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Old 03-12-2007, 17:59   #1 (permalink)
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Pentax K10D Wide Zoom or Prime?

Hi everyone.
After much research regarding choosing between a wide zoom (16-50mm or 17-70mm) and a prime lens (wide to "not that wide"), I am wondering if a anyone knows of actual technical reviews on the subject.
I am looking for a lens that is suitable for indoor/outdoor, that has great optics, especially for great DOF/perspective with clean detailing, also capable of doing portrait that are "true to the eye".
Since I have a K10D, I would appreciate any comments/advice on the subject.
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Re: Pentax K10D Wide Zoom or Prime?

Who has the most beautiful sunsets then?

From what you describe as your list of things you want it to do, a wide zoom sounds like what you need.
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Re: Pentax K10D Wide Zoom or Prime?

well if you dont want to shell out at least a grand on a fast wide zoom, i say get a 50mm prime(extremelly cheap) and a wide prime, like a 14mm.

both will have very fast aperatures, and you'll save bunches of money.
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Re: Pentax K10D Wide Zoom or Prime?

We still certainly have the most beautiful sunsets!
I'll have some more to my galerie very very soon!
So, a wide zoom ... what do you have in mind, may I ask? Just for curiosity, so I can go and check some websites if they have done tests on them!
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well if you dont want to shell out at least a grand on a fast wide zoom, i say get a 50mm prime(extremelly cheap) and a wide prime, like a 14mm.

both will have very fast aperatures, and you'll save bunches of money.
A fast wide zoom is what? near f/2.0 ... f/1.8 ? Or is a f/2.8 sufficient when we talk about speed?
I did think about a very good 50mm prime @ f/1.4 but I thought the 14mm, on average, were quite expensive too, am I wrong?
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Re: Pentax K10D Wide Zoom or Prime?

a fast zoom is usually f2.8, but you are going to shell out a lot of money to get it. im not to sure about pentax, but the nikon equivelent is about $1500USD.

the pentax 14mm is about $600USD, and im not certain but i think the pentax 50mm f1.4 cant be more than $200USD. so if you dont mind having the inbetween lenghts then save yourself half the money and buy two primes. plus primes have extremely good IQ.

even if you dont get the 14mm, i strongly encourage you to get that nifty fifty, every self-loving photographer should have one!
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Re: Pentax K10D Wide Zoom or Prime?

well after looking at pentax's WS i saw that the 16-50 f2.8 goes for about 900USD. now the primes are still a good option, but i stand corrected on my finances above.

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