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12-03-2006, 07:47 AM   #1
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K10 shots with cheap glass shots

Hi guys, I am not sure if I should have posted this here or in the lens section but think this should be the right spot. I have been seeing a great bunch of shots with good quality glass from the K10. Meaning shots with the 77, 40, 300 and a bunch of others that frankly at the moment I can't afford. I understand and have read the camera it self really shines with the better glass. But I was wondering if we could see some shots maybe here in this thread from just average glass. As I type I know I have scene a few with the 18-55 but maybe some others like the FA 80-200, Sigma 28-80 3.5 macro, (bias request as I have them) or some others that the average Joe or Jane can afford. Trust me a I hope to include some of the better glass in the future and fully understand that I get better results with better glass but just curious if the results with the K10 and average glass is just average or better.

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Morning Pat,
Guilty as charged (LOL). Everything I've done so far has been with top glass.

I don't have the lenses you mentioned, but I do have the FA28-105 f3.2-4.5, which has been my standard walk around lens on the DS. I'll try and do something with it later today.

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12-03-2006, 07:57 AM   #3
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most of my shots are shot w/ the Kit lens, and both my sigma lenses are not top quality (bought them several years ago, both are under 200.00 USD) not the best, but both have given me more than exceptional results....


i do need better glass tho to bring out the k10's true colours
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One of the cheapest you can imagine - a $5 (or so) Yashica Yashinon 50mm f/2.8 M42 lens:


I have others with my Takumars - 28/3.5, 105/2.8, and 135/2.5 which are all 'cheap' in price, but not in quality.
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If you are looking for non-expensive (I hate the word cheap when it comes to Pentax lenses) lenses the obvious answer is to go for old manual lenses. But if you are looking for auto focus I would recommend the F70-210. Down here you can get good secondhand for US$ 80-100. I have posted some photos here.

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/post-your-photos/485-photo-new-lens-f-70-210-a.html

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QuoteOriginally posted by mingdie Quote
If you are looking for non-expensive (I hate the word cheap when it comes to Pentax lenses) lenses the obvious answer is to go for old manual lenses. But if you are looking for auto focus I would recommend the F70-210. Down here you can get good secondhand for US$ 80-100. I have posted some photos here.

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/post-your-photos/485-photo-new-lens-f-70-210-a.html

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Eddie you may have misunderstood. I was looking for pictures taken with K10 and "non- Expensive ) lenses. I am not actually looking for the glass. But thanks anyway. That does look like a nice toy you found.

Sean wow very nice and that with an old $5 lens. Sweet, what I was looking for. Thanks
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Is a $35 135mm F3.5 cheap enough?

before even getting my K10 I bought some low end glass. I am now trying it out. The 135mm f3.5 k mount is consumer grade. This was shot at ISO 400. The house gives new meaning to living close to work.
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thanks Ken I was looking at that lens as well. very nice.

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having LBA-ed our way thru about twenty lenes in the last few weeks both my son and i have come to the conclusion that expensive means fast.. apart from the smaller aperture size and greater uniform corner to corner sharpness.. the image quality difference is far less between cheap and expensive glass than most folks imagine.. in fact in some cases its impossible to see any difference between a prime and zoom lense if the zoom is used within its limitations..

if u are into extremes u need the expensive glass.. but in the more normal range of things there is no gain gain to be had from expensive lenses.. they will not produce any (only possibly in the mind) wow factor at all..

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In large part I agree with you. That being said, the only expensive glass I have is the 43mm LTD and it seems to give a much silkier photo than any of my other lenses. The same smoothness can be duplicated a lot of the time with a great amount of PP. The operation of the lens is another story. It seems to work with you more than the other lenses. I have one realy cheap 50-200 zoom I'll test this weekend. My 28mm f2.8 and 35mm f3.5 manual are unbeatable IMO. My pride and joy is a nasty beat up 50mm f1.4 k mount. It almost matches the 43.

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the nicest lens i have is an old manual 28mm f2 petri prime.. i dont use manual lenses much but they have been our yardstick for quality so to speak.. i will probably use the old petri as a landscape lens.. the manual factor wont be a nuisance there..

sadly one lense that failed our test was the mediocre pentax kit lens.. its been ebayed.. the cheap 70 to 300 tamron zoom that was bought at the same time hasnt failed thow..

i am waiting arrival of a 70 to 300 sigma dg apo to compare with the cheaper tamron.. if its as sharp at the long end it will be considered a success.. he he

one little cheap lens that stands out is the sigma 28 to 80 with a 4 x close-up on the end it compares very favourably with the expensive 100mm true macro lenses.. and it produces better pictures than the pentax kit lens..

the other surprize piece of cheap glass is the tamron 1.4 tele converter.. it will exaggerate any aberrations the master lens has but we cant find any degrade in detail and sharpness at all with it..

mind u some of the older pentax primes are now fetching silly money on ebay..

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