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03-25-2014, 05:17 PM   #1
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I have an ME Super and an auto focus P30 which seems unable to use many of my old KA lens, for example my tamron 600mm cat, which is a manual focus and fixed apature at F8 (may be I'm doing something wrong though).
I'm looking at a K3, and I'd like to ask a simple question, will it utilise my old lenses like the cat. I know the tamron might not give as good results as the latest offerings, but to be honest it may never get used again anyway, so I'm not about to buy a new 600mm lens.
I will also be looking at 2 zooms (I liked my old 35-105), and I'd like something from the equivalent of 80 ish to 250/300.
I've looked at many of the reviews here to the point where I'm confused and also in the rest of the press that seem to slate alot of the current Pentax range.
I don't wish to pay a fortune, but I do want a good sharp and a reasonably fast zoom (ie in the old contex of aperture).
There are many deals that seem to include one or two zooms, but I bet thay aint that good.
Any help will be welcomed - thanks Trevor

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Yup, the K-3 will work with all old Pentax lenses. Actually, every Pentax DSLR is backwards-compatible.

As for a zoom kit, I'd recommend the Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 C:
Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 Contemporary - Introduction - PentaxForums.com

and the Pentax 55-300mm:
HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED WR Review - Introduction - PentaxForums.com

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Once in a while you'll find a surprising old lens. I bought a Promaster 28-105 (and a camera body) which is surprisingly sharp and quite accurate.

As far as zoom kits go, the 55-300 is a good lens, and the 18-55 new version seems OK. The 18-135 is nice but Adam's recommendation seems even better.

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QuoteOriginally posted by TER-OR Quote
Once in a while you'll find a surprising old lens. I bought a Promaster 28-105 (and a camera body) which is surprisingly sharp and quite accurate.
Have you checked the exif data on that promaster I bought on for around 30 usd. It sureprised me with it's sharpness It is my favorite walk around Zoom. Out of cuiosity I check the exif data on a shot I had used that lens for and it reads Pentax 28-105.
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QuoteOriginally posted by patrick9 Quote
Have you checked the exif data on that promaster I bought on for around 30 usd. It sureprised me with it's sharpness It is my favorite walk around Zoom. Out of cuiosity I check the exif data on a shot I had used that lens for and it reads Pentax 28-105.
Yup, that's what mine reads. I think that's standard if there's no ID in the lens itself. I did buy a rubber screw-on hood for the lens, which is kind of bulky but it's a hood... The lens seems really great around 70mm, but I haven't done any objective tests across the range. I think it might become my favorite backyard dog photo lens. I should add some to my album here.
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QuoteOriginally posted by TER-OR Quote
I think that's standard if there's no ID in the lens itself.
I am not sure I have a some other lenses that either tell what they are or have nothing in that space.
I have a hood from my Quantaray 70-300 that I use . I don't remember what the Quantaray says It is a rebadged Tamron.

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Bonjour from France and welcome to PF, Trevor ... hope to see some images soon ... Salut, J
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exif data

Hi folks,
Interesting discussions developing!
I've googled "exif data" - excuse my lack of experience, but are you saying the image file also contains data about the lens that was used on the body ?

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QuoteOriginally posted by Adam Quote
Yup, the K-3 will work with all old Pentax lenses. Actually, every Pentax DSLR is backwards-compatible.

As for a zoom kit, I'd recommend the Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 C:
Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 Contemporary - Introduction - PentaxForums.com

and the Pentax 55-300mm:
HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED WR Review - Introduction - PentaxForums.com
Hi Adam,
I've noticed this lens: Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM
The advert suggests it's F2.8 throughout the whole zoom range - apart from 50mm vs 70mm is it much different to the one you suggested?
If so, is it better and what sort of price should one be paying?
Thanks, Trevor

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QuoteOriginally posted by THBrearley Quote
I've googled "exif data" - excuse my lack of experience, but are you saying the image file also contains data about the lens that was used on the body ?
Yes it usually does. Not older rmanual lenses tho
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