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07-17-2010, 08:12 AM   #1
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K7 first steps...

Correct me if i'm off base here but I've more or less decided that the K7 is the one for me, So on to the Lenses...
Small and light is where the K7 is at! So If i wnet and put a whacking great 16-50mm F2.8 on the front I'd be kinda missing the point yeah? When I use the K7 for backpacking I'd like to keep it small and light.
I can't afford to buy a lot for it at the mo but having come from a Nikon Based Zoom Set up i feel I want to go a bit more well... purist so to speak, I like wide but not too wide, I always found myself using my 10/12-24 as a 12 0r 24 and not much in between. Standard zoom never used to come off and I think I just got Laxy, So I'm thinking 15 limited and either the 40 pancake or the 35 macro limited for starters.
Then when funds allow the 50-135 and the 300 D* or the 60-250 D*, I like doing Airshows from time to time so torn between the Zoom and the prime here! Always need more focal length for Airshows anyway so a Convertor will be de riguer here methinks too, any good ones out there for either of the long toms?
Or be a total purist when I'm in my new career, ha! And go 15/35/70/100Macro/200/300, so then what did all you K7 owners do and why?
Help me here people it'll crack me i'm sure!

07-17-2010, 08:38 AM   #2
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My carry lenses when I'm just out for a walk are the 15, 21, 35 and 70 LTDs.

The 60-250 is an excellent lens, though I think it is big enough and expensive enough to be a stop faster than it is.
07-17-2010, 08:40 AM   #3
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"So I'm thinking 15 limited and either the 40 pancake or the 35 macro limited for starters."

Makes total sense to me. You're talking premium, numero uno stuff. Starting with the best.
07-17-2010, 08:44 AM   #4
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Everyone should own the DA40mm. It fits almost anywhere and is a superb performer. When i want macro (very limited for me) I attach a raynox. I thought about the 50-135mm but price and SDM failures kept me at bay. Went for the Sigma 50-150mm and have no regrets. You might want to consider manual primes if budget is limited. The Samyang 14mm is looking very good. I have the f*300mm and a Kenko 1.5x converter for the long end, DA 12-24mm for short and russian lenses for in between.

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07-17-2010, 11:04 PM   #5
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You already received some sound advice. In your case, I would consider strongly a lens combination including both zoom and prime lenses.

Among the primes, I would recommend a pancake prime and a fast prime:
- pancake lens like the DA21 mm Ltd or DA40 mm Ltd (even the DA15mm Ltd), and
- fast prime lens like FA50mm f1.4, Carl Zeiss ZK50mm f1.4 or Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f1.4.

The K-7 together with a pancake lens constitutes a really small system, very handy in a number situations. The pancake lenses are really unique to Pentax.

A fast prime lens is very useful in low light conditions, and there are a number of excellent fast primes about 50mm.

For the zoom lenses , there are several Pentax and third-party options, incl. the Sigma AF 18-125mm f/3.5-5.6 DC, the Pentax DA18-250mm. The DA18-250mm is the real all-around lens, and well respected across all brands incl. Canikons.

Lastly for macro, there are some excellent 100mm prime lenses for your K-7: the Pentax DFA 100mm WR, Pentax FA 100mm, Sigma 105mm, Tamron SP90mm - All with f2.8 and all with excellent reviews:
*the Sigma 105mm and Tamron 90mm lenses are both Higly Recommended by,
*the Pentax FA 100mm was rated 4.5 stars by,
*the Pentax DFA 100mm WR has users' review ratings of 10/10 (Pentax Lens Review Database - smc PENTAX-D FA 100mm F2.8 Macro WR Lens Reviews).
See also the thread

Off course your budget is an other issue.

Hope that the comments will help.

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07-18-2010, 12:25 AM   #6
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Thanks all for the advice, looks to me that the 15mm and the 40 pancake are certs then!
Miight be able to swing another prime or the 17-70 as do evertything lens just leaving me the long end to sort out when I have money, money I remember that...
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Well I finally got to look at the K7 and I'm sold! Just got to flog off all my Nikon Gear now and were Set, I also Have to Say I was really taken with the two little WR Zooms and for 899 it Seems a real Bargain for the K7 and the Two Lenses. K7 is sweeeet! Not too big, not too small and solid with a decent balance and heft, everything seems to be pretty much in the right place and I could operate it without looking at the Manual straight away! No frills and frippery, just a Nice Camera, I think we'll get along fine
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I have the DA* 16-50 and the 60-250 they are both really nice lenses but heavy for backpacking. I would consider the kit WR lenses. I bought a K7 and both the WR kit lenses for my younger brother and they are producing very nice pictures. The 60-250 produces really nice sharp images and the 16-50 will produce sharp but you need to stay off the ends of the range a little. 16 is soft and 50 will vignette . Also the 16-50 will cut at least half of the green af assist beam off, its a big lens.

The K7 is a really nice camera, I have had mine soaked and covered in dust here in Afghanistan and it handles it without a hiccup. No dust in either of those DA* lenses and they have both been heavily exposed to "moondust".

The kit lenses are great for the price and I wouldn't be disappointed with them. You could save the money on those then start looking for deals on used limited's or older K mounts while you use your kits.

I just picked up a M 50 1.7 for 60 dollars, all metal and if you don't mind used what a deal! ( Despite my zooms I LOVE primes and don't mind manual lenses whatsoever, I actually use my 16-50 set to manual often because I enjoy it).


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15mm, 21mm, 40mm, 70mm are great lenses. Or the FA31mm lens when your cash is up to it.

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