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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-13-2009, 03:57 PM  
What do you use as a second, compact camera ?
Posted By Neducati
Replies: 73
Views: 10,395
For Christmas my girlfriend bought me a Panasonic Lumix LX3, which is an awesome little 10 megapixel camera. My favorite features that distinguish it from most of the other point and shoot cameras are (1) the f2.0-2.8 lens that gives me the ability to shoot indoors with available light, even in the evening, (2) the 24mm wide angle lens and (3) the hot shoe that allows me to connect an auxilary flash, like the DMW-FL360.

I don't mind the limited telephoto capability on the LX3 since most of my shooting is wide. (My favorite lens on the K20D is the 12-24mm.)

Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-27-2008, 11:20 AM  
LCD protector
Posted By Neducati
Replies: 6
Views: 2,641
Has anyone tried one of these .5mm optical glass screen protectors?

GGS pro LCD Screen Protector for Pentax K20D - eBay (item 350128926729 end time Jan-19-09 17:32:51 PST)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-08-2008, 11:13 AM  
16-45mm or 16-50mm or 17-70mm ?
Posted By Neducati
Replies: 23
Views: 6,458
Greetings from chilly Pennsylvania.

Thanks to everyone who provided his/her opinions and other thoughtful responses to my original post. This is a great forum! I did use the search function and read a lot here before posting, but didn't find any threads directly comparing the three different zooms I listed.

Based on what I've read so far, the DA* 16-50mm seems to be a very popular lens and is the best pick if you eliminate the risk of getting a bad one. I'm going to take a chance and buy one of them.

Next lens will be a fixed length, maybe the DA 14MM F2.8, realizing that such focal length is covered by my 12-24mm zoom. To clarify, I have the Sigma 12-24, not the Pentax DA lens. It was the only one available when I bought my *ist DS a few years ago. If both were available then, I probably would have opted for the Pentax on general principle, unless reviews of the Sigma had shown better IQ (which is not the case).

Just to have the option, I'd also like to get a longer zoom, like the DA* 50-135mm, DA* 60-250mm, DA 50-200mm or DA 55-300mm, although I fear any such lens will spend most of its time in the case.

I realize I could "kill two birds with one stone" by opting for the DA 18-250mm, but since I shoot mostly extreme wide angles, I don't want to compromise on the wide end just to get an extra long lens. Make sense, or is the 18-250mm worth considering?

People refer to the 18-250mm as a good travel lens, but I like to travel light (usually on a motorcycle) and will use a Lumix LX-3 for that.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-07-2008, 12:55 PM  
16-45mm or 16-50mm or 17-70mm ?
Posted By Neducati
Replies: 23
Views: 6,458
Good afternoon. I just joined the forum and this is my first post. Please help me choose a general purpose zoom lens for my new K20D.

I have been using an *ist DS for a few years with the 18-55mm kit lens and just bought a K20D body (after seriously looking at the Nikon D90 and D300). I am now trying to determine what lense(s) to buy. I could keep the kit lens from my *ist DS and just sell the body, but if I can find something better than the kit lens, I'd prefer to do so.

I shoot more landscape and architectural photos than people, and rarely shoot sports or other action scenes. I'm looking for a general purpose zoom to supplement my 12-24mm lens.

I have read about the Pentax 16-45mm, 16-50mm and 17-70mm lenses, and found reviews comparing the 16-45 to the 16-50mm zooms. I also see that both Pentax and Sigma make a 17-70mm zoom, but I have not found any reviews that compare the two. Have any been written? Are there significant differences between those two lenses?

I don't mind spending more to get more, but is the 16-50mm DA* worth that much more than the others? Which is the best all around lens among these four options?

Pentax 16-45mm F4
Pentax 16-50mm F2.8
Pentax 17-70mm F4
Sigma 17-70mm F2.8


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