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Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-02-2019, 07:51 PM  
HELP with next lens purchase!
Posted By builttospill
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It can be a difficult decision narrowing down choices for lenses. It makes it even harder when Pentax has so many nice options (* and Limited). I suggest starting with the decision of a prime or zoom. Primes have a wider maximum aperture, higher IQ, and a lower price-point. Zooms are convenient and versatile. Personally I've always preferred primes. Your current collection and experience showing kit lens-photos says you prefer zooms. Are you wanting to refine your collection of zooms, or expand your experience with a nice prime? One thing for sure, you're moving in the right direction spending a little more on a premium lens.

I like the idea of suggesting an FA Limited. Any of them. You won't regret it and you can't go wrong with any of the three. On APS-C my most-used lens is the FA 43. On FF (film and the K-1) it's the FA 77. Even though the FA 43 is my all-time favorite Pentax lens, I would suggest the 31 or 77 over the 43 due to your FA 50. The FA 50/1.4 and FA 43 are very different lenses, but the other two expand your lineup a little better. Your $500 gift card won't cover the entire purchase, so I'd sell the other two 50s (A and M). If you haven't taken a look through this thread, you might want to start saving up for the other to FA Limiteds: The FA Limited Club - PentaxForums.com.

If you're leaning toward a premium zoom, there have been many great suggestions here. The 20-40 is nice, the DFA 24-70 or Tamron 28-75 are great options. I wouldn't consider the 16-85 a premium lens, but it does offer you a focal range you currently don't have. If you get the 16-85, I'd suggest selling your 18-55 and 28-105. If you get the 24-70/28-75 I'd suggest you sell your 28-105. If you get the 20-40 I'd say sell your 18-55 and 28-105. Of course you don't have to sell any of your lenses, but once you start collecting higher-end lenses, you won't reach for the others very often, if ever.

K10D and FA 43




K-1 and FA 43




K10D and FA 77


K-1 and FA 77
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