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03-01-2014, 10:45 AM   #1
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I have posted before about portrait/family shots lens for my k-x and have narrowed it down to either the da 50mm 1.8, 35mm 2.4, or the a 50mm 1.7. But I came across a local listing for this lens set and wanted your opinion since they are brands I have not heard of, but don't want to blow it off until I get some opinions from those that are more familiar to the photography than I am. This is the listing: Super Takumar 50 mm 1.8, Lentar 200mm 3.5, Soligor 70-150mm 3.8. Now I already have the kit lens and the tamron 28-300mm would this benefit me or should I just keep my focus on the Pentax 35-50mm prime? Thanks.

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Hello smiley, welcome to the Forum!
Although I typically suggest everyone try a legacy or manual lens sometime in their photographic journey, in this case I'd advise against it.
For families, kids and gatherings, auto-focus and auto exposure are a great help. Shooting in TAv with sliding (auto) ISO allows low-light capability that would take much more fiddling and time with a fully manual lens.
The Super Tak would provide a different rendering than a modern lens, whether you like it better is a personal choice. As for the others, my opinion is that you'll be happier with the results from the DA 35mm f/2.4 and DA 50mm f/1.8.
Hold off on the legacy glass for now.
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Are they K-mount? If they are M42 screw-on threaded, you would need an adapter. Also no in-camera aperture control - completely manual. Old lenses = old school.
Of the three lenses you have listed, the A 50 1.7 would be an excellent starting point. Its a great lens, and it will tell you if 50mm is too long or too wide for your style without breaking the bank.
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QuoteOriginally posted by smileyz1gin Quote
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If you'll be shooting mostly indoors, you'll benefit the most from the DA 35mm f2.4. If you have a lot of space to work with, or you're shooting head & shoulders portraits, then by all means go with a 50mm.

The super takumar 55 1.8 is an excellent lens, but it's slow to work with. I have one I use on a tripod for landscapes--using it on a moving target would be very challenging.

The other lenses you mention would be too long for what you want to do.

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The Takumar would be an excellent piece of glass. But you need an adapter and manual photography skills to make use of it. I would not recommend either of the others unless you want to have a play with old glass.

For general photography stick with the da 50 or da 35, they are auto-focus and work seamlessly with your camera. None of the lenses in this group will do that. If you want to try m42 lenses then by all means go for it but unless you have a desire to try old manual lenses the DA 50/35 are a better value.

You can spend an enormous amount of time and money on "inexpensive" "excellent" old glass. Better to just get a few good lenses that you will use a lot.
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I may be able buy the a 50 mm 1.7 & the 35mm 2.4 but I cannot afford the da 50 mm 1.8 & the 35 mm 2.4. Should I just get just either the 50 1.8 or the 35
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Should I just get just either the 50 1.8 or the 35
The 50 (and get a hood for it). That other lens set will do you nothing much for you.

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I may be able buy the a 50 mm 1.7 & the 35mm 2.4 but I cannot afford the da 50 mm 1.8 & the 35 mm 2.4. Should I just get just either the 50 1.8 or the 35
At depends on exactly what your planning on shooting. The 35mm will give you a wider field of view but will cost you some light (1.8 vs 2.4)... It's a trade-off. The 50mm is a bit faster but you will have to move back a little to frame the same picture.

I believe that the 35 might be sharper than the 50 but to what extent I don't know.

I started out with a 50mm (f/1.8) which serves me very well, it's very good for single subject and a bit of room. I just got a 35mm and I love the field of view but it feels a bit too wide for portraits.

As it was mentioned, AF might be the best way to go, manual focus is nice but if you're shooting a lot of people that can't stand still, don't get a manual lens just yet.

Get the 50 f/1.8 and save up for a while and get a 35 later on if you feel you need it. In almost every case, 50mm will be more practical.
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Welcome to the forum, if you can live with manual focus the SMC Pentax-A 50mm F1.7 Reviews - A Prime Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database is one of the finest IMHO lenses around, for not a lot money too.
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Welcome to PF and bonjour from France, smileyz1gin ... I would agree with Ron about the DA 35/2.4 (the "Plastic Fantastic") and the DA 50/1.8 ... hope to see an image or two soon ... Salut, J

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If your budget is still $300 max as stated here: then I'd look for, in order, DA50 first, DA35 next & the Pentax-F 35-70mm last. If you are careful & patient, you can get all of this on eBay for under $300 total.
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The locally-listed lenses don't sound very appealing. As an alternative to them and the other choices you list, you can probably find a lightly-used 17-50mm tamron f2.8 for about that price, from a vendor who'll keep exchanging copies until you find one that doesn't front or back-focus. Of course, the kids might be grown by the time you finish that process, but you also might get lucky and get a good match the first time out.

The tamron would be an upgrade from, and overlap, your kit lens, so you could sell that, although it wouldn't command a high price.
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