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03-08-2019, 06:29 AM - 1 Like   #1
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Back in the saddle with the 645z

I was fortunate t have a 645z kit a year ago for a few months but had to sell for financial reasons, so now I'm rebuilding what I had. Currently have a 55-110 F/5.6 lens I plan on using for general purpose. The camera will be used for landscape, night and maybe some wide field Astro work. Since I don't have a huge budget left after buying the camera & lens, have to be careful about what I buy since there isn't a whole lot of $$ left to spend. Opinions or anything else to add to the list?

D FA 55 F/2.8 (more modern)
Pentax SMCP-FA 645N 45mm f/2.8 AF Lens (cheaper than 55)
Pentax FA 645 33-55mm f/4.5 AL Lens

03-08-2019, 09:37 AM   #2
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Having owned a 645D and now the 645Z since it was introduced, I have acquired many lenses. The one that stays on the camera is the FA 45-85. Very good lens and readily available on the used market. I believe that it would be a good start to build around. Good to see you have rejoined the fold. Enjoy!
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The 45-85mm is a great lens for the price that you can get it for secondhand.

I was pleased to see the 33-55mm on your list as I think that it's massively underrated. Yes, it's no 28-45mm, but its small size and its light weight means that you're more likely to take it with you than the massive and heavy 28-45mm.

The A 35mm is great, too. Smaller than the FA 35mm but just as impressive.

The tiny 75mm is worth having in your bag (or pocket, it's so small!)

Good luck building your kit.
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I would 2nd the A35. I sold my kit due to relocation and shipping restrictions but the A35 was one of my favorites. I also liked the A 120 macro.

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As people have mentioned above:
45-85 is great bang for the buck---I think I got one in the $600 range. It's on the heavier side, though.

The A35 is a terrific lens, but manual of course. But it's probably going to be the cheapest option for wide angle on the Z, although check for FA 35's(but they need to be stopped down more for field curvature).
The A120 is a very fine lens that can be had cheap., Again, manual.
The FA 150 can be had cheap, and it is a very nice lens.
The DFA 55 is a terrific lens. It's going to cost more, but all-in-all it's worth it for what it offers.
The FA 45 is a dead useful focal length, but images I have shot side by side against the 55 show it is weaker, and most people feel it is not as strong as the 45-85 zoom ! They can be had cheap, though, so depending on how you are using it, it might be fine.

I am interested to read the comment above about the 33-55. It's not rated highly, but it's cheap enough to tempt.
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I would also highly recommend the FA 45-85mm, A 35mm and FA (or A) 75mm. I've photographed with the 645D and 645Z since they both came out, doing lots of landscape work. Like Ray I've acquired many lenses over time. If I was forced to give up most of my kit, I'd keep these 3 along with the FA 150-300mm. Others are good to have in various circumstances, but these are core for me and are almost always in my camera bag regardless of what else may or may not be in there too. The 45-85mm is mounted on the camera most of the time when I'm not actively shooting with some other focal length.

I do love the new DA 28-45mm, but it's a beast and expensive. If push came to shove for reasons of affordability, for example, I would let it go before the others.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Royce Howland Quote
I would also highly recommend the FA 45-85mm, A 35mm and FA (or A) 75mm. I've photographed with the 645D and 645Z since they both came out, doing lots of landscape work. Like Ray I've acquired many lenses over time. If I was forced to give up most of my kit, I'd keep these 3 along with the FA 150-300mm. Others are good to have in various circumstances, but these are core for me and are almost always in my camera bag regardless of what else may or may not be in there too. The 45-85mm is mounted on the camera most of the time when I'm not actively shooting with some other focal length.

I do love the new DA 28-45mm, but it's a beast and expensive. If push came to shove for reasons of affordability, for example, I would let it go before the others.

My sentiments exactly. Those are all core lenses. I do really like the FA 150-300. Push did come to shove, and yes, the DA 28-45 went!
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QuoteOriginally posted by cdd29 Quote
I was fortunate t have a 645z kit a year ago for a few months but had to sell for financial reasons, so now I'm rebuilding what I had. Currently have a 55-110 F/5.6 lens I plan on using for general purpose. The camera will be used for landscape, night and maybe some wide field Astro work. Since I don't have a huge budget left after buying the camera & lens, have to be careful about what I buy since there isn't a whole lot of $$ left to spend. Opinions or anything else to add to the list?

D FA 55 F/2.8 (more modern)
Pentax SMCP-FA 645N 45mm f/2.8 AF Lens (cheaper than 55)
Pentax FA 645 33-55mm f/4.5 AL Lens
Glad to see that you are back into MF.
Iím covered from 28mm to 600mm in MF and I have to agree with many of the others here. The FA 45-85 covers a very nice range and it does a very respectable job on the 645z. Especially on the wider end and focus speed is acceptable too. The same can be said for the FA 80-160. I like the A 35 over the FA 35, and the same goes for the 120mm as I have never used AF with a macro lens.
I recently bought a mint FA 200 from Japan and put it through a thorough series of tests and found it to be crazy good for less than $200.

As a landscape photographer you will use most of these MF lenses at f8-16 and they will usually be pretty darn sharp.

Iím really interested in seeing some results from the two zooms you have. Please post some images to this thread or the MF forum.

Best wishes,

Stephen

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Just picked up a D-FA 55mm minus the lens hood. That will do for now. Next on the list is probably either the 45-85 or something longer
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Id second the 45-85mm FA, cheap to get from one of the many sellers in Japan, on ebay. I'd also look at the FA 35mm, sometimes also found very cheap.
Also the 200mm FA is a steal, I got mine for under $160, in mint condition. Personally I think this is a brilliant sharp lens, yes long, but still very usable…

Good luck with rebuilding your stock of lenses…..
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If you want cheap and good go for the A 150 on the long end, it is smal and good.
The P67 55-110 is a supurb lens, it is better then the 645 equivelent. I I bought mine for Ä 175,-- but you need an adapter.
A 35 good or better then the FA 35
FA 45-85 is a no brainer.
But since you have the FA 55 already, I would go for the A35, and the FA 75 and if you want longer the A150 as well.
Very small and light quality setup.
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I vote for the A35 also. Great lens; especially for night photography.
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