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05-19-2014, 08:02 AM   #1
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What lens for K200D to buy?

I have only old mainly manual focus lenses for K200D, and really would like to explore that camera with modern auto lens. The question which is the best for the price. It must cover some range for the street photography, fast (shooting from the car), reasonably sharp. Old lenses are great for walking around or having enough time to focus, but they don't work fast while shooting on light stops from the car, I often miss the focus.
So, what lens would you recommend from K200D era ?

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I just got my K200D recently and have found that theTamron KAF 80-210 and Sigma Aspherical 28-80 Macro that I bought when I got my ZX-7 back in 2000 both take very good pictures and are pretty quick on the focusing. They are also pretty resonably priced. I've used the Sigma for shooting from the car both in motion and at quick stops and it does a fairly decent job.

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QuoteOriginally posted by kdf9511 Quote
I just got my K200D recently and have found that theTamron KAF 80-210 and Sigma Aspherical 28-80 Macro that I bought when I got my ZX-7 back in 2000 both take very good pictures and are pretty quick on the focusing. They are also pretty resonably priced. I've used the Sigma for shooting from the car both in motion and at quick stops and it does a fairly decent job.
Thanks for suggestions. I'd like to try newer lenses, like from 2008. Tamron seems too bulky, and I would be happy with 80-100mm longest for streets.
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Why not something like DA 35mm f2.4? Can be found under 200euro, even less in the US. Though, it is true that its not very wide on crop sensor. But great quality, very sharp, fast AF. The other fast budget primes are the DA 50mm f1.8 and DA 40mm XS. All three have fast AF and good image quality and they are still compact. The DA 50mm is the best at low light performance, but some people prefer a wider angle. I really like my DA 40mm XS and DA 35mm f2.4, can easily recommend them. (The XS can only be bought second-hand, I think, since it was only sold bundled with the K-01 camera) Don't have the DA 50mm f1.8, but its IQ is supposed to be similar to the F 50mm f1.7, but with modern lens coatings and aperture blades.
The Tamron 17-50 is also popular because it delivers good IQ for a pretty low price and, and it is wide angle, nice zoom range, and f2.8! Also has AF and auto aperture


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Why not something like DA 35mm f2.4? Can be found under 200euro, even less in the US. Though, it is true that its not very wide on crop sensor.
The Tamron 17-50 is also popular because it delivers good IQ for a pretty low price and, and it is wide angle, nice zoom range, and f2.8! Also has AF and auto aperture
Tamron is nice, but around $400...
DA 35mm looks very good and sharp, sharpness is similar to my pancake Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM. And the price is close to that one as well.
Perhaps, 50mm prime would be better, sometimes I feel my 40mm is not enough.
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Ah, looks like I was just editing the post while you replied. Sorry about that, but please re-read it, since I added some more of my thoughts

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Na Horuk, I see now, you covered 50mm, thanks! That pretty much will be my search for now. I wish to spend more on lenses, but not these days. For medical bills we are dealing with now, I would buy full frame camera, and lots of expensive primes, grrrrrr
My dream is true macro for Canon ($600), and thought about selling all my Pentax gear to get a bit money toward that lens, but I just can.not.give.up. Pentax. So, it's better to wait with macro, and get some reasonably priced modern lens for Pentax. Makes sense? Not much, I guess. It's just a true love
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Or get the DA 35mm 2.8 limited macro. It is also true 1:1 macro, but you have to get very, very close to the object, so its not great for moving or skittish things. But its an AF lens with great IQ, even for non-macro photos. They recently introduced the HD versions to replace the SMC versions, so it might be possible to find a good deal on a used one. A lot of people prefer the 100mm macro, since it is easier to take macro photos with 100mm, and I think the F and FA versions even have a focus limiter to speed up AF. Wile the 100mm macro lenses are really great, they do cost a little more than the Tamron I mentioned previously. Pentax also makes a DFA 50mm f2.8 macro, true 1:1, but it costs around $525 new. Used copies go for as low as half of that, I think

But as you said, when it comes to under $300, the DA 35mm, DA 40mm XS, and DA 50mm are probably the best choices.

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Canon 100mm f 2.8 is $599 at stores, and I really like that one for macro after testing it on my camera, and it's cheaper than Pentax 100mm macro brand new lens. I also found that lens well balanced on my small rebel SL1, so macro will be left for canon with cmos sensor.

For Pentax I will look either for DA 35mm, or DA50mm, thanks again!
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QuoteOriginally posted by micromacro Quote
Canon 100mm f 2.8 is $599 at stores, and I really like that one for macro after testing it on my camera, and it's cheaper than Pentax 100mm macro brand new lens. I also found that lens well balanced on my small rebel SL1, so macro will be left for canon with cmos sensor.

For Pentax I will look either for DA 35mm, or DA50mm, thanks again!
I have never used the DA50mm, but it has the reputation of being a terrific macro lens. I use the DA35mm Macro (older version) a lot, and rave about it. There was a thread on the "Lens Club" forum about the 35mm. Some say ('some' includes non Pentax fanatics too) that the 35mm Limited Macro is the best lens that Pentax ever produced, right up there with the DA 15mm. I don't have the 15, but the 35 is the best lens that I ever bought. I use it for regular photography too. (I share your esteem for the Canon 100mm f2.8 also, it is one of Canon's very best lenses, and a true bargain to boot).

Here is the 35 on a K200D

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Here is the 35 on a K200D
Beautiful picture, but the lens is $655 on Amazon
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QuoteOriginally posted by micromacro Quote
Beautiful picture, but the lens is $655 on Amazon
it's a great lens...

KEH has a used one in LN- condition...they are a good source for used stuff because they have an excellent service & return policy.
http://www.keh.com/camera/Pentax-Digital-Fixed-Focal-Length-Lenses/1/sku-DP06999102674K?r=FE
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You, guys, are terrible! I'm trying to keep low budget for photography as much as possible... Now I want 35mm limited macro!
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The DA 35mm macro is a fantastic lens no doubt, however, it can be slow to focus due to its long focus throw. If you're willing to consider a somewhat older lens, the FA 35mm F2 can be had on the used market for between $250-300. I happen to think the FA lenses pair nicely with the CCD sensors.
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Have you thought about the DA 18-135 zoom. It is weather resistant and has the silent DC drive. This will give you a weather resistent kit.

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