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02-12-2014, 05:39 AM   #1
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Hi there from the Netherlands

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Recently switched from a Nikon 1 V1 (a small interchangeable lens camera) to the awesome K500. It is so much better than the entry-level cameras from other brands that I tried... I have had a bit of buyer's remorse for not getting a more popular brand (which is useful for borrowing lenses and stuff), but that quickly subsides when I consider the advantages of the Pentax system .

For now I only have the kit lens and my dad has a lot of old manual lenses that are very fun to use, but I'm looking to buy some of the fast normal-ish primes.

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Arno

02-12-2014, 06:45 AM   #2
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Welcome aboard! Take your time and figure out what you want to do before buying new lenses. You're lucky to have access to some older lenses to help figure that out.
I got to spend a couple weeks in the Naarden area back in '99, which was pretty fun. The area is really very nice.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ArnoVanLumig Quote
but I'm looking to buy some of the fast normal-ish primes
Welcome, now your talking the right language, you'll get on just fine here and we'll even help you to spend your money.

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Haha, nice to see TER-OR and Kerrowdown completely disagreeing on getting new lenses ;-)

For the Nikon I had the 18.5mm f/1.8 (which is about 50mm full-frame equivalent) and the standard 10-30mm kit zoom (approx. 26-78mm equivalent), but I rarely used the zoom. So that's why I want the primes
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I have a Sigma 28mm f1.8 macro - which I got for macro imaging but find it's an outstanding "eye-view" lens. Their 30mm is similar, from what I gather. These are NOT small lenses....

I still think I'll wind up buying a DA40mm, just because pancakes are cool.
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Welcome Arno.

The upside of a less known brand is, nobody is going to want to borrow your lenses

If you want to play with manual lenses on the cheap side, yet have great optics, my two suggestions would be the Pentax-M 50mm f/1.7 and the Rikenon XR 28mm 2.8. They should both be in the 30-40 dollar range. Good luck!
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