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03-01-2015, 08:47 PM   #1
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My name is Bret and I recently purchased a K5IIs. Moving away from Olympus. Still looking for my first lens for my camera.

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One of the great resources on this site is the lens database. The reviews may be a little subjective but still a great source for information all the Pentax lenses: Pentax Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database
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great camera. if you mention what type of photography you do we could make some suggestions... regardless, welcome to this site!
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Welcome Bret, great choice on the K5iis, it's such a capable device, sweet sensor with great dynamic range. Since you're looking for a lens, you'll gonna need something with flexibility like a zoom (or a bunch of cheap primes whichever floats your boat) The Da 16-45mm is a great lens, although a bit scarce these days you can find one used from $160-200. The -F 35-70 is a excellent oldie but goodie that can be bought for less than $50. You can also buy lots of cheaper primes like the excellent DA 50mm f1.8, the DA 35mm f2.4, or for more money graduate into DA Limited territory (DA 21 f3.2, DA 70mm f2.4 etc) There's also the -F/FA primes to consider and If you're really want to be one with your camera then go for manual focus primes with aperture pin like the -A series (or fully manual with the K series and the super takumars) Use the lens database for user reviews or ask for the members for helpful insight to narrow your choices further.

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Welcome to the Forums. Start browsing the lens database and try to control your urges! You will find an affliction called LBA (lens buying addiction) mentioned frequently on this site.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Dokken Quote
Still looking for my first lens for my camera
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03-03-2015, 02:58 PM   #8
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QuoteOriginally posted by Dokken Quote
My name is Bret and I recently purchased a K5IIs. Moving away from Olympus. Still looking for my first lens for my camera.
Welcome Bret,
Quite new myself, just got a K5 off Ebay last week. I can't comment on any autofocus lenses because I don't have any myself yet but I have some Pentax M and Pentax A primes and I've got the M42 adaptor so have a variety of M42 lenses
to try out. There are some sweet Pentax A primes available and they give you full functionality apart from autofocus. I was really pleased with the results the smc Pentax A 50mm F1.7 gave me and in TAV mode I could quickly forget about the camera and concentrate on the photography.

You might want to consider a water resistant zoom also, to take advantage of the weather resistant body.

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Hi Bret and welcome to the Forums.
Unless you're wanting to specialise early, eg on portraiture, landscape or macro, I suggest you think about a verstaile zoom of reasonable quality for your first lens, and choosing a weather-resistant lens is good advice. Most people I know - both beginners and more advanced photographers - are pretty pleased with the DA18-135, as am I (and I do have quite a few others to choose from).

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