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02-10-2013, 06:19 PM   #31
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I would also vote for the 40 limited, the picture quality is really quite amazing. The auto focus is fast and it has quick shift which can be very handy. It's very small and light even with the hood on (which I never take off) Again the IQ will spoil you for other glass !

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I would also vote for the 40 limited, the picture quality is really quite amazing. The auto focus is fast and it has quick shift which can be very handy. It's very small and light even with the hood on (which I never take off) Again the IQ will spoil you for other glass !

Are you talking the 40mm the 43mm or something different?
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for $500, you could get the Sigma 30 1.4 and the Pentax DA50 1.8! You might be $40 over, but close enough... that's what I'd do if I had $500 to spend on primes.
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My preferences to meet the conditions of the OP could only be met by the combination of 2 lenses, which both are (sadly) out of production:
F/FA 1.7/50 or F/FA 1.4/50
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FA* 2/24
You may have to wait quite a while for a decent FA* 2/24 not to exceed the $500 limit.
Alternatively, a F/FA 2.8/28 instead of the 24mm would easily be cheap enough. But I think 28mm maybe not wide enough for universal landscape shooting on APS-C.

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QuoteOriginally posted by RKKS08 Quote
My preferences to meet the conditions of the OP could only be met by the combination of 2 lenses, which both are (sadly) out of production: F/FA 1.7/50 or F/FA 1.4/50
Are you sure the FA 50mm f1.4 is out of production? You can still find it sold as new online
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Are you sure the FA 50mm f1.4 is out of production? You can still find it sold as new online
You maybe right. I wrote my post from memory, without looking it up.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Mlcinema Quote
Ya, now I'm leaning towards a 35mm. Decisions are hard.
Here's what I can tell you. I had the 35 2.4 and it was an awesome piece of glass; It also would not break the bank. Right now it is retailing for 170 - 190, you can find it cheaper second hand. I also have the DA 40xs which is very similar to the DA 40 limited, it goes for 140 - 160 second hand. It's an awesome pancake lens, In all honesty if I were in your position I would not get the DA 40 limited but would just settle for the 40xs cause it's way cheaper and yields the same IQ as the DA 40 limited(And I love the bokeh highlight rendering of the 40xs).

But here's what I'm gonna do if I'm in your situation. I would get the DA 35 2.4 and the DA 50 1.8, roughly they will cost you under 400. I will then save-up for the DA15 limited. To me the DA limited is one of the reason I'm still a pentaxian and not a nikon guy. IMO there's just no other lens out there that can match that lil gem.

DA 15 is known to be an awesome landscape lens.
DA 35 2.4 Plastic fantastic is an awesome "Coffee shop lens". Meaning it's a good indoor focal length for the not so tight spaces.
DA 50 I think would be an awesome portrait lens.

Good luck.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Mlcinema Quote
Ya, now I'm leaning towards a 35mm. Decisions are hard.
Do you have the kit lens that came with the camera? Go back and look at how many shots you are taking at different focal lengths covered by the DA18-55.

You can get within your price range with a fast, high quality prime with an FA35, DA35, DA40, FA43, DA50 or FA50. You will be happy with the quality of any of those. Only you can decide which FL you use most. I'm now in a phase favoring a manual 28/2 and the FA50/1.4, but I don't think I, personally, would pick either of them as my only lens. I have gone through years where either the 35 or the ~40 was the sweet spot, but I tend to think the 35 is my most used all round FL for a prime. However, see what you have favored before you pick, especially if funds are tight.

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There are many if you consider new and used lenses. Pentax has several very good to outstanding fast prime lenses for less than $500 that I have:

FA 50/1.4 $350
FA 35/2.0. $400
Tak M42 85/1.8 used only
Tak M42 50/1.4 used only
Tak M42 55/1.8 used only
Tak M42 55/2.0 used only
K mount "M" 50/1.4 used only
K mount "M" 50/1.7 used only

So-so Pentax lenses:
Tak M42 35/2.0
K mount "M" 50/2.0

By "Tak" I mean "Super Multi Coated Takumar" or "Super Takumar".
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QuoteOriginally posted by kaiserz Quote

But here's what I'm gonna do if I'm in your situation. I would get the DA 35 2.4 and the DA 50 1.8, roughly they will cost you under 400. I will then save-up for the DA15 limited. To me the DA limited is one of the reason I'm still a pentaxian and not a nikon guy. IMO there's just no other lens out there that can match that lil gem.

DA 15 is known to be an awesome landscape lens.
DA 35 2.4 Plastic fantastic is an awesome "Coffee shop lens". Meaning it's a good indoor focal length for the not so tight spaces.
DA 50 I think would be an awesome portrait lens.
I'm with kaiserz here. The 35 is an excellent allrounder. The 50 might be better for portraits. And (later) the 15 is really, really nice - if you get to like wide lenses, that is. I do, but it's not for everyone.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Mlcinema Quote
Are you talking the 40mm the 43mm or something different?
SMC Pentax-DA 1:2.8 40mm Limited ...pancake : ) That 40 limited. It's a great lens at a low price!
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I know you said you have to have autofocus, but I really HIGHLY recommend snagging yourself a Pentax-A 50mm f1.7 (less than $100) for your portraits. You want something wider for landscapes.
For autofocus:
I have (and love) both the Sigma EX 10-20mm f4-5.6 (example of landscapes):







And the Sigma EX 28mm f1.8 (which can also deliver that super shallow DOF)




The 28mm f1.8 cost me $299 and I bought the 10-20mm used for $350. (Either one plus the A50 would still be less than $500)
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@cheekygeek brought up a good lens, the Siggy 28mm 1.8 EX - fabulous lens, I recently sold mine but do miss it, I actually sold a Siggy 30mm 1.4 when I got the 28mm, always felt the 28 delivered in more ways the 30 did for me. As an added bonus, the 28mm can be used for wide angle macro work, it focuses extremely close...
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SMC Pentax-DA 1:2.8 40mm Limited ...pancake : ) That 40 limited. It's a great lens at a low price!
OK, thank you.
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I know you said you have to have autofocus, but I really HIGHLY recommend snagging yourself a Pentax-A 50mm f1.7 (less than $100) for your portraits. You want something wider for landscapes.
For autofocus:
I have (and love) both the Sigma EX 10-20mm f4-5.6 (example of landscapes):







And the Sigma EX 28mm f1.8 (which can also deliver that super shallow DOF)




The 28mm f1.8 cost me $299 and I bought the 10-20mm used for $350. (Either one plus the A50 would still be less than $500)

Nice photos.
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