ccallana's reviews

  • Pentax 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SMC P-DA

    8 out of 10 points and recommended
    Light, Compact, Non-rotating front element, inexpensive
    slow maximum aperature

    I got this lens as part of the kit with my *istDL. Its a great lens to start with. Covers a good range for basic shooting. It is very light and small. Max aperature is a bit slow for low light shooting, but very typical for a Kit Lens. This lens is a great value - image quality far exceeds the price you end up paying for it with the kit.

    reviewed November 30th, 2006 (purchased for $50)
  • Pentax 50-200mm f/4-5.6 ED SMC P-DA

    8 out of 10 points and recommended
    Small, light, great quality for the price
    None so far

    This lens is a perfect companion to the 18-55mm kit lens. The price is not a good indicator of the performance of this lens. It is very light, compact and provides great optics. Its a little short on the 50mm end for a perfect walk-around lens, but it comes close. Great value for the money - highly recommend picking this lens up.

    reviewed November 30th, 2006 (purchased for $180)
  • Pentax 28mm f/2.8 AL SMC P-FA

    8 out of 10 points and recommended
    Lightweight, fairly fast, nice normal perspective
    Would like an f/2 or f/1.7 to replace normal 50 from film.

    This is a great little lens and has become my defacto indoor lens around the house. Its slightly wider than "normal" on a dSLR which offers a great perspective and FOV. AF is fast and accurate, MF is difficult, the ring just isn't made for it. My only complaint is that I would like it a bit faster - 2.8 is just not quite fast enough for a low light normal lens. Would like to see an f/2, 1.7 or even 1.4. I highly recommend picking one up.

    reviewed December 28th, 2007 (purchased for $125)