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12-29-2015, 04:08 AM   #1
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Pentax Q-S1: which lens to buy?

Hi all folks!
I am totally new in the pentax world (I used to have a leica) and I'd like to buy the Q-S1. Question is: 5-15mm f2.8-4.5 or 15-45mm f2.8? I see that most of the sellers on the net have the basic 5-15mm f2.8-4.5 but I could try to find just the body type and then add the 15-45mm f2.8. I'd like to know if is somehow "obligated" to buy the standard type (which if i am correct is usually called "02 zoom kit") or if I could just buy the 5-45mm f2.8 (which should be the 06, right?). How does it works?
Moreover this may sound more like a language question (I am Italian) but if I find on the net " pentax q-s1 02 zoom kit" I should expect both camera and standard lens right?
Hopefully someone will help me!

12-29-2015, 06:09 AM   #2
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You get a lens with the camera normally which would be the kit zoom right? Then you could get the higher telephoto zoom. Thing is that for 'regular' pictures like how you see, you probably want a more wide angle than just the 06 is what I am thinking. Otherwise, you would have to walk away from the subject to get the shot. If you only shoot things far away, and on the leica you were only using a telephoto zoom, then go ahead and get the 06 only.

I also think you basically get the standard lens (the 02) at a discount when you buy it with a body but I am not sure. It sounds like you don't want a 'Normal' lens. the 02 is quite normal as is the 01.

I tend to use the more normal zoom than the higher zoom myself.

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12-29-2015, 08:07 AM   #3
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The crop factor on the Q-S1 is 4.7x, so in 35mm film camera terms, you are looking at 70.5mm to 211.5mm for the 15-45mm, basically a short to mid length telephoto zoom for the 06. As Paul stated, the kits usually come with the 02 lens (some come with the 01 prime instead, 8.5mm, 40mm equivalent ), and it might be something you'd want to hang on to in addition to the 06 to get normal and for wide angle to normal length shots, and it's the only zoom currently for the Q system that covers that focal length range.
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QuoteOriginally posted by weezepunk Quote
Moreover this may sound more like a language question (I am Italian) but if I find on the net " pentax q-s1 02 zoom kit" I should expect both camera and standard lens right?
That is correct.

The 02 "standard" zoom, 5-15mm,
delivers high quality from a few meters to infinity
over the wider end of its range, say 5-10mm.
(There is geometric distortion,
but the camera or post-processing can correct that.)

It is weaker at the long (telephoto) end,
and is weaker in the close range.

The 01, 06, and 08 lenses are all optically superb,
and help the small sensor to play in the bigger leagues.

12-30-2015, 01:00 PM   #5
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Thank you all very much guys! I'll think I'll start with a 02/01 and then buy little by little the others! I'd also really like to try the fisheye. Thank you all!
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I'm not certain about availability in Italy but you may be able to find a kit with both the 02 and 06 lenses. This usually offers a significant saving over buying the 06 lens separately.

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