Pentax PENTAXians..... tell me about your favorite lenses

twokatmew

Regular
Location
Lansing, Michigan, US
Real Name
Margaret
The DA35 Macro was my favorite lens and the one that nearly prevented me from selling all my Pentax gear. I thought briefly about getting myself a K30 body with this lens ... and then I ordered the Oly 17/1.8. :p

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Biro

Hall of Famer
Location
Jersey Shore
Real Name
Steve
The DA 18-250 was a perfect combination with my old K200D. That was my preferred travel/vacation package before micro four thirds.

The K30 is very attractive at this price. I was thinking about picking one up as a backup body to my K5... until the K-01 dropped to $300.
 

Armanius

Bring Jack back!
Location
Houston, Texas
Real Name
Jack
Armando.....I have tried and tried, but I can't seem to find it. Fabric....screens.....no moire.

That's good to know! Thanks! You also had the original K5 as well right? How is the improvement of the AF accuracy on the K5IIs?

Very nice that makers are giving us these filter less options now.
 

kyteflyer

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Location
Newcastle, Australia
Real Name
Sue
I guess, if I had to choose just one lens to have with my K-5 it wouldn't actually be any of those I currently have. It would be the DA*55mm f/1.4. Why? Its about the f/l I like, and it has LOTS of pixie dust. I'm still saving for it. I would have it by now were it not for intervening Tom vet bills and car breakdowns. The k55 f/1.8 is very very good (and only cost me $55), but its all manual and I'm lazy. I like AF, and I also like f/1.4. The FA77mm is also a temptation because its so light, as opposed to Sigma's 85mm which weighs a ton.

For some excellent examples of what can be done with the DA*, check the PPG right here, and more particularly Simon Thomas on Flickr.

And for the FA77 Ltd, Niklas Larsson has some gorgeous stuff (check his Cosina Shots while you're at it), and of course, theres the PPG shots to be looking over, as well

[edit] Anyone considering Pentax at all, should check the PPG where you can choose a particular camera and/or lens to view examples from (not all combos will be available, if none have been submitted/accepted into the gallery)
 

Rich M

Veteran
Location
Hawaii
That's good to know! Thanks! You also had the original K5 as well right? How is the improvement of the AF accuracy on the K5IIs?

Very nice that makers are giving us these filter less options now.

Armando......there is really a big difference in AF acquisition (esp in low light) and in accuracy.

The other huge plus is that on my original K5, nearly ALL my lenses needed micro focus adjustment, either (+) or (-)......sometimes a LOT.

None of these same lenses have needed any on the K5iiS. Why is that?
 

kyteflyer

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Location
Newcastle, Australia
Real Name
Sue
sue, I have a 55 1.8 but have the devil of a time trying to get a decent manual focus on it. Have you got any pics you've taken with it ? I'm thinking I must have a bad copy:(

This is a crop from the original, resized as well, and tweaked to heck. Pretty sure it was about f/5.6 or 8, but didnt make a note at the time.
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Random Kid by kyte50, on Flickr

Another tweaked to heck
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Weeds2 by kyte50, on Flickr

I also have some of Tom, but haven't posted them anywhere because I chose a too-wide aperture and anything past his nose is out of focus, bummer.
 

kyteflyer

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Location
Newcastle, Australia
Real Name
Sue
Sue, I've always loved that "weeds2" of yours. Some may say the bokeh is too busy, but i love it....gives it a nice feeling of a motion despite the fact that it's a still.
Thanks, Luke. I submitted it to the camera club EDI comp. The judge thought it was too busy. I like it also. I think a lot of this stuff, once you get past technical aspect, is very much eye of the beholder.
 

kyteflyer

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Location
Newcastle, Australia
Real Name
Sue
you're right about the eye of the beholder. It's very painterly and I love it. I wonder how it looks in print.
LOL. I have run out of ink... around the same time as I had to pay for the car repairs. Be waiting a while, I think. Might print it up for the next club comp for which I will be present, now the car works again.
 

kyteflyer

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Location
Newcastle, Australia
Real Name
Sue
Sue, you should submit that image to The Pentax Forums gallary. I think it's beautiful.
Thanks for that, Biro. I've submitted nothing to the Pentax Forums Gallery but perhaps I should. However, I have submitted an alternate for consideration for the PPG, along with the scooter kid in B&W and a few others. Lets see what gets through :)
 

Steve Noel

All-Pro
Location
Casey County, KY
Read this thread with great interest. I only have the -M 50, 1.7, and a not very useable Tokina RMC 80-200. My only complaint with the "50",... sometimes wish for the normal 50 equiv. My take from the discussion so far, is that I need either the DA35 2.4 or 2.8 macro.
I like to do close-up, small stuff. I have several ways of doing that with normal lenses. It would be nice to have a macro/normal, do everything lens. I almost always set out with one camera/lens, and work with what's in the hand. My camera budget is busted for a while, so will continue with what I have, for now. ....Unless one of you have one of the 35's, you would be interested in trading for My nice E-p2 ? :)
 

JJJPhoto

Regular
Christilou, I haven't used the K-30 but I have used the FA77 with the K-7, K20D and K10D. I found that the viewfinders were "okay" but I liked them better after adding the viewfinder magnifying eyecup that is available from Pentax. That magnifier makes the viewfinder appear larger and it's easier to visually confirm correct focus. The only problem with those is that they don't work as well for people who wear glasses -- people with glasses can't see the corners of the viewfinder frame when the magnifier is attached because your eye is pushed back from the viewfinder. I used to wear glasses and that was annoying but after getting Lasik surgery a couple of years ago it hasn't been a problem.
 

kyteflyer

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Location
Newcastle, Australia
Real Name
Sue
Read this thread with great interest. I only have the -M 50, 1.7, and a not very useable Tokina RMC 80-200. My only complaint with the "50",... sometimes wish for the normal 50 equiv. My take from the discussion so far, is that I need either the DA35 2.4 or 2.8 macro.
I like to do close-up, small stuff. I have several ways of doing that with normal lenses. It would be nice to have a macro/normal, do everything lens. I almost always set out with one camera/lens, and work with what's in the hand. My camera budget is busted for a while, so will continue with what I have, for now. ....Unless one of you have one of the 35's, you would be interested in trading for My nice E-p2 ? :)

After the last K-5 firmware update, you'll have to prise my 35 macro from my cold dead hands (is that the expression?). Its come along nicely, AF is *much* faster and more accurate than it used to be and it has now taken its place as my favourite prime (I still love the 15 and 55, but the 35 is, as they say "just right")

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Tom... Again by kyte50, on Flickr

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Paperwasp by kyte50, on Flickr

@Luke, and @Steve... cannot recommend this lens highly enough.
 

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