Ooops, bought another lens - now which prime?


timbo

Link Posted 29/03/2013 - 16:53
After finding that my images were OK but not as sharp as they used to be I sent my K-5 and Tamron 17-50/2.8 off to Johnsons to try to find out why. They came back and said the body was perfect (the K-5 body and not my own unfortunately!) and the Tamron was likely faulty but they did not repair Tamron lenses.

Sooooo, I went through all the threads on here looking for standard zoom replacements, the Pentax 16-50/16-45, new Tamron 17-50, Sigma 17-70, various 28-70 or 28-70., and got thoroughly confused.

I nearly went for the Pentax 16-50, but after reading the photozone,de reviews and also this very useful article on here I thought 16-45 for 299 or 16-50 for 695, and went for the 16-45 giving me 400 to go towards a prime. I may also get the Tamron repaired if it can be economically.

According to my Lightroom metadata I use the whole zoom range of the 17-50 quite liberally, so which prime should I start putting my money towards (Pentax or non-Pentax)? (I already have the FA 50/1.4)
Tim

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pentaxian450

Link Posted 29/03/2013 - 17:02
Considering the quality of your work, I think you should give serious thoughts about the FA 31. It's perspective is very close to the human eye on an APS-C camera, and the quality of the image is top notch.

Using an FA Ltd lens in a studio is a real delight.
Yves (another one of those crazy Canucks)

davidstorm

Link Posted 29/03/2013 - 17:04
I can't really advise on the Prime Tim, unless it's one of the older MF lenses, but I was wondering whether you considered the Pentax DA 17-70 when looking at zooms?

Regards
David
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matwhittington

Link Posted 29/03/2013 - 17:05
If you want super sharp, you could look at the DA35 Macro. It is a real jewel IMO, although being a macro it has quite a long focus throw so isn't the quickest, and I imagine for portraits it would be pretty unforgiving. DA 40 is a beaut too

Cheers
Mat W

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timbo

Link Posted 29/03/2013 - 17:23
David, do you think the 17-70 is as good as the 16-45 given that it covers a longer zoom range. I'm open to persuasion as I ordered from Amazon and can still cancel for a day or so.
I saw the thread about prices going up and thought I better purchase soon, as I'm going to need a lens soon and my Tamron may not be able to be repaired.

I also have the 50-135 which is excellent, so would use that for above 50mm.
Tim

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Last Edited by timbo on 29/03/2013 - 17:25

Mike-P

Link Posted 29/03/2013 - 17:30
Intro2002 for Tamron repairs, official importers and very efficient.

If they cant repair it they will offer a new lens at a substantial discount (well they did with me anyway)
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Last Edited by Mike-P on 29/03/2013 - 17:31

timbo

Link Posted 29/03/2013 - 17:32
Thanks Mike.
Tim

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giofi

Link Posted 29/03/2013 - 17:55
Tim,

Although I have a Pentax FA31, I have read reviews of the new Sigma 35 1.4 lens and it is highly rated, including by Photozone.....
Giorgio

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Fletcher8

Link Posted 29/03/2013 - 19:11
without a doubt the FA31, for portraits the FA77 is very nice too. If you have the cash buy them both and have the best of both worlds focal length wise.
Fletcher8.

carmagw

Link Posted 29/03/2013 - 19:55
http://www.srsmicrosystems.co.uk/671/Sigma-30mm-F1-4-EX-DC-Lens---Pentax-Fit---S...

This a bargin at the moment for 250,

Some people don't like it but after adjusting the AF I love it.

Example pic.
link

Regards
George

davidstorm

Link Posted 29/03/2013 - 20:58
timbo wrote:
David, do you think the 17-70 is as good as the 16-45

You have a PM Timbo.

Regards
David
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Smeggypants

Link Posted 29/03/2013 - 21:04
carmagw wrote:
http://www.srsmicrosystems.co.uk/671/Sigma-30mm-F1-4-EX-DC-Lens---Pentax-Fit---S...

This a bargin at the moment for 250,

Some people don't like it but after adjusting the AF I love it.

Example pic.
link

Regards
George

Can't see what's not to like about it. Great lens.

I also recommend the A50/1.2 if you can find one 2nd hand
[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 ..
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timbo

Link Posted 29/03/2013 - 21:26
17-50 packed and ready to send, thank Mike.

Thanks for all the advice guys, lots to think about!

The 30 1.4 is tempting. I know it's supposed to be soft around the edges wide open, but I often soften the edges anyway.
Tim

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darkskies

Link Posted 29/03/2013 - 22:01
If you don't need AF, and I doubt you do, then try the k series lenses. You could get a 28, 30, 35 and 55 for peanuts compared to modern AF lenses.

I have the 28 and 55 and they are superb. Dr O has the 28, 30, 35, 55 and 85 (at least). He'll back me up!!
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dougf8

Link Posted 29/03/2013 - 22:19
Tim,

There is a common problem on the Tamron where the front element comes loose, easy to fix at home

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKMTgw-NCa0

Mine slipped some kind of AF cog and as Mike points out they are serviceable and the cost was not too bad.
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