LX & film - Lenses for travel?


johnha

Link Posted 15/03/2018 - 18:08
Hi All,

I'm looking at possible lens combinations for travel for my LX, last time I used FA20-35/4, FA43/1.9 & M135/3.5 but since then I've acquired a K24/2.8 & K17mm Fish-Eye and dug out my A35-105/3.5.

I'm thinking of swapping the FA20-35 (f/4 is close the limits of split-image black-out) for the 24 & FE, and swapping the M135 for the A35-105 (I need to check the weight of it first). This reduces my reach - 135 has been useful but the zoom may be more versatile (but it's bulky and hefty). Another option is an FA28-80/3.5-4.7 instead of the A35-105 & 24 (but again, this is a heavy/slow lens).

I have nothing longer than 135 that isn't a big/heavy long zoom (apart from an SMC-Tak 150/4 which is likely to be too cumbersome to use). I'm happy using a 2x teleconverter but I doubt it would suite these lenses.

Any thoughts or suggestions based on the above?


John.
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ronniemac

Link Posted 15/03/2018 - 18:48
I suppose it depends on the nature of your travels, assuming landscape is your interest I suggest:

If you can put up with the weight of the 35-105, I'd recommend it. Of all the mid range manual focus zooms that Pentax made, this is probably my favourite.

My version of the 24 is the A version, and if the K is anything like it, again it would give you the extra width that justifies its inclusion. I guess the fisheye would be fun, and work well in landscapes if you keep the camera level on both axes. It would be a shame to leave the FA43/1.9 behind. There might be days when you want to take just one lens out with you and you might miss having it for these lightweight walkabouts.

Always good to hear of an LX being put through its paces. Have a good trip.

bjolester

Link Posted 16/03/2018 - 06:27
I have the K version of the 135/3.5, and have been quite disappointed with its sharpness and colour rendition. Luckily I also have a copy of the M100/2.8, and find this a much better lens in all respects. Even if M100/2.8 is a shorter tele, I have always brought this along instead of the 135/3.5 (Maybe my copy of the 135/3.5 is especially bad, it could be?)

Some years ago I had a very nice copy of the A24/2.8, which I sold. Now I only have the K version and the FA 24/2.0. I much prefer Pentax’ 28mm lenses to any of the 24mm, not only because of FOV, but also when it comes to sharpness, contrast and colour rendition.

When it comes to the lenses you mention, I would probably bring the FA20-35, the FA43 and the A35-105. Maybe also the K17 for fun and the (fisheye) effect.

What kind of things will you be photographing?
Bjørn

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johnha

Link Posted 18/03/2018 - 23:43
Thanks for the replies. I've discounted the A35-105 on two counts: the size/weight and the fact the focus ring 'clunks' (probably due to the 'macro' setting it drops into as you focus closer) - takes away the magic somewhat. I also have a K135/2.5 but that's larger/heavier than the M135/3.5 and needs a separate hood.

I'll be shooting.a mix of landscape, chapel interiors (hence the fish-eye) vistas and general travel/holiday shots.
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danofmk

Link Posted 20/03/2018 - 07:36
I had a M 135 3.5 and it was a gem.

Could well be you've got a bad un.... Or it could just be you've got a much better eye than me!

bjolester

Link Posted 21/03/2018 - 20:40
danofmk wrote:
I had a M 135 3.5 and it was a gem.

Could well be you've got a bad un.... Or it could just be you've got a much better eye than me!

My K 135/3.5 might indeed be a bad un....
Bjørn

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