Basic Lens Kit for K-1


Link Posted 28/03/2017 - 16:05
I thought it might be quite interesting to see what lens lineups everyone has settled on for the K-1. This is how my current selection looks, not the one I might choose with unlimited funds, but serviceable enough.

Samyang 14mm f/2.8
SMC Pentax-FA 20-35mm f/4
HD Pentax-D FA 28-105mm f/3.5-5.6
SMC Pentax-FA 43mm f/1.9 Limited
SMC Pentax-D FA 50mm f/2.8 Macro
SMC Pentax-FA J 75-300mm f/4.5-5.8
SMC Pentax-D FA 100mm f/2.8 Macro
HD Pentax-D FA 150-450mm f/4.5-5.6

That covers most eventualities. I don't carry them all at once - some are studio use, some are special purpose such as the long zoom, but the package is tolerably light to carry. Actually, now I write it down I realise there are more lenses there than I thought.

What has everyone else assembled so far?
Best regards, John


Link Posted 28/03/2017 - 16:36
D-FA 24-70
Tamron 70-200 SP
FA 20-35
FA 31 Ltd
FA 43 Ltd
FA 77 Ltd
FA* 85
Sigma 150-500

Having rented the D-FA 70-200 from SRS it's now on my want list. Just need to find one within budget (1k max).
Last Edited by Papa_Lazarou on 28/03/2017 - 16:40


Link Posted 28/03/2017 - 16:58
Nice. There'a a good deal of mileage in the 20-35mm lens. It seems to suit the K-1 very well.
Best regards, John


Link Posted 28/03/2017 - 17:24
I only very recently joined the K-1 club and at the moment can not justify buying more lenses. However I was pleased to find that I had a few full-field lenses in my collection many of which I had not used for ages. Of these the following seem to be getting used currently with my K-1:

Sigma 28-70 F2.8 EX DG
Sigma 135 - 400mm F4.5-5.6 APO
Pentax DFA 50mm F2.8 Macro
Samsung equivalent of the Pentax DFA100 F2.8 Macro
Sigma 15mm F2.8 EX Fisheye (great fun, especially in that LR5 recognises it and can correct the fisheye distortions!)

Of these the Sigma 28-70 is my walk-about default.

Of my non FF lenses I am only using the Pentax HD DA 55-300MM F4.5-6.3 ED PLM on my K-1 which at some lengths appears to be FF.

Other FF lenses that I can fall back to but have not tried other than doing a quick single test are:
Pentax FA 28-200 F3.8-5.6
Pentax FA 28-105 F3.2-4.5
Sigma 28mm F1.8 EX DG
Pentax FA 50mm F1.4
Pentax FA 28-80 F3.5-5.6

I have yet to try my Sigma 600mm mirror lens on the K-1



Link Posted 28/03/2017 - 17:35
Vivitar Series 1 19-35mm AF
Sigma Superwide II 24mm f/2.8 AF
D-FA 28-105mm
FA 31mm
FA 43mm
FA 77mm
FA* 85mm
D-FA 100mm Macro WR
DA* 300mm

Looking to plug the gap between 100 and 300 with a Tamron 70-200. Currently that range would be filled by my DA* 50-135mm in APS-C mode.
All the gear with no idea
Last Edited by HarisF1 on 28/03/2017 - 17:35


Link Posted 28/03/2017 - 18:04
Not including the non-FF lenses, prior to the K-1 I bought:
D-FA 100mm macro
50mm f1.8

Since, I have acquired:
D-FA 28-105mm for general purpose
D-FA 150-450mm for which I traded a Sigma 150-500mm
D-FA 15-30mm f2.8, love this lens and just bought the Lee Filters SW150 kit to fit

I am reluctant to buy another of the zooms due to the weight in the bag although am tempted; waiting impatiently for the new primes and fisheye zoom promised in the roadmap and for which my aps-c compatible lenses will be traded.


Link Posted 28/03/2017 - 18:28
I have only bought one new "modern" lens since acquiring the K1 in November and that is the DFA 24-70 2.8 which I think is a terrific lens. Indeed i have sold my DA*16-50 and FA 24-90 to help raise funds !

So current line-up:

D-FA 24-70 f2.8
DA* 60-250 f4 (works well with minimal vignetting)

FA*24 f2
FA 31 LTD f1.8
FA 43 LTD f1.9
FA 77 LTD f1.8
FA* 85 f1.4
DA* 300 f4 (FF compatible)

F 1.7X AF converter
A 2X-S converter

I still have the DA 40 f2.8 and DA 70 f2.4. I have not tried these yet on the full frame format and may well put these up for sale as I don't need the focal lengths.

