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03-18-2007, 11:50 PM   #1
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Which 2nd hand lens?

I currently have two zoom lenses: the Pentax DA 18-55 and a Sigma 70-300. However, I have discovered a neat 2nd hand photo shop that has oodles of solid and older Pentax lenses. There are numerous prime and zoom Pentax lenses. What might be a good one to get to bolster what I already have (I can only afford one, so do I go for a prime or another zoom - and what one?). I was thinking of something to plug the gap between the two zooms.... I am heading to India and will be taking touristy type shots. The lenses range in price from about $50US to $200US. I use a K10D.

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03-19-2007, 12:12 AM   #2
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Hey John,

If you want to really experiment, you can pick around with old A/M/K series glass in the form of a prime lens. I know you are new to the K10D, but if you can learn how to use an old manual lens on that cam, it can come in really handy in lower light and will reward you with some great shots.

Focal lengths you would be interested in would probably be 28mm or 50mm for short range or panoramas. Telephoto prime would maybe be 135mm or 200mm. Try to go with the lower f stop with the 28 or 50. 1:3.5 or lower as marked on the 28's or 135's, 1:1.7 or lower on the 50's. I don't know enough 200's yet to give a recommendation.

Look around the Post your photos to see what you can expect and if you like the shots coming out of a certain focal length then check out the store to see if they have that lens.

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Thanks, Alvin. I still use my battered 30 year old Minolta with basic thru the lens metering, and of course everything is manual. It still takes excellent shots, especially using Velvia, and they look great when I get them digitalized. I'm taking it to India as a standby in case I have short-term problems recharging the Pentax due to the remote areas I will be visiting.....
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I'd look for a fast 50mm for low light and shallow dof shots, if it has an A setting it will work in auto modes (some have exposure issues with k,m,and m42 lenses)...btw my first cam was a srt 100-alot like the k1000.

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Since India would be wet and dim under constant cloudy sky. A good prime between 30 to 100 mm would be handy for great sentiment photos - local culture.

As others have suggested, M 50mm f1.7 would be great for this purpose.

Otherwise any primes would be quite useful for the dim and wet Asia
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I believe I would go for a prime with some length (135 or maybe 200) and a fast aperture. The length for getting better "candid" shots of folks and the fast aperture to maximize the light conditions under which you can use it.
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The nice thing about the prime lenses they are small and lightweight. They really perform well and have outstanding build quality on top of it too. The A models are your best bet. The 50's really become great portrait lens on digital bodies the f1.7 or f1.4 you can't go wrong.

Test them out to see what focal length will best suit your needs for the trip as the 35mm will give you the classic feel of a normal 50 in film.

I think if you buy one prime lens you will want to buy more.
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Haha look for a

Kiron 28-85/2.8-3.8 (The Stovepipe)
Kiron 105mm Macro
Vivitar S1 28-90/2.8-3.5
Vivitar S1 70-210/3.5 (The 67mm thread one)

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It depends on the type of photography you do, but here's another recommendation for a fast A- or M- 50mm (1.7 or 1.4). They're relatively cheap, and are a great introduction to the "world of prime lenses". The only downside is you'll probably end up wanting more primes...

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