Re Pentax lenses, check out PUG Pentax Lens Gallery:
----- Original Message -----
From: "Rob Geraghty" <email@example.com>
Sent: Sunday, November 04, 2001 5:31 AM
Subject: Re: filmscanners: OT: Places to ask about lenses?
| Hi Alex!
| > Rob, there are many Mailing Lists and Forums available online
| > for any major brand (Canon, Minolta, Nikon and Pentax) where you will find
| > lot of that brand specialists who can surely advise you about the brand
| > third-party lenses you would go with.
| Thanks. Someone sent me an address to subscribe to a Pentax list and I've
| asked the question there.
| > regard. I don't know which camera system do you use, so will hold from
| > speaking particularly about something special.
| My current SLR is a Pentax MZ5. I have two old K mount lenses, 50mm and
| 28mm, and two FA lenses, 28-80 and 70-300.
| > One word only: basically all 28-80 (especially those of f/3.5-5.6) are
| > so-called kit lenses produced especially to e sold in kits with low and
| > low-mid specified bodies. They featured by very cheap glass capable of
| > delivering mediocre results, since the main goal of such lenses is the
| > lowest possible price rather then quality.
| Sure, I'd expect that. The 28-80 zooms are essentially thrown in for free
| when you buy the camera.
| > In optics the rule: "you get what you pay for" has almost 100 % meaning...
| I'm usre this is generally true, although I imagine there's such a thing as
| limiting returns. I find it hard to believe that the price difference
| between the Pentax 50mm f1.7, f2.8 and f1.4 lenses would be obvious in the
| results. I'd like to have at least one lens I *know* is as sharp as I can