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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 23 Hours Ago  
Best zoom macro lens for Pentax?
Posted By mgvh
Replies: 29
Views: 2,022
I stumbled upon an old Nikon achromatic lens 4T that screws on to the front of my DAL 55-300. It gives me greater than 1:1 (1.26:1 actually) at 300mm with excellent quality. Note that this isn't one of those simple closeup lenses.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-22-2021, 10:26 AM  
So rare there are no samples on PF....
Posted By mgvh
Replies: 29
Views: 6,521
Reviving an ancient thread, but I just came across one of these lenses for sale at UsedPhotoPro while shopping for something else. (I have no connection to store.) ~Only~ $3685.03! (If it were 3 cents less, maybe I would consider it... :) )
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-15-2021, 08:11 PM  
DA 18-135 WR, Show us what it can do
Posted By mgvh
Replies: 4,304
Views: 679,425
Nazareth, Israel

Basilica of the Annunciation
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-05-2021, 05:45 AM  
Cheap FF AF standard zoom: F35-135 vs FA28-70
Posted By mgvh
Replies: 21
Views: 1,669
The Tamron 24-135 is my choice for an inexpensive FF zoom, and it goes a little wider to boot.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-29-2021, 06:47 AM  
Whats the best walkabout lens for the new K3 III?
Posted By mgvh
Replies: 31
Views: 2,194
For hiking with only one lens: 18-135
For traveling where I can carry a bit more: 16-85 and then either/also 10-17FE and 55-300.
I tend to shoot wide, and I really enjoy the 10-17FE.
And since it's so small, if I want to be inconspicuous, I throw in the 40XS.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-14-2020, 07:20 AM  
2021 Pentax Lens Tournament Pentax DA 10-17 FE
Posted By mgvh
Replies: 0
Views: 57
SMC Pentax-DA 10-17mm F3.5-4.5 Fish-Eye ED [IF] Reviews - DA Zoom Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database

The DA 10-17mm FE certainly isn't the best lens Pentax ever made on multiple measures, but it is the one I have the most fun with.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-13-2020, 07:20 PM  
After suggestions for something different to use on my K30
Posted By mgvh
Replies: 24
Views: 1,429
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-30-2020, 08:04 PM  
Confession game: how many lenses do you have? Why do you keep them? Which was let go?
Posted By mgvh
Replies: 140
Views: 13,573
We moved a month ago. I had planned to list all those lenses I had accumulated over the years on the marketplace here, but I ran out of time getting organized. I did a video interview with KEH. It worked out pretty well, though I know I could have gotten lots more if I had sold some of them individually here or on ebay. I sold them 13 film bodies, but I only had them because I won some auction going for the lens. I don't use film, so I couldn't guarantee functionality of any of them. I figure any money I got for those was icing. (Pentax A3, ME, 2x ME Super, 2x SF1, ZX-M; Vivitar V3000s; Sears KSX; Ricoh KR-30sp; Chinon CP-7m; Mamiya/Sekor 1000TL; Yashica TL-Electro) I had wanted to sell a nice Pentax K-x and an excellent K-30 and a good K-3, but it was pennies on the dollar for those, so I couldn't bear to just dump them. (The KP has become my primary camera.)

I also unloaded 40 lenses. (Yikes! How did I get so many?) A lot of old clunkers in there, but there were some nice ones...
  • SMC Pentax 45-124 f4

  • SMC Pentax 75-150 f4

  • SMC Pentax A 35-70 f4

  • SMC Pentax A 50 f1.7a

  • Super Takumars: 35 f3.5; 55 f1.8; 300 f4

  • Yashinon-DS 50 f1.4

$320 for the lot... So if you see a bunch of Pentax or K-mount or M42 gear on sale at KEH, you are welcome!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-18-2020, 07:46 AM  
Light zoom for hiking
Posted By mgvh
Replies: 13
Views: 1,129
For hiking when I want to enjoy the walk and take along something smaller and lighter and don't plan to drop behind my wife in order to change lenses, I just take the 18-135. Weather sealed, good quality... My 16-85 is definitely a better lens, and I love the extra wide end, but for hiking, it's a bit bigger, and I miss the 135mm end.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-24-2020, 08:42 PM  
Just three lenses, your pick?
Posted By mgvh
Replies: 75
Views: 4,824
For most of my travel and general photography:
DA 10-17 FE
DA 16-85
DAL 55-300
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-12-2020, 08:20 PM  
Vivitar Series 1 70-210mm F2.8-4 -Still Decent (for a Vintage Lens)
Posted By mgvh
Replies: 18
Views: 1,507
This is from 2016, but HERE is a comparison I did of a version 2 Vivitar Series 1 70-210 with the DAL 55-300, Takumar F 70-210, Tokina SZ-X 80-200, and Vivitar 75-205.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-13-2020, 05:53 PM  
16-85 vs 18-135 my impressions
Posted By mgvh
Replies: 21
Views: 12,089
I have both the 18-135 and 16-85. I haven't been able to part with the 18-135 because it is relatively small and light and it's a good range for hiking in nature.
I much prefer the 16-85 for most everything else. That extra 2mm at the wide end is very useful for more of my style of shooting, and the edges are better than the 18-135 at 18mm. Also, cropping at 85mm on the 16-85 is just about as good as shooting at 135mm on the 18-135.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-06-2020, 08:46 AM  
Lens choices
Posted By mgvh
Replies: 27
Views: 1,707
1) As others have noted, the 16-85 is a very nice upgrade to the 18-135. For my style of travel photography, the 10-17FE and the 16-85 cover 90% of what I want to do.
2) If you want to go to small/light at times, the 40XS is a great match for the KP
3) If you want faster, the DA21, DA35, or the DA50 are all small and fun to use.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-22-2019, 06:05 PM  
Opinion time: what are your favorite manual lenses?
Posted By mgvh
Replies: 184
Views: 13,247
Lots of nice fast 50s, but one manual that I really like, even though the focal length is not my favorite on APSC, is the SuperTakumar 150mm f4.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-04-2019, 07:30 AM  
How do you decide what lens to use . . . . ???
Posted By mgvh
Replies: 46
Views: 2,578
For most of the work I do (landscape, architectural), the DA 16-85 is perfect. I will often add the DA 10-17 FE just for fun. If I know I'll be inside or low light, I'll throw in the small DA 21 or DA 40XS which are faster.
I only bring something longer (DAL 55-300) if I intentionally plan on using it.

