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11-12-2012, 01:55 PM   #1
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New Pentax and SLR owner, what lens?

Hello! I just got a K1000. Now I need a lens for it (and a K30 as I plan to get one.)
I need a good, not too expensive ($50-$?) lens (No clue what focal length ) that would preferably be weather sealed or resistant.

I shoot a lot of landscape, some general stuff (AKA oooo shiny,) I want to try street photography and everything else

BTW, my experience with SLR/DSLR cameras is... little to none.

11-12-2012, 02:02 PM   #2
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Pentax never made a weather sealed lens for a film body. In the film era the standard lens was the Nifty 50. Find yourself a K55/1.8, or M50/2. If you plan to use the lens with the K-30 look for an A50/2. The A50/1.7 is better than the A50/2 and is still less than $100. When you get the K-30 it will become a nice portrait lens. Then look for a 28mm or 35mm lens. These are closer to a 50mm equivalent on the K-30.
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Hard to go wrong with a 50mm to start on the K1000. There are lots of variants. Go to the Lens Review section and read -
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If it`s for the K30, you might wanna buy a kit with the DA18-135 WR or if you wanna go cheap the DA18-55WR (and if you wanna go in the middle you can get both DA 18-55 and 50-200WR kitlenses)
I think the best option for you would the 18-135WR as it has good optics, it`s weathersealed and has a great range for all kinds of photograpy. You can try, fool around and develop your skills. As for the K1000 I second Boriscleto`s suggestion for a A50 1.7, you can use it on both cams.

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QuoteOriginally posted by TenZ.NL Quote
If it`s for the K30, you might wanna buy a kit with the DA18-135 WR or if you wanna go cheap the DA18-55WR (and if you wanna go in the middle you can get both DA 18-55 and 50-200WR kitlenses)
I think the best option for you would the 18-135WR as it has good optics, it`s weathersealed and has a great range for all kinds of photograpy. You can try, fool around and develop your skills. As for the K1000 I second Boriscleto`s suggestion for a A50 1.7, you can use it on both cams.
Yeah, I've been eyeing that 18-135WR kit. How would an M50 1.7 compare to the A50 1.7? The M50 1.7 seems to be (from my searching) more common and a bit cheaper...
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Yeah, I've been eyeing that 18-135WR kit. How would an M50 1.7 compare to the A50 1.7? The M50 1.7 seems to be (from my searching) more common and a bit cheaper...
The M50 is a good lens, optically it is the same as the A50, but it is a bit more difficult to use with a DSLR. On a DSLR you would be limited to manual mode and stop down metering. The A50 has electrical contacts to allow the DSLR to control the aperture. This allows the A series to use all exposure and flash modes of the DSLR like an autofocus lens. It just doesn't autofocus.

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Considering that I wouldn't mind doing things manually I think I'll go with the cheaper M50 1.7.
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It's an excellent choice for the K1000. With the K30 DSLR either go with one of the WR kit lenses of find a Pentax (or variant) A 28mm for a normal lens. You can use it for a wide on film.

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QuoteOriginally posted by SpartanD63 Quote
Considering that I wouldn't mind doing things manually I think I'll go with the cheaper M50 1.7.
Also just so you know, a PTTL flash used with a m series lens on a k-30 will always fire at full power. The a series lens will work as all of the newer lens with the flash.
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The 50 1.7 lenses are fantastic, I had the m variant and loved it. I found it a really useful learning tool having to set aperture and soon got an 'eye' for what was needed so would adjust for the best aperture as I moved from shot to shot. Don't forget the green button for metering on the k30 though - set your ap, point, focus and compose, press green button to set shutter speed and fire the shutter.
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Considering that I wouldn't mind doing things manually I think I'll go with the cheaper M50 1.7.
I went that road too and ignored auto-focus for 15 years. Then I turned 55 and my eyes went. Now I think auto-fous is the greatest thing since sliced bread.
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QuoteOriginally posted by SpartanD63 Quote
Hello! I just got a K1000. Now I need a lens for it (and a K30 as I plan to get one.)
I need a good, not too expensive ($50-$?) lens (No clue what focal length ) that would preferably be weather sealed or resistant.
I shoot a lot of landscape, some general stuff (AKA oooo shiny,) I want to try street photography and everything else
I think you need to consider a few things regarding what you actuall want your lenses to do and then re-visit your budgets a little but my intial thoughts are:

Landscape on film... M28mm
General stuff on film... M50mm (I'd hunt for an M50-1.4 or 1.7)

Both 28mm & 50mm will work with the K30 when you get one but 'A' versions of the lenses will work better... Neither offer WR but the K1000 isn't a WR-body... That said, one assumes that you'll be buying the K30 with a 'WR' 18-55mm kit lens which produces better images than kit-lenses from Canon or Nikon, so you're covered for 'weather' should it occur...

In terms of lens purchases I'd personally recommend you to be looking for:

a used 'F' or 'FA' 50mm 1.7 (or 1.4) and which can be used as a manual focus lens on the K1000 and an AF lens on the K30 ('normal' on film - short-tele-portrait on cropped sensor DSLR)

a used 'A' 28mm 2.8 (manual on both digital and film but offers aperture control for newer DSLR's) semi-wide and good for landscape on DSLR - Wide on film, good for landscape and street on film...

(this is where the budget takes a slight turn...)
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DA35mm 2.4 as a 'normal' prime on the K30 (no aperture ring, so pretty useless on the K1000)

Macro is fun... a used DFA 100mm 2.8 (nonWRversion- has aperture ring and 'A' setting) film and digital compatible - Good for 'shiny things', flowers and candid portraits - as well as having a bit of reach...

Again... WR on the K30 should be covered by the 18-55WR kit (make sure you get the WR version)

Hope it helps...

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If you are concerned about cost, then go for the M50mm 2.0. It is only half a stop slower than the 1.7 and because there were so many made, costs less. At normal openings, I doubt you will see a quality difference from the more expensive lenses.
Here is a picture(s) wide open f2.0 hand held at 1/30 second, which is as bad a setting as you will likely use Quite acceptable results I think.
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