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06-10-2014, 08:59 AM   #31
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Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 continuous is my walkabout lens. In fact, it's almost always attached to the K-01. I rarely swap it over to my K-30. It just feels so right on the K-01. Heavy and compact and solid, and gives the camera balance, especially with a hand strap. It's an extremely sharp lens, it's f/2.8 throughout the range, it focuses impeccably and extremely accurately, the range is quite useful, and it has a minimum focusing distance of 9 inches, for near-macro shooting. It's also just a fun, enjoyable lens to use, which makes it the perfect companion to the K-01.

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I'd for the most part avoid slow superzoom lenses. My K-01 does not like to focus my 28-210 f/6.3 at ALL. F35-70 is a good lens, nice and sharp and small and lightweight, but won't give you the bokeh of the Tamron, and even in macro mode it cannot focus as closely as the Tamron.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Biff Quote
Have to say I really like the 40mm Limited as a walk around. The combo seems made for each other.
Slowly working our way to the DA21
need to get all this zoom talk out of the way first
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K-01 is best paired with a light-weight lens. I recommend the FA 20-35mm F4, or DA 18-55 II, both are sharp on the 16MP sensor, and the latter can be had for very low price.
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petri 55/1.8 m42, until i can get over whatever it is that's bothering me about my hanimar auto "s" 35/2.8


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QuoteOriginally posted by seventysixersfan Quote
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!
Today I went trekking with my K-01 and my 18-55mm WR.
It's the first time that I use the 18-55 on the K-01 (in a real-world situation, test charts don't count) and boy am I disappointed...
Soft, prone to flare, "macro" range (the orange line) is useless, especially at 55mm.
True that today the light was pretty harsh but it had performed nice on my K100D Super for more than a year...
I guess it really suffers when you're in less-than-ideal conditions (a couple of shots were actually good, but most of them were in open shade: direct or somewhat filtered sunlight - forget it).
Oh, and I was in a good aperture range (f/8.0 to f/9.0), using low ISO, more than acceptable shutter speeds & with the lens hood on.

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A28/2.8

Or if you can find/afford one the F or FA versions.

I've tried my F 35-70mm on there but it just doesn't seem to get on with the camera, the lens is perfect on my K-5 and the camera works perfectly with other lenses, but it's just not happy with the 35-70mm. It could be a matter of aperture - the lenses I find work well with it are all f2.8 or faster.

Also fond of the following:

K 55/1.8
A 50/1.7
FA 50/1.4
K 120/2.8 (brilliant lens, it's absolutely tiny compared to anything else of that focal length and aperture)
K 50 f4 Macro (really need to use this more often)

It's also a great camera for playing with old M42 lenses. Just get hold of a genuine adapter and start prowling ebay.
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QuoteOriginally posted by LensBeginner Quote
Today I went trekking with my K-01 and my 18-55mm WR.
It's the first time that I use the 18-55 on the K-01 (in a real-world situation, test charts don't count) and boy am I disappointed...
Soft, prone to flare, "macro" range (the orange line) is useless, especially at 55mm.
True that today the light was pretty harsh but it had performed nice on my K100D Super for more than a year...
I guess it really suffers when you're in less-than-ideal conditions (a couple of shots were actually good, but most of them were in open shade: direct or somewhat filtered sunlight - forget it).
Oh, and I was in a good aperture range (f/8.0 to f/9.0), using low ISO, more than acceptable shutter speeds & with the lens hood on.
I've had no problems with my K-01 + 18-55. You might have a bad copy. Have you updated the K-01's firmware? AF was pretty bad upon release, but firmware updates improved it significantly.

Also, you may be able to get some useful input if you post a pic or two.
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The 35-70 is my go to AF lens on the brick, for sure. It beats the 18-55 hands down in the longer range, and I bet it'd beat it in the wide range if it could do it :P

In terms of manual glass I use a 44-2 quite often.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Dangermouse Quote
It's also a great camera for playing with old M42 lenses. Just get hold of a genuine adapter and start prowling ebay.
Why bother with an expensive genuine adapter when you can get a cheap Chinese one and remove the screw?

