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04-22-2014, 09:52 AM   #1
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I have followed this site for a couple of years now. I has been great and informative.In order to write a review I must first make a post to the forum. Here goes. I decided to get back into photography a few years back after a 30 year absence. Obviously digital was the way to go. I poured over reviews and critiques of the available cameras. I did remember to spend for a quality lens and I remembered that a Nikon I bought in the 1980's never took as good of photos as my old Konica. Back in the late 70's i longed for a pentax 645 or 67 do do landscape photography. So I looked into Pentax. The weather sealing sold me on the K-5. I thought it could always be used on trips to the four corners area. I was not satisfied with the K-5's IQ ,but then I found out that the camera I was judging it against was a Phase one IQ180. now I'm not so critical of the K-5. I have a K-3 now and am fairly satisfied with the results , the auto focus is greatly improved. The 16-50 $1000. lens is junk. The K-5 with a 43 limited takes a much better picture than the K-3 with the 16-50. I follow this site regularly now and depend on the user reviews and have picked up many useful tips.
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If the IQ180 is your standard, then you'll have to pick the very best Pentax lenses. I got the FA43 well before I got a DA*16-50; the IQ of the DA*16-50 is clearly not comparable. It's still useful for events or commercial photography where a large number of medium quality shots must be taken in a short time frame. When I got my DA*16-50 and took my first shots I was disappointed - I immediately noticed the CA/PF and poorer IQ at f/2.8 or f/3.2, compared to my FA43. But I quickly realized I'd been using mostly primes for the last few years. This IQ compromise was the cost of having a zoom.

In a direct studio comparison my K-5 and FA43 produced shots similar in quality to a current Hasselblad. In reviewing the shots I had to look at the metadata to differentiate them. Obviously the Hasselblad holds an advantage at larger screen/print sizes, but the FA43 produces beautiful colors and nice results when stopped down a bit.



If Phase One is out of your budget, consider the 645D or pre-order a 645Z. If that's still out of your budget (as it is for many of us) then continue with the better K-3 lenses. But keep in mind that in many cases a used 645 lens can be had for a similar price as a K-mount lens. DA*50-135 (much better than DA*16-50), FA*85/FA77/maybe DA70, FA*24, maybe FA20 or DA21, DA15, and DA10-17 (for creativity) are about your only candidates here. The Sigma 8-16 is also sharp enough (it's impressive), but I'm not crazy about the way it renders images overall. The MF A24/2.8 and K28/3.5 might also work for your needs. And a simple A50/1.7 is nice.


At the longer end the F or FA*300 should be considered. The F or FA135 may suit you, and one of the 200mm primes (MF or AF) can be good at times, but the AF *300s still have the AF *200s beat in IQ.
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If the IQ180 is your standard, then you'll have to pick the very best Pentax lenses. I got the FA43 well before I got a DA*16-50; the IQ of the DA*16-50 is clearly not comparable. It's still useful for events or commercial photography where a large number of medium quality shots must be taken in a short time frame. When I got my DA*16-50 and took my first shots I was disappointed - I immediately noticed the CA/PF and poorer IQ at f/2.8 or f/3.2, compared to my FA43. But I quickly realized I'd been using mostly primes for the last few years. This IQ compromise was the cost of having a zoom.

In a direct studio comparison my K-5 and FA43 produced shots similar in quality to a current Hasselblad. In reviewing the shots I had to look at the metadata to differentiate them. Obviously the Hasselblad holds an advantage at larger screen/print sizes, but the FA43 produces beautiful colors and nice results when stopped down a bit.



If Phase One is out of your budget, consider the 645D or pre-order a 645Z. If that's still out of your budget (as it is for many of us) then continue with the better K-3 lenses. But keep in mind that in many cases a used 645 lens can be had for a similar price as a K-mount lens. DA*50-135 (much better than DA*16-50), FA*85/FA77/maybe DA70, FA*24, maybe FA20 or DA21, DA15, and DA10-17 (for creativity) are about your only candidates here. The Sigma 8-16 is also sharp enough (it's impressive), but I'm not crazy about the way it renders images overall. The MF A24/2.8 and K28/3.5 might also work for your needs. And a simple A50/1.7 is nice.


At the longer end the F or FA*300 should be considered. The F or FA135 may suit you, and one of the 200mm primes (MF or AF) can be good at times, but the AF *300s still have the AF *200s beat in IQ.
Thanks for the lens tips. I'll take a look at the DA*50-135. I have the FA43 limited and it is truly a gem.

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Welcome to PF and bonjour from France, Xeno ... hope to see some more images soon ... Salut, J
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Welcome to the forum. It is great to have individuals of your knowledge and skills as members, and I look forward to seeing some of your images soon.
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