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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-01-2018, 02:36 PM  
Best cheap vintage ultra wide
Posted By i_trax
Replies: 30
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I think the only option you have would be to find used Sigma EX 10-20mm F4-5.6 DC ( non HSM, older version).
I used to have one, purchased it used in 2011 for AU$100. I gave it to my niece after purchasing Sigma 8-16.
Some photos taken with it:
Sigma EX 10-20mm F4-5.6 DC | Flickr
It is a pretty decent lens, reasonable common and in most case, reasonably priced.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 01-01-2018, 10:28 AM  
MX-1 - New Firmware update
Posted By i_trax
Replies: 53
Views: 15,064
that's cool, I did not know about it
Forum: Pentax K-S1 & K-S2 01-01-2018, 09:03 AM  
Help novice with replacing kit lens please..
Posted By i_trax
Replies: 40
Views: 996
Hi Timea,
I only used once the kit DAL 18-55 and DA 50-200 ( not DAL but optically they are identical) + Pentax-F 1.7x AF teleconverter with my Pentax Kx.
It was on my trip to Melbourne in NOV2010, I was not disappointed.
Melbourne NOV2010 | Flickr
Images are jpegs straight from the camera, Kx is a very enjoyable tool, still with my Family with both kit lenses.
After a short research I upgraded my kit to used Sigma 17-70 2.8-4.5 DC Macro ( non HSM) , absolutely loved it, you could practically touch the subject with the lens and image was still in focus.
I purchased two more of them ,both used, did a lot of traveling with them. Sold one, the second one did go to my niece with Pentax K-5 , the third one is permanently attached to K-30.
You can get them very well priced on the used market. Perfect for narrow old European Street and dark Churches.
Some photos taken with them:
Sigma DC 17-70 MACRO 2.8-4.5 | Flickr
Sigma DC 17-70 2.8-4.5 MACRO | Flickr
By using fast zooms you can find out what focal length is most important for you, then you can invest in good primes.
I would not recommend DA35 2.8 Macro as your first Prime.
It is very sharp and well build but focusing could be frustrating while you are trying to get something in a hurry.
This lens has very long focus run from macro to infinity.
I also have newer Sigma 17-70 2.8-4 DC Macro HSM Contemporary, AF is a bit faster and silent but optically they are very similar:
Sigma C 17-70 2.8-4 DC Macro HSM | Flickr
Auto Focusing , in the most cases, I use central single focusing spot, AF.S mode, lock the focus on the important part of the image,recompose and take the picture.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-31-2017, 12:28 AM  
My K5 is suddenly slow processing
Posted By i_trax
Replies: 3
Views: 380
do not have K-5 any more,You haven't selected Exposure Bracketing or HDR or something like that by any chance?
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 12-28-2017, 04:23 AM  
Pentax K-S1 + 18-55mm Lens AU$399 + AU$16 Delivery at Parramatta Cameras (Australia)
Posted By i_trax
Replies: 2
Views: 289
good deal but I already have one
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-26-2017, 02:17 AM  
Best budget APSC cameras
Posted By i_trax
Replies: 6
Views: 1,081
I like this guy, long live Pentax!
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 12-18-2017, 11:46 PM  
Lens Problems, Help Please.
Posted By i_trax
Replies: 10
Views: 284
the Sigma 17-70 DC 2.8-4.5 MACRO non HSM stays on my K-30 permanently
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 12-09-2017, 02:57 AM  
New user from Germany
Posted By i_trax
Replies: 8
Views: 261
Welcome from the West of Australia!
I would start with two very reasonably priced ,on used market, small FF lenses:
Tamron 28-75 2.8 and /or Sigma 28-70 2.8 and check what focal length you mostly use.
I will most likely keep Tamron for the extra reach, they are both fine.
I like wide angle fast lenses so I did get for K-1 Samyang ( Rokinon) 14mm 2.8.
I enjoy K-1 very much, the other favorite lenses are:
DA 40 2.8 ( both versions, the plastic pancake I use with 27mm hood)
FA 43 1.9
and DA*200, yes, the "old" DA*200 works perfectly with K-1

kind regards
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-04-2017, 07:59 PM  
K1 Legacy lens compatabilty issues or broken??
Posted By i_trax
Replies: 16
Views: 759
you have to enable using aperture ring , do not have K-1 with me but on K-3 it is in Menu C page 4 item 27.
you need to use M mode , choose the aperture with the ring, press green button to get the right shutter speed
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 12-03-2017, 03:33 AM  
This must be a very special Pentax HD D FA 15-30mm F2.8 ED SDM WR Lens on Ebay
Posted By i_trax
Replies: 12
Views: 843
some retailers just to do that while the item is out of stock, why??
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 12-03-2017, 03:10 AM  
Hey from Australia
Posted By i_trax
Replies: 8
Views: 232
welcome, all the best!
and warm regards from the West
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-02-2017, 10:35 PM  
How good is the 24-70 pentax lens with the aps-c cameras? I need and overall review
Posted By i_trax
Replies: 12
Views: 575
My traveling companion was (for years, you can get one for under $200 used ) Sigma DC 17-70 2.8-4.5 Macro, and now is Sigma 17-70 2.8-4 Contemporary HSM Macro.
