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12-18-2009, 01:33 PM   #1
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Must have lenses for K-x?

I've got my K-x on order and can't wait to get it! I have an older 35mm Pentax camera that has a 18-55mm lens and I own a low-end Sigma 100-300 f/4.5-6.7 lens now. I have both the single lens 18-55mm K-x and the dual lens 18-55 & 55-300mm kit coming to my house. I'm going to deny shipment on one of them when they arrive, but I have not decided which one. The 2 lens kit is going to cost me $208 more then the single lens kit. So I have a couple of questions here...

1. Is the 55-300mm DA lens worth an extra $208 when I already have my Sigma 100-300mm? Granted the sigma is a slow lens and has not been very useable on my non SR cameras.

2. There is a great used camera shop in seattle and I am looking at picking up 3-4 good used lenses from them. I'm wondering which lenses are must haves...from what I can tell the Tak SMC 50mm f/1.4 is a nice one, and perhaps one of the Tak or Pentax 100+mm primes as well. I'm just wondering from all the vast experience on here if someone can point me to a list of the must-have MF lenses that work great with the DSLR's.

Thanks!

Jim's camera has a website with all of their used K-mount and Screwmount lenses on there. You can google search Jims camera seattle and find it...

12-18-2009, 03:15 PM   #2
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The 55-300 is a very good lens by all accounts, and you'll never get it cheaper than as part of the kit. Plus it has the 55-100 range that is most useful for portraits (although eventualy you may want another lens for that purpose).

As for other lenses, totally depends on what your interests are, but for the most part, the older lenses worth buying are the primes, and the easy to find / inexpensive focal lengths are 28, 50, and 135 (M & A series and other K-mount, as well as the older M42 lenses), with 35, 40, 100, and 200 also being worth picking up is you run across them. My M135/3.5 and M28/2.8 are among my most used lenses.

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12-18-2009, 03:55 PM   #3
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Great suggestions! Thanks for letting me know about the 50-300 lens.
12-18-2009, 04:10 PM   #4
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DA 55-300 is $349.95 at Amazon. Even if you decide not to keep it, you could feasibly sell it for more than you paid for it and put the money towards another lens. At least you will have tried it.

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If you happen to find a Pentax 100mm f4 "macro" for a good price jump on it, it's not a true 1:1 but it is a very nice lens.
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DA 55-300 is $349.95 at Amazon. Even if you decide not to keep it, you could feasibly sell it for more than you paid for it and put the money towards another lens. At least you will have tried it.

That's what I was thinking. I'd rather try it and have 2 solid foundation lenses before I start messing with too many MF screwmount lenses and such. After seeing some of the results that people are getting on here I am interested at getting the Tak 50mm f/1.4. The local used camera shop in Seattle has them from $45-95 depending on condition and if it's a "Super" or not.
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If you happen to find a Pentax 100mm f4 "macro" for a good price jump on it, it's not a true 1:1 but it is a very nice lens.
Haven't heard about this lens. I'll do some research...a 100mm macro lens sounds very cool.
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If you got the K-x kit with the 55-300mm DAL lens then that would be similar to the DA 55-300mm only the kit DA L would have a plastic mount, no lens hood, and not clutch focus. IQ would be very much the same since they are designed the same save for the scrimping on the parts list to make it affordable.

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