Pentax Convert


MikePlunkett

Link Posted 21/11/2012 - 12:17
Hello all. For a long time I was an Olympus user but eventually got fed up with the technical limitations of the FourThirds format and the lack of third party support for it. Having been impressed with the various Pentax DSLR cameras that a friend has had over the years, I recently took the plunge and traded in my Olympus E-30, lenses and other kit for a K-5 with the DA 18-55 WR and DA 50-200 WR kit lenses. It's a fresh start for me, photographically speaking, but I am already appreciating just how good a piece of kit the K-5 is

Stuey

Link Posted 21/11/2012 - 12:28
Hello and Welcome
K10D, K5 plus plenty of clueless enthusiasm.

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jamieallan

Link Posted 21/11/2012 - 14:00
Hello Mike,
I've also come from an Olympus background - though I've kept my E-3 meantime. I bought a K-30 and 18-55 WR lens just over a week ago. I've been looking at the Pentax 50-200 WR and was wondering how it compared to the Olympus equivalents.
Jamie

johnriley

Link Posted 21/11/2012 - 14:22
For lens tests try www.photodo.com and the tests on ePHOTOzine and here. Pentax and olympus are both excellent lens makers, so you don't need to worry unduly.

In the Pentax range the general purpose telephoto zoom of choice is the 55-300mm, which in terms of technical quality improves on the 50-200mm. The latter is still a good lens though.
Best regards, John

jamieallan

Link Posted 21/11/2012 - 14:27
johnriley wrote:
For lens tests try www.photodo.com and the tests on ePHOTOzine and here. Pentax and olympus are both excellent lens makers, so you don't need to worry unduly.

In the Pentax range the general purpose telephoto zoom of choice is the 55-300mm, which in terms of technical quality improves on the 50-200mm. The latter is still a good lens though.

John,
Thanks for that. I was thinking of the 50-200 as it is water resistant - my Oly E-3 and 50-200 were water resistant as well. I say were as I sold my 50-200 to fund the K-30. Living in west central Scotland WR lenses are almost obligatory.
Jamie

johnriley

Link Posted 21/11/2012 - 14:29
Fair enough Jamie. You might also consider the 18-135mm WR lens. That stays on our cameras almost all the time, it's incredibly fast and versatile.
Best regards, John

wvbarnes

Link Posted 21/11/2012 - 15:17
johnriley wrote:
Fair enough Jamie. You might also consider the 18-135mm WR lens. That stays on our cameras almost all the time, it's incredibly fast and versatile.

The 18 to 135 WR also has a whisper quiet and quick DC motor. It also has .24 magnification at 40cm min distance throughout its range. This makes for a very decent close up lens. On my camera most of time too unless I need my 55-300mm DA

AndrewA

Link Posted 21/11/2012 - 19:06
Hello and Welcome to the forum.

Another recommendation for the 18-135 from me!!
Andrew

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DaveHolmes

Link Posted 21/11/2012 - 20:48
Or if finances allow you could go for one of the DA*(note the star) zooms... Faster, better and also weather-sealed... (I'm currently drooling over the DA*55-1.4... My next big buy!!)

And welcome to the forum!!
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Digital:
Pentax K5- Vivitar 19mm 3.8; FA35mm f2; D-Xenon 100mm macro f2.8; DA50-200mm WR...
Flash:
Yongnuo YN-560; Vivitar 285HV; Cactus V4 triggers...
Film:
Pentax-MX & M50mm f1.4; Spottie & 55mm f1.8; MG & M40mm 2.8...

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