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09-22-2010, 05:22 PM   #31
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QuoteOriginally posted by RioRico Quote
My very first lens was probably a magnifying glass I used to burn ants.

Oh, you mean camera lens? That would be the Zuiko 38/1.8 on my Olympus Pen-FT SLR back in 1975.

Oh, you mean Pentax lens? When I ordered my K20D I didn't get a kit lens, I went straight for the DA10-17, DA18-250, and FA50/1.4, all still among the most-used of the 100+ lenses I can mount on it. Before getting the dSLR, I decided that I needed ultrawide, ultralong, and very fast. Those three qualified. So they're the first, tied.
+1 for using a magnifying glass to burn ants, those were the good old days! Amazing how that hobby turned into photography.


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My first lens, actually my first lenses, were an SMC Pentax 55mm f1.8 and an SPC Pentax 135mm f3.5 that I bought new with a Pentax KX in 1975 when the K series was first introduced.

And I've still got them, and the KX, all in working order.


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Wow I bought almost the exact same Pentax kit in late 1975. I bought the KX, K28/3.5, K55/1.8 & K135/3.5.

As with yourself, all are still in use and in good working order.

Yep that was the prime kit to buy back then for film; a 28mm for wide, a 50/55mm for a standard and a 135mm for a telephoto.

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I went with the 18-250. It was a decent lens for the price and worked well for me while I had it. However, after I learned of the lens' limitations, I upgraded to the 60-250 for quality purposes and use the 12-24 for wide angle and 50mm primes also
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My Tamron 18-250 came with the camera and since that covers a huge range I was looking for a prime with more opportunities for DOF control and low-light shooting.

A special focal length is the one that corresponds to the sensor/film diagonal. It results in a so-called "normal lens", i.e., one that creates a natural perspective. Much longer and perspective looks compressed, much wider and angles look exaggerated. Sometimes you want to go for these perspective effects but it is a good idea to train yourself as a photographer to create images with impact without using these "effects".

Hence, the classic advice of photography schools to use a 50mm (on a film camera) to get your photography started. Note that 50mm is just an approximation of a "normal lens". This focal length was chosen because it was easier to produce quality lenses with that focal length.

The FA 43mm has this odd focal length because it's the diagonal of 135 format film. On APS-C that's ~28mm. I like to be able to get very close to subjects if I see an opportunity so I went for the Sigma 28mm f/1.8 EX MACRO. Not a 1:1 macro but very close focusing indeed. It's a full frame lens so if Pentax starts selling an FF camera, I'll have a great wide-angle.

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Rexatar 50/1.7 (off-brand M42) that came mounted to my black Ricoh Singlex TLS instead of the expected Rikenon 50/1.7. Bass Camera in Chicago pulled the old bait and switch on the deeply discounted body with kit ($99 USD for camera/lens in 1970...Woo! Hoo!). Turns out that the Rexatar was not that bad a lens, though not as good as the Rikenon that I bought from a pawn shop several years ago.

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My first lens was a Mamiya Sekor 50mm f2 that came on my Dad's 500 DTL that he gave me (along with a kit including a Vivitar 28mm f2.5, Vivitar 85mm f1.8 and Vivitar 200mm f3.5). I don't have the 50mm anymore, but I have the rest and another copy of the 50mm f2. It's an interesting lens. It's sharp wide open, but has some harsh bokeh. It gives a really vintage 1970s feel when shooting.

My first Pentax lens after the kit was the DA 21mm f3.2.
09-23-2010, 09:37 AM   #37
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The first lens that I purchased outside the "kit" lens or "standard" lens to be more correct at the time, was a Vivitar Series 1, 70-200F3.5 Macro (Version 1) back in 1981. Great lens and I still have it.

Since the purchase of my poor man's K2DMD (actually a ricoh XR2s) I have purchased 5 other cameras, KX, PZ-1, *istD, K10D and K7D. In all that time, I have only taken one other "kit" lens, that being the FA-J 18-35 that was being offered with the *istD, and I took it because I did not have anything that wide from film. 3 of the 6 bodies I purchased with no lens at all. With the PZ-2 I traded up and took the FA 28-105 F4.5-5.6 over the FA28-80 F3.5-4.
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Sigma 105mm macro

Saved my pennies long and hard for that lens when I first started. Now I don't even use it

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Long journey

The first slr lens I ever bought was a 200mm F/4 Photax preset lens in M42 mount for my Zenit E, my first slr. It opened up a new world for me to have two lenses to choose from and it was not long before I put the 58mm Helios lens backward on the front of the 200mm lens by means of two broken filter rings epoxied back to back. I became a devotee of macro, and had to build my own ring-flash, This was in 1975.

The Zenit had to be destroyed when I accidentally got a friend's Pentax lens jammed on its mount, the auto-pin fell into one of the screw-heads, and that led to me buying a spotty-F to stay with the same lens mount, and that led to me switching to the K-mount for ease of lens swapping at weddings, and that led to me buying an *Ist D when Pentax went digital at last, and a failure of the on-board flash led me to buy a K10D as an upgrade. I have suffered from LBA for 35 years now. It is incurable.

Long story, may yours be ever so interesting and an adventure for you.
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First lens I ever got was a DA16-45 with the K20D. First separate lens I ever got was the DA55-300. The I found a Chinon 50mm f1.9, all went onwards and upwards from there
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QuoteOriginally posted by gofour3 Quote
+1 for using a magnifying glass to burn ants, those were the good old days! Amazing how that hobby turned into photography.

+2 for using magnifying glass but in my case i was busy making telescopes out of it. Burning ants never crossed my mind.
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My first DSLR came with the DA18-55 and a 70-300. so that was my first other lens. The first one I bought separately was an M50/1.7, and I got it because I knew I wanted something faster for low light. I ultimately replaced all three of these in - the 70-300 with the DA50-200, the 50 with the DA40, and the 18-55 with the combo of DA15, M28/2.8 [edited: I originally wrote M8/2.8], and DA40. The 50-200 I do still use, but not as much as the M135/3.5 and DA70 I eventually got.

The DA40 is the first lens I bought that I still use regularly.

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09-23-2010, 05:11 PM   #43
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QuoteOriginally posted by Digitalis Quote
the first 35mm lens I got my hands on was a Leica summilux 50mm f/1.4.

First pentax lens was the SMCP-K 50mm f/1.2
Damn, that was your first?

There's not much where to advance from here
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Originally posted by RioRico
My very first lens was probably a magnifying glass I used to burn ants.
When I was about seven years old I used one of those to burn my sister's foot. Got spanked for it too. LOL

My first lens was a Vivitar Series 1 70-210mm in 1995 to use on my K1000.
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Skipped kit lens, bought Sigma 1.4/30mm with body for normal angle of view on crop sensor.

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