I have sat on the DSLR sidelines way too long and am contemplating getting in with the K-r. I have a FA 50 1.4 and FA* 28-70 AL 2.8 from my prior film life.
(1) Does anyone have experience with a K-r and the FA* 28-70 AL 2.8? Good results? Can the K-r drive the power zoom? If so, does it hammer battery life and the number of photos per charge? As was the case with my ZX-5N, will the wide lens barrel obstruct the K-r's pop-up flash?
(2) Is there any reason for me to consider the K-r kit lens options, or should I just get a body and add a wide prime at some point? Any chance I would be satisfied with the kit 35 2.4 as a new normal lens, or will it be overshadowed by my existing lenses?
Thanks. If there were any brick and mortar stores stocking Pentax (Houston, TX), I would go try it for myself....
Does anyone have experience with a K-r and the FA* 28-70 AL 2.8? Good results? Can the K-r drive the power zoom? If so, does it hammer battery life and the number of photos per charge? As was the case with my ZX-5N, will the wide lens barrel obstruct the K-r's pop-up flash?
I can't speak for the K-r but I use the FA* 28-70 on my K-7 with terrific results. The power zoom works a treat and I have been surprised at the length of time I get from it before the battery wears down. I'm sure it would use a higher charge than normal zooms but I have not noticed it. I rarely use a flash so I can't comment from that point of view.
I'm in Houston and I own a K-r. If you'd like to get together sometime over the weekend and try it out first-hand, let me know. I don't know if you can get a feel for battery life, but you sure can check for shadows.
Oops, got busy at work and failed to see your generous offer until this past week - after already ordering a K-R.
According to the manual, the combination of this lens with the pop-up flash will produce limited vignetting at 28 mm and a shooting distance of under 1 meter. For most applications it will not be an issue.
As expected, the power zoom does not function. And, it is a bit of a tight squeeze for my not very fat fingers to adjust the aperture ring. Might not be possible for someone with larger than average width fingers.