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07-24-2008, 07:04 AM   #1
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What would be the best lens for me`?

Hey!!

So I'm planning to get a new lens, but I dont know what to get.
Right now I have
Pentax K10D
18-55 kit lens
Helios 58/ f2
Jupiter 21m( 200/f4)
Here's my gallery
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Maybe you will get an idea what I like to shoot
I really would love to get some recommendations on lenses

07-24-2008, 07:10 AM   #2
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Looks like you are into candids, portraits, landscapes and macro.

Tough choice if you are asking just for one lens. I would recommend replacing the kit lens with Sigma 17-70mm. It has longer tele end than kit lens, brighter optics f/2.8 at the wide end and great IQ. I have it and it is great walkaround lens. You might want to consider 18-250 superzoom but in my opinion that's pushing it too much.
07-24-2008, 07:30 AM   #3
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I have used nikkors 18-250 and I dont like it, its not very sharp and its quite soft.
First I toth to pay a pentax smc 50/1.4
07-24-2008, 07:41 AM   #4
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how much money you willing to spend?

i think you like portrait and landscape. and few macro.

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how about fa 77 limited or da 70 limited.

or d fa 100 2.8 macro. you can use it as telephoto and macro at sametime.



anyway i like this shot

http://fotoklubi.lihula.ee/g2/main.php?g2_view=core.ShowItem&g2_itemId=5365


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07-24-2008, 12:40 PM   #5
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I'm not willing do spend to much right now :S

Something between $300 and $400

What about this one ?
http://photopoint.ee/toode/1068/sigma-af-2870mm-f2840.html

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07-24-2008, 12:51 PM   #6
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You seem to have quite broad spectre of interest.
Anyway, I don't know about US prices, but it all depens on what you want your new lens to do? replace your DA18-55 or to go nicely along with it...
if a) then there is quite few hopefulls:
DA16-45 very respectalbe lens, with very acceptable price tag these days
DA*16-50 5 more mm, and f2.8 instead f4, + weather sealing and SDM, much more expensive
Sigma 17-70 apparently very good lens for good money
Tamron 28-75 some describe it as best zoom, anyway, it's one great lens, and everybody who has it seems to be very happy with it...
if b)
DA50-200 decent peformer for good money
DA55-300 longer, opticaly better (should be) and more expensive option from Pentax
Tamron 70-300 one of the best consumer long zoom, though with PF, but cheap
and I could go on and on and on ....
then there are all those macro lenses, fast primes, fisheye, ultra wide..... on and on and on...
really, think!
Have a look at your shots, analyze what focal length you are using most, what subjects you like, and what shots you missed or could have done better if you had another lens. Then put it all together and suddenly you will only have 1 or 2 options...
BR
07-24-2008, 02:10 PM   #7
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QuoteOriginally posted by axl Quote
You seem to have quite broad spectre of interest.
Anyway, I don't know about US prices, but it all depens on what you want your new lens to do? replace your DA18-55 or to go nicely along with it...
if a) then there is quite few hopefulls:
DA16-45 very respectalbe lens, with very acceptable price tag these days
DA*16-50 5 more mm, and f2.8 instead f4, + weather sealing and SDM, much more expensive
Sigma 17-70 apparently very good lens for good money
Tamron 28-75 some describe it as best zoom, anyway, it's one great lens, and everybody who has it seems to be very happy with it...
if b)
DA50-200 decent peformer for good money
DA55-300 longer, opticaly better (should be) and more expensive option from Pentax
Tamron 70-300 one of the best consumer long zoom, though with PF, but cheap
and I could go on and on and on ....
then there are all those macro lenses, fast primes, fisheye, ultra wide..... on and on and on...
really, think!
Have a look at your shots, analyze what focal length you are using most, what subjects you like, and what shots you missed or could have done better if you had another lens. Then put it all together and suddenly you will only have 1 or 2 options...
BR
I dont leave in the US. I from Estonia

Maybe someone can tell me some good web shops in Europe.
In Estonia we have only 2 good webshops and there arent very much lenses there :S
07-24-2008, 02:37 PM   #8
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How to buy a lens check list.

you want to buy a lens, here is a simple check list.

1) dont ask others to look at your kit and suggest something, usualy they recommend what they would want to add, not what you might want. different people see different things.

2) look at your photos that you presently take, and ask yourself, do I always shoot at the limits of my zoom? if the answer is yes, look first at extending your range with something.

3) are you satisfied with the lenses you have for what you presently shoot, but want to try something different? Ask a specific question in that case, either macros, archetecture , wild life, what ever. as opposed to just what should I buy.

Having said that, and assuming that you will eventually want a system, consider that you need to get from 10mm to 150/200 mm some how and maybe 400-500 for wild life. also consier that from about 24mm and up you will eventually want F2.8 for low light work.

Look at your present kit, and figure the best way for you to achieve this range, buy in quality, and carefully, only duplicate focal length when going for much better quality.

I achieve the basics above wit 4 lenses (someone dubbed it LLL for lowell's lens list) sigma APO 10-20 EX DC, pentax FA-J 18-35, Tamron 28-75 F2,8 macro and sigma 70-200 F2.8

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Hi karq,
here's another opinion for you.

Be very careful that you do not throw another 3 or $400 at mediocrity, it is very, very easy to end up with a lens collection of 'ordinary' glass, which is not necessarily bad, but when you get to that point and look back, you may well wish you had been a little more patient, saved a bit more and bought better.

Thats experience speaking.

If you want zoom look at pentax 50-200 or 50-300, if you want to step down the prime path I honestly think the 43ltd is sensational value for very good quality.

Good luck.
07-24-2008, 04:45 PM   #10
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So I looked at my pics data and most of them are made on 55mm(with kit) or 58mm(with helios).
So I probally will get a 50mm fix or something around that.
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What I did was bought a bunch of cheap manual lenses of varying focal length, some zooms, some primes, in a lot, once I've been shooting with them for a few months I figure I'll know which manual lenses I like most and buy the nicer modern AF versions of them.
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It's almost impossible to go wrong with the Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 in your situation.
07-25-2008, 01:24 AM   #13
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maybe someone can give me some web shop links in Europe?
07-25-2008, 02:22 AM   #14
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QuoteOriginally posted by karq Quote
Maybe you will get an idea what I like to shoot
I really would love to get some recommendations on lenses
Some people can get photos without any lens Do you want any good idea?

http://funway.ru/page.php?id_n=1576


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07-25-2008, 02:31 AM   #15
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How about something to cover the "tele" end of things - the new DA 55-300 is a nice lens & isn't too expensive

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