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10-14-2015, 06:40 AM   #1
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Finally really Pentaxian

Hi.
I've read a lot on these forums and after keep considering the move to Pentax i finally did it.. and in "big style".. from no Pentax stuff I ended up with a lot of Pentax stuff: a new K-3, an almost new K-5 II, Pentax lenses: 18-55, 18-135 and 50 mm, and a Sigma 17-50. I also own a Pentax AF200FG flash.
Glad to be "onboard".

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QuoteOriginally posted by Unlimited Quote
Hi.
I've read a lot on these forums and after keep considering the move to Pentax i finally did it.. and in "big style".. from no Pentax stuff I ended up with a lot of Pentax stuff: a new K-3, an almost new K-5 II, Pentax lenses: 18-55, 18-135 and 50 mm, and a Sigma 17-50. I also own a Pentax AF200FG flash.
Glad to be "onboard".
Welcome aboard. You have plenty of good gear to produce excellent images. Have fun and let us see some sample images with your new camera.
10-14-2015, 08:05 AM   #3
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Congrats!!!
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Congrats!!!
Congrats and welcome... take your time learning the equipment, and you'll get great joy out of it. Why the two cameras, and not a longer lens? Was it a package-type deal?

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QuoteOriginally posted by Unlimited Quote
from no Pentax stuff I ended up with a lot of Pentax stuff: a new K-3, an almost new K-5 II, Pentax lenses: 18-55, 18-135 and 50 mm, and a Sigma 17-50. I also own a Pentax AF200FG flash.
Wow, that is really jumping in with both feet. You must be confident you'll like Pentax.
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Thank you for the welcome. I own a 20D and a 40D (though I'd like to sell the 40D). The only keeper of what I have is the Sigma 17-50 (apart from the bodies of course). I really like the ergonomics of Pentax and I find their bodies of higher quality/better price than the competition. Too bad the same is not true about their lenses
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Keep in mind that the Sigma 17-50 while a good lens does have colour output quite different to the Pentax lenses.

Well that's what I think after about 2 days use of the Sigma.

Anyway, welcome aboard.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Unlimited Quote
a new K-3, an almost new K-5 II, Pentax lenses: 18-55, 18-135 and 50 mm, and a Sigma 17-50. I also own a Pentax AF200FG flash.
... wow, how can you get 2 bodies at the same time, with two 17-50 lens ? but maybe you are a pro with one main body and one backup
and of course welcome aboard ^^
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... wow, how can you get 2 bodies at the same time, with two 17-50 lens ? but maybe you are a pro with one main body and one backup
and of course welcome aboard ^^
I'm not exactly a PRO (I'm being modest.. haha) but that is the point: the K3 with the Sigma 17-50 will be the main camera for events and the K5 secondary (backup) camera that I also use in my spare time; that is when I have the desire to lug it around; mostly I'll carry my Sigma DP2 Merrill with me. I would have loved the Sigma 18-35 but I was put off by by focusing issues reported by many. The other lenses were parts of kits (the 50 and the flash from K-3 and the rest from K-5 II); they are not quite up to the task for what I need; I'll eventually sell them and buy something else.
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QuoteOriginally posted by howieb101 Quote
Keep in mind that the Sigma 17-50 while a good lens does have colour output quite different to the Pentax lenses.

Well that's what I think after about 2 days use of the Sigma.
I have seen a yellowy cast with other Sigma lenses, including my bitingly sharp Sigma 60mm f2.8 DN for E-mount. That is not what I find with the 17-50mm. IME it has remarkably similar white balance to my Pentax lenses.

The difference I note, is that the 17-50 exposes about half a stop brighter than my Pentax lenses, especially the DA 15mm & 40mm Limiteds and my previous standard zoom, the 16-45, which I have since sold. I would also say that exposure with the Sigma is more accurate, though Pentax underexposure can make colours appear deeper and more saturated.

Check it out, shoot the same image with Sigma and Pentax lenses and play with exposure. I'd be interested to hear your results.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Unlimited Quote
I really like the ergonomics of Pentax and I find their bodies of higher quality/better price than the competition. Too bad the same is not true about their lenses
Welcome on board.

About the lenses, that may be something of an over-generalisation, perhaps...?

As you explore deeper into various Pentax lenses, I believe you'll find many jewels.

To cite just one example, the manner with which Pentax's DA/FA Limited range of lenses render images is something unique to Pentax, and it's truly special...

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QuoteOriginally posted by Unlimited Quote
Too bad the same is not true about their lenses
just check some sample photos of these old Pentax lens, you might be surprise
FA 31 : SMC Pentax-FA 31mm F1.8 AL Limited Reviews - FA Prime Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database
FA 77 : SMC Pentax-FA 77mm F1.8 Limited Reviews - FA Prime Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database
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About the lenses, that may be something of an over-generalisation, perhaps...?
I wouldn't say so.. but I may be wrong. I was talking about ergonomics/quality/price. There is no lens I could say it's better than the competition from all Pentax current lenses. And regarding the limiteds... there's a reason why I choose Unlimited
On a more positive note I look forward to new better lenses from Ricoh.
Thank you for the welcome.

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QuoteOriginally posted by redcat Quote
just check some sample photos of these old Pentax lens, you might be surprise
I've been looking A LOT during the last few years at almost all Pentax lenses. I agree 31 and 77 are great lenses but they are quite expensive (too expensive I would say). Anyway I'm not really a man of primes.
Case in point I think Sigma 35 mm f1.4 Art is a much better proposition than 31 f1.8 (altough they are not identical in parameters).
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QuoteOriginally posted by Unlimited Quote
And regarding the limiteds... there's a reason why I choose Unlimited
Ha ha, I think I understand...

Well, there's no hurry, but just be aware that in the long run, many Pentax users do save up and eventually invest in some good PENTAX glass, and this not necessarily from the Limited range. In fact, one of the big things about Pentax is actually the images its lenses produce, so that is a major point about the brand - just wanted you to enjoy that, now that you're onboard, and not miss out.
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