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09-20-2016, 03:20 AM   #2116
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QuoteOriginally posted by Sam Dennis Quote
I have the two inexpensive kit zooms that cover 18-300 mm. I want to get a fast prime. Either the 35 f2.8 or the 50 f1.8 inexpensive sort of entry level Pentax primes will fit my meager budget. Any experience or comments on which one is better as in will get the most use? I read the reviews on this site and it seems both perform well for the price point. I mostly shoot landscapes and nature, so the 35 seems logical, but the 50 is faster. Thoughts?


If autofocus is an essential, I'd personally go for the 35mm/2.4. It's closer to a "normal" focal length on APS-C than the 50mm, and I tend to find 50mm just a tiny bit too long. I've got the 35mm/2.4 and it's a good sharp little lens that's usable even wide open.

If you're willing to go down the manual focus route, there are lots of M series 28mm/2.8 lenses around at very reasonable prices, which would give you a usefully wider field of view for landscapes. But only if you're happy with using manual focus and exposure.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Dartmoor Dave Quote
If autofocus is an essential, I'd personally go for the 35mm/2.4. It's closer to a "normal" focal length on APS-C than the 50mm, and I tend to find 50mm just a tiny bit too long. I've got the 35mm/2.4 and it's a good sharp little lens that's usable even wide open.

If you're willing to go down the manual focus route, there are lots of M series 28mm/2.8 lenses around at very reasonable prices, which would give you a usefully wider field of view for landscapes. But only if you're happy with using manual focus and exposure.



Just to add to the suggestion that a manual 28mm prime can be found at reasonable prices, I found the -M 28mm F3.5 to be better than both -M 28mm F2.8 and the -A 28mm F2.8.
The K28mm F3.5 apparently is even better! according to the lens reviews. You might get lucky like I did and get a -M for around a fiver.
If you want a really cheap 50mm MF, you might look at the Rikenon (Ricoh) 50mm F2, can be had for around a fiver sometimes (including a Ricoh body if you are really lucky) and is well worth having to play with. Chinon 50mm can also be had cheap. Green button metering is a bit awkward but opens the door to some surprising lenses for the money.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Skodadriver Quote
Just to add to the suggestion that a manual 28mm prime can be found at reasonable prices, I found the -M 28mm F3.5 to be better than both -M 28mm F2.8 and the -A 28mm F2.8.
The K28mm F3.5 apparently is even better! according to the lens reviews. You might get lucky like I did and get a -M for around a fiver.
If you want a really cheap 50mm MF, you might look at the Rikenon (Ricoh) 50mm F2, can be had for around a fiver sometimes (including a Ricoh body if you are really lucky) and is well worth having to play with. Chinon 50mm can also be had cheap. Green button metering is a bit awkward but opens the door to some surprising lenses for the money.
To add regarding the green button metering - I wasnt aware of the metering issue with pre-A lenses on the K10D when I got mine two weeks ago but Inoticed quickly. I am sure everybody knows here, but I am glad that I found out about the focus screen fix with the *istDS screen which fixes the metering pretty well. Got a screen for 15 € and now I am
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Yet another car show shot, taken with the DA18-55 v1 at the supposedly useless 18mm end .
For those interested, I'm compiling an album from the car show photos. Not finished yet, but 30+ images so far:
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QuoteOriginally posted by paulh Quote
Yet another car show shot, taken with the DA18-55 v1 at the supposedly useless 18mm end .

In my hands, the 18-55mm is useless at ANY focal length! And no, I'm not going to trot out that old cliché: "Wow, you must have a really good copy of that lens." The simple fact is that you, old boy (yes, some of us really do say "old boy" to our good friends over here), are an expert at taking under-rated equipment and making it punch far above its weight.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Dartmoor Dave Quote
In my hands, the 18-55mm is useless at ANY focal length! And no, I'm not going to trot out that old cliché: "Wow, you must have a really good copy of that lens." The simple fact is that you, old boy (yes, some of us really do say "old boy" to our good friends over here), are an expert at taking under-rated equipment and making it punch far above its weight.

Dave, thanks for the kind words, old boy . My photography budget is hardly unlimited, so I try to maximize what I have thru PP or whatever trickery I can manage. I'm just hanging on until I can acquire the much-coveted Tak 20!

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One of the few 70s-era cars at the car show ('73 Cougar). DA18-55. For some reason, the old kit lens matches up well with my K10.


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QuoteOriginally posted by paulh Quote
One of the few 70s-era cars at the car show ('73 Cougar). DA18-55. For some reason, the old kit lens matches up well with my K10.


An August morning at the lake - DA18-55
I like the wing on the back of the Ford Cougar. I thought it was not original but a Google search proved me wrong.

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QuoteOriginally posted by rayallen Quote
I like the wing on the back of the Ford Cougar. I thought it was not original but a Google search proved me wrong.
Thanks Ray. It was a nicely restored car, but I still prefer the earlier Cougars of the mid/late 60s.

Farmers Market on Main Street at mid-afternoon. DA18-55 (as usual):
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QuoteOriginally posted by paulh Quote
Yet another car show shot, taken with the DA18-55 v1 at the supposedly useless 18mm end .
For those interested, I'm compiling an album from the car show photos. Not finished yet, but 30+ images so far:
paulh's Album: Coppell Car Show - PentaxForums.com
Paul, did your see any early 1960s Fords? I didn't see one in your album. I was just remembering how there was a time when practically all of the Ford car models had BIG round tailights -- Falcons, Fairlanes, and on up the line. I don't know why, but as a kid I loved those lights. Maybe because they were so distinctive. You could be traveling at night an tell a car an 1/8th of a mile ahead was one of those Fords!
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QuoteOriginally posted by goatsNdonkey Quote
Paul, did your see any early 1960s Fords? I didn't see one in your album. I was just remembering how there was a time when practically all of the Ford car models had BIG round tailights -- Falcons, Fairlanes, and on up the line. I don't know why, but as a kid I loved those lights. Maybe because they were so distinctive. You could be traveling at night an tell a car an 1/8th of a mile ahead was one of those Fords!
Well, there was that big green '60 Ford Starliner, probably my favorite car at the show. It doesn't have those round taillights, though. I still have quite a few shots to process, and I recall seeing an early 60s Ranchero there. Stay tuned, and I'll post here, and add to the album. I really loved the big '64 Galaxie 500s - I thought those were great-looking cars.

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