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05-30-2010, 03:45 PM   #1
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Which lens should I bring for EXPO 2010 in Shanghai

I have sold all my lens above 50mm, like DA*50, FA77.

Now what I have is DA15, DA21, M28/3.5, FA43, M50/1.4.

Also I am considering getting a CZJ lens between 20mm and 35mm, or A24mm.

But I don't wanna bring all them to Shanghai..cos I also have a Pentax film camera with 3 supertakumar in my house in Shanghai, 35mm, 55mm, 135mm.

So any recommendation? I might get a cheaper 100mm macro in Shanghai...

P.S. I have 3 film cameras here, I am still bothered whether should I bring all them that I can put different prime lens on each camera, and also different films in each cameras.

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I tend to disagree.... having too many lenses might make choices difficult when shooting (especially if you have close/similar FLs)

Since you already have the 'normal' range covered by the lenses in Shanghai, take the two DAs only, to have wide-angle covered. Oh... and an M42 adapter too.
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I heard Supertakumar's IQ is not as good as more recently manual lens of Pentax, like M, K series or A series, that's what I am worried.

QuoteOriginally posted by cezarL Quote
I tend to disagree.... having too many lenses might make choices difficult when shooting (especially if you have close/similar FLs)

Since you already have the 'normal' range covered by the lenses in Shanghai, take the two DAs only, to have wide-angle covered. Oh... and an M42 adapter too.


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QuoteOriginally posted by henryjing Quote
I heard Supertakumar's IQ is not as good as more recently manual lens of Pentax, like M, K series or A series, that's what I am worried.
You're worrying too much. A good 95% of it is going to be your ability as a photographer. The coating isn't going to make that much of a difference. However, the Super Taks don't exactly replace any of your lenses as the M50 is still faster than the S-TAK 55mm for night shooting. I may leave the M28 3.5 behind but the rest is going to be like choosing which porn flick to delete to free up disk space.

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Also I am considering getting a CZJ lens between 20mm and 35mm, or A24mm.
I really wouldn't be looking at CZJ lenses when you have multiple quality lenses in that range already and gaping holes between 50 to 135 and nothing above 135. I'd be buying the FA77 back instead of a CZJ.

Adam is right, the lenses you have take up practically no space. I wouldn't have sold the FA77 though, that's an extremely useful lens and you have nothing close to that focal point.

I'd be using zooms in China, so many people jostling around you, not to mention pick pockets and thieves.


QuoteOriginally posted by cezarL Quote
Since you already have the 'normal' range covered by the lenses in Shanghai, take the two DAs only, to have wide-angle covered. Oh... and an M42 adapter too.
You would take two DA lenses only 6mm apart over the legendary FA43? Seriously?
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IMO it shouldn't matter which lens you bring. I know shanghai is really crowded, but just take a lens that you feel most comfotable shooting. I remember first time I tried out a DA 21 and the FA 35mm before purchasing and even though it was a huge city, I just loved the FOV of the 35mm more. Just bring what feels right for you!

(and seriously,just bring em all and then take one with you and leave the rest at the hotel. )
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I'd only take the DA15 and the FA43. One covers wide angle, the other for everything else.
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QuoteOriginally posted by hangu:
You would take two DA lenses only 6mm apart over the legendary FA43? Seriously?
To be honest, I can't understand the hype around the FA43. If I had a full-frame camera it would have probably been my first Pentax lens purchase, as I loved the Minolta 28/2 on APS-C.
But... I don't have a full-frame camera. And on a crop sensor, 43mm is right in the middle of nowhere for me (I don't like 50mm either), give me either 28 or 58mm. OK, I could live with 35mm, too. But 43mm is neither wide enough, nor long enough on APS-C, at least, not for my needs & shooting style.


Anyway... legendary or not, it's a lens I wouldn't use, therefore there would be no reason to carry it around.
And I could see both DA15 and DA21 put to use on such a trip, they would each be serving different purposes, IMHO.

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QuoteOriginally posted by cezarL Quote
To be honest, I can't understand the hype around the FA43. If I had a full-frame camera it would have probably been my first Pentax lens purchase, as I loved the Minolta 28/2 on APS-C.
But... I don't have a full-frame camera. And on a crop sensor, 43mm is right in the middle of nowhere for me (I don't like 50mm either), give me either 28 or 58mm. OK, I could live with 35mm, too. But 43mm is neither wide enough, nor long enough on APS-C, at least, not for my needs & shooting style.

Anyway... legendary or not, it's a lens I wouldn't use, therefore there would be no reason to carry it around.
And I could see both DA15 and DA21 put to use on such a trip, they would each be serving different purposes, IMHO.
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"Which lens should I bring?..."

This is more like a personal question. You should really ask yourself. Cuz if you get 100 answers in here, that won't help you, only mess you up more.

I, myself, tend to take with me 3-6 lens every time, and allmost each time I endup using 2, if not just one. Then again, if I would let them at home I guess I would regret that. So for my peace I try to take as many as I can . It' a must to have them all, it's not a must to use them all - that's a disease .

If you can't take all of them, I'll say you go with DA15, M28 and FA43. You know better what fits you .

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OH BOY! Are you in for a treat. and by treat I mean waiting in line for hours and being pushed by impatient old women. I JUST got back from Expo and despite all that it was quite a spectacular experience. On my entire trip I decided to bring just my 10-20mm, FA 35mm, and DA* 50-135. The first day I shot almost exclusively with the 10-20 to try and capture the entirety of the pavilions and their grandiosity but by the second day I very quickly got bored of just shooting buildings so I kept the 35mm on for most of the rest of the time (total 3 days) and found it suited me fine as I wanted to be more selective and take fewer shots that were more interesting.

My recommendation is to pack light as you will be standing for very long periods at a time and also bring a tripod if you have one since the inside of some pavilions are very dark and also the park looks really nice at night.

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QuoteOriginally posted by xs400 Quote
I'd only take the DA15 and the FA43. One covers wide angle, the other for everything else.
That would be my recommendation as well.

I'd also recommend that the OP consider *buying* the DFA100WR and DA70 when he gets here, as these are priced fairly well ($550 US for the DFA100WR and just over $400 US for the Da70).
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QuoteOriginally posted by kthung Quote
OH BOY! Are you in for a treat. and by treat I mean waiting in line for hours and being pushed by impatient old women. I JUST got back from Expo and despite all that it was quite a spectacular experience. On my entire trip I decided to bring just my 10-20mm, FA 35mm, and DA* 50-135. The first day I shot almost exclusively with the 10-20 to try and capture the entirety of the pavilions and their grandiosity but by the second day I very quickly got bored of just shooting buildings so I kept the 35mm on for most of the rest of the time (total 3 days) and found it suited me fine as I wanted to be more selective and take fewer shots that were more interesting.

My recommendation is to pack light as you will be standing for very long periods at a time and also bring a tripod if you have one since the inside of some pavilions are very dark and also the park looks really nice at night.
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