and lens options. Being a pentax film slr owner, K100- and SFx-N, I have an F and a range of manual K mount lenses, so my choice of DSLR's will be Pentax given the compatibility of these lenses.
I want to buy a K-30 but I'm currently a bit tight on the budget. I can only spring for the basic kit; K-30 with 18-55 DA L, but not a better lens just yet.

My question is, am I better off buying body only and using my SMC Pentax F 35-105 F4-5.6, over the kit DA L mentioned above and upgrading to a WR or other later? Is there any reason the 'F' lens won't suit the K-30?

Any advice would be much appreciated.

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01-27-2013, 07:00 AM   #2
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The F lens you mentioned is a bit slower than the kit lens, and much narrower so you'll have the equivalent of a 50mm at the wide end. Perfectly usable for most things, but not wide by any means. I wouldn't waste money on the 18-55 if you have any intentions of getting a WR lens later. That being said, the F lens will work perfectly fine on the k30. You can usually find a used 18-55 for around $100 or so. Here's a WR for $133
Pentax Digital 18-55 F3.5-5.6 SMC DA AL WR (52) WITH HOOD, CAPS, DIGITAL SLR ZOOM SUPER WIDE ANGLE LENS - KEH.com
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As far as I know the K30 is like its siblings, (I have a K5) and they work very well with old "film era" lenses.
I have a number of K mount and M42 screw thread primes that are brilliant if you can live with manual focusing ...
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If you don't need a wide angle lens the F 35-105 will work well. However, I would still go for the kit with the lens. The difference in price is less than what you would be able to sell the lens for later.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Davo61 Quote
Hi there all, just joined up and this is my first post. I haven't posted in the introduction as yet as I need some quick advise. I have done a fair bit of research the last couple of days, around the net and in this forum, on what camera will suit me, and lens options. Being a pentax film slr owner, K100- and SFx-N, I have an F and a range of manual K mount lenses, so my choice of DSLR's will be Pentax given the compatibility of these lenses.
I want to buy a K-30 but I'm currently a bit tight on the budget. I can only spring for the basic kit; K-30 with 18-55 DA L, but not a better lens just yet.

My question is, am I better off buying body only and using my SMC Pentax F 35-105 F4-5.6, over the kit DA L mentioned above and upgrading to a WR or other later? Is there any reason the 'F' lens won't suit the K-30?

Any advice would be much appreciated.

Thanks

Dave.
the F series are mount identical to the FA's so present no reason for not using them unless the focal length doesn't suit your needs.
You mention owning several manual focus lenses, and if one of those is what we used to call an extreme wide angle--- wider than 35mm
you will be covered when you are in a small room full of people, and the 35- longer zoom will be fine. OTOH if your picture taking
habits don't include indoor photos something wider than 35 probably won't be missed over the intermediate term
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Another lens in that same price range that's quite good is the FA 28-105 F4-5.6. You should be able to pick that one up off of KEH or here for about $100-130, and it's touted as being a good walkaround lens. I personally have the FA 28-105 F3.2-4.5 which gets lower reviews because of softness up through f/5.6 but I find when I stop down a ways it has nice rendering and color.
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QuoteOriginally posted by icywindow Quote
Another lens in that same price range that's quite good is the FA 28-105 F4-5.6. You should be able to pick that one up off of KEH or here for about $100-130, and it's touted as being a good walkaround lens. I personally have the FA 28-105 F3.2-4.5 which gets lower reviews because of softness up through f/5.6 but I find when I stop down a ways it has nice rendering and color.
There are 2 different versions of the FA 28-105/4-5.6. The original power zoom and the IF (which is a Tamron). The power zoom version gets somewhat better reviews. I have both the FA 28-105 (PZ) and the F 35-135 and prefer the 35-135 as a walk around lens as it is a little faster and a little bit lighter.

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/lens-sample-photo-archive/196946-super-mu...-f4-5-6-a.html

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/lens-sample-photo-archive/185244-super-mu...3-5-4-5-a.html
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Thanks for all the quick replies. The widest I have is the 35-105, so I f pick up the 18-55 kit I will be covered for now. It's only a $63 premium over the body only on the deal I've found.

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The 18-55 is really fine for a kit lens. That and a nice manual focus prime makes a great walk around set.
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Even though the kit is only $60 bucks more, I'd still spend the $130 for the WR though. If you're going to spend any money on the kit lens, you may as well spend it for the WR version if you have any intention of using it outside. Since you're in Oz it would certainly be a good idea if you plan on taking it to the ocean
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QuoteOriginally posted by Saxplayer1004 Quote
Even though the kit is only $60 bucks more, I'd still spend the $130 for the WR though. If you're going to spend any money on the kit lens, you may as well spend it for the WR version if you have any intention of using it outside. Since you're in Oz it would certainly be a good idea if you plan on taking it to the ocean
Sax, much trawling has turned up a similar deal with the WR lens, I'll be ordering tonight.

I was originally doubtfull on the D AL as there were a lot of mixed reviews.

All is good now.

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Plastic mounts scare me. As an engineer I know plastic is a very durable material to cracking and bending and what not, but abrasion is not one of it's strong suits, especially against the metal receiver on the camera... I just can't every see justifying the DA-L line of lenses. The camera is WR, the lenses should be WR.
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