pentax primes?

Discussion in 'Pentax' started by bstephens1ster, Jun 30, 2008.

  1. I am on a tight budget. (In fact, I'm currently using a 40 year old
    Practica ! ) I'm ready to get a budget DSLR , probably a used Pentax
    IST or K100D body.

    I have a 30 year old Richo kit lense (35-70) which is not great, but
    OK for snapshots.

    I'd like to get the best lens I can get for the least amount of
    cash. I'm thinking maybe the 50mm 1.7 manual lens (or maybe the 1.4
    auto for a bit more) ?

    A 28/35 prime would be a bit more versatile, but I can always use
    the old kit zoom if I need the wider angle. Is there a 28/35mm lens
    that is both equal in quality and as cheap as the 50mm?

    What do you folks think the best low cost budget prime lens for Pentax
    would be?

    thanks - Bob
    bstephens1ster, Jun 30, 2008
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  2. bstephens1ster

    Bruce Guest

    The 28mm f/2.8A is a pretty good lens. The 35mm f/2A would be even
    better; it is a top quality lens with a very useful maximum aperture.
    But it is a rare beast and might be expensive.

    It is worth getting an A (sometimes called KA) lens as you will be
    able to use all exposure modes. All it will lack is autofocus.
    Bruce, Jun 30, 2008
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  3. Thanks Bruce,

    The F2 36mm sounds just right for the available light work I prefer.
    Haven't found one for sale so far. B&H are currently offering an M
    50mm 1.7 for $59 so maybe I could consider going for 2 lenses
    depending on how much the 35mm would go for ...
    bstephens1ster, Jul 2, 2008
  4. bstephens1ster

    Bruce Guest

    You should buy a 50mm in any case.

    $59 is peanuts for such a fine lens, but you should try to get an A
    version rather than an M. You will be very restricted as to which
    exposure modes you can use with an M or earlier lens.

    There are almost always A versions for sale on eBay. Just make sure
    the lens has no fungus, coating marks, oil on the aperture diaphragm
    blades and that the focusing and aperture rings operate smoothly. The
    aperture ring is especially important on A lenses because it is made
    of plastic and the ball bearing that operates the click stops can rust
    and jam, breaking the plastic ring.
    Bruce, Jul 2, 2008
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