Pentax lenses I want

Pat Temmerman ptemmer at
Sun Nov 3 15:30:45 EST 2019

Have the DA16-50 and it was my 2nd favorite lens after the 43mm Ltd (or 
maybe most favorite after being introduced to Scottish weather.) We were 
away for a weekend to one of the western islands, decent weather. 
Walking around all day, 16-50 was just fine. Back to the hotel for 
lunch, back out and suddenly found that I had a 20-50. No drops, no 
jolts. Lens just decided that I no longer needed the range from 16 to 
20.  Found some references on this list to this problem, googled it, 
checked service cost and decided that 20-50 wasn't so bad consider the 
weagher sealing. Later decided that it was just too damn big and heavy - 
and obvious - for walking around towns and cities, so I bought a 2nd 
hand DA21 from Japan. Love it. Have since  bought the 28-105WP and tend 
to go with that. Will still drag out the 16 (20) - 50 if I'm feeling a 
bit land-scapey in inclement weather.

On 03/11/2019 13:18, Paul Stenquist wrote:

> I have an excellent barely used DA 16-50/2.8. Pentax sent me a new one about 5 years ago after failing to fix my original one. This was when I was working with them a bit on promotions, so I believe they took care to make sure it was a good one. Make me an offer.
> Paul
>> On Nov 2, 2019, at 11:02 PM, P. J. Alling <webstertwentysix at> wrote:
>> Actually the lens I want, but can't justify, is the DA 16-50mm f2.8.
>> I already have a Sigma 17-70 f2.8~4.5 which covers the range, and suits my needs most of the time.
>> Plus the Tamron 17-50mm is a wee bit better optically by all accounts and much closer to my budget.
>> I wouldn't turn my nose up at the Pentax if I could get it for the same price as the Tamron, since it probably beats it like a rag doll as far as build quality is concerned.
>>> On 11/1/2019 2:12 PM, Juan Buhler wrote:
>>> I figured I'd start a thread about lens lust. Note this is not "lenses I
>>> need". I have too many as it is, covering every focal length I care about
>>> (which doesn't go much further than 100 or 135mm anyway)
>>> DA15/4: I have the DA21mm, and it's an awesome lens. Seems like the 15
>>> would be a great companion to it. I don't really need it, since I have some
>>> zooms that cover this focal length, plus I haven't been shooting with the
>>> KP much anyway.
>>> M20/4: I don't know why I want this one, I just do. I really like the M
>>> lenses. I do have the DA21 Limited for APS, and the Sigma 20/2.8 for APS on
>>> the Sony, and an awesome Zeiss 21/2.8 for full frame on Leicas and Sonys.
>>> And that's without counting the zooms that cover that both on APS and full
>>> frame: I have a 17-70/4, a 12-24/4, and a Canon 17-40/4 that covers full
>>> frame with fast AF via an adaptor on the Sony.
>>> M40/2.8: I just always wanted that little pancake lens. Don't need it, as I
>>> have tons of both 35mm and 50mm lenses, plus a really nice Konica Hexanon
>>> 40mm/1.8 that is perfect for the A7ii.
>>> DA20-40: This seems like the perfect street lens for the KP. Been wanting
>>> it since it came out, but never pulled the trigger. Again, I already have
>>> other lenses covering this range.
>>> K85/1.8: I had this lens. It fell from my motorcycle jacket the day I was
>>> getting my istD back in 2004. I never saw it again. It's not a FL I
>>> regularly use so it's hard to justify. I had found it in pristine condition
>>> for under $100 back in the late 90s.
>>> M28/3.5: This was my main 28, my copy seemed to be a lot sharper than what
>>> should be legal. I lost it years ago. I do have an M28/2.8 and the
>>> FA28/2.8, plus a Takumar 28/3.5 (the big barreled one). Oh and I do have
>>> the awesome K30/2.8 and a bunch of other 28s for other mounts, so it's
>>> super hard to justify buying this one.
>>> Takumar 50/1.4, 8 element: I REALLY don't need this. My best 50mms are a
>>> Summicron, the A50/1.4, maybe the M50/1.7 or FA50/1.7 (yes, I have all
>>> those plus a lot more 50s!)
>>> K50/1.2: Again, I don't need another 50. But it sure would be nice to play
>>> with that extra third of a stop.
>>> How about you? Any lenses you've always wanted but haven't gotten around to
>>> getting? Any opinions on that list above?
>>> j
>>> --
>>> Juan Buhler -
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