February 23rd, 2013, 02:45 AM
The DA35 Macro was my favorite lens and the one that nearly prevented me from selling all my Pentax gear. I thought briefly about getting myself a K30 body with this lens ... and then I ordered the Oly 17/1.8.
Sent from my phone. Please pardon my brevity!
February 23rd, 2013, 02:57 AM
Crikey! I even didn't like walking about with an 18-250 so I sold it. (maybe I'm getting old)
Originally Posted by Rich M
February 23rd, 2013, 09:55 AM
The DA 18-250 was a perfect combination with my old K200D. That was my preferred travel/vacation package before micro four thirds.
The K30 is very attractive at this price. I was thinking about picking one up as a backup body to my K5... until the K-01 dropped to $300.
Last edited by Biro; February 23rd, 2013 at 10:02 AM.
Panasonic G5 and GX1; Lumix 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6, Lumix 45-150mm f/4-5.6, Lumix 100-300mm f/4-5.6, Lumix 14mm f/2.5, Lumix 20mm f/1.7
Olympus E-PM2; Zuiko 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6, 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R, Zuiko 14-150mm f/4.0-5.6, Zuiko 40-150 f/4.0-5.6 R, Zuiko 15mm body-cap lens, Zuiko 17mm f/1.8, Zuiko 45mm f/1.8
Pentax Q; 01 prime, 02 and 06 zooms
February 23rd, 2013, 10:34 AM
That's good to know! Thanks! You also had the original K5 as well right? How is the improvement of the AF accuracy on the K5IIs?
Originally Posted by Rich M
Very nice that makers are giving us these filter less options now.
Current Gear: A little bit of this and a little bit of that, but want more!
February 23rd, 2013, 04:27 PM
I guess, if I had to choose just one lens to have with my K-5 it wouldn't actually be any of those I currently have. It would be the DA*55mm f/1.4. Why? Its about the f/l I like, and it has LOTS of pixie dust. I'm still saving for it. I would have it by now were it not for intervening Tom vet bills and car breakdowns. The k55 f/1.8 is very very good (and only cost me $55), but its all manual and I'm lazy. I like AF, and I also like f/1.4. The FA77mm is also a temptation because its so light, as opposed to Sigma's 85mm which weighs a ton.
For some excellent examples of what can be done with the DA*, check the PPG right here, and more particularly Simon Thomas on Flickr.
And for the FA77 Ltd, Niklas Larsson has some gorgeous stuff (check his Cosina Shots while you're at it), and of course, theres the PPG shots to be looking over, as well
 Anyone considering Pentax at all, should check the PPG where you can choose a particular camera and/or lens to view examples from (not all combos will be available, if none have been submitted/accepted into the gallery)
Last edited by kyteflyer; February 23rd, 2013 at 04:33 PM.
February 23rd, 2013, 05:21 PM
sue, I have a 55 1.8 but have the devil of a time trying to get a decent manual focus on it. Have you got any pics you've taken with it ? I'm thinking I must have a bad copy:(
February 23rd, 2013, 06:35 PM
Armando......there is really a big difference in AF acquisition (esp in low light) and in accuracy.
Originally Posted by Armanius
The other huge plus is that on my original K5, nearly ALL my lenses needed micro focus adjustment, either (+) or (-)......sometimes a LOT.
None of these same lenses have needed any on the K5iiS. Why is that?
February 23rd, 2013, 07:43 PM
February 23rd, 2013, 07:53 PM
Sue, I've always loved that "weeds2" of yours. Some may say the bokeh is too busy, but i love it....gives it a nice feeling of a motion despite the fact that it's a still.
February 23rd, 2013, 09:09 PM
Thanks, Luke. I submitted it to the camera club EDI comp. The judge thought it was too busy. I like it also. I think a lot of this stuff, once you get past technical aspect, is very much eye of the beholder.
Originally Posted by Luke
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