Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home
 

Reply
Show Printable Version Search this Thread
08-26-2013, 11:05 AM   #1
New Member




Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 24
New K-30 Owner and a Novice

Hello P-eople - How a u doin?

Just started playing with my first DSLR and started reading a bit. I realized it is an interesting , but a bit expensive hobby. Nevertheless you don't have much of a choice if you are heading to Hawaii and your wife wants the best pictures of hers( to show off on Facebook) . so here I come after buying a New k-30 with a Kit lens. As I said I am a novice, hardly ever dared the Manual setting. But reading & shooting is helping. Got to do a lot more of it - I am sure.

I heard about the following lenses and my understanding(you can laugh, but correct me )
  1. Pentax DA 50mm f1.8 / Pentax-DA 35mm F2.4 - Both Good for low-light and close range photography.
  2. Pentax 21977 DA 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 ED AL (IF) DC WR Lens Good all in one lens.
  3. PENTAX DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL Weather Resistant Lens Kit lens.

We are planning to shot ourselves in scenic backgrounds (small aperture=> Greater depth of field ) so I was thinking if #1 is needed or I am good with my Kit lens. As for #2 I plan to buy it for thanksgiving - hoping for a deal then. Please suggest.

Thank you!

08-26-2013, 11:41 AM - 1 Like   #2
Site Supporter




Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Gatineau, Quebec
Posts: 155
:D

Hi!

Id say if you can put youre hands on a F or FA 50mm F1.7 i liked it better than the DA50 F1.8 in terms of IQ.
The 50 F1.8 is still a fantastic lens tho.... and new for 190$ its a steal.

The 18-135mm WR even tho there are nasty reviews on it in some places, its a fantastic lens, i love love love it, good for any occasion, slow in low light but thats not really
a Con for a kit lens of that quality. the WR is great as i am never worried about drops or snowflakes, and the range is just mindblowing haha.

then add to it the 55-300 DA (not DAL) .... great great lens can be had for +- 300$ used and totally worth it, great optic for the price.

Good luck!
08-26-2013, 11:41 AM   #3
Site Supporter




Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Gatineau, Quebec
Posts: 155
A quick 50 is never bad, its always great to have and always fun to play with
08-26-2013, 12:08 PM - 1 Like   #4
Pentaxian
Kozlok's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Albuquerque
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 1,758
Lenses are always a matter of personal and financial choice. The 18-135 is pretty good for most things, really flexible. It is also helpful to have a fast prime for low light. I have the 18-135 and the Sigma 30/1.4. I also have a 50mm/1.4. It's kind of long indoors, but super outside. I started with the kit, and it's a fine lens. The 18-135 is better, but not leaps and bounds.

My advice would be to get the 35 if you have the cash, if not, then just shoot with the kit for awhile. Find out where it limits you, and buy a lens to fix that limitation. You may find you want more macro, or more telephoto, a fisheye, or larger aperture (smaller f number). I got hooked on limited primes. Others have different needs. As you get "better" lenses, they get less flexible, but really good at one thing. You need to choose lenses with a purpose in mind.

08-26-2013, 12:24 PM - 1 Like   #5
Pentaxian
normhead's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Near Algonquin Park
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 25,043
My constant refrain is "one lens= DA 18-135." If you have an 18-135, it also focuses pretty close, not macro, pseudo macro.





Great for landscape





And not a bad telephoto either.



I have over 10 lenses in my collection and this lens is still a workhorse, and probably gets more use than any other lens I own. The 18-55... not so much.

After that, I'd go for either the DA 55-300 or the Tamron 90 macro, depending on whether macro or telephoto is more important to you.

The 35-2.4 is a great lens, but I don't find myself using it as much as I thought I would.

The only thing I'd look at instead of the 18-135 would be the Sigma 18-250, which as far as I can tell has the best optics of the super zooms available other than the 18-135.
08-26-2013, 03:35 PM - 1 Like   #6
Veteran Member




Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Central Kentucky
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 1,415
QuoteOriginally posted by pingu Quote
Hello P-eople - How a u doin?


