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08-21-2014, 05:42 AM   #1
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Hi everybody! I have just acquired a K-30 to complement my large Olympus FT and mFT gear. I am curious to see how the somewhat larger sensor would perform and whether there will be serious differences. Apart from the kit WR lens I have two ancient GDR lenses, Carl Zeiss Flektogon 20mm f2.8 and Pentacon 135mm f2.8. These did not work very well with Olympus (both FT and mFT). The first one behaves erratically, sometimes producing nice photos - inexplicably , the second one is OK. But I am not fond of MF lenses. I intend to get a 50mm f1.8 - and then will be able to comment more.

08-21-2014, 05:52 AM   #2
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I have some good experience with older M-series Pentax lenses on the modern bodies, but haven't been able to play with some of the more exotic ones like yours. I think the Pentax system is very well designed for controlling manual lenses, though. Personally, I'd look at a 35mm lens like the DA32 f2.4 for lower budgets, as this is closer to the "normal" view on the APS-C bodies - closer to what your vision sees. The 50mm is supposed to be nice for portraits, though, and for isolating subjects.

I am curious about that 20mm, maybe it will turn out to be a real gem on your new K30.
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Thank you for your comment. Actually I am very well equipped in mFT with primes for all distances - for short and medium I have the Panasonic 14 f2.4 and the 20 f1.7, the PanaLeica 25mm f1.4, the Olympus 45mm 1.8, the Sigma 60mm 2.8 and the Sigma 30mm f1.4 for FT (usable on mFT). These have to be multiplied by 2 to get the 35mm equivalent. Thus, first, it is exactly the 50 (=77mm) that I am missing and I want to fill in the gap with the Pentax. And, second, I am very curious to see how the Pentax 50 1.8 will perform IQ-wise with respect to the mFT/FT primes, given the larger sensor of the K-30, the 50 1.8 very good reviews and the very very good quality from all of the above-mentioned FT/mFT lenses. But right now I cannot say anything - looking forward to obtaining the 50 1.8.
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Welcome to the forums, enjoy your stay and your new camera.

I don't have such a vast pool of lenses to compare it with, but I really like that 50mm. Yes, it's all plastic but for that money I think it a great deal and, from what others wrote, provides rather good IQ as well. Will be interesting to hear how you judge its performance in comparison to your current equipment.

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Welcome and enjoy that new K-30.
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Thank you, Undot and Kerrowdown!

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