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11-03-2013, 05:37 PM   #16
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Also, this coming summer, I will be taking my K5 on a 100+ mile, 10 day backpacking trip (Philmont) in the Northern New Mexican backcountry. I'm not sure if I would want to take my 18-135 only, with something else, or leave it and take something else instead. I want to keep my camera load as small/light as possible, since I'll already be hauling around about 60lbs of gear/food/water.

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QuoteOriginally posted by pentax_sam Quote
Hey guys,

I currently own a K5, DA18-135mm, and a SMC-A 50mm f/2. I've been really wanting a nice "overall" prime lens. I've been eyeing a DA Limited 35mm f/2.8 macro, but it is a lot of money. Also, I really like FAST lenses. Some m42 lenses have caught my eye, like the Takumar 35mm f/2... but I'm afraid the IQ wouldn't be as good as the Limited lens.

The FA 31mm F/1.8 is what I'd really want.. but of course, it's over a grand, and I don't really want to spend more than $400. If there's anything similar to it for a cheaper price, I'd be fangirling.
Anyway, shoot me some suggestions! I know there are always some old gems out there, but at this point the 35mm f/2.8 limited is the best option it seems, although it's a bit too slow by my standards.

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Sigma 35mm F1.4 perhaps? Big, but fantastic The 35mm macro is also a great choice, but it's slow to AF with the K-5, especially in live view mode.

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Sigma 30 mm f 1.4

I just want to second the suggestion about the Sigma 30 mm f 1.4. I bought this lens as a "vaccination" against the Pentax FA 31 Limited and have not been at all sorry. This fast lens lets you take great photos with surprisingly low light. I am sure the lens IQ does not equal the 31 Limited, but on the other hand you can get a new copy for around $400 instead of $1,200+ for the 31 limited.
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I recently bought a Pentax M 28 mm f 2.8 off another forum member and I have to say that I like this focal length compared to my other primes. I wish Pentax Ricoh would release a contemporary version of this Lens, but they haven't , so the Sigma 30 mm f1.4 as mentioned in the above posts might be the closest substitute.

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Another vote for the Sigma 30mm f1.4. Very usable at f1.4, the corners are average but the center of the frame can be outstanding. Stopped down, sharp across the frame.
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There seem to be a fair number of FA 35mm f/2 about these days. They tend to go for ~$300 or so.
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Is the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 "contrasty"? That's kind of what I'm looking for.
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QuoteOriginally posted by pentax_sam Quote
Also, this coming summer, I will be taking my K5 on a 100+ mile, 10 day backpacking trip (Philmont) in the Northern New Mexican backcountry. I'm not sure if I would want to take my 18-135 only, with something else, or leave it and take something else instead. I want to keep my camera load as small/light as possible, since I'll already be hauling around about 60lbs of gear/food/water.
I did a 6Km high trecking last summer and at the time I took the 18-55WR + F28/2.8 and F50/1.7. Very difficult to find time to swap lenses because of the altitude. But during the night time F28 and F50 were very useful. Mostly because of fast aperture and very usable wide open, so donŽt overlook that.
If I were to do it again, IŽll take DA16-50, DA21, DA40, DA70 (because they are weightless) F50 for low light and DA55-300

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I sold a Takumar 35mm f2 and a Pentax-M 35mm f2 to get an FA 35mm f2. It is a lot better than the older lenses, fast, compact, and very useful. It doesn't have Limited build, quick shift or macro.
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Adam, with respect, you're recommending a lens that costs more than double what the OP said they were willing to spend!

I'm surprised at the lack of love the DA35/2.4 has gotten on this thread...seriously worth considering over the 35Ltd if you aren't specifically after a macro lens. Fantastic IQ, inexpensive, small, light weight and quicker AF.

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QuoteOriginally posted by pentax_sam Quote
Is the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 "contrasty"? That's kind of what I'm looking for.
Yes, mine have morecontrast that other lenses. Best IQ lens i have, i have around 20 lenses. Very nice colors. Good fixed walkaround lens for me.
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QuoteOriginally posted by fun size nick Quote
Adam, with respect, you're recommending a lens that costs more than double what the OP said they were willing to spend!

I'm surprised at the lack of love the DA35/2.4 has gotten on this thread...seriously worth considering over the 35Ltd if you aren't specifically after a macro lens. Fantastic IQ, inexpensive, small, light weight and quicker AF.

Do you consider 2.4 fast?

Honestly, I don't. And, like you said it isn't macro.
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Sigma 35mm F1.4 perhaps? Big, but fantastic The 35mm macro is also a great choice, but it's slow to AF with the K-5, especially in live view mode.

After reading your review that is too big for walkaround
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Going a tiny bit off topic here...

How does the Sigma 30 1.4 compare with the FA31? What are the advantages/disadvatanges of each?

I'd like to take either one of these to a wedding next weekend, to compliment my 50-135. I have sort of tried to do with the DA35, but it's slightly too long...but my other wider primes are the DA21 and DA15, both which are decent, but I'm not confident enough with them to use indoors. The other choice would be my Tokina AT-X Pro 28-70 version II.

Any help on this topic will be appreciated.
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Going a tiny bit off topic here...

How does the Sigma 30 1.4 compare with the FA31? What are the advantages/disadvatanges of each?
Well, first off, it's plastic, looks cheap, build quality is cheap in comparison to the beautiful FA31. I've heard that the Sigma is a little soft in the corners. If I were to consider the DA 35mm f/2.4, I'd probably just go ahead and get the 35mm f/2.8 Ltd. I hate plastic. Metal makes me very happy.
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