Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home
 

Reply
Show Printable Version Search this Thread
03-25-2010, 05:57 AM   #16
Veteran Member
alexeyga's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Montreal, Canada
Posts: 838
QuoteOriginally posted by sas.quatch Quote
I'm interested in landscape photography as well as a backup wedding photographer as a future goal. I was looking at Pentax due to the prices of the 50-135 f/2.8 lens which is much cheaper than the Nikon 70-200 f/2.8. The reason I'm moving away from the D60 is because of the limited choice of lenses I have to pick from that suits my budget.
Tokina 50-135/2.8 in Nikon mount which is the same lens as Pentax 50-135/2.8... costs about 300$ less than it's Pentax brother, doesn't have the internal SDM motor that is prone to failures... also, it focuses quite a bit faster on Nikon and Canon bodies... I'm sure that it will suit you just as well, if not better than it's Pentax version...

And for landscaping, Tokina 12-24/4 for Nikon goes for 300-350$US used and ~600$ brand new... Pentax 12-24/4 (again, same lens, but different badge), last time i've checked was going for ~650-700$US used and 1200$CAN brand new... you do the math...


Last edited by alexeyga; 03-25-2010 at 06:02 AM.
03-25-2010, 07:53 AM   #17
Veteran Member




Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Hong Kong
Posts: 1,352
Interesting. But you lose the image stabilization on the nikon/tokina combo.

B&H have the tokina 12-24 for US$400:

Tokina | 12-24mm f/4 AT-X 124 AF Pro DX Lens | ATX124AFPRON

Last edited by Unsinkable II; 03-25-2010 at 07:54 AM. Reason: I'm thtuupid
03-25-2010, 07:57 AM   #18
Veteran Member
alexeyga's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Montreal, Canada
Posts: 838
QuoteOriginally posted by Unsinkable II Quote
Interesting. But you lose the image stabilization on the nikon/tokina combo.

B&H have the tokina 12-24 for US$400:

Tokina | 12-24mm f/4 AT-X 124 AF Pro DX Lens | ATX124AFPRON
It's ok... lost it in September when D300s came out and somehow I've survived so far and sun haven't felt out of the sky...

B.t.w. B&H has great prices on Tokina... 319$ for the M35!!!! (DA 35mm/2.8 Limited)... How much does the DA35 runs for these days? And I think that Tokina version of this lens is much superior to Pentax since it has a focus limiter...

Last edited by alexeyga; 03-25-2010 at 08:05 AM.
03-25-2010, 08:35 AM   #19
Veteran Member
er1kksen's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Staten Island, NY
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 1,661
QuoteOriginally posted by alexeyga Quote
It's ok... lost it in September when D300s came out and somehow I've survived so far and sun haven't felt out of the sky...

B.t.w. B&H has great prices on Tokina... 319$ for the M35!!!! (DA 35mm/2.8 Limited)... How much does the DA35 runs for these days? And I think that Tokina version of this lens is much superior to Pentax since it has a focus limiter...
Then again, it loses the DA limited construction and the Pentax multicoatings. Tradeoffs. Similarly, the Tokina 50-135 lacks the SMC treatment and isn't weathersealed. So again, tradeoffs. I have no dog here.

03-25-2010, 09:27 AM   #20
Veteran Member
alexeyga's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Montreal, Canada
Posts: 838
QuoteOriginally posted by er1kksen Quote
Then again, it loses the DA limited construction and the Pentax multicoatings. Tradeoffs. Similarly, the Tokina 50-135 lacks the SMC treatment and isn't weathersealed. So again, tradeoffs. I have no dog here.
Having owned the DA35, in all honesty, i'd be very happy to accept these "tradeoffs"... When that thing had issues locking focus in low light I was really tempted to throw it out of the window while it was going back and froth through the focusing range... a really long focusing range... though that was the only con of that lens...

And for somebody using a non-weather-sealed body (does it take good photos despite not being sealed b.t.w.?), you seem to be quite pre-occupied with weather-sealing... I was actually waiting for somebody to bring that one up... You also seem to own some fairly old glass that isn't weather-sealed either... is it still taking good pictures?

Last edited by alexeyga; 03-25-2010 at 10:02 AM.
03-25-2010, 10:10 AM   #21
Veteran Member
er1kksen's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Staten Island, NY
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 1,661
QuoteOriginally posted by alexeyga Quote

And for somebody using a non-weather-sealed body (does it take good photos despite not being sealed b.t.w.?), you seem to be quite pre-occupied with weather-sealing... I was actually waiting for somebody to bring that one up... You also seem to own some fairly old glass that isn't weather-sealed either... is it still taking good pictures?
No need to put words in my mouth. I stated "I have no dog here." I was simply mentioning various differences between the Pentax and Tokina versions, some of which will be more important to some users than others. I bring these up simply in the interest of keeping the discussion objective, since some seem to be plugging either version as significantly superior to the other. I currently can't afford any of the items mentioned, so all of the tradeoffs are irrelevant to me. To remark that I'm "preoccupied" with any one of them is a bit off-base.

Personally, I'd be inclined to take a D90+Tokina 50-135mm (none of which is sealed, as you mention) over a K-7 with the DA*, and put the money saved into lighting.

