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10-19-2017, 06:40 AM - 1 Like   #61
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I think this thread is starting to diverge from original purpose. I would hate to scare off a new PF member that came for a little lens advice with our usual banter.

Just my thoughts, hoping to keep this thread more useful to its original purpose.

p.s. Buy a Super-Wide II AF.

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QuoteOriginally posted by cyberjunkie Quote
Well, i wouldn't be so sure
What you write has some truth in it, but i doubt it's 100% true.
I don't want to hijack the OP's thread, but it would be good in a new thread to see some comparisons. My observation is not from facts as I am not a Ricoh employee or management. It's from anecdotal experience from myself and others. I personally have only once upgraded to a brand new lens and got inferior results. (Minolta back in the 1980's). But you're right, that doesn't mean that is 100% true for everyone.

AND KUDOS to Josepheller: Both lenses are excellent choices to start with your K-1.

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10-30-2017, 07:58 PM - 1 Like   #63
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Hi all, been reading and using the many resources on this site for some time now as my wife and I did our research and finally settled on a camera for her (feels more like I will be the one doing most of the work though ). We are both novices to serious photography and DSLR cameras, but decided to take the plunge as we both have an interest and with the arrival of our first child cell phone photos would no longer do. Anyhow, the camera is arriving tomorrow and we have no lenses for it. My first order of business is to get a good portrait lens and then build out the collection (the 24-70 and 70-200 probably next up, though I have read that the kit 28-105 is a really good all around lens). With that said I have narrowed the portrait lens search to the following options (as I currently rank them), but thought I'd check with the experts before settling on a specific one:

1. SMC Pentax-FA 50mm F1.4: SMC Pentax-FA 50mm F1.4 Reviews - FA Prime Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database

2. SMC Pentax-FA 50mm F1.7: SMC Pentax-FA 50mm F1.7 Reviews - FA Prime Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database

3. SMC Pentax-DA 50mm F1.8: SMC Pentax-DA 50mm F1.8 Reviews - DA Prime Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database

Let me know if you think these are good options or if there are other/better ones out there that I should be considering.

Other than that I am wide-open to hearing thoughts on other lenses we should consider (for portraits and other modes of photography), or philosophies on building a lens collection (primes v zoom, pentax v third party, D FA v DA/F/FA/etc). To give a bit of background and context on how the camera will be used: mostly portraits, family photos and events. But we do like to travel so street, city and some action photography will occur from time to time (hence my thinking that the 28-105 D FA lens may be a good and versatile all around option). I understand there's not a one size fits guide to building a lens collection, but I want to learn from the folks that have been there and done that to avoid any common pitfalls along the way

Thanks for your help. I look forward to learning from you all, and hopefully (with time) contributing to the community as well.
When I got my K-1, I had the same issue of building lens collection around Pentax K mount from scratch. Unfortunately, most of modern professional Pentax lenses are out of my price range :-( I am not making any money on my photography hobby.
So I chose to buy used, full frame mostly film era fast and not so fast prime and zoom lenses with either manual or screw drive focusing. I always use manual mode, and I am not shooting sports or fast actions, so I can tolerate ether screw drive or manual focusing. Pentax green button saves the day when I use a lens with manual set aperture. I have obtained very nice lenses like Rokinon 28mm f/2.8, Helios 44K-4 58mm f/2.0 with very artistic swirly bokeh, Ricoh Riconar 55mm f/2.2 also with a nice swirly bokeh, Auto Sears 50mm f/1.7, Zenitar-K K2 MC 50mm f/2, Quantaray 28-70mm f/2.8-4, Takumar 28-80mm f/3.5-4.5, Pentax-FA 28-105 f/4-5.6, Pentax-F 35-80mm f/4-5.6, Pentax-F 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6, Access P-MC 35-70mm f/2.5-3.5, Tamron XR Di LD 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 good all purpose zoom lens for traveling, Tamron AF LD (IF) 185D 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 older version of the same lens from film era, and a few others. It is unbelievable what kind of professional lenses you can find on garage and estate sales for pennies on a dollar. Unfortunately, not all of them Pentax compatible and you always have to be careful to remove "Ricoh pin" before mounting such lenses on your camera. What I wanted to say, that the lens and optical technology did not radically change since its inception. If you can tolerate manual focusing or aperture setting, you won't see much difference in the end results between modern pro and older film lenses. Just my two cents.
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