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06-06-2016, 02:24 AM   #1
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Hi all, probably the wrong place to put this but im new. I was wandering if anyone can recommend me a really wide lens for a K1000?

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The K series has a 17mm f/4 fish eye and a 20mm f/4 rectilinear which are very favourably reviewed. Not too expensive either.
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Here's a list of the widest lenses in the Pentax lineup. There are also plenty of third-party alternatives.

How wide do you want to go?

I'd of course recommend the K 15mm F3.5. It's not the best lens optically, but it'll let you shoot in style (and it's also the widest rectilinear prime from Pentax).

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QuoteOriginally posted by Adam Quote
I'd of course recommend the K 15mm F3.5. It's not the best lens optically, but it'll let you shoot in style (and it's also the widest rectilinear prime from Pentax).
I had the pleasure of using the K15/3.5 briefly (not the aspherical element version) and can say this:

1. Not as sharp as the compare at the time - Sigma 8-16. This was expected.
2. K15 had better contrast.
3. K15 had better colours.

It would be fair to say the Sigma 8-16 met todays lens brief. Sharp, sharp and sharp. But the K15 had character with better contrast and colours. In this respect I think both lenses have their place.

The K20/4 is a lot cheaper and is quite capable. It is also plenty wide enough and easier to get a copy of.

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Scarcity of the 15/3.5 certainly effects price.

I have K 17/4, M 20/4, K 24/2.8, M 28/3.5 and K 35/3.5 - I shoot them all on a K1000 often.

The colours from M20/4 are fantastic. It's plenty wide - again relative scarcity affects pricing but I think if you set your sights on a 20mm you find something you will like.

28mm and 35mm are common enough but really not that wide comparably.
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The colours from M20/4 are fantastic. It's plenty wide - again relative scarcity affects pricing but I think if you set your sights on a 20mm you find something you will like.
I have recently acquired a M20/4. I now have the following 20mm lenses to play with

SMC Takumar 20mm f4.5
K 20mm f4
M 20mm f4
FA 20mm f2.8

I should to a controlled test to see how they fair against each other wide open and again at f8 - a torrid task for the weekend
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The zenitar 16mm fish eye in m42 mount might be an option too. I have one and use it on film at times. It seems to go for a cheap price too.
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Adaptall 24 2.5 is very affordable and might perhaps be useful in more situations than wider lenses, because the distortion level isn't quite so in your face. Also you can use it on many different makes of camera bodies -- it is 'Adaptall'.

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Welcome to the forum.

I have no hesitation in recommending SMC Pentax-A 15mm F3.5 and SMC Pentax-A 20mm F2.8.
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Thanks for all of the nice replies guys, i also forgot to mention that im not after a fisheye type lens just a normal wide angle. (theres probably a name for it lol)
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QuoteOriginally posted by Natruls Quote
not after a fisheye type lens just a normal wide angle (theres probably a name for it lol)
"rectilinear"

A lot of very wide angle non-fishy lenses do show a bit of distortion depending on what is being viewed and the angle at which it is being viewed; for example, slapping my RMC Tokina 17mm f/3.5 on any of my film bodies, obvious distortion is seen when door frames, patio doors with window frames etc. are near the edge of the viewfinder, and it is a bug rather than a feature. Fisheyes do this by design. The very best fisheye pics I've seen are the ones that put naturally curved or irregular objects (e.g. tree branches) in the most distorted parts of the field and keep the horizon dead-level - this tends to reduce the perceived distortion (because it isn't identifiably straight objects getting bent) while preserving the enormously increased field of view the fisheyes have relative to rectilinear lenses of the same focal length.
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"rectilinear"
My recommendations were exactly that.
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I was merely clarifying nomenclature for the OP.
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Thanks guys, you've helped me a heap!
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