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06-30-2010, 05:15 PM   #61
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QuoteOriginally posted by Leaf Fan Quote
#1 DA*16-50 (always keep this mounted on the camera in the bag)
#2 DA* 50-135
#3 Looking for something longer (currently Sigma 70-300) admired the Bigma, but now with the price increase and release of new model, I might be looking for something different. Suggestions?
They also make a 150-500 at the old price.

06-30-2010, 05:23 PM   #62
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1. FA* 28-70/2.8 - the range suits most of my needs, and it is tack sharp and contrasty. If/when I need to travel lite I use the FA 24-90/3.5-4.5 instead, but you need to keep that baby at f/8 (or smaller) to get sharp corners

2. D FA 100/2.8 Macro - I like macro photography amd anything shorter than 100mm is a no no because I want and need some distance to the subject. Could I just afford (and find) the FA* 200/4 Macro....

3. DA 12-24/4 - for those landscape shots! I really like the saturated colors this lens produce

No. 4? That's the DA* 60-250/4 - when you need to pull in that landscape detail, or shoot at the zoo, or animals in the mountains, etc.

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Okay, I'll bite. Right now it is this lineup.

DA* 16-50mm
DA 55-300mm
SMC M 100mm f/4 - Macro version

I just recently acquired the 16-50, but before that I was using an SMC A 50mm f/1.7 mostly. I don't use it so much anymore, because I think there will be times that I will want to be less conspicuous at 50mm. The 100mm M is awesome for pics of the kids paying in the yard and obviously for close up work.
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DFA 100mm WR
DA 40
DA 55-300

covers everything i need, not really a landscape kinda guy.

06-30-2010, 06:25 PM   #65
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1: 16-45mm, about 85% of the time this lens is welded to my body. My favorite lens.
2: 55-300mm, second favorite lens, great for portraits and distance shots.
3: varies. My Sigma 10-20mm is probably the closest, but I don't use it a whole lot. I've been on a prime kick for a while, so I'll bring a prime to play with. I've really developed a taste for cheap 28mm f/2.8 lenses.
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1. DA*50-135/2.8 (Unless I know I'll need the extra reach, then it's the DA*60-250/4)

2. Tamron 28-75/2.8 (My favorite focal length range; sharp wide open with great colors and excellent IQ)

3. FA 31/1.8 (this spot used to be occupied by my FA35/2, which I still personally think is almost as good as the 31)
06-30-2010, 06:40 PM   #67
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12-24 for wide angle
60-250 for walk around
100-500 Vivitar Series 1 for distance
06-30-2010, 06:48 PM   #68
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I only have 3 right now. Really want a 14,15 or 21 prime.

1: Sigma 10-20, definitely my favorite. I love indoor shots of abandoned buildings and enclosed spaces. So this is obviously my choice.

2&3 are probably a tie:
Pentax 16-45 F4: Great little lens for general purpose and walkabout use.
Pentax 55-300: Great for my birding and also great for isolating the Missus' flowers.

06-30-2010, 06:56 PM   #69
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I just compiled the numbers for every shot I've taken since 2007:

1. FA35 (30.25%)
2. Sigma 17-70 (29.22%)
3. FA77 (10.65%)

However, this is not fully representative of my more recent shooting habits because I have owned the Sigma the longest.. On a year-by-year basis, the results are:


1. Sigma 17-70 (57.98%)
2. FA35 (26.23%)
3. DA50-200 (8.95%)


1. FA35 (34.37%)
2. Sigma 17-70 (24.69%)
3. DA12-24 (19.20%) --> Honeymoon in Europe


1. FA35 (31.22%)
2. FA77 (19.95%)
3. Sigma 17-70 (15.73%)

2010 so far:

1. FA35 (28.09%)
2. DA21 (20.03%)
3. DA50-200WR (16.33%) --> Statistical anomaly, I just got it recently and have been trying it out more than usual

I expect the FA77 (currently 4th with 12.30%) to move up to 3rd place over time this year.
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DA*300/4 ... 80% of the time
Carl Zeiss T*Planar 85/1.4 ZK
07-01-2010, 06:42 AM   #71
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SMC Pentax A 70-210mm
Sigma 24-60mm DG
Tamron 100-300mm

Yes I am sure that each one of us would have a slightly different list for our "deserted island essentials" list.
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My most used lenses outside of kit lens:
1) S-M-C Takumar 50mm MACRO f4
2) Sigma EX 10-20mm f4-5.6
3) Pentax-F 70-210mm
07-01-2010, 07:13 AM   #73
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I shoot 35mm Film, APSC Digital, and Medium Format (Pentax 6x7 and Zeiss Ikon) and 90% of my shoots are APSC or 35mm film. APSC when I need to shoot a lot, film everyday. I love the idea of swapping a lens between digital camera and a film camera, thanks Pentax.
  1. FA43/1.9 - an incredible look, very compact form factor and a focal lens relevant on both film and APSC for my photographic style.
  2. FA31/1.8 - an incredible lens, a bit big and heavy to have it all the time with me. I shoot with it mostly in digital in interior.
  3. DA21/3.2 - classic wide angle, extremely compact, sharp. Not fast enough. I have mixed feeling about it. But all in all it does its job, with result.

All in all, if I have to choose another brand than Pentax, it would be either Leica or Olympus because C&N don't make lens compact enough for me.
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DA -12-24

A - 50mm 1.2
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Heh - I only have three at any given time! If I want to try something new, I sell something first....and I've gotten to a place where I don't want to give up my top two, and I've only traded my long lens of whatever make for another long lens:

DA15 Ltd. (my every-day lens, use it for everything)
DA70 Ltd.

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