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02-24-2018, 09:57 PM   #1
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Help me choose lenses for the soon to be mine K-1ii

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i shoot landscapes, some night shots, some birds, and anything else that might look interesting. Currently I am shooting a nikon crop sensor with the kit lens (18-55) a 55-300 and an 11-15 tokina. I'm thinking of keeping the nikon with the 55-300 for birds.

I can't afford alot of lenses so please recomend what I should start my Pentax full frame bag with.

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If you only had to use one lens go with the 24-70. It's expensive but you will get a lot of use out of it.
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Budget...
and priorities on the subjects you mentioned would help.
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Either the 24-70mm, or the 28-105mm plus your favorite prime. I'm a fan of the latter combo because of the portability


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DFA28-105 without a doubt. It's the perfect walkaround on the K-1 and will compliment your crop Nikon/55-300 brilliantly.

The DFA24-70 is big (82mm filters, anyone?), heavy and expensive by comparison. It's still a very fine lens, but mine only gets an airing for special events.
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Welcome to the forum, I'm sure many here have their favorite and will suggest that to you.

Have a look through the extensive information here on the forum, it may help you in your selection.

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QuoteOriginally posted by jtstgeorge Quote
I can't afford alot of lenses so please recomend what I should start my Pentax full frame bag with.
Budget is going to be the overriding concern here. As well as what focal lengths you use most.

As already noted the DFA 28-105 is where you should most likely start. Maybe you could get the K-1II with the 28-105 kit? If you are going to use the Nikon (for now) on the longer lengths then that covers that end. If you have the budget the DFA 24-70 is a bit wider and is f/2.8 but much more expensive.

If you need wider there is the DFA 15-30 or the older but still good FA 20-35. Or any of several manual Samyang primes.
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Consider starting with the 28-105. It's a relatively inexpensive, sharp, compact lens. It works well for many types of photography and is a major step up from your current Nikon 18-55.

For ultra wide angle, the Pentax DFA 15-30 is very good. It is a more expensive and very heavy lens. Consider a Samyang/Rokinon manual focus lens as a less expensive alternative. Samyang 14, 20, and 24 are full frame (the 16 is crop).

An alternative to the 28-105 is the 24-70. Advantages of the 24-70: slightly wider, constant f2.8. Disadvantages: more expensive, bigger, heavier, less zoom.

QuoteOriginally posted by jtstgeorge Quote
...some night shots...
What types of scenes: city, concerts, wilderness, Milky Way, etc.? Do you have a tripod?

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The 24-70 might be a good idea if you want the wideness and some slight mid range to compliment your 55-300. The 28-105 would be a less expensive option, while giving you a versatile range on one camera body.
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Consider starting with the 28-105. It's a relatively inexpensive, sharp, compact lens. It works well for many types of photography and is a major step up from your current Nikon 18-55.

For ultra wide angle, the Pentax DFA 15-30 is very good. It is a more expensive and very heavy lens. Consider a Samyang/Rokinon manual focus lens as a less expensive alternative. Samyang 14, 20, and 24 are full frame (the 16 is crop).

An alternative to the 28-105 is the 24-70. Advantages of the 24-70: slightly wider, constant f2.8. Disadvantages: more expensive, bigger, heavier, less zoom.



What types of scenes: city, concerts, wilderness, Milky Way, etc.? Do you have a tripod?
Thanks for the advice I was going to go with the 24-70 but the weight may not be worth the extra stops over the 28-105 and one or two primes

now I think the 28-105 and an irex 15mm 2.8 for mynight shots and then the 100mm 2.8 macro to round out. I do have a tripod but... it usualy only gets out at night or when things require longer shutter speeds i.e. water falls
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QuoteOriginally posted by jtstgeorge Quote
Thanks for the advice I was going to go with the 24-70 but the weight may not be worth the extra stops over the 28-105 and one or two primes

now I think the 28-105 and an irex 15mm 2.8 for mynight shots and then the 100mm 2.8 macro to round out. I do have a tripod but... it usualy only gets out at night or when things require longer shutter speeds i.e. water falls
The 28-105 works surprisingly well at night. You either have to crank the ISO up or take a much longer exposure than with a fast lens, but here are some examples of what it can do at night. All were shot DNG format and processed. #2 (Devils' Tower startrail) is a composite of multiple frames (and in hindsight has some sloppy layer masking).







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I have too many camera systems I like to shoot with, so I can't afford to pay the prices of new Pentax zooms, however good they may be.

I shoot a K-1 and my first dedicated lens purchase for it worked out great for me: it's a second-hand
Tamron APO XR Di 28-75 f/2.8 and it cost me about $400.

I also love shooting the FA31 and FA77 primes in particular, although each of those cost nearly double the Tamron price.

Recently I also bought a mint condition Sigma DG APO 70-200 f/2.8 lens for about $400; not sure which version except that it's one of the older non-macro versions. I'm very happy with its IQ on the K-1.

Here's where I store most of my K-1 images. The lens will be identified in each shot: Pentax 35mm DSLR images | Flickr

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The 28-105 works surprisingly well at night. You either have to crank the ISO up or take a much longer exposure than with a fast lens, but here are some examples of what it can do at night. All were shot DNG format and processed. #2 (Devils' Tower startrail) is a composite of multiple frames (and in hindsight has some sloppy layer masking).







thanks, nice examples
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