Pentax lenses

Discussion in 'Pentax' started by G.T., Nov 4, 2006.

  1. G.T.

    G.T. Guest

    Just looking around for lens availability in case I did make the switch
    to Pentax sometime in the future. At least here in the US I'm not
    finding any longer Pentax-branded lenses, just Sigmas and Tamrons.

    I'm still not all that familiar with the mount so what lenses do you
    Pentax users have in your stable?

    In my case, if I ever made the switch to the K10D, I'd start with with
    the 16mm-45mm, the 40mm pancake, and the 100mm macro but after that I
    can't find anything. I'd like something in the 24mm-105mm and
    80mm-200mm ranges that has full autofocus and metering.

    Greg
     
    G.T., Nov 4, 2006
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    Charles Guest


    Here's a few

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/con...ci=8458&ac=&Submit.x=12&Submit.y=11&Submit=Go
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/con...&ci=8458&ac=&Submit.x=13&Submit.y=5&Submit=Go

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/con...ci=8458&ac=&Submit.x=14&Submit.y=13&Submit=Go
     
    Charles, Nov 4, 2006
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    Ryan Robbins Guest

    For medium to long zooms, I have the Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 DG and the Sigma
    135-400 f/4.5-5.6. The 70-200 is excellent. The 135-400, as you might
    expect, is a bit soft and you can use it only on relatively bright days
    (unless you're shooting the moon, of course, and don't need faster shutter
    speeds). But I think for the price it's still a good buy.
     
    Ryan Robbins, Nov 4, 2006
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    G.T. Guest

    Those don't really help. I forgot about the Pentax announcements:

    Model name (tentative): smc PENTAX-DA* 16-50mm F2.8ED AL[IF]
    Launch date: March 2007

    Model name (tentative): smc PENTAX-DA* 50-135mm F2.8ED [IF]
    Launch date: March 2007

    Model name (tentative): smc PENTAX-DA* 60-250mm F4ED [IF]
    Launch date: March 2007

    If I were to make the switch and the above lenses turn out to be nice
    I'd start with the:

    16-50mm
    40mm pancake
    100mm macro
    60-250mm

    Greg
     
    G.T., Nov 4, 2006
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    Rita
     
    Rita Ä Berkowitz, Nov 4, 2006
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  6. I have the 16~45 constant F/4 and it's a great lens, very sharp at any
    aperture, but as large as a 200mm zoom. Hope the new PENTAX-DA* 16-50mm
    F2.8ED AL[IF] is not even larger.


    My manual Zenitar 16mm, when defished, seems a bit wider angle than the
    above at 16mm position.
     
    Charles Gillen, Nov 4, 2006
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    Pete D Guest

    Pete D, Nov 5, 2006
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    Pete D Guest

    It is a nice lens but I think a touch over priced for F4.0, I am thinking
    that I probably should have gone with the 18-50mm F2.8, Sigma, it is pretty
    sweet. I have ordered a 18-125mm Sigma with my K10D.
    Size it would appear is the price you pay for constant aperture and quality.
    Apples and oranges.
     
    Pete D, Nov 5, 2006
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    TW Guest

    The Zenitar seems to be about 21mm equivalent after defishing whereas the
    16-45 is 24-68 equivalent.


     
    TW, Nov 5, 2006
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    Sander Guest

    Sander, Nov 5, 2006
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    Paul Mitchum Guest

    Paul Mitchum, Nov 5, 2006
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    Paul Mitchum Guest

    Yeah. It's a fisheye lens. Of course it's got a wider angle of view.
     
    Paul Mitchum, Nov 5, 2006
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    Tony Polson Guest


    You should persevere by setting up a search on eBay and regularly
    checking the stock at KEH. You might also get a result with a WTB ad
    at the PDML. Most will agree that the 24mm f/2 FA is an absolute gem.

    I regret not buying one when I had the chance, but my Leica 24mm vies
    now for the title of my most often used lens with the 35mm f/2
    Summicron. Sadly, the Leica 24mm was several times the price of the
    Pentax 24mm and it only goes to f/2.8, but it is actually sharper wide
    open than any other 24mm lens available for the 35mm format, at any
    aperture.

    May I suggest the Pentax K 24mm f/3.5 as a slightly easier to obtain
    alternative to the 24mm f/2 FA? It lacks AF and has no electronic
    contacts, so is limited in its ability on Pentax AF and digital
    bodies. But it is optically a very good lens, and you could use it
    until you find a 24mm f/2 FA.
     
    Tony Polson, Nov 6, 2006
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    Paul Mitchum Guest

    I've been trying to run in to one of those as well. I don't like to buy
    stuff over ebay, which leaves me with a few local used camera store
    options and craigslist. I'm no stranger to using all-manual lenses on
    newer bodies...

    The 21mm is too wide, the 31mm is too narrow... :) The DA 12-24mm looks
    promising, but it's not cheap, and I'd rather spend that money on the
    DA* 16-50/2.8.
     
    Paul Mitchum, Nov 6, 2006
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    Tony Polson Guest

    I understand your concern about eBay. Being sure of a good deal is
    getting more and more difficult.
    Choices, choices! I wish you luck in your quest.

    ;-)
     
    Tony Polson, Nov 6, 2006
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