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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-13-2018, 06:54 AM  
Pentax 16-50mm or Pentax 24-70mm.
Posted By Cez
Replies: 20
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Pentax DA 17-70 is not WR and as Kjell mentioned, he really needs it.

Try also to get a repair for your lens. Explain the situation, perhaps they'll acknowledge a manufacturing defect, and you'll pay nothing or just a few bucks for your repair. I think it's worth it.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-13-2018, 03:54 AM  
Pentax 16-50mm or Pentax 24-70mm.
Posted By Cez
Replies: 20
Views: 2,344
I agree with LensBeginner, the Tamron is an excellent choice, if you're ready to give up on WR. The 24-70 would be too heavy, expensive and you'll miss the useful 17-24 range.

The 16-50 has the same SDM failure issues, like the 50-135. Just make sure to use it at least once every two months to keep the motor fit (you just have to press the AF button on your camera), and you should have no problem. The latest copies are supposed to be more reliable, but mine, bought in 2015, failed once (after 5 months in its case).

The IQ is very good but quite soft indeed in the edges at f2.8, it is stellar atf 5.6.

The Tamron, which I previously owned, was an excellent lens, from f/2.8 onwards, clearly better than the Pentax. And very cheap ! But noisy, and I really needed WR for my trips, so I sold it and bought the DA*.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-14-2016, 04:24 PM  
HD D-FA 28-105 leaked online
Posted By Cez
Replies: 189
Views: 27,925
Totally agree.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-14-2016, 04:09 PM  
HD D-FA 28-105 leaked online
Posted By Cez
Replies: 189
Views: 27,925
Again, a FF camera is neither targeted to the masses looking for cheap bundles (they mostly go for an APS-C instead, and Pentax has a very good extensive offer for them), nor exclusively to pros willing to buy only high end lenses such as FA Limiteds and the f/2.8 zooms.

In between the two, there is also an important "prosumer" market who is interested in high end lenses but also looking for versatile and quality lenses, especially among those buying Pentax. Although Canon, Nikon and Sony have indeed variable aperture kit lenses for FF cameras, I still continue to think that it is not what is driving their sales.

But I admit I am moaning a bit because I was really up to a 24-105/120 f4 lens for travelling... I do not actually care if it is sold as a kit lens or not actually, I just regret such a lens doesn't exist and doesn't seem planned yet.

Hope Pentax will deliver it in a near future or that Sigma will fill in the gap, as suggested by others.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-14-2016, 03:28 PM  
HD D-FA 28-105 leaked online
Posted By Cez
Replies: 189
Views: 27,925
Pentax 24-70mm costs around EUR 1300
Canon 24-105 costs around EUR 700

Nearly half the price.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-14-2016, 03:19 PM  
HD D-FA 28-105 leaked online
Posted By Cez
Replies: 189
Views: 27,925
Of course, but many others would have appreciated the versatility offered by the longer range of a 24-105 F4.
Especially when travelling.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-14-2016, 03:16 PM  
HD D-FA 28-105 leaked online
Posted By Cez
Replies: 189
Views: 27,925
Canon has this variable aperture lens indeed.
But Canon also has the 24-105 F4 lens which is sold as a kit lens on some cameras.

I am disappointed as I was really eager about switching to the Pentax FF camera once released and sold with such a lens.
Ricoh prefers to appeal FF potential buyers with a lower quality consumer lens in order to lower the price of the FF+kit lens. Again, given the target of this camera, which is less price sensitive than the APS-C average user, I think it is a huge mistake.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-14-2016, 02:51 PM  
HD D-FA 28-105 leaked online
Posted By Cez
Replies: 189
Views: 27,925
Very disappointed.
Given the target of new Full frame - professionals, expert amateurs - a constant F4 zoom would have been of more appeal than a variable aperture zoom starting only at 28mm, when Canon and Nikon offer a wider range starting at 24mm. Pentax will have a huge challenge in shaking up the very competitive full frame market, but is going the wrong way here...
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 10-15-2015, 04:53 AM  
Hello from Belgium
Posted By Cez
Replies: 10
Views: 668
@debakarma : yes I am based in Brussels. Well, I barely arrived in Belgium (lived here beforehand) but I never came across any pentaxian so far. In France, there is an important community conversely, and a 100 pct Pentax shop just opened in Paris.

@Kerrowdown : If I am not mistaken, Belgians barely make up to 50 pct of the population in Brussels...

It's a small country, with a huge amount of expats due to the EU institutions and many migrants coming here from every part of the world for other reasons as well. That is why there might be a few Belgians (plus, in the rare photo shops I came across, never seen any Pentax camera :( ).

Belgium is a relatively young country born out of a compromise between the Flemish and the francophones and between the catholic aristocracy and the liberal bourgeoisie. So it's not evident to associate Belgian identity with something in particular (out of the football teams, fries and bier) contrary to other national identities, which are, say, more entrenched in specific cultural and historical roots.

Moreover, some Belgian francophones told me, when they travel abroad, that they introduce themselves as French, as Belgium is not known by all, whilst converselymany Flemish, who have a more specific identity of their own, introduce themselves as such, and not as Belgians ;)
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 10-14-2015, 05:01 AM  
Hello from Belgium
Posted By Cez
Replies: 10
Views: 668
I am Cez, 27 years old and have been enjoying photography for 2 years now.
Not Belgian but actually French living in Brussels. :)

My subjects are mostly urban exploration and architecture, especially in Eastern Europe, Italy or in France. Portraits at times also.


Happy owner of a Pentax K-30, which I often use with the FA 35mm f2 and the F 50mm f/1.7, together with the DA 16-50 and the Samsung 12-24mm, the rebadged version of the DA 12-24...

Looking forward to upgrade to FF when I will have the money of course, and when new primes and a 16-24 or a 16-35 will be available.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 10-14-2015, 04:53 AM  
So what would turn you off from buying the new Pentax FF
Posted By Cez
Replies: 145
Views: 12,072
Lack of new prime lenses. Pentax has announced and released new zoom lenses but nothing seems to be planned as for primes. Yet, there are excellent film era lenses but I think Pentax should bring us some new ones as the film-era lenses often deliver some heavy chromatic aberrations. Not to mention absence of SDM and weather sealing...

In a nutshell, versions of the 35mm f/2, 50mm f/1.4 and a new 85mm f/1.8 for portrait would be more than welcome...
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