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01-19-2010, 05:45 PM   #1
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Starting Kit for K-7

Hello everyone,

I think I have amended my starting kit for my K-7. I was at the camera store the other day and tried out the 35 2.8 macro. That is one serious lens! I love the build and the IQ (from what I could see on the back of the body).

So, instead of going with the 16-50 and that's it, I think I will get more bang for my buck by going with the 18-55 kit and the 35 2.8 macro. Any other suggestions that are around the same price range ($1700 for body and 2 lenses)?

I should clarify: I have never had a macro lens but always wanted one. I realize 35mm really isn't an ideal macro range, but it is a pretty useful lens. I use the 35 1.8 on my D40 90% of the time. 2.8 vs 1.8 isn't really that big of a deal; I rarely shoot my 35 wide open. I do want a wide angle zoom though.

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A couple comments;

I really liked the DA16-45 although it was a little slower at F4 than the 16-50 that I have now. It will also cost $200 or so more than the 18-55 but I think it is worth it. I also had the DA35Ltd but found I wasn't using it and I had to get too close to the subject for the type of macro I wanted to do, so I sold it. It is a very good lens, so it might be perfect for you.

For me I like the option of having a good prime and a good zoom. Is manual focus/mode out of the question? You could get the 16-50 and something like a K55/1.8 to see how you like primes?

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Hello everyone,

I think I have amended my starting kit for my K-7. I was at the camera store the other day and tried out the 35 2.8 macro. That is one serious lens! I love the build and the IQ (from what I could see on the back of the body).

So, instead of going with the 16-50 and that's it, I think I will get more bang for my buck by going with the 18-55 kit and the 35 2.8 macro. Any other suggestions that are around the same price range ($1700 for body and 2 lenses)?

I should clarify: I have never had a macro lens but always wanted one. I realize 35mm really isn't an ideal macro range, but it is a pretty useful lens. I use the 35 1.8 on my D40 90% of the time. 2.8 vs 1.8 isn't really that big of a deal; I rarely shoot my 35 wide open. I do want a wide angle zoom though.

Thanks!
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A prime is a must have. As I said, the 35 1.8 is used 90% of the time on my D40, which I am giving to my mother.

I am leaning toward the 16-50 with the K-7 body, and buy a fast prime used.

The 35 2.8 is the spiritual successor to my 35 1.8, but I don't know how useful macro is at that range. How about used AF 35's from Pentax? I know nothing about Pentax's back catalog. Can I get one of those at a good price?

My main contention with the 35 is I don't think I'll be using macro enough to justify the lens' expense. But my goodness it is an absolutely beautiful lens! It could have easily come out of a German factory.
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The DA 35mm Macro is indeed a gem. I waited a bit (for me) before I bought it, since I already had the FA 31 and the FA 43 and the D-FA 100mm because I didn't see any reason I would ever really use it. But now, if I can only take one lens with me, I just take this one. It focuses so quickly that I forget it's a macro, and it's so stunningly sharp even wide-open that I never hesitate to use it for anything and everything.

I also own the DA* 16-50, and it's by far my least-used lens. It just never clicked with me. I usually want something wider or something faster.

I've used it for portraits:

Day 153: Self-Portrait on Flickr - Photo Sharing!

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Stunning work, Keitha!

Thanks for the recommendation. I really like the looks of the K-7 with the 35 on it.
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I've about decided on a K7 with DA*50-135. I did consider the 35 since I enjoy macro work and am used to 35 on my Leica m6. After seeing Keitha's beautiful (yes, stunning) work with the 35 I may go for it instead of the zoom for starters. Either way I am convinced I will get the 35 at some point. Any advice on my initial combo?
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You and I are in the same boat, zen!

Here is my starting kit: the 18-55 kit lens and the 35 macro.

I plan on adding the 50-135 later, and possibly replacing the 18-55 with the 16-50.
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Thanks for the nice compliments

zenspector, I'm actually a big fan of the 50-135. I generally gravitate to primes, but this lens does perform and perform well. It's just a bit on the heavy side for me to want to want to shoot all day with it, but the minute I see rain, I grab this lens

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Wow, Keitha! Beautiful! I was just on another thread and found that I can buy an adapter for my Leica lens' to the K7 (I have a 35, 50 and 90) so I will probably go with the 50-135. Very impressive work! I've been working with film for a long time, and this is my first foray into digital. Your work has shown me that my decision to go digital will be worthwhile. Thanks. I will be checking your photos regularly.
By the way, brof, I am actually getting the 18-55 as well since it is only $30 more for the kit with it than for the body only. Thirty bucks for any lens is not bad.
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QuoteOriginally posted by zenspector Quote
I did consider the 35 since I enjoy macro work and am used to 35 on my Leica m6.
- Just keep in mind that the DA35 on an APS K-7 will have a field of view closer to a 50 on Film body... If you want the same field of view than your 35 on a M6, you'd need to consider DA21Ltd.
- The 18-55 will perform best at... 35. So with the DA35, you'll mainly get more light (2.8 vs 4.5 I think for the 18-55 @ 35), and the macro stuff. That said, I would not part from my DA35

My 2 cents.
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Just placed the order with B&H! Lord have mercy that was a lot of money. A K-7 with kit lens, the 35mm DA Limited, and two 4GB SDHC cards.

At least I'll get a $200 rebate back from Pentax....
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Hope you'll enjoy it
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Congratulations! I look forward to seeing what you do with that set-up
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Well, brof, I'm right behind you. I'm ordering my K7 with DA*50-135 today. Also a leitax adapter for my Leica lens. Yes, that is a lot of money.
Cheers
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Congrats to you both.
Brofkand, you'll really enjoy shooting with the DA 35.
Look forward to seeing your results with the kit.
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