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02-03-2009, 06:36 PM   #1
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First Lens?

I just got an *ist DS body and I need a really cheap lens to start out with it before I can afford to get the 16-45. I was thinking of the Takumar 55 f/1.4 or whatever it is, since I saw something like that for around $20. If I get any of those kinds of lenses, do I need an adapter though?

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Takumars are M42 screwmount lenses. So you will need a screwmount adapter for them to work on your DSLR.
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Where can I get one and how much are they?
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QuoteOriginally posted by sflights Quote
Where can I get one and how much are they?
the 50mm f2 its a k mount so you don't need an adapter but be careful it might stick to your camera for a long long time even after you could afford a more expensive lens

50mm f2 Pentax SMC A Lens Bargain - eBay (item 290289057316 end time Feb-12-09 07:38:46 PST)

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That doesn't sound very reassuring.

Any other better K mount primes or zooms that are cheap?
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You could look at the ratings and average prices given in the lens database here on the site. That will give you a ballpark estimate on the costs for the different lenses available.
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QuoteOriginally posted by sflights Quote
Any other better K mount primes or zooms that are cheap?
Pentax F 35-70mm. Fairly inexpensive, fairly sharp. Has a closse focus setting. You can usually get one on ebay for about $40-50. Check out the reviews > Pentax Lens Review Database - 35-70mm F3.5-4.5

The F35-70mm is one of my favorite walk around lens.
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QuoteOriginally posted by sflights Quote
That doesn't sound very reassuring.

Any other better K mount primes or zooms that are cheap?
I think you read "redpigeons" post a bit wrong.
What i think he was trying to say is that is a very good lens for the price ... and you will enjoying using it so much ... you wan't want to take it off the camera.

I suggest checking out the Lens Review Database on here ... and also the M-Club thread in the SLR Lens Discussion section ... excellent information in there ... and will help make up your mind as well.

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Not very wide...

I'll check out the sale forums for K mount lenses.

Would the vivtar 28 2.8 need an adapter?
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Ohhh...are you sure though, because when I made the *ist DS thread archive there were a few about K mount lenses being stuck on the camera.
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QuoteOriginally posted by sflights Quote
That doesn't sound very reassuring.

Any other better K mount primes or zooms that are cheap?
sorry I guess my English confused you

the 50 mm f/2 is a simple lens but in my opinion is one of the greatest lenses to have. its the kit lens from the k1000. you can also get the 28-80 for less then $50. this one is not as great thou .. its the kit lens form my MZ-7 but its a good lens to start
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QuoteOriginally posted by redpigeons Quote
the 50mm f2 its a k mount so you don't need an adapter but be careful it might stick to your camera for a long long time even after you could afford a more expensive lens

50mm f2 Pentax SMC A Lens Bargain - eBay (item 290289057316 end time Feb-12-09 07:38:46 PST)
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Pentax F 35-70mm. Fairly inexpensive, fairly sharp. Has a closse focus setting. You can usually get one on ebay for about $40-50. Check out the reviews > Pentax Lens Review Database - 35-70mm F3.5-4.5

The F35-70mm is one of my favorite walk around lens.
I have both of these lenses. Either would be a great first lens - but for different reasons. The M50/2 will always give you sharp images with excellent color rendering. The F35~70 is a fine lens, slightly less sharp (as a zoom) but nothing to sneeze at - but more versatile than a prime.

In fact, if you want to try the 35~70 PM me - I'm willing to pass it along for a fair price.
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if you want a zoom lens, get the 18-55mm kit lens, about $80, not bad to start with. if you want a cheap prime lens, try something that's not Pentax or Aashi brand. Like sears or vivitar. I have 2 sears K mount manual lenses, 50mm 1.7 and 28mm 2.8, paid like $50 for both, picture is similar to the Pentax brand, not bad to start with. also got a Sears screw mount 55mm f1.4 lens, i like it better than the famous Takumar 50mm f1.4. so alot of good lens around for low budge.
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Ok so I found a 50mm f/2 for $20! and I got it, and I'm possibly getting a 35-80 for only $30...so what other lenses should I get? (also posting links to threads in the sale forums would help, I'm having difficulties there).
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