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What lenses should I get for a Pentax K5 II?

I'm looking at buying a used Pentax K5 II as my main camera rig. The most important use of this camera will be for documenting fieldwork, including photographing specimens in the field. I'd like to have a small selection of quality lenses that will cover me for most situations. I've been doing research, but there are so many options that it's hard for me to decide. Can you help me? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Jan 16, 2014 - 9 answers

Explain zoom lens specs please?

Can someone explain these two types of zoom lens specs? [more inside]
posted by Cosine on Jan 13, 2014 - 24 answers

Building a lens filter system

What would be a good system/brand for lens filters without costing the earth? [more inside]
posted by theobserver on Sep 20, 2013 - 13 answers

14-42 is ... ok, I guess?

I've decided it's time to upgrade from my Canon point and shoot. I'm going to get a Panasonic Lumix G5 DSLM. Now...what lenses should I get? [more inside]
posted by solotoro on Dec 14, 2012 - 11 answers

Photographers & photo enthusiasts: What is the best used wide angle lens I can get for a Canon 40D for under $100?

Photographers & photo enthusiasts: What is the best used wide angle lens I can get for a Canon 40D for under $100? [more inside]
posted by cotesdurhone on Nov 28, 2012 - 16 answers

Make me a super-photographer

Please suggest a Canon lens for a trip to Yellowstone. Long story. [more inside]
posted by theobserver on Aug 23, 2012 - 20 answers

Great old lenses on Canon EOS mount?

John Carey uses an old Olympus 55mm 1.8 lens on his Canon 5D with beautiful results. Which other similar old lenses have you found great on a Canon EOS mount?
posted by jgwong on Jun 7, 2012 - 10 answers

Sigma vs. Canon

Sigma 18-125mm f/3.8-5.6 AF DC OS HSM vs. Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM, besides the obvious zoom range differences is the Canon really worth twice the Sigma? I've checked a number of reviews and it doesn't look like the Canon's advantage is as clear cut as the price would suggest.
posted by tommasz on Dec 28, 2010 - 10 answers

Optimus Prime (Lenses)

What are your favorite prime lenses for a Canon EOS body? [more inside]
posted by atayah on Oct 29, 2010 - 16 answers

Taking my t2i on the ski slopes. Tips?

Taking my t2i on the ski slopes. Tips? [more inside]
posted by no bueno on Oct 15, 2010 - 4 answers

Help me shake the digital SLR camera body blues

About ten years ago, I was given a couple Pentax 35mm film SLR bodies, and some lenses, which I was happy with. Especially the SMC-M 50mm f/1.4 lens, with which I discovered bokeh and existing-light photography. But after a while, I got tired of having to store and process film, since I just put all the pictures into my computer anyway. So I got a *ist DS, since that was compatible with all my lenses. But my favorite prime lens has been turned into a zoom by the reduced sensor size. The closest equivalent I've found is the FA 31mm Limited, but that costs ~$1000 USD, and its not even f1.4, its f1.8. Given this issue, along with the fussiness of getting all the auto-exposure/focus stuff to work the way I want it to, and I'm really missing my film camera bodies. Or is there an alternative? [more inside]
posted by Hither on Jun 20, 2010 - 16 answers

I don't want to crop anymore.

I'm a zoom junkie. What do I do with a 17mm lens? [more inside]
posted by Skyanth on Apr 23, 2010 - 22 answers

Canon EOS350D lens advice required.

Basic photography advice required: what lens should I get to replace the scratched kit lens on a Canan EOS350D? [more inside]
posted by StephenF on Oct 15, 2009 - 19 answers

Sub-$300 Rebel XT Lens

Good sub-$300 Rebel XT lenses? [more inside]
posted by archagon on Aug 5, 2009 - 14 answers

Cheap "Dry Box" For Camera Gear?

Are there cheap alternatives for the large and elaborate "dry boxes" I see listed for use as dehumidified storage cabinets for lenses and other camera gear? I've built up a little collection, live where the summer humidity is often high, and do not run my AC 24/7. My first thought is that this is basically an airtight box with a bunch of dessicant inside. Can't really be that simple, though.
posted by justcorbly on Jul 31, 2009 - 6 answers

What Nikon lens should I use for the Presidential Inauguration?

