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    Hi all,

    Possible to share some experiences of what the lens choice you got for pentax?

    I used 50mm f/1.4, 28mm f/2.8 and 105/f2.5 for nikon SLR before, and i find myself kind of used to this combination.

    I kind of stick to prime lense since for the wide aperture. Currently i am using takumar 50mm f/1.4, and the pentax 18-55 kit lense.

    Takumar is fine but i found the 50mm on digital body which make it like 65mm is kind of 'long'..and manual focus is limited for some kind of shooting.

    what are my choices that is close to 50mm f/1.4? i know pentax got some 'limited' which is quite expensive, any good experiences?

    thanks.

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    Equivalent to your Nikon SLR 28/50/105 setup in terms of angle of view:

    DA 21mm f/3.2 Limited

    DA 35mm f/2.4
    FA 35mm f/2
    FA 31mm f/1.8 Limited

    DA 70mm f/2.4 Limited

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    Here are the Pentax options excluding old manual focus lenses
    FA35/2
    FA50/1.4
    FA31/1.8 ltd
    FA43/1.9 ltd
    DA35/2.4
    DA35/2.8 ltd macro
    DA40/2.8 ltd


    The 3rd party options
    Sigma
    24/1.8
    28/1.8
    30/1.4
    50/1.4

    Pentax lenses are typically designed smaller than their counterparts. The limited lenses are unique for their build quality (all metal with focus markings), size while retaining a rather fast aperture for such small lens designs and good OOF rendering. Certainly something to look to. There are many good lenses outside the limiteds as well. The DA35/2.4 for example is really a good deal with its price, performance and nice bokeh.
    Last edited by pinholecam; 10th February 2011 at 10:29 PM.

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    will do a search on those lense, it seems the pentax lense is quite expensive. I saw like nikon 35mm f/1.8 is available for $3xx something, but it seems hard to find pentax lense that match this price and aperture.

    wonder will pentax plan to release a full frame camera?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OutdoorLens View Post
    will do a search on those lense, it seems the pentax lense is quite expensive. I saw like nikon 35mm f/1.8 is available for $3xx something, but it seems hard to find pentax lense that match this price and aperture.

    wonder will pentax plan to release a full frame camera?
    the 35mm f/2.4 is also 300+ isn't it?

    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showt...14#post6959914

    have not heard anything abt FF in the pipeline...

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    Quote Originally Posted by OutdoorLens View Post
    will do a search on those lense, it seems the pentax lense is quite expensive. I saw like nikon 35mm f/1.8 is available for $3xx something, but it seems hard to find pentax lense that match this price and aperture.

    wonder will pentax plan to release a full frame camera?
    The equivalent is the DA35/2.4 (low $300s)
    The Nikon plastic fantastics come at a cost. You need a D90 or higher to use them
    (no lens drive motor, so can't be used on D3100, D5000)

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    haven't tried out how a f/2.4, i wonder how its bokeh comparing to f/1.8.. I find it is useful for a great bokeh..

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    Nikon 35mm f1.8 do have a AFS motor built in... Its their older 50mm f1.8 that requires a D90 or higher.

    Quote Originally Posted by pinholecam View Post
    The equivalent is the DA35/2.4 (low $300s)
    The Nikon plastic fantastics come at a cost. You need a D90 or higher to use them
    (no lens drive motor, so can't be used on D3100, D5000)

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