I do like to challenge myself with a single lens prime just to get to my eye to 'see' things at a particular focal length.
If I'm just going out for a walk and not sure of what I'll be doing, the DA 16-85 is great.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-09-2019, 09:36 PM  
Suggested lenses to take on trip to Yosemite, King’s Canyon, Sequoia Nat’l Parks
Posted By mgvh
Replies: 45
Views: 3,043
This is my vote! It was my travel combo (until I replaced the 18-135 with the 16-85.)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-30-2019, 10:18 AM  
Lens & Filter recommendations for travel photography
Posted By mgvh
Replies: 19
Views: 2,036
For a CPL, check out the Lenstip reviews HERE and HERE.
Personally, I got a Marumi Super DHG for my 18-135, and it has been very good.
On the 2015 test, you'll see that best value ones are the Marumi Fit+Slim and the Hoya Antistatic. All these cost between $38-$70.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-26-2019, 06:32 AM  
200 mm lens for a K-1
Posted By mgvh
Replies: 20
Views: 1,772
I have a TELETAKUMAR 200mm f5.6 M42 which I love for being such a tiny lens and an excellent SMCPentax-M 200mm F4. On my KP, however, I'm more likely to use my DAL 55-300, especially when shooting handheld.

Another good option on full frame is the venerable VIVITARSERIES 1 70-210mm line if you want to try a zoom. With mine (version 2), it's quite good open at the wide end, but f8-11 is best at the long end.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-11-2019, 12:44 PM  
One K-Mount PRIME to rule them all 2019
Posted By mgvh
Replies: 71
Views: 5,497
Only one prime? On APSC? I'd have to go with the DA 21
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-10-2019, 08:14 AM  
New HD Fisheye 10-17mm Sample Pictures
Posted By mgvh
Replies: 9
Views: 1,382
This Ricoh link does explain the lens philosophy. The examples do show reduced fringing and ghosting with the new HD version.
I love my DA 10-17, and I've been able to clean up the purple fringing quite easily in LR, but if I were in the market now, I would certainly get the new HD version
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-10-2019, 08:04 AM  
Macro lens suggestions?
Posted By mgvh
Replies: 27
Views: 1,798
Depending on what I'm doing and trying to accomplish...
1) TAMRONSP AF 90mm F2.8 Di Macro is a great 1:1 macro lens that is reasonably priced. The Pentax 100mm macro might be better if you need WR, but this Tamron may be cheaper.
2) SMCPENTAX 50mm F4 Macro does 1:2 macro and is an outstanding lens when I can work closer to the subject.
3) Extension tubes with a M50mm f1.7 where I can get up to 1.5:1 magnification.
4) For traveling when I don't want to carry an extra macro lens, I use an achromatic diopter that screws on to the front of a lens and provides magnification up to 1:1 depending on lens and diopter. NOTE: This is not the cheap diopter lens sets you can get. You want the achromatic ones. I have some old ones that work great, but check the Raynox 150 or 250 for something newer.
Forum: Pentax KP 07-04-2019, 08:33 PM  
Posted By mgvh
Replies: 14
Views: 1,248
I went from K-30 to K-3 and enjoyed the bump up in performance, both in terms of ISO/low light and overall resolution. I have now gone from the K-3 to the KP. The main things I like are: even better ISO/low light, resolution, smaller/lighter, tilting screen.
Forum: Pentax KP 07-04-2019, 08:29 PM  
KP and 16-85
Posted By mgvh
Replies: 23
Views: 4,727
Here's an example from, but oddly they do not have the 16-85. My link shows the KP with the 16-50. LINK

I do use the KP and the 16-85 is my primary lens. (The second lens I carry with it is the 10-17 FE.) I have the large grip and just use a hand strap, and it feels good to me.
Here's my pic of it.
Forum: Sold Items 06-14-2019, 05:07 PM  
Wanted - Acquired: Pentax-M 50mm f/1.7
Posted By mgvh
Replies: 3
Views: 531
I have a very nice A 50mm f1.7 I'd sell. (I found an A 50mm f1.4, and I don't use both.)
Forum: Pentax KP 06-05-2019, 05:19 PM  
Used KP - What should I be checking?
Posted By mgvh
Replies: 24
Views: 2,182
To bring this thread to its conclusion...
I was willing to take a chance on the KP if indeed the one-year warranty would be honored. I contacted UsedPhotoPro, and they said I would have to check with MackCam which handles the warranty service. (I was puzzled by this, because UPP should be able to say it has the warranty as advertised or not.) I emailed MackCam, waited 4 days but never heard back from them. On their site, it says that warranties are voided by "damage." The crack certainly looked like damage to me, so I figure I would lose on any warranty claim. UPP was perfectly gracious about authorizing the return and sending the return UPS label. I'm supposed to get full refund.

In case anyone else is googling, the serial on the KP was 7302813. It may be perfectly fine and work well for years, but I decided it wasn't worth the chance, especially because I wanted it specifically as my weather resistant kit.
Thanks to all who chimed in...
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