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02-20-2009, 07:01 PM   #1
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Older lenses for K20D?

I broke the bank with a new K20D with the 18-55 kit lens. Now I would like to add to the stable of lenses but cannot afford new. What older k mount lenses would you highly recommend?

02-20-2009, 07:06 PM   #2
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QuoteOriginally posted by poyntnshuteguy Quote
I broke the bank with a new K20D with the 18-55 kit lens. Now I would like to add to the stable of lenses but cannot afford new. What older k mount lenses would you highly recommend?
Are you ready for Manual focus or are you only talking AF?
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If you know what focal length you're looking for - check the used listings here and elsewhere then check the lens review database here. A lot of people have reviewed the lenses they've owned and it's become quite a resource.



Under $100 manual focus lenses at keh.com as of this posting:
28mm f/2.8
50mm f/1.4 (okay, this is $105) That one I would highly recommend.
50mm f/1.7
135mm f/2.8 - Takumars and non-taks.

a TON of miscellaneous brand manual focus zooms, many in the $20 range. but I wouldn't expect much out of them - though you'll get a good idea if you like the focal length and want to get something better when you have money again...

Lots of 3rd party autofocus lenses, 28-200 and 75-300 in the less than $100 range.
There's a Pentax 28-105 f.3.2-4.5, I've never owned one but I only hear good things about it.

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QuoteOriginally posted by khardur Quote
50mm f/1.4 (okay, this is $105) That one I would highly recommend.
50mm f/1.7
Agreed... even the f/2 is decent and much cheaper.

But, the f/1.4 is one of the best and funnest lenses you're likely to find and it really is a good deal at $105. I had one a few years ago which I traded for an f/2 and a 28 f/2.8 which seemed like a good idea at the time.

I was actualy just at KEH myself looking at this lens.. and the FA. And trying to convince myself to see how the DA* 55 f/1.4 works out before dropping the money.

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QuoteOriginally posted by jak442 Quote
I was actualy just at KEH myself looking at this lens.. and the FA. And trying to convince myself to see how the DA* 55 f/1.4 works out before dropping the money.
OMG I would love to get the DA* 55- but I saw the MSRP and almost died. In a few years I might get it, but I can't justify that money right now - so last month I picked up a K 55mm f/1.8 - at KEH actually - it has a few flaws in certain situations but I like it quite a lot.
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Since price is your primary concern (I guess it is for most of us!), even a new FA 50mm f1.4 is ridiculously cheap given the quality of lens that it is, and it's basically legendary in the Pentax lineup. But make sure you try more than one - if necessary - to make sure the autofocus works properly. Mine on my K20D always focuses a little in front of the subject (front-focuses), so 'test until you find the best'.

That said, I find the best focal length for general photography is 35mm. You'll spend more, but getting your hands on the FA35 f2.0 will give you a more universal focal length to work with than the 50mm. Of course, this is all assuming you'll be drawn to using prime lenses (fixed focal length). (I'd recommend the DA35 f2.8, with it's additional macro capability, but it's new and therefore more $$$.)
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