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Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 12-14-2014, 12:18 AM  
3 Million Post Giveaway: Confirm your entry!
Posted By kitestring
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Boom! Checking in!
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 12-10-2014, 10:04 AM  
Win an FA 31mm Ltd: PF 3 million post giveaway!
Posted By kitestring
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Lovely! I really hope I would have a chance to adapt that sweet 31 to my A7.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-12-2013, 10:19 AM  
Why Pentax lenses are smaller than ones from Nikon or Canon?
Posted By kitestring
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I mean you can find 1.2 or 1.4 easily for Nikon or Canon, but there is only one 55/1.4 for Pentax. And rangefinder lens have a number of options which goes down to f0.95
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-12-2013, 10:11 AM  
Why Pentax lenses are smaller than ones from Nikon or Canon?
Posted By kitestring
Replies: 32
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I've noticed that DA's and FA's (and old M42's) are tend to be smaller and a little bit less brighter than competitors lenses. Why is that? What Pentax did differently in terms of construction to get there?

Also, why rangefinder lenses are even smaller and brighter than SLR-ones?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-28-2013, 08:05 PM  
DA 40mm f/2.8 or DA 50mm f/1.8 as go-to affordable lens?
Posted By kitestring
Replies: 42
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Why Pentax lenses are so ridiculously overpriced? I can pick up Nikon 50/1.4 cheaper than Pentax 50/1.4 (let alone 55/1.4) and it would even render better quality image.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-28-2013, 02:02 PM  
Is it possible to take apart Takumar 28/2.0?
Posted By kitestring
Replies: 11
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ha, I can imagine :) is it so hard that better leave fungus as it is and shoot it while there are no visible artifacts?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-28-2013, 12:33 PM  
Is it possible to take apart Takumar 28/2.0?
Posted By kitestring
Replies: 11
Views: 1,077
I noticed that, but I couldn't edit post title after it was submitted
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-28-2013, 10:55 AM  
DA 40mm f/2.8 or DA 50mm f/1.8 as go-to affordable lens?
Posted By kitestring
Replies: 42
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In the place where I live I can get XS for ~$340 and Ltd for ~$440, I've thought that Ltd is better built and has a slightly better image quality.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-28-2013, 10:31 AM  
DA 40mm f/2.8 or DA 50mm f/1.8 as go-to affordable lens?
Posted By kitestring
Replies: 42
Views: 9,466
Thanks everyone for your answers, it seems like I'm going to settle with 40mm.


It seems like it's not as versatile as 21, I saw a couple of great shots in sample gallery, but I think it would be hard to me to compose a shot for such a wide lens (I never really did a lot of wide-angle before)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-28-2013, 09:48 AM  
Is it possible to take apart Takumar 28/2.0?
Posted By kitestring
Replies: 11
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Thanks, I'll give it try! Can't find this rubber tools in my country, looks like I would have to order them online
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-28-2013, 09:07 AM  
Is it possible to take apart Takumar 28/2.0?
Posted By kitestring
Replies: 11
Views: 1,077
I got this lens with a little bit of fungus inside, right behind the front element (as you can see on picture), but I don't see any screws or ledges which can be used to disassemble it. Any ideas?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-28-2013, 08:53 AM  
DA 40mm f/2.8 or DA 50mm f/1.8 as go-to affordable lens?
Posted By kitestring
Replies: 42
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I didn't quite like 35/2.4, the pictures I saw posted here of it seemed to lack any character, colors were bleak and sharpness was rather ok (still better than 50/1.4 wide-open tho :D)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-28-2013, 08:51 AM  
DA 40mm f/2.8 or DA 50mm f/1.8 as go-to affordable lens?
Posted By kitestring
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@bdery I'm not sure if I would have enough use for 70mm, I think I'll get some old used MF telephoto just to have something at that range and for macro I have a great Raynox converter which is capable of taking really great pictures (here on canon 1000d with cheapo 50/1.8):
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-28-2013, 08:40 AM  
DA 40mm f/2.8 or DA 50mm f/1.8 as go-to affordable lens?
Posted By kitestring
Replies: 42
Views: 9,466
Ok, great, I can't edit or delete my post because I have to have at least 2 posts and 1 day-old account. So, here is the better-worded version of it:

I got Pentax K-5 recently and I'm planning to use it mainly for travel and street photography. I currently own:

* SMC Takumar 28/3.5, which is a great MF lens, however it has a little bit of fungus inside, so I'm not sure if I'm going to use it;
* Zenith 50/2.0, which has an interesting "glow" wide-open, but overall so-so MF lens.

I wanted to get two AF lenses, one to shoot landscapes and another one for portraits and as go-to lens. It seems like for landscapes nothing beats DA 21mm f/3.2 AL Limited in terms of quality/price ratio, but for go-to lens I'm stuck between:

* DA 40mm f/2.8, which seem like terrific lens, but might a bit slow for indoors photography without a flash and might not be a good choice for portraits;
* DA 50mm f/1.8, which seem to be very good lens for its price, however as I shoot quite a bit with 50mm, sometimes I wish it was a tad bit shorter to compose the photo correctly.

Any suggestions?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-28-2013, 08:23 AM  
DA 40mm f/2.8 or DA 50mm f/1.8 as go-to affordable lens?
Posted By kitestring
Replies: 42
Views: 9,466
I'm getting K-5 primary for travel photography. For landscapes I decided to pick DA 21mm f/3.2 AL Limited, but I'm not quite sure yet which go-to lens would be more versatile 40 or 50 mm, I like how both of them renders the image, but if I'm going to own to own 21 & 40 it seems like I'm missing short-telephoto range. Any suggestions?
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