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08-19-2014, 12:23 AM   #1
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I want to buy new pentax k-500. What lenses should I buy for beginning (up to 500$)? I want 18-1XX and prime lens 50mm 1.8. Is it possible to use old analog lenses with pentax?

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Is it possible to use old analog lenses with pentax?
Yes, any Pentax lens (regardless of age) will work on a modern Pentax DSLR.

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Will old 50mm be better then new Pentax SMC DA 50 f/1.8?
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No. Build quality, metal construction is possibly better, but image quality of da 50 f/1.8 is excellent. If you want manual focus then older A 50 f/1.7 is a good choice but not better.

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Will old 50mm be better then new Pentax SMC DA 50 f/1.8?
The DA 50/1.8 is actually very good.

But so are lenses such as the 50mm of the FA, A, M, K, and Takumar families, as well as a host of 3rd party lenses. Each lens has its own strengths and weaknesses, so it's hard to say which one is "best" - it will vary with the situation.

The DA 50 is very sharp, has good flare resistance and not much aberration. Excellent value for money.

I would recommend spending some time going through the Lens Reviews here on the forums. The scores are of limited value, though, so do by all means read the reviews! It will be worth the effort
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I think why some pictures using older manual lenses look better than the modern equivalent is twofold. First, compared with budget modern lenses the glass is often better in older lenses - though the coatings may not be.

Second and more important, the photographer takes more time and thinks about the exposure and composition more when using old manual lenses. Particularly if you don't shoot with them all the time you're going to necessarily take more time and pay more attention to exposure and composition.
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My advice, get the kit with the 18-135, but get the K-50 and not the K-500. The K50 is WR, and has focus confirmation. Get the DA50/1.8 if you want a fast lens, but I would recommend the DA35/2.4 instead because 50 is too long indoors most of the time. Ge an old manual focus 50/1.7 for $40-50 and get the fun of MF and a fast 50.

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