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10-25-2009, 05:59 PM   #1
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Hello from Michigan US

Greeting to everyone.

I am a new Pentax forum member. Still use my *ist DL and K100D. Decided not to update camera body until a FF is out. Is this good decision?

Thanks for viewing. It is a nice forum.

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Welcome to the forum Chris.
Hope you enjoy your time here.

Now only you can decide whether waiting for a Pentax FF body is worth your while, but I'd say don't hold your breath. It'll definitely be a while if it does happen, and it won't revolutionise photography as we know it.

Current dSLRs are just fine and capable - just depends what you want out of a camera... One way is to test drive something like a D700 or 5DMkII and see if you like what you see - maybe then you'd want to go for one of those....

There's no major deficiency you have with your current cams other than sheer megapixels, which only really becomes important if you're printing big.

Otherwise, go for good lenses - that's where the money is (and the good results!)
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Welcome to the forum Chris.
Hope you enjoy your time here.

Now only you can decide whether waiting for a Pentax FF body is worth your while, but I'd say don't hold your breath. It'll definitely be a while if it does happen, and it won't revolutionise photography as we know it.

Current dSLRs are just fine and capable - just depends what you want out of a camera... One way is to test drive something like a D700 or 5DMkII and see if you like what you see - maybe then you'd want to go for one of those....

There's no major deficiency you have with your current cams other than sheer megapixels, which only really becomes important if you're printing big.

Otherwise, go for good lenses - that's where the money is (and the good results!)
Thanks, Ash.

I am definitely going for good lenses and other accessories. Currently I have only a kit lens, a FA 50 1.4, a 360FGZ, a Tamron 70-300 1:4-5:6 Macro plus a lot of manual lenses (not good quality). I am looking for a 16-50 F2.8 SDM or 16-45 F4 but I am afraid of SDM issue and it may not work on my K100D, is it true?

On the longer lens side, somebody just posted a Sigma 170-500 in the forum for sale asking around US$ 500. I think this is a good deal, what do you think?

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Chris, I have a 16-50 and love it. Then again, I've not been affected by the apparent high rate of SDM failures. In this regard I don't routinely encourage everyone to go out and get a copy - but I wouldn't be without mine. I still prefer it over the 16-45, which I had for some time also.

If you're concerned, I wouldn't hesitate to go for the 16-45 - it's a fine landscape lens.
As for compatibility, if you have the K100D (not Super) then the 16-50 would just be a normal screwdrive AF lens (not SDM). Still would work fine, and if you decided one day to upgrade your body you would have SDM - although you wouldn't be able to test it out until you do...

As for the 170-500, what would you want to use this for? Ask yourself what you want to shoot, and this will guide you as to what focal lengths you will want to cover with your lenses. It's a good lens, but very long and only really suitable for smaller subjects taken from far away...

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Chris, I have a 16-50 and love it. Then again, I've not been affected by the apparent high rate of SDM failures. In this regard I don't routinely encourage everyone to go out and get a copy - but I wouldn't be without mine. I still prefer it over the 16-45, which I had for some time also.

If you're concerned, I wouldn't hesitate to go for the 16-45 - it's a fine landscape lens.
As for compatibility, if you have the K100D (not Super) then the 16-50 would just be a normal screwdrive AF lens (not SDM). Still would work fine, and if you decided one day to upgrade your body you would have SDM - although you wouldn't be able to test it out until you do...

As for the 170-500, what would you want to use this for? Ask yourself what you want to shoot, and this will guide you as to what focal lengths you will want to cover with your lenses. It's a good lens, but very long and only really suitable for smaller subjects taken from far away...
Thanks Ash.

I will probably go for 16-45. It is one of least complained lens in the forum. Ans a lot of people like it. I just wonder if one stop from F4 to F2.8 of 16-50 will help much low light. I also have a 360 FGZ so I can put it into good use in low light instead of getting a F2.8. Again a lot of things need to learn to master.

As for 170-500, I am mainly looking for using it in the zoo for animals and on the lake for birds. I have a cheap Tamron 70-300. Very nice lens except purple fringe. Although I know the trick now to not use it against the light. But 300 mm is not long enough for bird shooting.
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