New DSLR - Pentax K5
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01-12-10, 02:06 PM
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: South East England
Originally Posted by
On the one hand, Pentax cameras can use (with various constraints) every Pentax-fit lens made since the early 1970s..... quite a range. In terms of modern AF lenses, designed for digital cameras, the field is definitely more limited..... and the lenses themselves can be very expensive compared with Nikon and Canon's range.
For example, I'd love a Pentax DA 55mm f/1.4 Macro - but it's around 600 pounds or more - while Nikon's f/1.4 50mm (admittedly not Macro) is under 100 pounds (though they are straight currency conversions, not necessarily the prices in UK shops).
@Geoff. If I tell you that my Pentax lenses were all Super Takumar it will give you some idea as to how long it is since I owned a Pentax. That's my difficulty: Pentax may have a K5-usable back catalogue of lenses but I don't have much idea as to what is good and what to avoid. This is where forums are invaluable.
As regards prices, I suspect you might have meant the Nikon f1.8 for under £100. Just out of interest, indicative prices for 50mm primes in UK are £100 for Nikon & Canon f1.8, £300 for Nikon & Canon f1.4, £380 for Sigma f1.4, £600 for Pentax 55mm f1.4 DA (although the 50mm f1.4FA is still available for around £320). As lamented by Sue Allen, Pentax does not offer a 50mm f1.8 - nor does Sigma for that matter.
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