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08-24-2008, 02:46 AM   #1
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Bang for the buck Pentax mount lens'

Been doing a little bottom feeding looking for good deals in Pentax mount lens'.

Came up with this list:

DA 18-55 ver II
FA 50mm 1.4
FA 35mm f/2
DA 16-45mm f/4

Should be in production or readily available and can be a third party lens.

What would be on your personal bang for the buck list?


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08-24-2008, 03:06 AM   #2
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you chnaged it, puit the 50-200 back not great overall compared to top sdtuff but great for price.

tamron 28-75 bit more expensive btu worth it.

2nd hand... what about F50mm 1.7
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My personal "bang for the buck" list all include the word "Takumar".
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QuoteOriginally posted by wildman Quote
Been doing a little bottom feeding looking for good deals in Pentax mount lens'.

Came up with this list:

DA 18-55 ver II
FA 50mm 1.4
FA 35mm f/2
DA 16-45mm f/4

Should be in production or readily available and can be a third party lens.

What would be on your personal bang for the buck list?

I am pretty much satisfied with my current lens lineup - which includes a few of your choices.

DA 10-17mm Fisheye
DA 18-55 ver II
DA 55-300
DA 40mm Ltd.
FA 50mm f1.4
Voigtlander 125mm macro

If I didn't already own the Voigtlander I'd probably choose the DA 35mm for my macro lens. The 40mm is nice as a compact street-shooter and can be picked up new for $250. Like you, there are no DA* lenses in my camera bag; too pricey for my pedigree! The Fisheye could be substituted for a wide angle zoom, but there are times when it is nice to have wider than 18mm. The 55-300 is a recent and welcome addition to my lens lineup; it completes the potential range from 10mm to 300mm. If you get into wildlife photography you'll find the need to have longer than 300mm.

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I’m with Mike Cash on this one. Those old Takumars, many still readily available on EBAY, represent a pretty good return on investment. Some of the K, A and M series fall into this category as well if you are an aficionado of older manual focus glass. These represent great value for the dollar and can still be easily found.

This is the other side of the coin and a bit off topic but I am curious about your thoughts. If you have been holding some of your old glass for a while the return can be amazing. I was just bidding on a K 85 1.8 but dropped out early on. There must have been a little auction fever in the air as the lens went for over $1,000!!! I was astounded. I know this lens has a “legendary” status but doesn’t this seem a bit excessive?

Tom G

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Why limit only to K mount, there are so many great and not expensive lenses in M42 mount?
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QuoteOriginally posted by wildman Quote
DA 18-55 ver II
FA 50mm 1.4
FA 35mm f/2
DA 16-45mm f/4
Looks good to me. But you won't need the kit if you have the DA16-45.

You might want to find a MF Cosina 100mm as it's a good cheap macro.
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While I opted for the more expensive DA55-300 for my telezoom, the Tamron 70-300 does a great job, considering that it runs around $150 brand new. If you're on a super tight budget, I'd definitely recommend it.

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QuoteOriginally posted by wildman Quote
Been doing a little bottom feeding looking for good deals in Pentax mount lens'.

Came up with this list:

DA 18-55 ver II
FA 50mm 1.4
FA 35mm f/2
DA 16-45mm f/4

Should be in production or readily available and can be a third party lens.

What would be on your personal bang for the buck list?
What Mike Cash said - this entire list is good bang-for-buck, with my personal pref being the FA 50 1.4, but if you wanted to get the absolute best IQ for the money, you may want to go manual-focus.

How does S-M-C Takumar 150 f/4 + S-M-C Takumar 135 f/3.5 + S-M-C Takumar 55 f/1.8 + S-M-C Takumar 35 f/3.5 + Genuine Pentax m42 adapter = $285 sound? (toying with putting that package on the marketplace, I have duplicate Taks at those FL's except for 150)


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Tamron 17-50/2.8 is on my list
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QuoteOriginally posted by Voe Quote
Why limit only to K mount, there are so many great and not expensive lenses in M42 mount?

Voe,

Just an oversight on the fine M42 mount.

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Without a doubt the Sigma 70-300 non-APO. I think it's like $132 new off Amazon and it does 1:2 macro at 200-300mm. And it even has good bokeh!

Closeup+bokeh:
http://www.beyondthematrix.com/IMGP1348.jpg

At 300mm wide open:
http://www.beyondthematrix.com/IMGP0560.jpg

Getting friendly with a bumblebee:
http://www.beyondthematrix.com/IMGP0680.jpg


And I agree that the 40/2.8 Limited has to be on the list. It is an incredible lens for the $.

Of course, if you start counting used lenses this can go on forever since there are always bargains to be had...
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I agree with M42 lenses as far as value for money goes (Super Tak 50mm f1.4 for $10 anyone?), but there are also lots of good low cost M, K and A lenses out there. The old 50mm f2 and f1.7 kit lenses often go for low to very low prices, are readily available and perform very well for their cost. If you start throwing used aftermarket lenses into the mix then there is even more choice, for example I'm very pleased with the 1st generation Vivitar series 1 70-210 f3.5 I picked up on the forums here.
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Like others said, the old K, M, and A lenses can be very nice. Check out the reviews.

Keep you eyes open, particularly beyond Ebay. You will occasionally find Pentax kits at estate sales, Goodwill, etc. The nicest stuff I have found did not come from Ebay.
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Among current lenses, the DA40 is a fabulous deal, as is the FA50 if you don't mind the build quality and can live without quick shift. The 18-55 and 50-200 go without saying as being fine for what they cost, too.

After that, when I think bang for the buck, I think of the $100-and-under M & A lenses: 28/2.8, 50/1.7, 100/2.8, 135/3.5, 200/4.

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