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06-08-2013, 05:05 AM   #16
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Get an 18-55WR and shoot it for a while. Use Exposure-plot on the photos to look at clusters of focal lengths. Look to see if your new lens is wide enough or whether you want wider. All for around $100. Plus you have a WR lens now for rainey days. Cheapest way for you to decide what focal lengths work for you between 18 and 80.

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QuoteOriginally posted by kerrowdown Quote
The original OP didn't specify "modern"
Indeed, OP didn't - I did, as I figured suggesting "current production" gear would make shopping easier for the OP (& because I have only experience "modern" Pentax gear myself - the 24-90 being the only "non-current" lens in my kit)

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What you saying I'm not modern cos I'm still wearing big wing collared shirts, wide lapel jackets and flared breeks?
Well, I was trying to not say it.....but it'd be impolite if I disagree with you
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QuoteOriginally posted by kerrowdown Quote
I would suggest three good primes, 15 ish, a 50 and something around the 85 ish mark, you've then got most things covered focal length wise.
That's a good starting point for owning primes. I have a 28, 50, and 135 (good for my K1000 film camera but not digital due to crop factor). However I think due to crop factor the 28 isn't going to be wide enough for me, so i think I will get a 15-ish in the future.
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What would be 2 good lenses for a Pentax K-5? One with wide angle capability, good for landscapes and such and another good for portraits, macro and maybe telephoto?

I currently have an old Sigma 28-80 asphyrical lens that can't get a very wide angle with the k5 frame and is generally considered a cheap lens.
Really, people? You read this question and recommend a set of Limited primes? Two good lenses: A) DA 16-45 or Tamron 17-50; B) DA 55-300. Big range, big step up in quality from what OP has, not that expensive. In fact just about the best "bang for the buck" out there.

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I would suggest getting a high quality zoom and using it for a while before buying a whole lot of glass. My lens collection works for me but maybe not for you. I love my DA 15 Limited. I will never part with my DA 10-17 Fisheye. The DA 40 Limited is awesome. They may not work for you. If I was starting fresh today, I would begin with a DA 18-135 and DA 55-300 and add from there as your photography skills grow and you have a better idea the type of gear you really want to invest in.
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Really, people? You read this question and recommend a set of Limited primes? ...
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Pentax 12-24. It's expensive but not as much as the 15+21, and it's wider and longer :-) Tamron 28-75 is sharp, fast and get fairly close up, and is long enough for portraits. It can be had for $350 or less used here. Pentax 55-300 for something long, or the Tamron 70-200 for better IQ and speed.
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QuoteOriginally posted by spectral Quote
What would be 2 good lenses for a Pentax K-5? One with wide angle capability, good for landscapes and such and another good for portraits, macro and maybe telephoto?

I currently have an old Sigma 28-80 asphyrical lens that can't get a very wide angle with the k5 frame and is generally considered a cheap lens.
I think I would go for the Pentax DA 16-45 for the wide, and then either the Tamron 90mm or the Pentax 100mm WR for portrait and macro.

Or, if you want a bit more versatility in a single lens maybe consider the 18-135 instead of the 16-45.

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My choice would be 18-135 for general use and 70 ltd for portraits. I don't do much macro or telephoto so the 18-135 is long enough for me, and if I want to get closer than the 70 ltd allows I slap a Sony VCL-M3358 close-up lens onto the 70 or another lens.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Nick Siebers Quote
Really, people? You read this question and recommend a set of Limited primes? Two good lenses: A) DA 16-45 or Tamron 17-50; B) DA 55-300. Big range, big step up in quality from what OP has, not that expensive. In fact just about the best "bang for the buck" out there.
The OP made no mention of budget constraints, so why not recommend limited primes? The DA 70 is far and away the best lens I own, and it's great for portraits, and I can do close focus shots by putting a close-up lens on it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by MPrince Quote
The OP made no mention of budget constraints, so why not recommend limited primes? The DA 70 is far and away the best lens I own, and it's great for portraits, and I can do close focus shots by putting a close-up lens on it.
Hey, Kerrowdown and I have done nothing but trying to pimp the Limited's, haven't we?

If OP hadn't told us to keep to two lenses, I'd have suggested the "three amigos" + the 15mm
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Just in case, get them all! You never know!!!

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QuoteOriginally posted by Baard-Einar Quote
Just in case, get them all! You never know!!!

But don't listen to me, I am suffering LBA
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QuoteOriginally posted by tclausen Quote
1) If you're set on two lenses, I'd go with DA*55/1.4 and DA 21/3.2Ltd.
2) If you're open for three lenses, then I'd add the DA 35/2.8Ltd Macro to the two above.
+1 for rationale
+1 for recommendations (with two additional considerations... in this order...)

Lightroom - Before you do anything, dedicate the next six months to be coming a LR wizard. To extract its full potential, every image from your camera requires post-processing tweaks. Once you learn how, you can turn a so-so image into something really neat with good pp technique. I'd do this before considering the addition of any lens to my arsenal. In fact, you may discover you can get away with fewer lenses . If not, then..

1&2 (above)

3. DFA 100/2.8 WR MACRO - Excellent mid-tele for use in the field (nature, butterflies, tiny bugs, birds, etc)

...my 2 cent$...
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Personally, I'd want a lens to take advantage of WR with the K-5. The 18-135 is not a perfect lens, but the best camera you have is the one you have with you - and this lens you can take anywhere. It's pretty good, and can be found for under $350 used if you're patient.

It's also hard not to recommend the 55-300 for reach. I use it as a walkaround when the warblers are migrating, or when we have winter avian visitors on the river.

After that I'd look for a prime or two in ranges useful to you. A compromise might be a FA50mm macro if you can find one, which might be useful for portraits as well as outdoor macro pictures. Then I'd play around with those zooms to figure out what kind of focal length you like and want to optimize. You may even decide an ultra-wide is your wish list.

I wouldn't buy everything at once, but get used to what you have and figure out what else you think you'll benefit from.
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