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04-16-2018, 08:50 AM - 2 Likes   #1
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Maybe just facts. Retired and travel (RV). First SLR in 1967, yes that old and that is why I cannot remember the brand. Just came back to the elite (yes I am joking) with a K-70 after using a Canon S3 for the last couple of decades. Landscapes/cityscapes are probably my priority but will not pass up wildlife. On a tangent, a steam locomotive improves a landscape. Currently, I am using the DAL 18-55 kit to get acclimated to the technology which had passed me by. In process of researching wide angle landscape lenses and telephoto in the 200-300 mm range.

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Welcome to PF.

You said you are researching wide angle and telephoto lenses. How wide? The DA 15 Limited is a great lens. Another option is the 16-85. That's close enough to 15mm and would also upgrade your current 18-55. Or, if you want ultra wide angle beyond 15mm, there are options from Pentax and third parry lens makers.

For telephoto, the older 55-300 screwdrive focus is a bargain, or there's the newer PLM version if you want faster, quieter focusing.
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if ( when ) you decide to get into other lenses and you don't mind " experienced " equipment, be sure to check the forum's market place

I have had good luck buying from other members via the market place

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Welcome! My first SLR was 1972 or thereabouts. I think it was a Minolta.

Lots of experience and help on this website. Look at the top header and explore the 'cameras' and 'lenses' sections for more info than you can imagine.

The 18-55 is not a bad lens but there are so many options both used and new. So take your time and do your research. I suspect many of us have bought (and sold) quite a few lenses before we settled onto a kit we liked.

I just added a new DFA 15-30 which will be replacing the FA 20-35 f/4 I've had for years.

And if you are looking to buy used check out the marketplace on this forum: The Pentax Marketplace | Buy & Sell Pentax Cameras and Lenses - PentaxForums.com
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QuoteOriginally posted by gump Quote
Maybe just facts. Retired and travel (RV). First SLR in 1967, yes that old and that is why I cannot remember the brand. Just came back to the elite (yes I am joking) with a K-70 after using a Canon S3 for the last couple of decades. Landscapes/cityscapes are probably my priority but will not pass up wildlife. On a tangent, a steam locomotive improves a landscape. Currently, I am using the DAL 18-55 kit to get acclimated to the technology which had passed me by. In process of researching wide angle landscape lenses and telephoto in the 200-300 mm range.
I've got a Tamron SP f/3.5-4.6 35-210mm lens from the 80's that produces really sharp and vibrant photos still, and it can be had on eBay for about 30 at the moment. They're completely manual but if you don't mind that then I would definitely recommend it.
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If zooms are your thing the DA 12-24 f4 is quite nice for a crop wide angle. The new DA* 11-18 f2.8 will undoubtably eclipse it but it is a good option and may see prices drop with the new lens but is already pretty affordable. 10-20/10-24 options exist in 3rd party also.

On the tele end, zooms: DA* 60-250 f4IS FANTASTIC but expensive. The DA 50-200 is compact but a bit soft. The various da 55-300 options are all very good for the money.

If primes, the da 15 is pretty widely loved and the da 14 isn't a slouch either. Wider manual focus options in 3rd party also exist.

On the prime end the Pentax DA* 200 f2.8 and 300 f4 are the likely contenders. 200 paired with the HD DA 1.4x is about 280mm f4 which gives versatility. This lens is said to be less sharp than the 300, but at least on crop the 200 seems to hold up.

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fellow K70 owner.... consider a Rokinon / Samyang 14mm manual focus. Auto aperture works fine. As the k70 has focus peaking & catch in focus, lack of AF with the 14mm is not a show stopper. Plus I can always go full frame with my film bodies. I also use a Tamron 28-200 for everyday. Cheap & light.

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I had an 18-55. It was my first AF landscape lens. Welcome to Pentax forums.
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QuoteOriginally posted by wrench.doozer Quote
fellow K70 owner.... consider a Rokinon / Samyang 14mm manual focus. Auto aperture works fine. As the k70 has focus peaking & catch in focus, lack of AF with the 14mm is not a show stopper. Plus I can always go full frame with my film bodies. I also use a Tamron 28-200 for everyday. Cheap & light.
I was looking at these this afternoon. Certainly will be on the list of possibles. Thanks.

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I had an 18-55. It was my first AF landscape lens. Welcome to Pentax forums.
Weather has been too filthy to get out and try even with a WR rig. But hope to do it soon.
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Hi from Australia gump, and welcome to the Pentax forums. Good to have you aboard.
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