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12-08-2009, 11:35 AM   #1
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Hello there,

I have just ordered a Pentax K-7, and picked up a few lenses to go with it. I'm looking for advice on what other lenses I will need. I basically want to be ready for any situation (while also realizing I have a finite budget and can't carry 300 lbs of gear with me)

Here's what I have (well, will have actually, since the k7 hasn't actually arrived yet)

Pentax 15-55 WR (kit lens with camera)
Sigma 400/f5.6 AF
Takumar 135/f2.5 bayonet mount
Pentax 28-90 FA lens
Pentax 28-80 FA lens

I'm thinking perhaps a longer zoom ie. a pentax 80-320?

Any suggestions?

Cheers,

Jake

12-08-2009, 11:45 AM   #2
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Rather than the 80-320, I would seriously consider the DA* 60-250/4, if your budget allows. I am personally drooling over it despite having the DA* 50-135/2.8.
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Hi Canada_Rockies

Thanks for the advice, I checked, and my budget won't withstand that this year (maybe next). I going to have to go with a used version of an older lens for the time being.

Cheers,

Jake
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Congratulations with your new camera! Good choice (I just bought a K-7 myself ).

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QuoteOriginally posted by moray-eel-bite Quote
Hello there,

I have just ordered a Pentax K-7, and picked up a few lenses to go with it. I'm looking for advice on what other lenses I will need. I basically want to be ready for any situation (while also realizing I have a finite budget and can't carry 300 lbs of gear with me)

Here's what I have (well, will have actually, since the k7 hasn't actually arrived yet)

Pentax 15-55 WR (kit lens with camera)
Sigma 400/f5.6 AF
Takumar 135/f2.5 bayonet mount
Pentax 28-90 FA lens
Pentax 28-80 FA lens

I'm thinking perhaps a longer zoom ie. a pentax 80-320?

Any suggestions?

Cheers,

Jake
You could do a lot worse than the WR 50-200 which will give you weather resistance across a wide focal range, and has come down in price a lot (at least in UK). Better image quality would come from the 55-300 DA, which I suspect would significantly outperform older zooms covering a similar range. Best bang for bucks if you don't mind processing out some purple fringing is the Tamron 70-300.
12-09-2009, 12:36 PM   #6
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Welcome to the forum Jake.
Jon's advice is spot on and I'd consider getting the DA 55-300 if you can afford that lens.
For a consumer-grade lens it really shines in good lighting conditions.
12-09-2009, 06:22 PM   #7
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Hello all,

Thanks for the advice, it looks like I can probably swing the DA55-300 once I've tried out some of the lens I already have.

I'm looking forward to re-discovering Pentax. It's been quite a while since I gave up the good ole Pentax k1000.

Cheers,

Jake
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