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06-08-2010, 05:05 AM   #31
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20 mm CZJ Flektogon 4/20
35mm SMC Takumar 2/35mm
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85mm SMC Takumar 1.8/85
100mm Meyer Trioplan 2.8/100
135mm Tair-11A 2.8 135mm
180mm Meyer-Optik Telemegor 5.5/180mm
250mm Meyer-Optik Telemegor 5.5/250mm

All m42, special love Tair: incredibly sharp with deep wondrous colors, but also capable of very even low contrast images as if stepping in a hazy dream. Soft, velvet like out of focus areas.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Frogfish Quote
That's an interesting statement, can you explain why ? I have the CZJ Electric Sonnar 135/3.5 and it's my favourite M42, very sharp & great bokeh and surprisingly even though not the fastest it does well in low light.
I like 85-100mm for portraits, but I find that 135mm is too long for people shots indoors and outdoors...usually because I don't shoot strangers, and the people I know are often physically too close to me to get those shots. It is like a 200mm on film after all, not the shortest of lengths.

As for a 200mm, it's waaaay too long for people to use on a regular basis, and too short for 99% of the wildlife I'd be interested in shooting unless it were a 200mm macro.

Both lengths are kind of awkward in my books...I've tried some wonderful lenses, but neither length fits into my style of photography!
06-08-2010, 07:27 AM   #33
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1. Under 30mm : K28/3.5 and M28/2 (the K28/2 is too big)
2. 30mm to 50mm: K35/3.5
3. 50mm to 70mm: I don't find this focal range very useful on APS-C.
4. 70mm to 105mm: M85/2 (the A*85/1.4 and K85/1.8 are too big)
5. 125mm to 135mm: K135/2.5 (A* 135/1.8 is too big)
6. 150mm to 200mm: I don't find this focal range very useful on APS-C.
7. Over 200mm: A* 300/4

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06-08-2010, 10:37 AM   #34
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QuoteOriginally posted by d.bradley Quote
I like 85-100mm for portraits, but I find that 135mm is too long for people shots indoors and outdoors...usually because I don't shoot strangers, and the people I know are often physically too close to me to get those shots. It is like a 200mm on film after all, not the shortest of lengths.

As for a 200mm, it's waaaay too long for people to use on a regular basis, and too short for 99% of the wildlife I'd be interested in shooting unless it were a 200mm macro.

Both lengths are kind of awkward in my books...I've tried some wonderful lenses, but neither length fits into my style of photography!
Ok - understand your point. Personally I use my Tamron 90 (because it is so sharp and has a great bokeh) or my CZJ 135 on the street (I do take shots of strangers !) and love them both. I find 90 - 135 is perfect for not spooking strangers but obviously for people you know 50 - 100 is better.

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Thank you to everyone for your lists ... I now have a lot of reading & investigation to create/update my 'wish list' !

Lowell - thank you for your comprehensive reply and your esteemed advice, I will bear it in mind !
06-08-2010, 02:50 PM   #36
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06-08-2010, 02:58 PM   #37
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QuoteOriginally posted by JohnBee Quote
As a proud cheapskate and purist, I take pride in the low road to riches

Vivitar CF 28/2.8
SMC K 35 35/3.5
SMC-A 50/1.4
HELIOS 44-3 58/2
JUPITER-9 85/2
JUPITER 37AM 135/3.5

These pretty much mark my MF bag wich is geared mostly for portrait photo. For what it's worth, I've dabbled in higher end glass(zeiss, Voit) only to conclude the benefits didn't justify the means and so I settle on this kit instead.

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As a "cheap" kit, there's a lot of powerful IQ in there! (smart shopping.)


