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06-02-2016, 05:16 PM   #1
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I am mind numb - need advice

I am mind numb looking at and deciding which walk around lens that would be good for landscape with a K-1 - any suggestion appreciated. I meant "advice" in the title

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QuoteOriginally posted by mhsp1948 Quote
I am mind numb looking at and deciding which walk around lens that would be good for landscape with a K-1 - any suggestion appreciated. I meant "advice" in the title
I'm a big fan of the 50mm lens. They are all pretty good.
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What do you use now?
I use a K3-II with either of these lenses Pentax-DA 1:3.5-5.5 16-85mm ED DC WR and a Pentax HD DA 20-40mm F2.8-4 ED Limited DC WR I need a wide angle and some telephoto capability for landscape which is my favorite

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16mm would be 24 so that's where to start, Pentax 24-70? Which is really the equivalent to a 17-50 ƒ2.8. Then maybe the 28-105 for the long end.

Personally, I have an FA-J 18-35, an FA 35-80 and an F 70-210, but there's no doubt the newer stuff will be better.
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16mm would be 24 so that's where to start, Pentax 24-70? Which is really the equivalent to a 17-50 ƒ2.8. Then maybe the 28-105 for the long end.

Personally, I have an FA-J 18-35, an FA 35-80 and an F 70-210, but there's no doubt the newer stuff will be better.
Will the Pentax 24-70 work on the Full Frame K-1

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I see that it will work with the K-1 thanks for the impute normhead
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Will the Pentax 24-70 work on the Full Frame K-1
It's designed for the K-1, so yes. That's also the lens I would recommend, since at 24mm it will give you a very wide angle of view.

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It's designed for the K-1, so yes. That's also the lens I would recommend, since at 24mm it will give you a very wide angle of view.

Here's a complete listing of genuine Pentax FF lenses:
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Thanks for the info

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I'm looking forward to a test-drive of the overperforming Quantaray 28-90 1:2 macro. Sigma built and bargain plastics, but I've found that image quality has been very good using various K bodies and lens copies. It's often available for $50 or less. The Sigma 28-80 1:2 is quite similar. They are f/3.5-5.6 but hey we can use f/16 again with the K-1
reviews on this site: 28-90 with 1:2 rate 7.3? -- 28-90 no macro 8.7 -- 28-80 Sigma v.II 7.6

I'm quite surprised at the low rating for the first copy, and that I haven't reviewed the 28-90 or 100-300?!?
edit - found my 100-300 review under the Sigma DL legacy zoom.
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My general go-to lens for landscape is either my 24mm f1.8 or my walk around lens, 24-70 f 2.8 Sigma. I first got these for use with my K7 but they work even better on my K-1! I can do street photography to W/A landscapes with the 24-70 easily. Most people think of W/A lenses for landscape work, but a telephoto can work well with the right subject, especially to isolate a subject or area.

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Yes indeed BigDave isolate the subject area. I want this 24-70mm so when I buy a K-1 I will have the initial lens already. Thanks for the comment.
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For walk-around, I just received a D FA 28-105. Not very fast, but it's fast enough for daylight walk-around purposes. If I want to go wider, I found that my Tamron 10-24 works fine past about 15mm without vignetting. If I need a focal length between those, I have some ol' A-series glass.
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The 28~105 is an excellent GP walk-around lens. For landscapes that require a wider FOV I'd rather stitch. Even without using a tripod and worrying about nodal points, multiple images taken hand-held in either horizontal or vertical orientation (if you want more sky and/or more foreground) will stitch well into a panoramic landscape with more detail than a single image taken with an ultra-wide.
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QuoteOriginally posted by volosong Quote
For walk-around, I just received a D FA 28-105. Not very fast, but it's fast enough for daylight walk-around purposes. .
I too use the D FA 28-105mm as a walk-around lens on the K-1.

QuoteOriginally posted by WPRESTO Quote
The 28~105 is an excellent GP walk-around lens. For landscapes that require a wider FOV I'd rather stitch. Even without using a tripod and worrying about nodal points, multiple images taken hand-held in either horizontal or vertical orientation (if you want more sky and/or more foreground) will stitch well into a panoramic landscape with more detail than a single image taken with an ultra-wide.
Good thinking!
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For friends of older lenses, I can recommend the Pentax FA 24-90. That's a pretty lightweight lens, not extremely fast (f/3.5-4.5), but who needs fast lenses for landscape photography anyway?

Stopped down to, say, f/8.0 the lens delivers crisp and sharp images. AF is screwdriven, so not noiseless, but when used with phase AF (optical viewfinder) of quite acceptable performance. With contrast AF (liveview) it gets a bit noisier, since the AF seems to need more extensive lens movement.

Besides that: A nice lens.

Last year I've spent my summer vacation in the Lake District, then using my K-5 and the 16-85 (and some other lenses). I found that the 16-85 was my "bread and butter" lens, doing most of my work. So the 24-90 might be a bit short on the long end; the next vacation will see if that's a problem.

Another candidate might be the Tamron 24-135, but that lens I have no personal experience with.

A pity that Pentax made the 28-105 so boringly long at the short end. They should've constructed a 24-105 ...

So until Pentax comes up with something in that range, I'm pretty certain that the 24-90 will be the "bread and butter" lens for my foreseeable future.

(For ultra wide angle, I'm trying to obtain a copy of Sigma's 12-24, since I'm quite accustomed to that viewing angle, having used the Sigma 8-16 on my K-5, with excellent results)
For severe telephoto work I've already bragged about my trusty old 500/4.5.

BTW: There's a Pentax K 1000/8 on eBay now, in pristine condition complete with crate ... might be difficult to get that onboard of an airplane since it's really uncomfortably similar to a MANPAD, including sights)
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