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    Default Reccomend a lens below $500

    Everyone just throw your suggestions here! Seem like alot of new Pentaxians (including myself) out for average priced lens and still wondering which to buy ... the list goes on forever
    At least all the Shifus here got experience already so we will know which lens is worth considering and thoes that are just a waste on money

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    Quote Originally Posted by Recoil3d View Post
    Everyone just throw your suggestions here! Seem like alot of new Pentaxians (including myself) out for average priced lens and still wondering which to buy ... the list goes on forever
    At least all the Shifus here got experience already so we will know which lens is worth considering and thoes that are just a waste on money
    Firstly,what do you want to shoot?Landscapes?Portraits?Macro?

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    Manual focus ones that are good is a really big list. Here are some for consideration.

    24/2.8 - SMC-K 24/2.8 is very good; The little gem here that is real value for money are the Cosina and Vivitar 24/2.8. Plasticky build, but very decent optics, very cheap and sharp from f4 onwards.

    28mm -Any of the Pentax 28mm; The Vivitar 28mm are said to be very good as well.

    35mm - FA35/2 is real good for the price. But any of the Pentax 35mm are really good. In fact the S.Takumar 35/3.5 does give a certain sharpness and rendering that I find very good and unique.


    50mm - Any Pentax 50mm; I'd not shy away from a 50/2 (my most often used 50mm for its sharpness at f2 and f2.8)

    85mm - M85/2; A fantastic lens for the price. Very small lens which means it gets taken out and used more often. The others cost and arm and leg anyway.

    135mm - K135/2.5

    The best thing...
    If you bought some of the combination of 24mm to 50mms, they would be within $500.

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    new newbie wish list:

    - Kit lens (18-55) good for "normal" use

    - DA / DAL 55-300 for zoom

    - D FA 100mm macro or D FA 50mm macro (depends how u wanna use it)

    - D FA 50mm f1.4 (must have portrait lens, but OOS )

    if still itchy,

    can collect all the pancake lenses

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    Quote Originally Posted by detritus View Post
    new newbie wish list:

    - Kit lens (18-55) good for "normal" use

    - DA / DAL 55-300 for zoom

    - D FA 100mm macro or D FA 50mm macro (depends how u wanna use it)

    - D FA 50mm f1.4 (must have portrait lens, but OOS )

    if still itchy,

    can collect all the pancake lenses
    or the Limiteds in Black or Silver hehehehe . . .

    But your pocket wil burn a very very BIG hole
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    Everyone here most likely knows the "legendary" lenses ... 31,43,77 ltds and DA* but its thoes lens that cant be found in consumer shops that are the good stuff for the right price Thats what this thread is for !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Recoil3d View Post
    Everyone just throw your suggestions here! Seem like alot of new Pentaxians (including myself) out for average priced lens and still wondering which to buy ... the list goes on forever
    At least all the Shifus here got experience already so we will know which lens is worth considering and thoes that are just a waste on money
    for $500...

    try look for a 2nd hand Tamron 17-50 2.8 or Tamron 28-70 2.8 as they are very good all purpose lenses especially if you want to use it as a source of income.
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    Best lens combination for budget constrain, the kit lens 18-55 wr and 50-200 wr.
    This are good lens if you know how...get a shot and do some PP..result be better or same
    from average lens..make a try...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Recoil3d View Post
    Everyone just throw your suggestions here! Seem like alot of new Pentaxians (including myself) out for average priced lens and still wondering which to buy ... the list goes on forever
    At least all the Shifus here got experience already so we will know which lens is worth considering and thoes that are just a waste on money
    i usually wait until i know what i am lacking, then i will buy it.

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    Default Re: Reccomend a lens below $500

    others that come to my mind...

    FA 28-70 F/4
    FA 80-320 F/4.5 - F/4.6

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    how bout all purpose lense, any rec? planning to bring it for travelling.
    btw sigma 18-200 and tamron 18-200, which is better, read a lot of review but still at a lost.

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    Not a good idea...unless you got a 2nd lens, if the lens got problem....the camera will be a paperweight.

    worst case scenario....there is always instant camera
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    Quote Originally Posted by gintiy View Post
    how bout all purpose lense, any rec? planning to bring it for travelling.
    btw sigma 18-200 and tamron 18-200, which is better, read a lot of review but still at a lost.

    A Kit lens of 18-5mm and 50-200mm or 55-300mm lens to carry around would be better than the all in one types.
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    Default Re: Reccomend a lens below $500

    Quote Originally Posted by gintiy View Post
    how bout all purpose lense, any rec? planning to bring it for travelling.
    btw sigma 18-200 and tamron 18-200, which is better, read a lot of review but still at a lost.
    Quote Originally Posted by felixcat8888 View Post
    A Kit lens of 18-5mm and 50-200mm or 55-300mm lens to carry around would be better than the all in one types.
    Good advice from Felix. Just use the 18-55 and 55-200. Inexpensive and good performance. You get the option to reduce weight and not take a certain lens out if you choose. MHO, is that 18-55 will be used more often anyway.

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    Hey i saw a fa 80-320 silverish colour for $330++ and wondering if the IQ is better than my sigma 18-200mm ? Also would like to know if the DA*16-50 f2.8 is worth the around $1000 compared to the cheaper tamron 17-50 ?

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    Here is a pic of the 17-50 Tamron.F2.8 ISO 1600 No PP. I started to hate Facebook photo album. sheesh

    Last edited by ricsal; 15th April 2010 at 04:43 PM.
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    Default Re: Reccomend a lens below $500

    Quote Originally Posted by Recoil3d View Post
    Hey i saw a fa 80-320 silverish colour for $330++ and wondering if the IQ is better than my sigma 18-200mm ? Also would like to know if the DA*16-50 f2.8 is worth the around $1000 compared to the cheaper tamron 17-50 ?
    DA*16-50mm F2.8 is weather sealed but the Tamton 17-50mm F2.8 and the Sigma 18 -50mm F2.8 are NOT weather sealed. You are paying for the weather sealing of the Pentax DA* lens.
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    Default Re: Reccomend a lens below $500

    Quote Originally Posted by felixcat8888 View Post
    DA*16-50mm F2.8 is weather sealed but the Tamton 17-50mm F2.8 and the Sigma 18 -50mm F2.8 are NOT weather sealed. You are paying for the weather sealing of the Pentax DA* lens.
    what about image quality wise ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Recoil3d View Post
    what about image quality wise ?
    As far as I know, all are superb . . .
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    Default Re: Reccomend a lens below $500

    if your shooting LANDSCAPE and MACRO
    better get the manual Lens instead
    Canon 5D2, 1dmk2n, 24-70 L, 70-200 L, 50 1.8

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