We are planning to shot ourselves in scenic backgrounds (small aperture=> Greater depth of field ) so I was thinking if #1 is needed or I am good with my Kit lens. As for #2 I plan to buy it for thanksgiving - hoping for a deal then. Please suggest.

Thank you!

For your stated purpose, a wider prime lens might be best.. 50 1.9, 40 or 21 than any of the zooms. A lot of the Island magic happens after the sun goes down. Also a tripod and remote control.
08-28-2013, 12:32 AM - 1 Like   #7
Site Supporter
Jean Poitiers's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Lost in translation ...
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 16,474
Welcome to PF and bonjour from France ... enjoy your K-30 and please post us some of your images ... J
08-28-2013, 12:26 PM   #8
New Member




Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 24
Original Poster
Woww..Great responses..Thank you very much for your inputs.

As you guys suggested - I shall play with my Kit lens for some more time. I am inclined to adding a wider prime lens shortly. Hoping $180 price comes down further as I have a month left for my trip.

Thanks again for your inputs and the welcome

08-28-2013, 12:31 PM - 1 Like   #9
Moderator PEG Judges
Kerrowdown's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Highlands of Scotland.
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 32,153
Welcome, enjoy that new K-30.
08-28-2013, 01:36 PM - 1 Like   #10
Pentaxian
ChristianRock's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Woodstock, GA
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 4,379
I love my manual 28mm f2.8 as a walkaround lens, even walking through parks and nature, it's a good range. So I think adding a prime between 20-35 to your kit lens would be the thing I would do for starters. Kit + small prime wouldn't be too heavy on the trip. For your purposes, it seems like the 35mm DA f2.4 would be perfect. Of course if you have more money to invest, you can look at the Limiteds, but the 35mm 2.4 seems to have almost-Limited quality for 181 bucks at Adorama and B&H while they are running their special. Go to www.flickr.com and do a search on "pentax 35 2.4 portrait" and you will see how it renders skin tone and color, and how sharp it can be in the right hands. This lens is definitely in my list to buy before the current promotion expires in October.

Good luck with your trip and practice a lot, a happy wife = more photography toys
08-28-2013, 08:39 PM   #11
New Member




Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 24
Original Poster
Thanks Chris.

I find the newer 50mm F1.8 sample pics much sharper and brighter than 35mm F2.4AL. so not sure which one to go for. Both cost the same too ($180) to make matters worse
08-29-2013, 11:29 AM   #12
Pentaxian
ChristianRock's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Woodstock, GA
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 4,379
Can't go wrong with both for 360
08-29-2013, 12:52 PM   #13
Loyal Site Supporter
TER-OR's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Dundee, IL
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 5,766
Don't overlook the wider Sigma fast primes like the 28mm f1.8 or the similar 30mm.
You can sometimes find nice deals on older 24mm fast lenses, too. Those are great indoors.

I bought the 18-135 a year or so ago, it's my only WR lens, and it's a good walkaround lens. If I'm only taking the camera and mounted lens, usually it's that - unless the walk or trip is one where I'm looking for birds etc, then it's the 55-300, my longest modern lens.
01-07-2015, 02:31 PM   #14
New Member




Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 24
Original Poster
Back to forums after a while. We took great pics in Hawaii with Pentax DA 50mm f1.8. Thanks to your suggestions. We recently had a baby . Thinking of buying another lens as Pentax DA 50mm f1.8 auto focus is noisy and distracting for baby. any suggestions?
Reply

Bookmarks
  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
bit, da, f/3.5-5.6, k-30, kit, lens, novice, pentax
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
New K-30 owner Anna2324 Welcomes and Introductions 6 08-07-2013 03:53 AM
New K-30 owner here tylerherring Welcomes and Introductions 2 12-27-2012 05:27 AM
new owner of k-30 question on packaging eripey Pentax K-30 & K-50 12 12-20-2012 10:22 AM
New K-30 owner from Calgary BurningChrome Welcomes and Introductions 10 10-12-2012 04:16 PM
New K-30 owner, hello from the UK Chippy Minton Welcomes and Introductions 2 10-01-2012 08:01 PM



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 04:43 PM. | See also: NikonForums.com, CanonForums.com part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
register
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]
Top