Must have Pentax lenses


Link Posted 16/01/2013 - 22:29
Okay, we are all Pentaxians, and love the system. But, which lenses would you consider as must haves for any Pentaxian? Obviously cost would be taken into account, but if a lens that is widely available but expensive is a "must have", then include it. We shall exclude rare or very difficult to get hold of lenses, as only a small number of people have them and won't part with them (I am thinking of the FA*85mm F1.4 as a start)

For me, it would be the following:-

DA*50-135mm F2.8. The most expensive, but it is a stunner! Plust you can get them new.
55mm F1.8 - A must! does not matter which version (any Tak, or the K-55), any pentaxian has to have one to realise the sheer delight of a small well made sharp prime.
35mm F3.5 - A takumar, which proves fast does not mean perfect! This IS perfect.
50mm F1.7 - Sweeter than the F1.4 and cheaper too. Welcome to the world of the "nifty"
28mm F2.8 - again any flavour. I have the SMC-F one. ugly but sharp and stunning!
135mm F3.5 - I don't have one, but anyone who does say it is the sweetest 135mm Pentax made, either M42 or K-mount.
DA-40mm F2.8 Limited - Cheapest Limited and a proper Pancake. Sharp as anything and intro to the world of Limiteds. So small that it is a talking point too.

Your turn.
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Last Edited by Offertonhatter on 16/01/2013 - 22:33


Link Posted 16/01/2013 - 22:36
FA* 31mm - can't be a serious Pentaxian without this one.


Link Posted 16/01/2013 - 22:46
i have a 135 f3.5 and cannot fault it a great lens
also very impressed with my A 135 f2.8
k5iis k200d
8mm fisheye sigma 15mm sigma 10-20 3,5 hsm
tamron 17-50 2.8 pentax 18-55 al ii sigma 18-125 hsm tokina 20-35 af tokina 28-70 atx pro ii tamron af 90 Pentax A 135 pentax F 35-105 pentax fa 50 1;1;7 pentax 55-300 sigma 70-200 apo ex 2.8 tamron sp 500
kenko pz af 1.5 tele tamron pz af 2.0 tele and a flash


Link Posted 16/01/2013 - 23:24
My 2p worth:

DA15 limited - Always in my camera bag. Small, light, portable and has the elusive 'pixie dust'
DA10-17 - I didn't think I'd like a fish-eye, but in many ways I prefer the rendering to rectilinear ultra-wides.
M85/2 - Great for people shots, small, comparatively light and with really nice IQ.
K135/2.5 - Had mine stolen recently, but a gem. Beautifully built, a pleasure to use and really good image quality. I'm be looking for another one.

Going slighty off-piste:

Tamron Adaptall SP 90mm/2.5 macro - Pretty good as both a macro and a portrait lens.
Helios 44 - Good IQ and very different rendering, plus serves as a reminder how beautifully engineered Pentax lenses of the same era are.
Tamron 17-50 - Excellent and a worthy upgrade from the kit lens; If I had to have just one lens, this would probably be it (for entirely practical reasons, though - it's technically very good but lacks the character and soul of the limiteds or older Pentax lenses...)


Link Posted 16/01/2013 - 23:44
DA35 Limited. Sure, it's slower and more expensive than the DA-L 35, but having a normalish FOV and essentially no minimum focus distance means its value as a walkaround should not be underestimated.


Link Posted 17/01/2013 - 01:33
OK here goes ....

A 50/1.2 @ f/1.2 -- Can't be beaten for character and depth.

DA 10-17 -- Wide angle perspective LSD. love it. great for panos too

DA* 50-135 -- covers the boring focal length ranges in the most superb of quality and at 2.8
[i]Bodies: 1x K-5IIs, 2x K-5, Sony TX-5, Nokia 808
Lenses: Pentax DA 10-17mm ED(IF) Fish Eye, Pentax DA 14mm f/2.8, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8, Pentax-A 28mm f/2.8, Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.2, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.4, Pentax-FA 50mm f/1.4, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.7, Pentax DA* 50-135mm f/2.8, Sigma 135-400mm APO DG, and more ..
Flash: AF-540FGZ, Vivitar 283


Link Posted 17/01/2013 - 07:10
It's not a Pentax, but it's K-mount and it definitely counts

I'd also throw the 18-55 WR into the mix, simply because it's the most widely available, most versatile, most bulletproof go-anywhere lens available for the system.
Last Edited by mdc on 17/01/2013 - 07:11


Link Posted 17/01/2013 - 09:53
According to the AP Test Report the 43mm LTD was the
best standard lens ever made, although I prefer to use
the A Series 50mm f/1.7 which handles just about any
job I throw at it superbly. I rarely use my 43mm.

Lately I've been going back to the A Series 50mm f/2.8
Macro because of it's very clear image at f/2.8....
not really any need to stop it down and the
fact that it focuses accurately like a micrometer at close
distances of around 1M.

Half Man... Half Pentax ... Half Cucumber

Pentax K-1 + K-5 and some other stuff

Last Edited by Algernon on 17/01/2013 - 09:54


Link Posted 17/01/2013 - 11:06
For my area of ​​interest (street, sports-action portrait) and my way of taking pictures (90% snapshot) would like to have two top of the lensA*50-135mm F2.8 and smc FA 31 mm f/1,8 AL Limited !
So far unrealized dreams! Compensation "I find" the Sigma.:

Magnum is law


Link Posted 17/01/2013 - 11:54
My "Keepers" list:

The FA*85 f1.4 is probably the last lens I would part with, the F*300 f4.5 is my favourite telephoto, the F100 f2.8 macro has recently become my favoured macro (even over the DA100 WR), I always keep an F50 f1.7, and at the wide end I don't have a "special" lens (i've just sold my DA Ltd 21 f3.2 - which I think I may soon regret).

But ask me again next week and it could be different - "The Joy of Pentax"


Link Posted 17/01/2013 - 12:36
M85/2 - tiny, sharp, lovely bokeh. Beautiful blur when shot wide open.
K135/2.5 - a bit bigger but also sharp with lovely bokeh.
DA35/2.4 - sharp, super smooth bokeh, classy IQ for a bargain price.


Link Posted 17/01/2013 - 13:04
I'm with Unlocker - it's the FA*85 that's the must have....

As it's been disqualified I will go for the DA*16-50 and DA*60-250 - since they've come back from JPS with new SDM motors the cameras deliver better quality than my D3 and Nikkors.
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Assorted Pentax/Nikon/Mamiya stuff


Link Posted 17/01/2013 - 13:14
Sorry - I managed to miss the "disqualified" bit


Link Posted 17/01/2013 - 13:22
Must-haves depend on what you like to photograph. I like portraits and travel more than anything.

I would regard the DA 35 ltd as the over-all best-performing lens. It produces really beautiful shots with a clarity that nothing else I've tried comes close to.

Beyond that, I'd say the venerable M 50mm f/1.7 is a must-have as it's so common, cheap and produces excellent results.
Pentax hybrid user - Digital K3 & K200D, film 645 and 35mm SLR and Pentax (&other) lenses adapted to Fuji X digital
Fan of DA limited and old manual lenses


Link Posted 17/01/2013 - 13:37
I wouldn't part with my DA 35 Ltd, it's just so useful.
The M 50mm 1.7 has a special place in heart too.
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