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03-26-2008, 01:37 PM   #16
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Wow.. the second link is incredible! Geeez... it lists lenses older than me!
My Minolta 16 is older than you are!

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Bear,
Rather then pay upto $150 for the kit lens with the camera, why not buy a good used one off this site in the Market place forum. I did and it is like new for $55 shipped. Later If you don't like it you can easily sell it for what you payed for it. This lens will give you some idea of what focal lenghts you need. If you don't shoot a lot of senery or groups etc. the kit will be just fine for the wide stuff. Tele-photo lenses from 75 to 200 are dirt cheap in manual focus versions.

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Hi Dave,

I have read really great inputs on the kit lens, and have also found that the price diff is not that great, so I dont mind grabbing the kit.


My original plan was to use (maybe even keep) the kit lens for regular shooting and buy a manual focus fast lens for some creative shooting and even some indoors..


I hear great things about some older manual focus Pentax lenses... and they are really affordable.



Down the road I will be getting better tele-photo.. but not at the moment.


Thanks for the input Dave.


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But are you sure you want to give up auto-focus completely? In many cases it is extremely handy to be able to snap onto a moving person (for example) with a good degree of accuracy.

Also, please consider whether you want to do stop-down metering. Although I have two manual focus lenses I will not bother myself with non-"A" lenses since manually determining aperture is just one thing life is too short for! (IMO of course.)

Great point mate! Dont get me wrong, I love auto-focus! But I simply cant afford a $400 prime lens (at least for now).


At the same time, I need to explore some creative shooting and I need some great aperture. So for that reason, a Pentax manual-focus used lens fits the requirements.

At the same time, I do appreciate auto-focus and I do plan on keeping the kit lens for "daily usage" till I buy another newer/better set of lenses.


Now, regarding the manual metering, that is another level and I dont want to deal with it. I can live with manual focusing for creative shots, but not manual metering.



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Great point mate! Dont get me wrong, I love auto-focus! But I simply cant afford a $400 prime lens (at least for now).
Understandable. But the FA 50mm f/1.4 is under $200. Just saying.

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Now, regarding the manual metering, that is another level and I dont want to deal with it. I can live with manual focusing for creative shots, but not manual metering.
Then I would suggest the SMC PENTAX-A 50mm 1:1.4 or 1:1.7 for manual focus. The A series 50 seems to fit your bill quite well (fast, auto aperture, manual focus, relatively cheap). If you can get an FA 50 for under $200 I wouldn't count it out but you can probably get an A 1.4 for $100-150 maybe even less depending on the overall condition and whether or not it comes with any accessories ie: filter, soft/hard case. I paid $120 with shipping for a new old stock still in box A 1.7 but on ebay some people try to charge out the ass for older pentax glass so look around before committing to one.
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