Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home

Show Printable Version Search this Thread
05-01-2019, 10:08 AM   #46
Junior Member

Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 34
Original Poster
QuoteOriginally posted by pres589 Quote
If the DA 15 is too slow at f4 max aperture then the DA 21's f3.2 should probably be off the table as well. Go looking for a DA 14 perhaps? That said, for a crop kit, I wouldn't consider anything but the SMC DA 15 for my wide angle option. Get a mini tripod and a cable release?

The Sigma and Tamron 17-50's are both great lenses. Sigma is probably a bit better built and a bit sharper. I think the Tamron has prettier rendering and handles high contrast scenes well. My sister has basically built a side photo business around a copy of that lens. The DA 18-135 is a solid do-all zoom that, while not perfect at all focal lengths, is extremely good in the middle and covers a large zoom range. Build quality is excellent and I love the copy I own. You can't go wrong with any of these three in my estimation.

If you are not happy with the photos you've taken, where you were expecting more something or other, share here! This forum is full of excellent photogs and helpful folks that can get you on the right track or at least considering how to get there. Share with EXIF data so we can see what the camera was doing at the time.

The DA 14mm is a bit out of my league in terms of budget even on the used market, looks like it would be a great lens for my purposes though, maybe one day.

Yes, I can't see any other option really than the 17-50mm right now, just annoyed it's relatively big for the K-01 and I really don't need the zoom capabilities as I have primes to cover 24mm, 40mm, 50mm.

QuoteOriginally posted by normhead Quote
The biggest thing going for the K-01 is the image quality. Same as my wife's K-5, which she still uses. I think if anything, the above shows you can find a lens for it. You just have to decide what's important to you and go for it. I found the camera difficult to use of telephoto work. But for wide angle, especially indoors, it was a great camera.
The K-01 does have amazing image quality but was designed/best suited for pancakes/primes, my wish is Ricoh release a K-02 with a nice wide, fast prime pancake kits lens (focal range between 16-21mm f2), updated autofocus, EVF, and I will sell all my worldly possessions to get hold of it.

05-01-2019, 01:11 PM - 1 Like   #47
Loyal Site Supporter
Loyal Site Supporter

Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: SF Bay Area, CA
Photos: Albums
Posts: 640
K-01 + DA 21 f/3.2 is a killer combo.

That would be my first choice in your shoes.
Second choice would be sell the K-01 and get a Ricoh GR I or II.
Third K-01 + 17-50 f/2.8
05-02-2019, 02:34 PM   #48
Junior Member

Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 34
Original Poster
I came across this Tamron 17mm at quite a good price (the later version 151b), it doesn't really look ideal for my current needs (f3.5; MF), but I do have an unexplainable fetish for old glass... anyone had any experience with it?

Tamron Adaptall-2 SP 17mm f/3.5 (51B/151B) Lens Reviews - Tamron Adaptall Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database
05-03-2019, 05:02 PM   #49
Junior Member

Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 34
Original Poster
Thanks for highlighting the Tamron 17-50mm guys and gals, if you haven't seen this guys evangelical praise of the lens, its worth a watch:

05-23-2019, 11:11 AM   #50
Loyal Site Supporter
Loyal Site Supporter
Perfessor5646's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: Louisville, KY
Photos: Albums
Posts: 311
Following up on my previous post. I have taken my K-01 w/the 18-135 on a few outings. As normhead pointed out, handling it as a telephoto is a bit challenging to compose with. That may be in part due to being far sighted with old eyes. I like an OVF when using longer lenses. Being blessed with an over abundance of lenses and body choices, Iíll most likely keep the 21mm Ltd or a 35mm on the K-01 and take a DSLR when I need more reach.
06-25-2019, 10:30 AM   #51
ZombieArmy's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Florida
Posts: 2,019
I know it's not wide but the 40 XS is the best lens for the K-01 ever. Super fast and super accurate focus while delivering the IQ goods. The DA 21 would likely be my next choice, they can be had very cheap used.
06-25-2019, 02:57 PM   #52
retired sw engineer
Loyal Site Supporter
reh321's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: South Bend, IN, USA
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 16,245
QuoteOriginally posted by Penta Quote
Thanks for highlighting the Tamron 17-50mm guys and gals, if you haven't seen this guys evangelical praise of the lens, its worth a watch: Tamron 17-50mm Review: High Value, Pro Quality - YouTube
I think you want the word "evangelistic" instead of "evangelical".

  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
body, check, da, f2.8, fuji, gear, glass, iq, k-01, k01, lens, lenses, light, lot, mirrorless, nex, pentax, pentax k-01, sigma, sigma/tamron, size, system, tamron, video, youtube
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
My beloved 16-85 failure! swhang Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 24 11-15-2017 06:21 PM
My beloved Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 is damaged - please help sharepointalex Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 4 07-01-2013 10:19 PM
Help! Bizarre problem with my beloved K5! hsu1 Pentax K-5 7 12-26-2011 06:40 AM
In Memory of my beloved Marmaduke who passed away yesterday... Mark Morb General Talk 17 08-25-2009 01:11 AM
For Sale - Sold: My Beloved K100D and 18-55mm Vmax911 Sold Items 6 10-21-2008 09:13 PM

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 12:17 PM. | See also:, part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]