Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home

Show Printable Version Search this Thread
05-10-2011, 10:26 AM   #16
Loyal Site Supporter
TER-OR's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Dundee, IL
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 5,828
If I were you I'd rent a 10-17 fisheye and see how much fun it can be.

05-10-2011, 01:28 PM   #17
Senior Member

Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Bothell, WA
Posts: 103
If you enjoy landscape and architecture I'd also vote for trying a Sigma 8-16 or 10-20. Failing that, I find the FA 50 1.4 to be one of the best and most all around versatile primes for the type of shots I take.
05-11-2011, 03:30 AM   #18
Site Supporter

Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Middle of Everywhere
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 1,169
Get the DA*300/4. It beats all of the rest... hands down!

Cheers... M
05-11-2011, 11:52 PM   #19
New Member

Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 9
Original Poster
wow, thanks a ton for all the great input and various opinions!!

no i am facing a real difficult decision... I could get my hands on either a used set FA 43 77 primes or new da40 70 - all in silver... See my Thread in The Lens Forum.

thinking about getting one set, selling the DA21 and going for a 12 24 at a later stage.

thanks again for The opinions so far, Love this Forum already!!


05-12-2011, 12:35 AM   #20

Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Wangaratta, Victoria
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 3,499
I'm with Balog; Sigma 10-20. I haven't had it long and it is my first genuine wide angle, so I'm still learning to use it, but it gives an amazing perspective, and I'm looking forward to a lot of fun with it.
05-12-2011, 08:03 AM   #21
Forum Member

Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 73
I was set on the DA 70 but really wanted the FA 77, only thing stopping me was the prohibitively high price new. I was lucky enough to find a brand new one in the marketplace for the right price though, so I jumped on it. I'm sure you'll be pleased with either, I personally just wanted the legendary lens with the "pixie dust" everyone raves about, and was willing to pay a bit more for it.
05-12-2011, 08:09 AM   #22
RonHendriks1966's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2009
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 8,714
Wow it is getting harder to make a discision. I think for portrait you should look at the 70mm (or 77mm or 85mm) and get back on track later. Play with you zoomlens and see what you really like to use for focallenght.
05-12-2011, 08:21 AM   #23
Junior Member

Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Alexandria, VA
Posts: 37
QuoteOriginally posted by cantona Quote
wow, thanks a lot for the quick and detailed reply!!

my main use will be family (2y daughter) and landscape/ architecture as well as experimenting and hopefully growing my skills with the excellent primes - one reason I made the switch to pentax here.

I am not too much into macros so from your post i guess the da70?!
Are you planning to take pictures of your daughter mostly indoors, or outdoors?

70 is probably too long for most indoor shots. I have a 2-year-old son, and it's nearly impossible to shoot him inside with the FA 50. They just don't sit still for long at this age! It's usually easier to get them smiling if you are closer to them as well. The DA (L) 35 might be the best prime for indoor toddler pics (or the 31 Ltd, if your budget can handle it).

:edit: I forgot you already had the DA 21. That might be your go-to lens for toddler shots. The DA 70 makes sense then to get some more length in your arsenal.

Last edited by rjcassara; 05-12-2011 at 08:31 AM.
05-12-2011, 10:00 AM   #24
Veteran Member
paperbag846's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2010
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 2,396
QuoteOriginally posted by crewl1 Quote
You might also consider the FA 50 1.4. It's a great lens for indoor available light portraits.
+1. Fantastic lens. Amazing focal length and bokeh for portraits.

More useful than the DA 70 or FA 77 overall. A great place to start.

  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
camera, da21, dslr, k-5, k-5 ii, k-5 iis, k5, k5 owner, lens, option, pentax k-5, third
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
New K-R owner, question about lens hoods bikedc Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11 04-06-2011 05:23 AM
F*/FA* 250-600/5.6 ED [IF] for Sigma 500/4.5 owner? Asahiflex Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 4 11-30-2010 06:47 AM
New Kx owner: Old Lens Compatibility? Herr Trigger Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 4 10-10-2010 05:01 PM
New K-X owner looking for portrait lens PDXEd Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 6 01-10-2010 11:45 AM
k200d owner, ready for non-kit lens? Fullcount68 Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11 09-14-2009 03:08 PM

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 08:21 PM. | See also:, part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]