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09-09-2014, 07:41 AM - 1 Like   #1
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Holy trinity of lenses

When using either the Canon or the Nikon I was aware most photographers referred to 3 lenses as the basic, must have lenses; the 14mm-24mm, the 24-70mm , and the 70-200mm; They called this the Holy Trinity of lenses. Is it the same for Pentax cameras If not, what 3 zoom lenses would be thought of in the same way?
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Holy you say? Pentaxians are iconoclasts.

The usual triumvirate consists of the SMCP-FA31mm f/1.8 ASPH limited - the SMCP-FA43mm f1.9 Limited - the SMCP-FA77mm f/1.8 Limited.

not all of these lenses are equal, but they are all special in their own way - and they are sharp as the aroma of burning of sulfur in hell at f/5.6.
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With Pentax you only need the DA21, DA40 and DA70 Limiteds. And a good pair of shoes.
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QuoteOriginally posted by mariakruse Quote
When using either the Canon or the Nikon I was aware most photographers referred to 3 lenses as the basic, must have lenses; the 14mm-24mm, the 24-70mm , and the 70-200mm; They called this the Holy Trinity of lenses. Is it the same for Pentax cameras If not, what 3 zoom lenses would be thought of in the same way?
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In Pentaxland, you have the "3 Princesses" (aka "3 Amigos") - the FA Ltd's that Digitalis named.

You also have the quintet of DA Ltd's - the 3 lenses kh1234567890 listed, and also the amazing DA 15 Ltd that seems to control the minds of those who own it, and the 35/2.8 Macro that Mike Johnston (The Online Photographer) states will be "the best lens you own".

As far as zooms go, for Pentax its a relative weakness compared with most other brands. That said, the Pentax DA 50-135 seems to be as highly regarded as any lens about which I've read.

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If you want zooms, start with the 10-17mm fisheye or the 12-24mm. Both exellent lenses! Add the 16-50mm or the 16-45mm in the middle. And for a long lens, how about a 100mm prime?
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The lenses you refer to are for a FF camera. The APS-C equivalent would be about 10-16, 16-50 and 50-135. So Pentax has the DA*16-50 and the DA*50-135 which match the angle of view of the FF 24-70 and 70-200. On the wide end the closest you can get is the Sigma 10-20. In Pentax brand the DA 12-24 is the widest. Pentax also has a 60-250 f/4 which works out to 90-375. I carry the 12-24, 16-50 and 60-250.

But as noted above if you are a true Pentaxian, you eschew such pedestrian things as zooms and use the three Amigos (FA31, FA43 & FA77) or the three Amigas (DA21, DA40, DA70)
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Call me crazy.... but the thing about those Nikon Lenses, they are all top notch and cover ultra wide to Telephoto.
But DA 12-24 ƒ4. DA" 16-50, DA* 50-135, for the same range.
Two have WR. To extend your range you'd go to the Pentax DA* 60-250 instead of the DA*60-135.. and you're 12-24 you might want to substitute the DA 10-17 for wider and funkier images.

But s as general answer, exact equivalent.. no..
Lighter and a fraction the cost, but slower, and wider DoF yes.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jatrax Quote
The lenses you refer to are for a FF camera. The APS-C equivalent would be about 10-16, 16-50 and 50-135. So Pentax has the DA*16-50 and the DA*50-135 which match the angle of view of the FF 24-70 and 70-200. On the wide end the closest you can get is the Sigma 10-20. In Pentax brand the DA 12-24 is the widest. Pentax also has a 60-250 f/4 which works out to 90-375. I carry the 12-24, 16-50 and 60-250.

But as noted above if you are a true Pentaxian, you eschew such pedestrian things as zooms and use the three Amigos (FA31, FA43 & FA77) or the three Amigas (DA21, DA40, DA70)
Thank you, I imagine all would work on my K3? Am getting used to new naming system for me, FA and DA , but I am learning.
thanks again,
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QuoteOriginally posted by Digitalis Quote
Holy you say? Pentaxians are iconoclasts.

The usual triumvirate consists of the SMCP-FA31mm f/1.8 ASPH limited - the SMCP-FA43mm f1.9 Limited - the SMCP-FA77mm f/1.8 Limited.

not all of these lenses are equal, but they are all special in their own way - and they are sharp as the aroma of burning of sulfur in hell at f/5.6.
I did think "Holy" was a bit much. But they're a weird bunch.
maria

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QuoteOriginally posted by mariakruse Quote
Thank you, I imagine all would work on my K3? Am getting used to new naming system for me, FA and DA , but I am learning.
thanks again,
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Just about any lens Pentax ever made will work on your K-3.

Pentax K-Mount Lenses Explained: The differences between various Pentax lens series
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With Pentax you only need the DA21, DA40 and DA70 Limiteds. And a good pair of shoes.
Have good shoes, working on lenses.
thank you,
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For zooms, I have 10-17 fisheye zoom, 16-50/2.8, and 50-135/2.8

The 50-135 is brilliant, the 16-50 very good but not quite great, and the 10-17 is for special situation only.
I covet the 60-250 for youth sports.
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Just about any lens Pentax ever made will work on your K-3.

Pentax K-Mount Lenses Explained: The differences between various Pentax lens series
Thank you, This is very helpful. I think I will have more lenses than shoes.
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QuoteOriginally posted by mariakruse Quote
Thank you, This is very helpful. I think I will have more lenses than shoes.
maria
Also get to know the Lens Database...

Pentax Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database

The ratings are actual users opinions. If you find a lens rated lower than an 7 or 8 it is really bad...those ratings are reserved for old kit lenses for the most part. But some old kit lenses are excellent. Like the F 35-70, which has become something of a cult lens.
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Also get to know the Lens Database...

Pentax Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database

The ratings are actual users opinions. If you find a lens rated lower than an 7 or 8 it is really bad...those ratings are reserved for old kit lenses for the most part. But some old kit lenses are excellent. Like the F 35-70, which has become something of a cult lens.
Thank you, Lots of info there.
maria
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Have good shoes, working on lenses.
thank you,
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So that you can zoom with your feet ...
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