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09-20-2019, 02:01 PM   #1
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I have a ME Super with a 50mm f/1.7 on it. would like some advice for a good wide angle and telephoto lens at a reasonable price.

( if there is such a thing ) I like to be able to take pics of wildlife and people. Thank you for any advice



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09-20-2019, 02:12 PM   #2
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I have the Pentax 16-85 (AF) lens. It takes really nice images.
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I'd probably go for a Pentax M 200mm f/4 for wildlife - https://www.pentaxforums.com/lensreviews/SMC-Pentax-M-200mm-F4-Lens.html
I'd probably go for a Pentax M 28mm f/2.8 for wide angle - https://www.pentaxforums.com/lensreviews/SMC-Pentax-M-28mm-F2.8-Lens.html

Best luck!
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Hello,

For telephoto, If I can suggest a zoom: the A-70-210 f4 is very good and very affordable.

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For 28mm have a browse through the 28mm lens club thread:

DSLR fun with 28mm: Club for any 28mm lens - PentaxForums.com

There's plenty of choice of good ones: tokina, sigma, vivitar... out of the pentax line up I would suggest the smc-m f3.5, almost a good as the vaunted "K" 28mm f3.5 but much cheaper and more readily found.

For wildife, IMO 200mm is too short. There is a gap in the pentax line up at 300mm f5.6. The 300mm f4 star's are good but pricy, as are the 400mm options. I suggest a tamron adaptall 300mm f5.6 - the version 1 is best value. At 400mm I suggest look for a tokina 400mm f5.6 or f6.3. The more modern f5.6's are more compact and have closer focus but IMO don'thave any iq advantage. Tokina primes. NB the sigma apo 400mm f5.6 is optically far superior in design but I have yet to find one that doesn't suffer from balsam separation/deterioration of a group in the middle of the lens. The non-apo sigma 400mm f5.6 MC is quite good, similar iq to the tokinas but worse (terrible) fringing.

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QuoteOriginally posted by C_Jones Quote
I have the Pentax 16-85 (AF) lens. It takes really nice images.
That's an apsc lens and won't cover the film frame fully. It will also not be very easy to focus manually as it has a moderately slow max aperture that may darken the viewfinder focusing aids.

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How wide, how long? Handheld only or tripod? Wildlife from a blind or stalked?
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I agree with the SMC-A 70-210mm f4 suggestion. The SMC-M 75-150mm is also a wonderful lens.

With wide, there are a few 24mm f2.8lenses out there, most are very good. Or one of the SMC Pentax 28mm f3.5 lenses (there was a K and an M version), those are particularly good.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Frito Quote


Hey Guys

I have a ME Super with a 50mm f/1.7 on it. would like some advice for a good wide angle and telephoto lens at a reasonable price.

( if there is such a thing ) I like to be able to take pics of wildlife and people. Thank you for any advice


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As a wide-angle, M-28 will work very well. The one with f/3.5 seems to be better than f/2.8 (which is still ok!). As a telephoto, M-200/4 should be fine and affordable. Having those two and playing with them for a while will tell you if and what else do you need. M-135 will be good for portraits (200 mm might be too narrow for that).

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Thank you all for the suggestions, these were all the ones I was hopeing for. I will def look into all of them. Once again thank you for your help.

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The Tokina AF 19-35mm f/3.5-4.5 zoom lens can produce very fine results also. It is well-made yet inexpensive. It has the flexibility of being a zoom lens for framing your shot from a given position, being able to vary the degree of wide angle. It is an autofocus lens (AF), but can be used with the MF ME Super with no problem, since it is equipped with an aperture ring.
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QuoteOriginally posted by FozzFoster Quote
I'd probably go for a Pentax M 200mm f/4 for wildlife - SMC Pentax-M 200mm F4 Reviews - M Prime Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database
I'd probably go for a Pentax M 28mm f/2.8 for wide angle - SMC Pentax-M 28mm F2.8 Reviews - M Prime Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database

Best luck!
I second these two suggestions.

Both good image quality, well made, compact and very affordable.
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I used a ME Super for years for wildlife, and the 200mm was rarely long enough. the M-200mm/f4 with a teleconverter would be a good reach, but really slows down your shutter.

I used a 500mm mirror lens for a long time, the Tokina 500mm/f8. More recently I have acquired a Tamron 500mm/f8 which is noticeably heavier but is quite sharp. These are both easy to find for about $100, and the Tamron often is sold with the matched teleconverter. I found the 500mm mirror lens easier to hold than the 200mm with a teleconverter.

The M lenses were meant for the ME Super, I would suggest looking for the M28mm/f3.5 and the M-Zoom 80-200mm, then chasing a Tamorn mirror lens with a PJK adapter (the miroor lens is fixed aperture so you do not need the Tamron PK-A adapter ring.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Frito Quote
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Hey Guys

I have a ME Super with a 50mm f/1.7 on it. would like some advice for a good wide angle and telephoto lens at a reasonable price.
( if there is such a thing ) I like to be able to take pics of wildlife and people. Thank you for any advice

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here is a link to the user reviews of the ME Super:

it's description:
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The Pentax ME Super improved upon the original ME by introducing two push buttons on the top plate allowing the user to electronically dial in the desired shutter speed, giving him or her much more flexibility when shooting manually. This design was later carried over to the ME F (Pentax's first autofocus camera) and the Super A (which could set the aperture automatically and hence provided Tv and Program automation in addition to the Av and M exposure modes of the ME Super).

Other improvements over the ME was a faster top shutter speed of 1/2000 s and a warning light in the view finder when EV compensation was engaged.

Variants:
PENTAX ME Super: The original
PENTAX ME Super SE: A 'Special Edition' version was released in later years, featuring a diagonal split screen rather than a horizontal one
Read more at: https://www.pentaxforums.com/camerareviews/pentax-me-super.html#ixzz60LgYsxix

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as far as lenses

I might be tempted to look at some of the Vivitar Series 1 lenses

Vivitar Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database

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this chart might be helpful:

https://www.mosphotos.com/PentaxLensCompatibility.html

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QuoteOriginally posted by C_Jones Quote
I have the Pentax 16-85 (AF) lens. It takes really nice images.
Nice try. That lens will be completely unusable on an ME Super. The image circle is too small, no aperture control is possible, and AF is of course wasted.

To the OP: for wide angle, the K28/3.5 and K20/4.0 are highly regarded.

In the wildlife range, the K200/4.0 looks like excellent value for money if you can find one.

You need to define "reasonable price" for your needs. I have the K28/2.0 and K200/2.5, but they are pretty pricey.
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