I've got tickets to the presidential inauguration. What telephoto lens should I get for my Nikon D50 so that I can get great shots of Obama's swearing in? [more inside]
posted by jacob on Dec 29, 2008 - 12 answers

Are square lenses better?

Optics geeks: Why do some cameras matte off a rectangle in front of the lens like this? [more inside]
posted by Popular Ethics on Dec 3, 2007 - 12 answers

help me pick EF lenses

I'm heading to the States in a month, and would like to pick up some Canon EF lenses for my film body (now) and DSLR (later). Interests and budget are after the jump. [more inside]
posted by heeeraldo on Oct 18, 2007 - 14 answers

Favorite Nikon Macro Lens?

What's your favorite Nikon-compatible macro lens? I'm completely new to macro photography (and still pretty new to photography in general, having purchased my first DSLR a little over a year ago), and I'm leaning towards the Nikon 60mm f/2.8D AF, largely because of the price differential between this and some of the other Nikkor macros. Anyone have any great experience with some of the makeshift macro lenses (using extension tubes, reversing rings, etc)?
posted by jacksides on Jul 23, 2007 - 9 answers

Dust in my digital eye

How do I get dust out of the inside of my lenses? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Jun 18, 2007 - 13 answers

Decent budget lenses for shooting babies, beautiful scenery, (and maybe) blooms?

Prospective DSLR user ISO decent budget lenses for shooting babies, beautiful scenery, (and maybe) blooms. [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul on May 8, 2007 - 23 answers

What type of lens should I settle on for my DSLR?

I'm going to be purchasing a DSLR camera, and am looking for some input on which lens(es) to purchase. [more inside]
posted by tomorama on Apr 26, 2007 - 45 answers

Which lenses and accessories for a Canon Rebel XTi?

Help me pick which lenses and accessores to buy with a Canon 400D (Rebel XTi) for urban travel / shooting. [more inside]
posted by ahughey on Apr 7, 2007 - 18 answers

Is the canon XTi kit lens even worth it?

Any point in getting the Canon XTi lens kit? Tamron or Sigma? [more inside]
posted by illegiblemess on Jan 30, 2007 - 14 answers

Digital photography "must haves"?

I want to take my photography to the next level. What should I invest in? [more inside]
posted by FlamingBore on Jan 24, 2006 - 46 answers

Pentax or another digital SLR?

I'm looking for a new digital SLR that I can use with my existing lenses, which works well in general and low-light situations... [more inside]
posted by Rothko on Jun 22, 2005 - 22 answers

Old Nikon lenses compatible with D70?

I have an old Nikon N6006 film SLR. I am interested in buying a Nikon D70 digital SLR and would like to know if my old lenses will be compatible. I don't know much about what types of Nikon lenses are out there, but the ones I have are autofocus and work with my N6006. How can I tell if they will work with the D70?
posted by scarabic on May 18, 2005 - 12 answers

What awesome documentary-style photographic lenses should I get?

For an amateur photographer who is interested in documentary style photography, what are some "must have" lenses? I've got a tamron 28-105mm fixed 2.8 which rocks the masses. I'm looking to add one or two more lenses in the next year.
posted by inviolable on Mar 16, 2004 - 10 answers

Photo Equipment

Besides B&H, are there any reputable websites that have a good-sized inventory of gray market photography equipment? Specifically fixed focal length lenses (e.g. 24mm/50mm).
posted by chrish on Jan 8, 2004 - 7 answers

Find me a different body for my Pentax ME super lenses

i have a pentax ME super and about a dozen lenses for it. however, it has the defective gasket. since most of the ME supers around have the defective gasket, i'd rather replace it with a fully manual SLR that does not run the risk of a defective part.

i know that sears sold a SLR that fit the same lenses, but i'm having trouble tracking down the name, body style, &c. anyone know? or have suggestions of another camera which will take my lenses? or know a good used camera dealer in or around chicago, illinois?
posted by crush-onastick on Dec 15, 2003 - 10 answers

Digital Rebel Lens

Lens dilemma - I'd appreciate some help in choosing my first "non-kit" lens for my Digital Rebel. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by stonerose on Dec 15, 2003 - 19 answers

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