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02-08-2014, 10:34 PM   #16
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I've a decently versatile collection of lenses, most full manual, that I use for video production.
However, when I leave the camera in the bag, I leave on what I consider to be the most flexible, though far from fastest f-stop, lens, a sort of run-n-gun middle grond lens that lets me catch items that I might miss if in a hurry.
Sigma 28-80 1:3.5-5.6 'Aspherical' AF Zoom.
It's not an amazing lens, but it's a good carry around lens, and is flexible enough for most off the cuff shooting.
Cost me $59 (AU) at Cash Convertors - which would be a Pawn store to you Northern Hemisphere types

I find the zoom range covers the majority of those incidental occasions. I'd leave anything above 140mm to be used on tripod.

02-10-2014, 10:52 AM   #17
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I recently picked up a DA 18-135mm for my K-01 and I'm really happy with it. I was looking for something versatile to walk around with, and something I could grow with if I ever decide to upgrade to a DSLR, so I think I made the right choice. It's super quiet too. Best of luck to you!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Doundounba Quote
Maybe the A 35-105mm F/3.5? It's a heavy beast, but a wonderful lens. I believe the M 75-150mm F/4 has a pretty decent reputation as well and should be inexpensive
I ahve both lenses and have used them both on my K-01. Frankly the 35~105 is a real challenge to stabilize on a K-01 hand held. It is very front-heavy with that massive 67mm front element; the dual ring zoom can also be challenging.

The smaller, lighter, push-pull M75~150 is easier to handle on the K-01.

Both are better with more of an SLR-type grip closer to the face that with a compact, arms'-length grip.
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QuoteOriginally posted by rmalbers Quote
You know, a 18-55 AL II is so cheap on that why not get one of them, even if you end up with something else also you can't really go wrong.
I agree with this. any flavor of the the DA 18-55, but particularly the AL II or WR with the quick shift options, would be good and inexpensive places to start. I think the DA 18-55 is very light and compact and thus matches the K-01 body a bit better than the 18-135. Nevertheless, I enjoy the DA 18-135's quiet motor when combined with the K-01's shutter, for very stealthy shooting!

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I'm a little late to this thread, but I'd recommend the Pentax f/2.4 35mm. It is light, VERY sharp, and inexpensive. Love it on my K-01.
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When Connie and I went to Glacier and the Grand Tetons last fall, I took my yellow K-01, a 40mm limited and 21mm limited, and a used 18-55 AL II bought at KEH. Wound up using the zoom the bulk of the time. Easy to use on the K-01. Don't think I'd want anything physically longer, however. Nice results with all 3 lenses, but the 40mm got used the least.
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practically I would not recommend to use K-01 with anything longer than 70mm without a tripod.
even with the hood ( I use Carryspeed VF4 ) using DA 18-250 or DA 55-300 is very challenging.
here in Perth ( Western Australia) we have very bright sunlight but in UK it might be a bit different....
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For what it is worth, I havea RMC Tokina 35-105 which is small and light, all metal, despite some negative reviews I have read, this lens is a real gem. They can be had for $20-$50 plus it has a macro feature.

Here is a link to it on flickr, mine is a K mount not a m42 but the lens is identical.

Flickr: Discussing Lens Review: RMC Tokina 35-105mm f/3.5-4.3 in EOS Cameras and Manual Lenses

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Recently I bought a used Pentax F35-70 f3.5-4.5... surprising it works great on the K-01.

I am now looking for a used lightweight pentax zoom that covers between 18 and 35....any suggestions?
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Did you see what I said above, how can you go wrong for the money: "You know, a 18-55 AL II is so cheap on that why not get one of them, even if you end up with something else also you can't really go wrong."
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I've found it tough to find reliable focus with the Sigma 17-70 F/2.8-4.5 on the K-01. If you do get the contemporary version, I'd be curious to find out if it focuses better. I have a Sigma 18-125 f3.5-5.6 with HSM, and that seems to do well on my K-01.

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As far more budget choices are concerned, if you have a single body and want a single, walkabout zoom lens, for me bottoming out at 35mm is not wide-enough. I really enjoy my copy of the FA 28-105mm F/3.2-4.5. Bought it for $120. It's very light and compact, with great colors, decent range and fast focus on the K-01. My actual main walkabout though is a version 1 Sigma 17-70mm F/2.8-4.5 (around $220). I really like the image quality and the range though it's a tad bulky and for some reason with it, the K-01 will occasionally just miss focus on a shot... I'm currently considering upgrading to the contemporary version which is faster and has silent AF (or moving to a 3-primes model). Certainly if you need more reach, the 18-135 is also by most accounts a fine choice. I'm not sure I'd pick it over the Sigma 17-70 contemporary for a K-01, because that's not a WR body and I personally don't need that much reach in a single lens.
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I simply adore the Pentax 18-135 with the K01. Quiet and very reliable auto-focus. It is a marriage made in heaven. If I could only have one lens, it is the one I would pick.
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Have to say I really like the 40mm Limited as a walk around. The combo seems made for each other.
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If you are looking for a MF lens with a classic range [35-75 by 35mm reckoning], I would highly recommend a Pentax A 24-50 F4. It only weighs 13.2 oz with a 58mm filter size so I don't think it is front heavy.

If you prefer AF and/or want a longer reach, there is lots of good advice above.
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If you decide to go for a zoom, just remember that you need a relatively modern one (F, FA, DA...) to have the body recognize its current lenght automatically. With older lenses, such as the otherwise excellent 35~105 you will either have to turn off the anti-shake or live with the hazzle of changing it manually -- and both of those approaches tend to defeat the simplicity that the K-10 otherwise offers.

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