If I want to go wider than my lens line-up I can use the M 20 f4 and A 16 f2.8 Fisheye from my "collection"

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Last Edited by pschlute on 28/03/2017 - 18:30


Link Posted 28/03/2017 - 19:30
The only new FF lens purchased since the K1 is the 24-70 via SRS deal and very nice it is too.

Pentax 24-70 F2.8
Pentax M28 F3.5
Sigma 85 F1.4
Sigma 70-200 F2.8 OS
Pentax 100 F2.8 Macro
Sigma 100-300 F4
Pentax 150-450
Pentax DA* 300

Also have DA 70 and DA 40 which seem to work well on FF.

Would be nice to have the 15-30 or alternative wide lens. Price/funds currently holds me back.


Last Edited by carmagw on 28/03/2017 - 19:33


Link Posted 28/03/2017 - 19:43
FA 100 2.8 Macro
FA 24-70
Tamron 70-200 2.8
FA 31 LTD always been on the want list but currently looking for a wide angle lens like the Irix 15mm



Link Posted 28/03/2017 - 19:54
I daren't say!
It includes many of the the K & M lenses, some A lenses, an odd F, several FA's and all the DFA's bar one.
John K
Last Edited by JAK on 28/03/2017 - 19:58


Link Posted 28/03/2017 - 20:48
That I've used regularly with the K1
Pentax DA 10-17 from about 14mm
Pentax D FA 15-30
Sigma 24-70 EX DG Macro
Pentax DA 70
Tamron 70-200
Pentax DA 300
Pentax D FA 150-450
Pentax DA 560



Link Posted 28/03/2017 - 21:13
Currently in the big bag (loaded for a walk last week that didn't happen) K1 plus...

FA 20-35/4.0
K 28/2.0
F50/2.8 Macro
A*200/4.0 Macro

And preferred selection for the little bag (non hernia edition) K1 plus...
F50/2.8 Macro
F 1.7x AF converter

I'm still going through the lens collection to find which ones perform particularly well on the K1 but I have to say that I'm surprised how many of the older lenses really do perform well with such a high resolution digital sensor. Some of the wider lenses do show their age towards the edges unless stopped down, but probably my most used lens at the moment (for Grandson shots in particular) is the DA* 55 - it'll be interesting to see how the new D FA* 50/1.4 outperforms it


Link Posted 28/03/2017 - 23:38
Far from settled... since I bought my K1 I've bought a fair few bits of glass:

FA 15-30 2.8
FA 24-70 2.8
FA 28-105
FA 31mm f1.8 Ltd
FA 43mm f1.9 Ltd
FA 100mm f2.8 Macro
70-200 f2.8 Tamron

I started slimming down after realising I was only using a few and with the departure of the 15-30 last week I currently have just the 24-70 and 31mm....

I'm eyeing the possibility of a 150-450, not sure I'd use it for wildlife but I've enjoyed playing with similar Sigma/Tamron lenses for Cityscape and Landscape and I'll probably pickup another wide angle Samyang 14mm or Irix 15mm perhaps.

May add a couple of other primes, I've given thought to selling the 31mm and adding the much cheaper 35mm f2 FA but theres something about the 31mm I just love!

Body wise I'd like to add a KP... a few of those APS-C primes would fill some of the "gaps" in the full-frame prime line-up for me at the wide end.


Link Posted 29/03/2017 - 00:31
Surprised that more people haven't mentioned the FA 50mm f1.4.

I think I would get fed up of carrying a K1 + 24-70. It seemed a very heavy combination at the NEC Ricoh stand. The 28-105 was more tolerable.

I preferred the balance/weight of another marque's FF body and 24-120.

Pentax K5
Pentax DA 18-55 Mk1, 50-200 (Samsung), 16-45, 55-300 Mk1, 35 f/2.4
Pentax MZ6 + FA28-90, FA50 f/1.4, M 50 f/1.7
Tamron 80-210mm & 28mm
Last Edited by pgweber on 29/03/2017 - 00:34


Link Posted 29/03/2017 - 00:39
pgweber wrote:
Surprised that more people haven't mentioned the FA 50mm f1.4.

I think I would get fed up of carrying a K1 + 24-70. It seemed a very heavy combination at the NEC Ricoh stand. The 28-105 was more tolerable.

I preferred the balance/weight of another marque's FF body and 24-120.

I quite liked the 50 FA and now my 43 is gone i might look for a cheap one.
Agree with you in the 28-105, it's great to carry when travelling and it's a great sharp lens, but wish it was a 24-105.....
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