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03-26-2016, 09:29 AM   #1
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Hello everybody from Italy
I have a glorious Z1, but it's time to switch to a digital one. I'm not too expert, but I'd like to know if lenses are compatibles with digital camera. If yes which ones ?

Thanks so much

03-26-2016, 09:33 AM   #2
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Yes they are!
In fact all K-Mount lenses are compatible.
That's the beauty of Pentax.
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QuoteOriginally posted by bertwert Quote
Yes they are!
In fact all K-Mount lenses are compatible.
That's the beauty of Pentax.
Thanks; any suggestion for a camera model for a digital beginner (good model, right price)
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QuoteOriginally posted by fafiar Quote
Thanks; any suggestion for a camera model for a digital beginner (good model, right price)
The Pentax K-50 is hard to beat.

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Well, it can be beaten by the k-s2 (which would make an exceptional first dslr - and would stave off upgrade envy for a number of years!)

I'm assuming you have autofocus lenses with the Z1 (F or FA series?). Just be aware that APS-C digital cameras have a crop factor involved. So 35mm on digital is equivalent to 50mm on film. One thing you might find is that you lose something at the wide end. Picking up a deal with the 18-55 or 18-50 kit zooms might be worth it for that reason.

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Well, it can be beaten by the k-s2 (which would make an exceptional first dslr)
I meant price to features wise.
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QuoteOriginally posted by robthebloke Quote
Picking up a deal with the 18-55 or 18-50 kit zooms might be worth it for that reason.
The 18-135 or 16-85 would be good choices as well, if you have the budget. 18mm is roughly equivalent for field-of-view to a 28mm lens on your Z1, 16 is about a 24.

There is also the DA 15 Limited, but the Limiteds can be addictive (try to stop at just one ...) :-)

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The 18-135 or 16-85 would be good choices as well, if you have the budget. 18mm is roughly equivalent for field-of-view to a 28mm lens on your Z1, 16 is about a 24.

There is also the DA 15 Limited, but the Limiteds can be addictive (try to stop at just one ...) :-)
I'd agree with all of that, but the OP did say good price. The 18-55 is not a bad lens at the wide end (loses a bit at the long end). I must be honest though, at 18mm on digital, it performs slightly better than a 28M on film. (At 28mm on digital, the 18-55 performs worse than a 28M on digital). So for a film shooter moving to digital, it fills an inevitable gap for not much money.

I'd slightly disagree over the Da15 though. I think the da21 would be better for an ex film shooter (bought second hand to keep costs down if needed). 28mm was your standard wide angle lens on film. 24 or wider were rare options. This is all moot though. If the OP is into his wide angle landscape stuff, those lenses may be sensible choices. If however he floats around the 50mm range more often, then the 18-55 is a rarely needs wide option if/when he needs it.

For those film shooters who are used to a simple 50mm prime on film, the the obvious suggestion is a DA35 f2.4 (or better yet, a DA35 f2.8 ltd). It all depends on what lenses the OP has. I'd still say that owning an 18-55 is worth it if your widest lens is a 28mm

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Although, there is of course the stupid option - a Pentax k-1. It'll cost you 1600, but will probably do you for the next 16 years, and will mean all of your lenses will behave exactly the same as they do now on film.
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QuoteOriginally posted by fafiar Quote
Hello everybody from Italy
I have a glorious Z1, but it's time to switch to a digital one. I'm not too expert, but I'd like to know if lenses are compatibles with digital camera. If yes which ones ?

Thanks so much
This article might prove helpful regarding the different Pentax lens series and supported features on digital:
Comprehensive Pentax Lens Guide - Gear Guides | PentaxForums.com

In a nutshell, all old K-mount lenses will work on a modern Pentax DSLR

As for cameras, I'd recommend the K-50. If you want to upgrade the 18-55mm kit lens, the 18-135mm is a great option, as it has silent AF and more versatility. Two other great lenses that are worth considering would be the DA 35mm and DA 50mm. You should be able to get both for under $200

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Welcome to the forum fafiar.
I too have a Pentax Z-1, since 1991. When I changed to digital in 2012, I bought a K5 with a DA 18-135 WR.


QuoteOriginally posted by Adam Quote
the 18-135mm is a great option
I agree with Adam. The image quality and the WR makes this a great lens, besides it has the same field of view (only a bit longer on the tele end) of the FA 28-105 which was the kit lens with the Z-1.
As for the camera body, both the K-50 and K-S2 are very good. But if I were to choose between the 2, the tilt/swivel screen of the K-S2 gives it the edge especially if you do a lot of low level shots.
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Lenses with an A position on the aperture ring are much easier to use than the earlier ones. If buying a new digital body/lens kit you will get a good discount on the lens.
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