Budget High-Performance Pentax Lenses

Started Nov 10, 2013 | Discussions thread
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JNR Senior Member • Posts: 2,744
Re: Budget High-Performance Pentax Lenses

cgarrard wrote:

I know, this post is about cheap glass but you get what you pay for.

Not always, the point of the post is getting decent quality and performance for a budget price. Some things in life do out perform others at similar price points :).

The 55-300mm and 50 1.8 are both capable of super sharp results and also excellent at subject isolation with good to very good bokeh effects.


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It's a matter of economies of scale, and supply and demand. In camera lenses, this is considerably at odds with "you get what you pay for." A good kit lens gets discarded because something slightly more versatile or sharper comes along to replace it . So, kit lenses - cheap from the start due to mass production - flood the used market as well when replaced. They sell for so little they get a reputation for being optically terrible (some of them are pretty bad - but none of the Pentax kit lenses were poor).

This was probably especially true in the prime kit lenses when not only were the 50mm lenses extremely sharp, they were very well built, and fast. Most of these lenses are the best values out on the used market if you are willing to shoot MF.

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