And yes, the old glass does still take good pictures.
03-25-2010, 11:38 AM   #22
New Member




Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Corvallis, OR
Posts: 5
Original Poster
Thanks for all the help guys, such a friendly place here. I guess I will look into purchasing a d90 or a d300. I'm leaning towards the D90 because I heard its about the same as the d300 but I'll do more research on both. Thanks again guys.
03-25-2010, 11:41 AM   #23
Veteran Member
er1kksen's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Staten Island, NY
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 1,661
QuoteOriginally posted by sas.quatch Quote
Thanks for all the help guys, such a friendly place here. I guess I will look into purchasing a d90 or a d300. I'm leaning towards the D90 because I heard its about the same as the d300 but I'll do more research on both. Thanks again guys.
The D90 is smaller and lighter, but also somewhat slower and less solid than the D300, and a bit less feature-rich. The D90 posts somewhat better RAW image quality, however, and presents a better value-equation for most.

03-25-2010, 11:23 PM   #24
Veteran Member
rustynail925's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Philippines
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 1,552
QuoteOriginally posted by sas.quatch Quote
Thanks for all the help guys, such a friendly place here. I guess I will look into purchasing a d90 or a d300. I'm leaning towards the D90 because I heard its about the same as the d300 but I'll do more research on both. Thanks again guys.
The D90 has better high iso than the D300s.. But the D300 has 51 focus point and weathersealed.
It really depends on what you are shooting. If you are on to sports, birds, and you are shooting subjects which are on motion then get the D300s..
If not, save your money and get the D90 and get the 50 1.8 and 85 1.8
03-26-2010, 01:38 AM   #25
New Member




Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: new york
Posts: 6
I wouldnt switch. I used to be a Pentax person but i must declare I am not impressed. I have 10 Asahi Pentax smc lenses and 2 DA lenses that came with my new purchase a KM 2000 digital camera. Within the first 10 months I had to have the main PC board completely replaced by CR KENNEDY in Melbourne. After this the unit discharges batteries of which did not happen before. I purchased the Pentax to enable me to use my Pentax lenses. I should have bought a Nikon or Canon. My greatest mistake even though when I bought my K1000 many years ago that was also faulty. The coil and light meter needed to be replaced. I guess Im stupid buying a Pentax. Im going to sell this equipment and begin with Nikon SLR and then buy a Canon SLR. Pentax is a DUD brand!
03-26-2010, 01:41 AM   #26
New Member




Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: new york
Posts: 6
Pentax Failure

Ive got Km 2000 and K1000 both proved to be faulty near new
03-26-2010, 02:06 AM   #27
Site Supporter
Douglas_of_Sweden's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Stockholm
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 3,347
QuoteOriginally posted by sas.quatch Quote
Hey guys I have been shooting with Nikon for a while and I was thinking about purchasing a K-7 as the prices have dropped recently. The features of the K-7 for the price just seem like the perfect match for me. The gear I'm currently using is

Nikon D60
18-55mm vr
55-200mm vr
35mm f/1.8
sb-600 flash

I'm thinking about purchasing the new set I'm looking for at Adorama.
Pentax K-7
16-50 f/2.8

Total: Around 1600.00 USD and hopefully I'll get a 50-135 f/2.8 in the future.

What do you guys think?
If you lust for the DA*50-135, why not take the K-7 with the kit lens (WR) which you get for a really good price with the body, so that you can get the 50-135 sooner? The kit lens is not a bad lens.
03-26-2010, 04:07 AM   #28
Loyal Site Supporter




Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Southern Indiana
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 14,940
QuoteOriginally posted by fotopentax Quote
Ive got Km 2000 and K1000 both proved to be faulty near new
I don't believe anyone is talking about either of those two cameras.
03-26-2010, 07:34 AM   #29
Junior Member




Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Louisiana
Photos: Albums
Posts: 32
Buy you a K-X and then you'll have you a baby D700, that camera is amazing ISO 3200 ISO 1600 leave your flash at home! Good luck!
03-26-2010, 09:03 AM   #30
Pentaxian
Marc Sabatella's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Denver, CO
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 10,686
QuoteOriginally posted by fotopentax Quote
Ive got Km 2000 and K1000 both proved to be faulty near new
All cameras from all brands have occasional failures. There is no evidence whatsoever Pentax cameras have more than others.
Reply

Bookmarks
  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
camera, dslr, f/2.8, guys, k-7, nikon, pentax, photography, vr
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
canon user jumping ship to pentax buliwyf Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 40 12-29-2009 01:07 AM
For Sale - Sold: Nikon Nikkor ED 80-200mm f/2.8 AF Lens for Nikon, Worldwide ship! wallyb Sold Items 14 12-28-2009 11:31 AM
Thinking to change from Nikon to Pentax kwetiaw Pentax DSLR Discussion 22 10-20-2009 07:49 AM
For Sale - Sold: Jumping ship. My loss you gain.... pen123 Sold Items 16 02-23-2009 10:29 AM
Jumping Ship fpr new Brands Papou General Talk 1 09-13-2008 09:07 PM



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 05:16 PM. | See also: NikonForums.com, part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
register
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]
Top