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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-28-2015, 03:26 AM  
Considering Pentax 28mm F2 as wide angle
Posted By mano
Replies: 22
Views: 2,405
If in doubt whether it's the K or M, the lens' size is a good clue. The K28 2.0 looks more like a 100+mm! ;)
Forum: Pentax Q 08-10-2014, 10:58 AM  
Why is the Q metal body so important to some
Posted By mano
Replies: 40
Views: 5,118
Like others posting in this thread, I just like the feel of the metal body. It's an entirely subjective thing, of course.

When I looked into buying the Q last year, both the first model and the Q10 were available at rather good prices while the Q7 cost quite a bit more than I was prepared to spend at the time. After doing some research and asking the wise people on the forum I decided that there was not much IQ difference between the Q and Q10 and I went with the metal body.

Had I been prepared to spend more money at the time I would have taken the Q7, plastic or not, as the IQ is still more important to me.

As it is I'm thinking about getting a Q7 when the new model comes out and I find it for a reasonable price.

---------- Post added 10-08-14 at 20:00 ----------

Ach ja, pleaze explain, Herr Adam! ;)
Forum: General Talk 12-25-2013, 03:04 AM  
What did you get for Christmas?
Posted By mano
Replies: 194
Views: 16,729
Pentax Q with the 01 prime and 02 zoom. From myself to myself actually.

And from the family some rather expensive cooking gear I don't really have a use for any more - occasionally I wish people would actually listen to what I say.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-25-2013, 12:52 AM  
Landscape lens?
Posted By mano
Replies: 20
Views: 3,388
Indeed wide angle means a smaller focal length. 40mm on APS-C is not wide, just the opposite. A normal lens on APC-C would be around 35mm, everything below is wide angle, above is tele.

What focal length is best for landscape shots is a rather subjective question, though. I recently did a few autumn-forest shots and mainly used a 50mm. In the particular situation it gave me the pictures I wanted. At other times I can't get my 15mm of the camera.

If you are only starting out, as I did some years ago, I'd recommend getting an zoom lens first. Do you have the 18-55mm kit-lens? That's a good range for basic experiments with landscapes, if you find you need to go wider, look for something below 18mm. There are both very good wider zooms and primes to have. If you find you use the lens mostly around a certain focal length, consider getting a prime in that length.

If you find you are totally satisfied with what you get out of your current equipment, don't get anything new at all ;)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-28-2011, 01:07 AM  
Da 55-300 wr??...
Posted By mano
Replies: 10
Views: 3,556
Yeah, that question pops up here occasionally. At least once from me...

For a while I was actually waiting for the lens, but this spring I finally gave up and bought the non-WR 55-300. If Pentax/Ricoh surprises us I will probably switch, though.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-19-2011, 12:41 AM  
Helios 77M-4 MC 50mm F1.8 Have you used this lens?
Posted By mano
Replies: 11
Views: 16,195
Hello there!

Just recently I got a 77K-4 from ebay, which seems to be the same lens with a k-mount. I only did some test shots, so far I like it. I read about the special bokeh but have not found it in my tests yet ;-).

If I find the time (not sure I will), I'll upload some of the test when I'm home later. I would recommend the lens if you find it for a reasonable price. It's typical Russian hardware, very solid and well build.

EDIT: It seems there are sill some of the 77K's available from a Russian Ebayer:
Objektiv MC Helios-77K-4. Pentax-K bajonett. | eBay
Forum: Pentax K-5 11-12-2010, 10:54 AM  
K5 or Kr?
Posted By mano
Replies: 7
Views: 6,105
I've been pondering the same question for a few weeks. For me it's less the IQ than the construction of the body and the usage that point me towards the K5.

If it wasn't for the much improved low light performance I would not really consider getting a replacement for my K200. I am satisfied with the IQ I get.

The K-r would be a logical choice for me if I only looked at the IQ and if I didn't mostly use my camera outdoors. I don't know if a K-r or K-x would have survived the plunge into the snowdrift last winter...

Another important point for me is how fast I can change settings on my camera. I really prefer to be able to switch as many things as possible without accessing some kind of menu, and here the K5 seems to be much better suited to my wishes than the K-r.
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