User Tag List

Thanks useful information Thanks useful information:  0
Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: Looking to purchase new lens..

  1. #1
    Member
    Join Date
    17 Nov 2010
    Location
    British Columbia
    Posts
    40
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Looking to purchase new lens..

    Hello,

    Just found out today that my SMC Pentax DA 18-250 mm lens does not focus. I have had this problem from day one, just attributed it to being a newbie and possibly using the wrong settings. A local camera store tried 2 other lenses and both worked fine. Since I have a photography workshop this weekend, I need another lens.

    Looked at a SMC Pentax F 35-70mm F 3.5-4.5 lens. Any thoughts on this lens or other recommendations?

    Would appreciate any advice that is offered.

    Cheers,
    Carrie
    __________________
    Carrie

    Nikon D7000, AF-S Nikkor 35mm 1.8G, AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm 4.5-5.6G, AF-S Nikkor 10-24mm 3.5-4.5G ED , Tokina AT-X Pro Macro 100mm F 2.8 D lens

  2. #2
    Ausphotography Regular olefella's Avatar
    Join Date
    06 Jul 2009
    Location
    Tolga NQ
    Posts
    679
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I guess it depends on what you want the lens for? I find the sigma 17-70 a handy one for general use, reasonably sharp.
    a granddad and enjoying every minute of it.
    C&C welcome
    -------------------------
    Donovan

  3. #3
    Member xjjohnno's Avatar
    Join Date
    30 Aug 2010
    Location
    Melbourne
    Posts
    55
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    The F35-70 is a decent lens, had one myself for a while. You should be happy with the results. A year ago you could pick one up dirt cheap on Ebay but the price for one of them has jumped up significantly. I suppose the secret got out about what a pleasant lens they are.

  4. #4
    Member
    Threadstarter

    Join Date
    17 Nov 2010
    Location
    British Columbia
    Posts
    40
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Hello,

    Thank you for your replies.. My family and I are on outings a lot and so I would be looking to use it for some landscapes, pic's of my boys. I have read where it has a macro feature at the 70mm end so that would come in handy also. I can pick it up for $ 70 canadian.

  5. #5
    Account Closed reaction's Avatar
    Join Date
    18 Sep 2008
    Location
    Sydney
    Posts
    792
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    35-70mm is such a narrow range, it's neither here nor there. it's not even a fast lens, I don't recommend it at all.
    for F 3.5-4.5 at least get a 28-70 FA lens.

    but seriously you'll need wider to 18mm or less for landscapes & family
    find a 2nd hand sigma 18-55?

  6. #6
    Member xjjohnno's Avatar
    Join Date
    30 Aug 2010
    Location
    Melbourne
    Posts
    55
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Read the macro feature more as close up, so don't be expecting portraits of blow flies or similar macro pics. The price is about right these days but you might find one a tad cheaper off Ebay.

  7. #7
    Member
    Join Date
    15 Nov 2010
    Location
    Brunswick, Melbourne
    Posts
    29
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Considered the 35mm prime?

    Also worth considering the DA 35mm f2.4 prime. It pretty much stays on my camera these days due to its sharpness and versatility with the extra speed. It's excellent for portrait work/pictures of the kids. Certainly a much better lens than the kit 18-55 and fantastic value. When I want more length I have the brilliant DA 55-300. What I'm left without is something good at the wider end – saving up for that – and that would obviously be an issue for your landscape pictures.
    Last edited by davidbrewster; 04-10-2011 at 8:13am. Reason: Additional comment
    David Brewster - Freelance writer, keen photographer of the Pentax pursuasion.
    Galleries at davidbrewsterphotography.com


  8. #8
    Still in the Circle of Confusion Cage's Avatar
    Join Date
    25 May 2010
    Location
    Hunter Valley
    Posts
    4,562
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Suggest you have a look here for a wealth of info for all Pentax lens and most other brands with a Pentax mount.

    http://www.pentaxforums.com/lensreviews/
    Cheers
    Kev

    D800 & GAS

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •