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05-06-2016, 01:50 AM   #31
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I did with the highly rated F and FA zoom, and it's great!

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05-06-2016, 02:04 AM   #32
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I've got a Hoya 28/2.8 that can I test later.
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The interesting thing is of course if there are any cheap FF lenses that are undervalued and actually good enough, at least if you are on a budget. Good legacy lenses tend to cost, but there are some exceptions. Some mentioned the FA 28-105mm powerzoom, and that should be one of the candidates (the other powerzoom lenses that are just FA, not FA*, are really bad). Even more so one should look for the FA 28-70mm f4 (constant 4). In reviews when it came it was optically compared to the FA*28-70 f2.8, just smaller, slower and less expensive. These two are worth considering as decent used normal-zoomes if you can afford the K-1 right now, but not much more until some more saving. Or if you mostly want to spend your money on primes, but want to complement with a good zoom. I'll be testing both of them....and I will test some really crapy lenses too....for comparison.

But if you want to pick up used FF Pentax lenses...know that prices have been rising on ebay for a while.
I'd be very interested to see what the FA 28-70mm f/4 is like because I've heard pretty good things about it but never picked it up for my K-3 because of the lack of wide angle on APS-C.

I have a number of primes that should do fine on the K-3 but as you say it's nice to have a reasonable zoom for convenience. Also the 28-70 is pretty compact. That being said if the new 28-105 is as good as it looks like it might be, in a couple of years the price on that could have come done quite a bit (well maybe be a 100 or so depending what else Pentax releases).
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I have just tried a Pentax SMC 135 2.5 I bought from a forum member who obviously looks after his gear very well indeed.

It is fine. Manual, which is not yet a strong suit for me, but it is a nice lens and works well on the K-1. Nicely built and very sharp.

Earlier in the day I tried each of the 'three amigos" (FA 31, 43 and 77 Ltds) - all wonderful. I particularly liked the 43, which wasn't a favourite of mine on the K-3 and which I think is the cheapest of the three.

Oh...and there's the Porst 55 1.2. Hmmm. The copy I have has a very dubious focus ring ...sticky and uneven... and I suspect the lens has seen a lot of abuse. But it IS ...uhhmmmm...artistic(?).

I can't comment on any zooms for the K-1 as I don't yet have one.

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Or would you consider it a disgrace to mount those lenses to that super high end K1?
Indeed. If you can afford a K-1 you should be able to put something better than a slow-as-hell plastic gutless optical wonder from the mid 1980s.
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Indeed. If you can afford a K-1 you should be able to put something better than a slow-as-hell plastic gutless optical wonder from the mid 1980s.
A 28-80 might break your testing bench. ☺

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A 28-80 might break your testing bench.
Not bloody likely : Today I was testing a copy of the FA* 250-600mm f/5.6 on my optics bench. I hate testing 35mm super-telephoto lenses on my bench, I wish I had a vertical test bench like the one Lens rentals has. The horizontal bench I have picks up vibrations for the local train station 400m away.
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I've got a Hoya 28/2.8 that can I test later.
No dice - when I start the camera it just flash F--.

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No dice - when I start the camera it just flash F--
If it has an aperture ring you can switch the camera to manual and use the green button to meter.
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If it has an aperture ring you can switch the camera to manual and use the green button to meter.
That's what I used to do with this lens on my K5ii, but on the K1 it doesn't work. Either the K1 doesn't like this lens or the lens contacts have gone bad.
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I'd be very interested to see what the FA 28-70mm f/4 is like because I've heard pretty good things about it but never picked it up for my K-3 because of the lack of wide angle on APS-C.
THIS! Has anyone tried the K-1 with that lens. I heard and read only good stuff about it.
maybe a good solution in weight,... additional to some primes carrying around!?
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Worst lens to go on K-1

I am setting aside my Auto Sears 50mm f 2.0 for that honor.
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THIS! Has anyone tried the K-1 with that lens. I heard and read only good stuff about it.
maybe a good solution in weight,... additional to some primes carrying around!?
I have an FA*28-70, but alas no K-1 yet, to try. It isn't a lightweight, but it's a good (actually, very good) performer on the K-3. While it's convenient with that FL range, and probably weighs less than carrying an FA*24, FA31ltd, DA*55 and FA77ltd, you really need to do a bit of weight training to carry it around for a long time, and that's with the K-3. The K-1 will add to the issue of total weight.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Digitalis Quote
Not bloody likely : Today I was testing a copy of the FA* 250-600mm f/5.6 on my optics bench. I hate testing 35mm super-telephoto lenses on my bench, I wish I had a vertical test bench like the one Lens rentals has. The horizontal bench I have picks up vibrations for the local train station 400m away.
I actually meant that by reputation its optical quality might personally offend your equipment!

Doesn't seem to get a lot of love.

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I got some surprisingly good pictures using a Sigma 70-300 APO DG lens today. Don't trade in your FA 50 F1.4
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