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06-08-2010, 03:21 PM   #38
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1. Pentax K 18mm 3.5 (never used it but I would love to find one for a decent price)
2. One of the MF 35mm 2.0s from Pentax
3. Pentax A 50mm 1.2
4. Pentax A* 85mm (actually any 85mm from Pentax would be fine here)
5. Voigtlander 125mm Macro
6. Pentax A* 200mm Macro
7. 300mm f4 from Pentax

QuoteOriginally posted by Frogfish Quote
I know everyone will have / need / want different parameters but for starters :

1. Under 30mm
2. 30mm to 50mm
3. 50mm to 70mm
4. 70mm to 105mm
5. 125mm to 135mm
6. 150mm to 200mm
7. Over 200mm


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Sorry to dig this thread up a bit but it's a fun one for those of us who love old glass. My setup is (with wishful thinking so enclosed):

1. M28/3.5 (K28/35 would be nice as it's supposed to be a little better or the infamous K28/2, although it's quite large)
2. M35/2
3. My favorite lens, the Super-Multi-Coated Macro Takumar 50mm f4. Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 50mm f1.4 if I really need speed (I also have the K50/1.2 but generally prefer the rendering from the Tak)
4. Vivitar Series 1 90mm f2.5 Macro
5. M120/2.8 The only MF lens I have in the range. Pity it got left out number wise.... It's even smaller than the M135/3.5 and faster.
6. A200/4 non-macro (What I wouldn't do for the A* macro one though, except spend its going price), but I have recently gotten but yet to try the Tele-Takumar 200mm f5.6, which is quite manageable in size and weight for a 200mm.
7. None (got to love what the new AF tele zooms have done optically and in size and weight)
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This is what I have.

1. Under 30mm: Pentax A 20mm f2.8
-being shipped to me as I write this

2. 30mm to 50mm: SMC Takumar 28mm f3.5
-because the Pentax K 28mm f2.0 can't be found for a reasonable price

3. 50mm to 70mm: Pentax K 50mm f1.2

4. 70mm to 105mm: SMC Takumar 85mm f1.8

5. 125mm to 135mm: Voigtlander APO Lanthar Macro 125mm f2.5

6. 150mm to 200mm: Pentax K 200mm f2.5

7. Over 200mm: Pentax SMC Takumar 6x7 400mm F4, using the 6x7 -> K-mount adapter

As you can see, I love MF Pentax I do have the 1.7x AF adapter for those occasions when AF is needed.
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This is what I have in my MF bag.
All purchased under $25 each (long live pawn shops and classified ads!), because I still suck at MF and can't justify my LBA by spending a lot of money on a lens that I can't properly shoot with...yet. So my rule is $25 max per lens when it's MF. It's a mix of M42 and K-mounts, and I don't count zooms in there, I have a few but nothing worth bringing around.

This is the result of much, much searching for the past 4-5 months.

You will find in brackets more recent purchases for which I still have to thoroughly test out and see if it will win it's place in my bag.

1- Under 30mm: Sigma Mini-Wide II 28 f2.8 (Pentax A 28 f2.8)
2- 30mm to 50mm: Super Takumar 35mm f3.5
3- 50mm to 70mm: Super Takumar 50mm f1.4 (Pentax M 50mm f1.7 or Super Takumar 55mm f1.8 or Helios 44-2 58mm f2)
4- 70mm to 105mm: Nothing yet.
5- 125mm to 135mm: Super Takumar 135mm f2.5
6- 150 to 200mm: Nohing yet
7- Over 200mm: Nothing yet.

I'm quite happy with it so far...I just need to learn to focus properly.

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07-10-2010, 12:29 PM   #42
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Here's some of mine

Zooms:

18-28 f 4-4.5 Samyang
24-40 f 2.8 Tokina AT-X
24-50 f 4 SMC-A Pentax
35-70 f 2.8 Tokina AT-X
35-105 f 3.5 SMC-A Pentax
45-125 f 4 SMC-M Pentax
70-210 f 4 SMC-A Pentax
100-300 f 4 Tokina AT-X
150-500 f 5.6 Tokina AT-X
Pentax 135-600 f 6.7 SMC-K

Primes:

15 f 3.5 SMC-A Pentax
16 f 2.8 SMC-A Fisheye Pentax
50 f 1.4 SMC-A Pentax
105 f 2.5 Vivitar Series 1 Macro

Teleconverters:

Tokina 2X 7 Element
Vivitar Macro focusing 2X

Everything's an "A" mount except for the 45-125 and the 135-600 (the 45-125 has been displaced by the 35-105 anyway, and the 135-600 is a manual diaphragm lens, tolerable because, well, it reaches 600mm!) I Still have to find a bag I can fit that sucker into, though - I'm starting to gain interest in the modular approach.

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