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04-05-2016, 12:13 PM   #46
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Ok then i will Cross Fingers and Hope the K-1 will breathe life into this lens. Thanks mate. Hope you Are Right

Just found this on the K-1 description site
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The center sensor and the two sensors located just above and below it are designed to detect the light flux of an F2.8 lens, making it easy to obtain pinpoint focus on a subject when using a large-aperture lens.



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04-06-2016, 09:25 PM   #47
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smc Pentax-M 50mm f/1.7. Manual focus. Around 30 on ebay. A superb standard prime K-mount lens, very cheap.

SMC Pentax-M 50mm F1.7 Reviews - M Prime Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database

Or, if you want AF . . .

smc Pentax-FA 50mm f/1.7. More difficult to find, but I've seen them for around 130 - 150.

SMC Pentax-FA 50mm F1.7 Reviews - FA Prime Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database
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QuoteOriginally posted by HopelessTogger Quote
smc Pentax-M 50mm f/1.7. Manual focus. Around 30 on ebay. A superb standard prime K-mount lens, very cheap.

SMC Pentax-M 50mm F1.7 Reviews - M Prime Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database

Or, if you want AF . . .

smc Pentax-FA 50mm f/1.7. More difficult to find, but I've seen them for around 130 - 150.

SMC Pentax-FA 50mm F1.7 Reviews - FA Prime Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database
I just yesterday sold a Pentax F35-70 that would have made a fine full-frame starter lens IMHO. You can find them sometimes for as little as $15 (or cheaper) up to $75 or so for a "mint" copy.

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Hello there! I just pre-ordered the Pentax K1.... im thinking about getting the new 28 105 3.5 5.6 since the samples ive seen looks rather good. But i know there are some sigma alternatives aswell.
I don't believe primes are that "general purpose." I think the new 28-105 would probably be a great lens, however there is this lens out there:

SMC-Pentax FA 28-105mm F4-5.6 Reviews - FA Zoom Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database

it's a very good lens if you don't mind the slightly weird bokeh when subjects are closer than about 15 feet. There are half a dozen on ebay at any one time for around $100 USD. It's very sharp and has the FA colors and contrast. I used one for about 2 years as a gap filler between my landscape and telephoto lenses.

for the price of the new 28-105, you could pick up the older FA 28-105, plus the FA100-300 and maybe an FA50 macro. That's a decent starter 3 lens kit that would allow your to familiarize yourself with photography again and really highlight your personal style.

Once you have a better idea of what you shoot most often and how, you can start spending much more money on lenses that target your specific needs.

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Ok then i will Cross Fingers and Hope the K-1 will breathe life into this lens. Thanks mate. Hope you Are Right

Just found this on the K-1 description site
It's not always/necessarily a function of the AF module. The AF micro adjustments are more designed to alleviate manufacturer tolerance issues. It's impossible to manufacture lenses and mounts to the exacting requirements that focal planes require. So each combination of lens and body will interact differently. You could literally get another K5 and you may have a focus adjustment of +2 with that same lens.

I have a couple lenses that went from +/- 1-2 on my K5iis to -7 or -8 on my K3. My FA28 and FA50 1.7 were spot on my K5iis but unusable (could not even determine if front or back focused at max adjustments) on my K3.
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Haven't found a better for value lens than the Tamron 28-75mm 2.8. It is very cheap and it takes very acceptable images. You'll only need to spend a few moments on flickr to see what it can do. I've seen them on eBay for around $200.
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QuoteOriginally posted by lightsource Quote
Haven't found a better for value lens than the Tamron 28-75mm 2.8. It is very cheap and it takes very acceptable images.

Yeah, this will be my standard zoom when my pre-ordered K-1 arrives.


Sharp from f4 onwards.
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QuoteOriginally posted by nomadkng Quote
It's not always/necessarily a function of the AF module. The AF micro adjustments are more designed to alleviate manufacturer tolerance issues. It's impossible to manufacture lenses and mounts to the exacting requirements that focal planes require. So each combination of lens and body will interact differently. You could literally get another K5 and you may have a focus adjustment of +2 with that same lens.
Today I will have the chance to do some quick tests of this issue with my co-workers K5, K5 II, K-x and K-r.
What I think is strange at this lens (but maybe fully normal because of the laws of physics!? ) is that I have at the shorter end (28mm) a back focus and at the longer end (75mm) a front focus which is manageable with fine adjustment -10 but then I have the mess at 28mm. this is boggling and annoying me. So excited to test it today on these different bodies.


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Sharp from f4 onwards.
absolutely, when it nails the focus, from f4 this lens can produce amazing shots for this price

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I could test the Tammy today with my colleague's K5 and I had even without fine adjustments remarkable better results on her camera than on mine. This is really interesting. I have never thought about this subject until recent weeks. The K-x had a dead battery and no AF. Tomorrow I will do some testing on the K-x, K-r and another K5 II. Maybe this won't be a big problem on the K-1 since f2.8 on a full frame format is for most occasions too open
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My guess is the 28-105 plus DA 50 1.8 or DA 35 2.4 will be the thrifty package for beginners. With a slower lens like the 28-105, having some faster glass in primes is the way to go. Then you have pretty much everything covered. On a K-1 I would think the DA 50 1.8 would be almost standard issue for the budget minded.
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QuoteOriginally posted by lightsource Quote
Haven't found a better for value lens than the Tamron 28-75mm 2.8. It is very cheap and it takes very acceptable images. You'll only need to spend a few moments on flickr to see what it can do. I've seen them on eBay for around $200.
I agree about the images. For relatively inexpensive glass this lens way outperforms expectations IMHO. I'll be pairing it with a K5 for the time-being, but as I probably won't be upgrading to a K1 as I originally thought I would I may sell the Tamron in the near future to someone who could more appreciate it on their FF K1. I have other lenses I could probably use just as well on the K5.

As for the $200 apparently more folks must be keeping a watch out for these better performing full-frames. $300+ seems more the norm now for good copies of it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by gatorguy Quote
I agree about the images. For relatively inexpensive glass this lens way outperforms expectations IMHO. I'll be pairing it with a K5 for the time-being, but as I probably won't be upgrading to a K1 as I originally thought I would I may sell the Tamron in the near future to someone who could more appreciate it on their FF K1. I have other lenses I could probably use just as well on the K5.

As for the $200 apparently more folks must be keeping a watch out for these better performing full-frames. $300+ seems more the norm now for good copies of it.
Here's one for $220 + $25 postage. EXC Tamron SP AF 28 75mm F 2 8 XR DI Macro A09P FOR Pentax K From Japan | eBay It was but two days ago that I saw one for $212. They can be found closer to the $200 mark, but agreed, the normal price seems to be at around the $300+ mark. This one for $220 looks like its in good condition. Japanese sellers seem to often stock well looked after lenses.
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I am thinking about this tight budget start gear for quite some time now but this link here, shared in the media coverage thread has really captured my attention (in particular this shot). If you scroll down you will see some low light shots taken with the 28-105/3.5 and to me they look impressive. Even up to 12K ISO the shots are remarkable sharp and useable for most things. Now I am thinking about the 28-205, 35 2.4 (and maybe 50 1.8) lenses as a start for the FF-love.

At the moment I have a tamron 17-50/ 2.8 on my K5 II with which I do a big part of my shots. I know this is not really comparable but regarding low light works... do you think the new FF Kit lens will be a stepback from the Tamron 2.8 where the aperture is better? Or will I be as happy as I was with he Tammy on my K5 II with the 28-105 on the K-1?
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