Perfect range for traveling. You will need fast 17mm for narrow streets and inside the churches.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-01-2017, 09:36 PM  
Lens Hoods
Posted By i_trax
Replies: 7
Views: 513
what Sigma lens do you have, there are number of different versions
SIGMA zoom f3.5-5.6 DC 18-50mm Lens for PENTAX pk mount DSLR "LIKE NEW" | eBay
Sigma 18-50mm F2.8-4.5 DC HSM etc
could you send a photo or what is written on the lens?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-18-2017, 11:46 PM  
Pulled the trigger on a Pentax-M 50mm 1.7
Posted By i_trax
Replies: 7
Views: 456
I have two M50 1.7 and two Rikenon versions, in M42 and K
I like them all
Forum: Pentax KP 11-18-2017, 03:51 AM  
KP Grips
Posted By i_trax
Replies: 51
Views: 2,023
yes indeed,
that was with rather large and heavy brilliant Sigma 18-35 1.8 ART and Sigma 17-70 2.8 - 4 Contemporary,
will need to have a play with some smaller lenses
Forum: Pentax KP 11-18-2017, 01:29 AM  
KP Grips
Posted By i_trax
Replies: 51
Views: 2,023
more photos with Q-s1
Forum: Pentax KP 11-18-2017, 01:22 AM  
KP Grips
Posted By i_trax
Replies: 51
Views: 2,023
more photos
Forum: Pentax KP 11-18-2017, 12:53 AM  
KP Grips
Posted By i_trax
Replies: 51
Views: 2,023
KP the large grip
Forum: Pentax KP 11-18-2017, 12:13 AM  
KP Grips
Posted By i_trax
Replies: 51
Views: 2,023
where did you find silver XS?
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 11-17-2017, 10:10 PM  
How Many Spare Batteries Do You Have?
Posted By i_trax
Replies: 31
Views: 1,224
all spare batteries / charges I get from:
Pentax Camera Battery
The Q and Q-s1 I have 4 batteries in total, take 2 spares with any of them.
The MX-1 I have 1 spare,
The K10 I have one spare.
K-30 , K-s1 and KP I have 4 in total, K-30 goes out always with 4xAA ( lithium titanium energizer AA) they last forever, with the other two I usually take one spare.
K-01 , K-5ii , K-3 , K-3ii and K-1 I have 6 in total, usually take 1 spare.
I usually store batteries fully charged in room temperature ( 18-25 deg), some are years old and still all good.
Forum: Pentax KP 11-17-2017, 09:24 PM  
KP Grips
Posted By i_trax
Replies: 51
Views: 2,023
the big grip arrived from Japan, 5,500 Yen
definitely my favorite
will post some pictures
Forum: Pentax KP 11-12-2017, 01:59 AM  
ES on KP significantly quieter than K-1?
Posted By i_trax
Replies: 15
Views: 734
Most churches and museums ask photographers not to use tripods and flashes and ask to keep all noises as low as possible.
They are public places after all so you can take photos of architecture and individuals.
I love taking photos in churches (not weddings) , never had any problems, sometimes I take Pentax Q or MX-1 to be less visible.
Forum: Pentax K-5 11-11-2017, 10:12 PM  
Whats it worth?
Posted By i_trax
Replies: 10
Views: 943
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-11-2017, 01:34 AM  
Recommended 'Cheap' 200mm or 300mm High Quality MF Lens
Posted By i_trax
Replies: 43
Views: 1,735
Tamron SP Adaptall-2 300mm F/5.6 Model 54B
there is a number of very good zooms in SP range and you can get them with PKA mounts
Tamron Adaptall-2 200mm F/3.5 Model 04B
Super multicoated Takumar 300 4 with M42 mount good but big S-M-C/Super Takumar 300mm F4 Reviews - M42 Screwmount Telephoto Primes - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database
All old prime telephoto lenses are convenient, you will get full SR on any Pentax body, with PKA mounts you will get auto metering, with Pentax F 1.7x teleconverter you will get AF.
There is a number of very good old zooms very reasonable priced ( Vivitar, Tokina, Tamron Adaptal2 etc) but SR setting is much more involved as they can/do change focal length.
I also have Pentax-FA 47-5.8 100-300 Silver , very decent lens, it is AF and you can find them reasonable priced.
SMC Pentax-FA 100-300mm F4.7-5.8 Reviews - FA Zoom Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database
I also have DA 55-300 ( the original) very decent lens , DA-L version is optically identical ( and very well priced on the used market) but comes without the hood ( can get it from e-bay) and no quickshift - you just need to be aware about it.
kind regards
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-09-2017, 01:59 AM  
What is the most compact/light Pentax zoom lenses?
Posted By i_trax
Replies: 21
Views: 981
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