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08-05-2019, 11:34 AM   #1
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Which One On My KP

Which one of these lenses that I own would you use most of the time on my KP if you owned this camera and these lenses? I really do need some suggestions! I have tried all of these

ROKINON 85M-P 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Pentax.
Pentax-FA 31mm F1.8 Limited Prime
HD Pentax-D FA* 50mm F1.4 SDM AW (Kind of heavy for the KP)
FA 31mm F1.8 Limited Prime
HD Pentax-DA 20-40mm F2.8-4 Limited WR
Pentax-DA 18-135mm F3.5-5.6
Pentax DA* 200mm f/2.8 ED (IF) SDM

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kinda depends upon what you're shooting...
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I know, but just for use when I am traveling so I don't at times have to lug around my K1-ii and it's heavy lenses I use for landscape work shooting special scenes.
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Since you added it's for travel, either 18-135 or 20-40. The 18-135 is versatile but if carrying size becomes more important then use the 20-40.

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The 18-135

I'm going to the Caribbean in two weeks, and that on my K-3 will be kit (with maybe a 55-300). I was going to take my K-1, but then I would have just the 28-105, which is just not as versatile (and as you note, I do not want to carry around any of the bigger lenses).
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I love the photos from my 31mm but when traveling I need a little more versatility and I am tending toward the 20-40 I seem to get very good photos from it and better than I get from the 18-135 .
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For everyday carrying around and travel, I'd start with either the 18-135 or the 16-85, and the 55-300PLM. All of these are good quality, reasonably priced, weatherproof, compact and versatile.
Then I'd add on top of the based on specific shooting needs.
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QuoteOriginally posted by mhsp1948 Quote
I love the photos from my 31mm but when traveling I need a little more versatility and I am tending toward the 20-40 I seem to get very good photos from it and better than I get from the 18-135 .
Sounds like you've answered your own question

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QuoteOriginally posted by mhsp1948 Quote
for use when I am traveling
'Traveling' often suggests a lightweight and compact kit, so I would recommend the DA 20-40mm and the FA 31mm Limited with your KP. If you think you would need a telephoto, then the DA 200mm could be taken instead of the FA 31.

My typical travel kit is the DA 20-40, DA* 50-135, and a fast prime such as the FA 43 Ltd or F 50/1.7. I used to take my DA 18-135, but prefer the results from the 20-40/50-135 combination.

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Another vote for the 18-135. Coupled with the 55-300 PLM and 35 2.4 for low light it's pretty much a no brainer if weight is a concern. A fun kit that fits in a small, easily manageable bag.
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Depending on where I am and at what part of my trip I am in and the circumstances I could bring these lenses. What do you all think of this -
HD Pentax-DA 20-40mm F2.8-4 Limited WR
Pentax-FA 31mm F1.8 Limited Prime entax
DA* 200mm f/2.8 ED (IF) SDM

I could use my 20-40 as a catch all and the 31mm 1.8 for low light shots and the 200mm for telephoto needs.

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HD DA 20-40 would have my vote. The KP is nearly tailor-made for that lens.
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QuoteOriginally posted by timb64 Quote
Sounds like you've answered your own question
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.....and again:
QuoteOriginally posted by mhsp1948 Quote
I could use my 20-40 as a catch all and the 31mm 1.8 for low light shots and the 200mm for telephoto needs.
Sounds like you want agreement with your choices rather than suggestions.

When travelling, the 31 would seem an unnecessary extra lens to carry for low light - the better SR and the improved low light performance in the KP would allow you to gain at least 2 extra EV by reducing the shutter speed and/or increasing the ISO. However, you might need a wide aperture lens if you regularly want a short depth-of-field in your images.

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QuoteOriginally posted by MrB1 Quote
+1

.....and again:


Sounds like you want agreement with your choices rather than suggestions.

When travelling, the 31 would seem an unnecessary extra lens to carry for low light - the better SR and the improved low light performance in the KP would allow you to gain at least 2 extra EV by reducing the shutter speed and/or increasing the ISO. However, you might need a wide aperture lens if you regularly want a short depth-of-field in your images.

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No not at all MrB1, you do not know me, I asked because I needed more impute and I like what you said. I had not even considered the better SR and improved light performance and extra EV giving me with the KP. Thank you
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QuoteOriginally posted by mhsp1948 Quote
Which one of these lenses that I own would you use most of the time on my KP if you owned this camera and these lenses? I really do need some suggestions! I have tried all of these

ROKINON 85M-P 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Pentax.
Pentax-FA 31mm F1.8 Limited Prime
HD Pentax-D FA* 50mm F1.4 SDM AW (Kind of heavy for the KP)
FA 31mm F1.8 Limited Prime
HD Pentax-DA 20-40mm F2.8-4 Limited WR
Pentax-DA 18-135mm F3.5-5.6
Pentax DA* 200mm f/2.8 ED (IF) SDM

Thank you
The only one of those lenses that I have is the 18-135. In my opinion, if I had the 20-40 I would probably use it a lot. I understand that the DA* 200 is a fine lens, but I'm unsure how useful it would be. I'm also not sure about the 31, since I rarely use the 35 I have, but maybe that would be different if I used the 31 and was blown away by the results. I guess I would have to say the 20-40 would be my answer, and 18-135 next because of the versatility. On my KP as of late my most used lenses are the HD DA 55-300 PLM, , DA*300, and the HD DA 15 Ltd. I may buy a DA 21 soon since i have wanted one foe some time, but the 20-40 could be more useful, especially since it is a WR lens. I put different combinations together when traveling depending on type of travel, (car or air) and destination / journey, where I'm going and what will I do there. I just returned from a trip where I only used the 300 and the 55-300, but I had also brought the 15, F50, 18-135, and Tamron 90 Macro since I had space in the car. I have another car trip coming up in September and an air trip in October. There will be different gear for each trip, the K-50 may even go in September.
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