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12-28-2021, 07:52 AM   #16
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I love my DA 21 for road trips and it's my most used lens (when shooting digital).

The DA 20-40 LTD would also be a good 2nd choice, but I prefer the size of the DA21 in almost all situations.

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If I could take only one lens... I think it would have to be the SMC DA*16-50mm f/2.8. It's nice to have that 16mm at the wide end and opening up to f/2.8 is also a plus, you can use it at night more easily. You can find them in the used market from mid-200s to low 300s these days (mine was low 200s being converted to screw drive AF).

But you probably have to verify first if your K10D doesn't have n issue, I've seen your other thread where your DA 18-270mm isn't focusing, and it could very well be an issue with the camera as I've seen K10Ds that had a broken AF mechanism. You might need a new body which would allow you to continue to use your DA 18-270mm.
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My "grab-it-and-go" lens is still my Tamron 18-200mm for when I want a jack-of-all-trades combo, but a 28mm prime is hard to beat for a compact snapshot package … really does depend on the type of pictures or style of photography you're interested in
Have a good trip!
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Either a 300 f4 (I've got this one) or a 150/180/200 macro lens (I've got this one). Maybe my DFA*50mm if I knew the trip would be more about people and scenery (or always low light), but I'm generally a flora and fauna type guy.


As you can tell, I'm not much of a zoomer...

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It might depend on what I had and the camera I intended to use.

At present, my walk-around zoom (Sigma 17-70/2.8-4.0 | C) fulfills that role with my K-3.


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Depends on where I am going and what I might be shooting. Top contenders for me would be my K 35/2, A 28/2.8, A 50/1.2, D FA 100/2.8 WR Macro, or Tokina 28-70mm F/2.8-4.3. Without knowing more about what I might be shooting the Tokina 28-70mm F/2.8-4.3 becomes my top choice. I don't have many zooms (only 4) and of those I only really like the Tokina and A 70-210 F/4 and Tokina would likely be more useful.

Now lets say I'm going to Iceland and could only bring one lens. There the pick becomes easy and I would grab my Laowa 12mm F/2.8 Zero-D. If I was going to Europe and would be in cities mostly and could only have 1 I would want my K 35/2.

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The 18-135 for general use where the long end will get some use. In cities, where the wide end may be more useful, perhaps the 16-85.
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Extremely difficult call.

For the K1mkII, quite possibly the 28-105. Not quite wide enough especially in interiors, but I like the 28mm FL personally and 105 is very handy extra reach. It's an excellent lens, quite small for what it is and so well suited for walk-around or weight restricted flights, and with the K1mkII's IBIS and high iso performance its speed is not such a disadvantage. Also WR, so that's a plus.

If a prime, I guess the 31ltd.

For 645, it's probably the FA 45-85, the best all rounder. Performs very well, especially at the wide end, and it's modestly sized for the format, although a tad weighty. The 28-45 is superior in performance---but also much larger and heavier, and is all wide. The other zoom in the range, the 55-110, isn't the best performer---major upgrade candidate, Pentax!

In primes, My choice would be the DFA 55 f2.8. It's a great lens---fast for the format, modest size and weight, and AW.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ctt Quote
I have a real issue with getting sharp images. I donít know if itís me, the camera or the lens. Even on a tripod they are not sharp.
Could you post some sample image? That would help narrow down the issue. It might be as simple as the settings.
12-28-2021, 02:21 PM   #26
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QuoteOriginally posted by ctt Quote
Hello:

If you had only one lens to take on a road trip, what would it be?

Tks!
Question lacks all and any intention.
More info is needed!

My choice would be the DA20-40ltd but if I know I'll do a lot of landscape
the Sigma 17-50 or 17-70 (contemp.) or the old DA16-45.

I have a strong dislike about superzooms such as the DA18-250 or DA18-270.
Maybe the DA 18-135.
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For K-1: D-FA 24-70mm f/2.8
For KP(APS-C): DA16-50 f/2.8 PLM
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Is yours a F4 or F2? I have a real issue with getting sharp images. I donít know if itís me, the camera or the lens. Even on a tripod they are not sharp. Pretty depressing. Iím a rookie 100%. Would love a coach!
Mine is the SMC Pentax-DA 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 ED AL [IF]. And it is sharp.


Questions:
-are you using the optical viewfinder (OVF) or Liveview (LV)?
-do you wait for focus confirmation and the green diamond/hexagon?


With my DA18-250mm, I shoot mostly in AF-S, with the OVF, and I always make sure that I have AF confirmation (i.e. the green hexagon/diamond) before I shoot (+)..


(+) AF confirmation is obtained by 1/2 pressing the shutter button, and awaiting the AF confirmation (i.e. the green hexagon/diamond) before shooting.


There is another slightly different technique using Liveview (LV).


Hope that the comment will help.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ahilgaz Quote
For K-1: D-FA 24-70mm f/2.8
For KP(APS-C): DA16-50 f/2.8 PLM
He has a K10D, nor a K1, nor a KP!
The K10D cannot drive the PLM!
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QuoteOriginally posted by texandrews Quote
For the K1mkII, quite possibly the 28-105. Not quite wide enough especially in interiors, but I like the 28mm FL personally and 105 is very handy extra reach. It's an excellent lens, quite small for what it is and so well suited for walk-around or weight restricted flights, and with the K1mkII's IBIS and high iso performance its speed is not such a disadvantage. Also WR, so that's a plus.

If a prime, I guess the 31ltd.

For 645, it's probably the FA 45-85, the best all rounder. Performs very well, especially at the wide end, and it's modestly sized for the format, although a tad weighty. The 28-45 is superior in performance---but also much larger and heavier, and is all wide. The other zoom in the range, the 55-110, isn't the best performer---major upgrade candidate, Pentax!

In primes, My choice would be the DFA 55 f2.8. It's a great lens---fast for the format, modest size and weight, and AW.
Why give this advice when one (should) know that he has a K10D?
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