Put it on the lens and forget, especially useful when switching lenses a lot.

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QuoteOriginally posted by luftfluss Quote
I've had no problems with my K-01 + 18-55. You might have a bad copy. Have you updated the K-01's firmware? AF was pretty bad upon release, but firmware updates improved it significantly.

Also, you may be able to get some useful input if you post a pic or two.
Will do...
Firmware is 1.04, however I was using manual focus with 6x magnification.

Edit: done: https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/58-troubleshooting-beginner-help/276720-normal-18-55-wr.html

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QuoteOriginally posted by Transit Quote
Slowly working our way to the DA21
need to get all this zoom talk out of the way first
If you have the DA21 and you set your aspect ratio to 1:1 square format, then it's practically a "normal" lens. If you like square pictures (as I often do), then it's pretty nifty. And of course, the 3:2 wide format is only a few button clicks away.
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Ok, so I'll say that I've shot a whole lot with its DA 40mm XS f/2.8 without changing lenses and never regretted not having a zoom...
The camera looks very nice with it also...
Then one night I went out shooting with the SMC-M 50mm f/1.7 (which is, BTW, almost a pancake, so you don't lose the size advantage) and it was f/2-land the whole time.
No out of focus shots thanks to the live view magnification and acceptable shutter speeds...

So I'll say the 40mm if you want to have AF, otherwise another (fast) prime, those really shine on that camera...
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Wow!

This thread has taken on a life of its own with very little input from me!

Its still going strong and that attests to several facts:

1) We all have the same goal: to achieve the best in terms of price/performance and usability
2) Pentax people are very passionate about their brand, its functionality and interacting with other Pentax people.
3) Photography is a sort of ongoing personal struggle with oneself as well as with equipment

Thanks to everyone who has replied and continues to reply. I'm going to read through this thread in its entirety, though I eventually answered my own question.

Like most people here I have financial and time limitations placed on me that I can't ignore. The last 8 months or so kept me occupied, but little of what occupied me was photography. Recently the pressure subsided and I could spend many hours on-line catching up with the present state of the art (and the current state of agony that many are in trying to determine the ideal intersection of the technical, personal and artistic and/or business that goes into photographic purchasing decisions).

After remaining glued to a screen until the early hours of the morning for about a fortnight, I saw the light and decided to reach for it, the light being the FA 31mm. No I haven't purchased it (or I'd be out shooting with it instead of typing) - yet! But I have seen the illuminated pixels it can produce and now I have something to work and save for. The 31mm residing on the K-01 will be my walkabout (and sitting still) lens of choice. Photos don't lie and Flickr has thousands of them for the 31mm and other excellent Pentax lenses. With bloodshot eyes I now see that Pentax lenses are often worth their premium prices. The Sigma lenses and Pentax zooms were hard to ignore (the 50-135mm and Art 35mm and 18-35mm) but none of them reproduced a scene quite like the 31mm. That and a dedicated macro are all I think I need.

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QuoteOriginally posted by krema Quote
I'm starting to get cross-eyed researching all of the possible lenses MF & AF for use as a walkabout lens for the K-01.

Up till now I've been using my old MF primes and the time has come for me to zoom a bit. I sold my super-zoom and other fixed lens cameras and chose to stay with the brick for its versatility and fine sensor.
If you care about the costs, Sigma 18-125mm seems to be a very good bang for the buck. I saw some for $60-70 on ebay. Another interesting choice is Tamron 24-135mm
Tamron AF 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 SP AD Aspherical (IF) - Review / Lab Test Report
although I think this one is more expensive.
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QuoteOriginally posted by krema Quote
none of them reproduced a scene quite like the 31mm. That and a dedicated macro are all I think I need.

Good luck, Krema. If you're going to largely stick to one lens, it should be a good one - I'm jealous!
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Someone is selling 24-135 Tamron on the marketplace now, for $140 btw.
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