BASIC LENS INFO


jwoodman

Link Posted 22/12/2010 - 19:17
I was all set to leave Pentax (currently with a K100D) and go Canon, so I set myself to find out about their lenses. With the appearance of the K-5, I've decided to stay with Pentax, and I'm finding the lenses confusing. Can anyone point me to an article or post that summarises the various categories. I'm new to the forum. There's no local dealer - I'm on the Isle of Man! Thanks.

SteveEveritt

Link Posted 22/12/2010 - 19:35
Try this John:

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I too was as confused as yourself however it doesn't take long to get to grips particularly with the wealth of knowledge you will find on this forum.
And just remember this all Pentax lenses will fit and work on current Pentax cameras (some may require adapters).
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SteveEveritt

Link Posted 22/12/2010 - 20:12
Also this may help too
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Have fun.
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stevejcoe

Link Posted 22/12/2010 - 20:27
Try this site for lots of Pentax information http://www.bdimitrov.de/kmp/lenses/index.html

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Stuey

Link Posted 22/12/2010 - 21:28
Hello Jwoodman

It's nice that you stayed with Pentax - good choice sir

The variety of lenses available is a little mind boggling however, as the backwards compatability of Pentax is so good you can get to choose from so many second hand lenses as well as in terms of new lenses Pentax lenses and third party ones such as Sigma - whilst the options may not be as numerous as with Canon there should be something for most persons needs

One word of warning though, now you have mentioned lenses LBA is very infectious (Lens Buying Addiction) and can damage your wallet - you may of course already know this.

I decided to buy a couple of old telephoto primes to toy around with before spending a far higher amount on a new tele zoom - it turns out that I will stick with the older lenses as I like them so much - problem is I keep buying more - it's addictive as mentioned above.

However the 200 and 300 da* lenses keep calling out to me

Cheers

Stu
K10D, K5 plus plenty of clueless enthusiasm.

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Frogfish

Link Posted 23/12/2010 - 15:26
You don't actually state what type of photography you enjoy or what and how you want to shoot. We can offer far more specific advice if you give us a clue !
http://frogfish.smugmug.com/ Pentax. Pentax DA*300/4, Cosina 55/1.2, Lens Baby Composer Pro & Edge 80, AFA x1.7, Metz 50 af1.
Nikon. D800. D600. Sigma 500/4.5, Nikon 300/2.8 VRII, Sigma 120-300/2.8, Zeiss Distagon ZF2 21/2.8, Zeiss Distagon ZF2 35/2.0, Sigma 50/1.4, Nikkor 85/1.8, Nikon TC20EIII, Nikon TC14EII, Kenko x1.4, Sigma 2.0

sterretje

Link Posted 23/12/2010 - 15:33
and SmutjeUK just posted in this thread

It's however not so clear what your problem is. Just the abbreviations on the different lenses (and what can do what) or something else.
Pentax K10D + Vivitar 55/2.8 macro + Super Takumar 55/1.8 + SuperMultiCoated Takumar 85/1.8 + SuperMultiCoated Takumar 135/3.5 + SuperMultiCoated Takumar 200/4 + Super Takumar 300/4
Pentax K100D + DA18-55ALII + DA55-300
Pentax K5 + FA31Ltd + M50/1.7 + DFA100WR + M120/2.8 (+ DA18-55WR at occasion)

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jwoodman

Link Posted 23/12/2010 - 15:35
Frogfish wrote:
You don't actually state what type of photography you enjoy or what and how you want to shoot. We can offer far more specific advice if you give us a clue !

It was the Pentax terminology I wanted help with at this stage - DA, WR, IF, * etc. Thanks to everybody for their help - I'm much better off now. I'll be back when I need advice on what they do rather than what they are!

Frogfish

Link Posted 23/12/2010 - 15:49
OK - understood. Good hunting !
http://frogfish.smugmug.com/ Pentax. Pentax DA*300/4, Cosina 55/1.2, Lens Baby Composer Pro & Edge 80, AFA x1.7, Metz 50 af1.
Nikon. D800. D600. Sigma 500/4.5, Nikon 300/2.8 VRII, Sigma 120-300/2.8, Zeiss Distagon ZF2 21/2.8, Zeiss Distagon ZF2 35/2.0, Sigma 50/1.4, Nikkor 85/1.8, Nikon TC20EIII, Nikon TC14EII, Kenko x1.4, Sigma 2.0
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