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10-26-2011, 05:47 AM   #1
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Lenses suggestions for K-5???

Hi all,

This is my first post in this forum.

I am considering buying my second DSLR. The first one is canon 1000D. The options are Pentax K-5 and Nikon D7000. So far the K-5 is weighting a bit more. The reasons: smaller and lighter, ergonomics, menu seems more intuitive, good reviews.

But I am wondering about the lens. I am not so experienced with DSLR in general and particularly with Pentax. I usually take photos in the city, not much of people (but may be I will soon take more photos of the people), I prefer to walk around light. My budget for lenses is below $800, at this moment the less the better. With Nikon it seems that I have a lot of good choices at reasonable price (I am thinking about 35mm f1.8, 18-200mm f3.5-5.6).

It seems that Pentax lenses are more expensive and more limited in choices. So far for Pentax I am thinking about 35mm f2.4 (flexible for street and people photos) and a zoom lens may be 17-70mm f4 (good reviews), 18-135mm kit (bad IQ review but good zoom range and WR), 18-55mm kit (cheap, ok IQ). I tried 16-50mm f2.8 but I am not excited about the IQ regarding the price, weight of the lens, and considering I can buy the 35 mm 2.4. I may not significantly upgrade this system in 2 years.

Please suggest me which lenses fit better my needs (not limited to the one I listed).


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10-26-2011, 05:58 AM   #2
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Hi, well for your purpose I use DA 40mm/f2.8

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Look at the Pentax Limiteds - all primes and loved by those who have them. Lowest score in the lenses review section of this forum is 9.26!

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Thanks Ron. How better is that in comparison to 35mm f2.4? I have 50mm lens and I think it is not wide enough. 40 mm makes me a bit worry. I saw 35mm f2.8 limited in the review section. But it's more than $500.

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Look at the Pentax Limiteds - all primes and loved by those who have them. Lowest score in the lenses review section of this forum is 9.26!

Thanks John. I didn't know that there are lens review sub forum here. Reading.
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If u can, get the K5 with the 18-55 kit lens. It's a really good performer for the price that fits all your needs.
If you are having only $800 for lens budgeting, you are better off getting the kit + a longer tele lens that can help with the reach you may want.
If you are a Zoom person you can go 50-200mm but the IQ at the far reaches are not something to brag about.
I'd personally suggest the DA70mm for the second lens.

As far as urban photography is concerned, you wanna grab architecture and sometimes stuff across the street. a 35 can barely hit both spectrums of that requirement. And if you're not a pixel peeper or anal about IQ the 18-55 should grab most of your details nicely. And if you are looking at urban artistic shots, the DA70 should suffice (unless you expect to be shooting 3-5 meters off subject, else anything further wont give u any bokeh worth mentioning)

But take my recommendation with a pinch of salt as I dont own a DA70 but would love to ;x Still contemplating on DA70, FA77 and some MF 85's myself ...
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QuoteOriginally posted by blueblueman Quote
Thanks Ron. How better is that in comparison to 35mm f2.4? I have 50mm lens and I think it is not wide enough. 40 mm makes me a bit worry. I saw 35mm f2.8 limited in the review section. But it's more than $500.
I use my DA 35mm 2.4 more than my 70mm Limited, if that's any help. It's a very good lens. Honestly, I haven't gotten my $500 worth out of the 70mm yet.

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Value for money, the DA 35 f/2.4 is perfect. Very, very crisp results - I think it almost reaches limited rendering. But of course, the build quality is very cheap - however it's very, very light and compact. It's a lens that will last you a lifetime if you take care of it.
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Don't want to start an argument about the kit lens, but I wish I had saved myself some money when I bought my K7 and just gotten the body. That 18-55 is only desirable if you absolutely have to have the weather resistance. I'm not saying it's a bad lens, but the K5 surely deserves better. On the other hand, if your budget is really limited and you want the camera immediately without agonizing over lens choices, sure, get the kit.
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Thank you all.

Kneon, Pentup: I am seriously considering to get kit 18 - 55 cause i still think that i need a zoom lens. and i can have a really good deal with it so I can save money to buy the 3 lens which will possibly another prime (after learning more about pentax lenses). But i may alsobuy 18 135 or 17 70 righ away. The point is that i dont know yet whether i will stay with pentax for a long time to justify my investment.

Don, Ash: I tried 35 2.4 today and i like it. It's not as sexy as 40 2.8 but it's wider, balance better with k5 body, build quality doesn't feel cheap at all. It's also a bit faster. From my handson, The only draw back to me is that it can't combine af and mfocus.

Bestzoom and all: is focal length of fa equals to that of da? Example fa 35mm equals da 35mm?

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Even Nikon 35mm is equal to Fa 35, that is equal to DA 35mm...35mm is the same for everybody. Of course, its gonna change a little, because you dont want your lens to be called FA 34,4714006911478mm.
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I still have to educate myself more.

Do you mean that from the focal length point of view FA 35 and DA 35 behave the same on K5? The major difference is that FA lens can't auto focus?
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Haha, we all have! Especially me...im still very new at this stuff...
The field of view will be the same, and also both have autofocus.
"F" series (both F and FA) have autofocus, and DA obviously have too.
The difference is that FA lenses are older (at least older designed), and most of them are not in production anymore, and DA are new lens, all in production.
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