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04-09-2013, 12:19 PM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by digital029art Quote
You can prob get a new XS 40mm on eBay for less than $175 or the 18-55 ii kit lens is an excellent match too!
I have a new K-01 as well.

I just got the 70mm DA and the 21mm DA.

Therefore I have two lenses to sell...

40mm XS
18-55 DA WR

Anyone interested?

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QuoteOriginally posted by Docrwm Quote
Even my FE 8mm is terrific on the K-01. None of these MF lenses are very expensive at all.
Word! IMHO the K-01 plays very well with FE and wideangle lenses and/or extreme low light photography. It's really quite the deal for these applications!
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The K-01 paired with the DA 70 is an amazing combo for quick and amazing portraits. I walked around a party with that and a Sony RX100 for my wide shots. It was a great match. I got so many compliments on my DA70 portraits. I think I'm going to have to sell some gear and buy one. I only rented one to test it out.
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QuoteOriginally posted by devorama Quote
The K-01 paired with the DA 70 is an amazing combo for quick and amazing portraits. I walked around a party with that and a Sony RX100 for my wide shots. It was a great match. I got so many compliments on my DA70 portraits. I think I'm going to have to sell some gear and buy one. I only rented one to test it out.
It's a great lens for that purpose IMHO. If I am being ambitious I use the Vivitar 85/1.4 MF lens - it's much better but is more fiddling. However, the 70 has such nice rendering and is so fast that it's a pleasure to use.

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Has anyone tried an A 24mm f2.8 or A 28mm f2.8 on the K-01? If I find a good A 50/1.7, those two might make a good start and I can save for a used DA 15 Ltd.
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QuoteOriginally posted by kevwil Quote
Has anyone tried an A 24mm f2.8 or A 28mm f2.8 on the K-01? If I find a good A 50/1.7, those two might make a good start and I can save for a used DA 15 Ltd.
+1 on the A50/1.7.

I would also suggest Sigma Super- or Mini-Wide 24mm F/2.8. Mine is currently somewhere in the mail between Australia and Canada (crosses fingers). I've got a couple of 28mm MF (Vivitar and Tamron Adaptall P/KA) and those are nice and cheaper than any 24, but I find 28 a little tight for my tastes.
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This is turning into a gold mine of great recommendations for small primes. THANK YOU ALL! Keep 'em comin'!
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I use the 40 XS and 21 Ltd almost exclusively with this camera. For me, I like the thinner lenses that stay out of the way when the camera is hanging around my neck, which is where it often travels.


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I use all of my DA Limiteds on my K-01 with great result: the 15, 21, 35, 40 and 70. But the trifeca for most people, I think, will be the 21, 40 and 70.
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Let's not forget the 35/2.4 - it's small, cheap, and has great IQ IMHO. The AF on it is medium fast and it sells for $140-160 used here on the forum. I've thought about a 24 and the Sigma has some real solid recommendations. So many lenses, so little time.....
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QuoteOriginally posted by kevwil Quote
Has anyone tried an A 24mm f2.8 or A 28mm f2.8 on the K-01? If I find a good A 50/1.7, those two might make a good start and I can save for a used DA 15 Ltd.
I have both A24/2.8 and A50/1.7 and they are both very nice. Sadly I'm spoiled by the 40/70 Limited combo, so 'very nice' is still 2nd place in my twin-lens bag
I'm beginning to think the 16-45 could take their place well enough for the little lo-light imaging that I do; 16-45 + 40 + 70 + 100 macro sounds quite handy for what I do.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jimr-pdx Quote
I have both A24/2.8 and A50/1.7 and they are both very nice. Sadly I'm spoiled by the 40/70 Limited combo, so 'very nice' is still 2nd place in my twin-lens bag
I'm beginning to think the 16-45 could take their place well enough for the little lo-light imaging that I do; 16-45 + 40 + 70 + 100 macro sounds quite handy for what I do.
Didn't Pentax just announce they discontinued the 16-45?
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QuoteOriginally posted by kevwil Quote
Has anyone tried an A 24mm f2.8 . . . on the K-01?
I've used its optical equivalent, the K24/2.8,
(easier to find than the A 24/2.8)
and it works really well on the K-01.

Since you're holding the camera at arm's length anyway,
hitting the green button to set shutter speed in M mode
is more natural than the nay-sayers would have you believe.


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If you dont mind spending the money and or hunting the lenses down, the voigtlander sl2 series have to be the best prime lenses in K mount along side the carl zeiss lenses at half the price. I do know hong kong buy and sell still have the 20 and 40 in stock which I both own and are absolutely superb lenses for both digital and film use. Also the super taks are awesome, when I'm in super pentax mode I'll leave the voigts at home and bring the smc tak 28 and 55, can get both lenses really cheap and both are awesome.
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I do know hong kong buy and sell still have the 20 and 40 in stock which I both own and are absolutely superb lenses for both digital and film use.
How's the edge performance of the Color-Skopar 20/3.5 on film?
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