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11-30-2010, 10:59 AM   #1
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Which lens would you get next?

Hey guys! Which lense would you get next if you already had the following:

Pentax DA 35/2.8 Limited Macro
Pentax DA 16-45/4
Pentax DA 55-300/4-5.8

These are the lenses I'm considering:

Pentax FA 77/1.8 Limited
Pentax DA* 55/1.4
Pentax D FA 100/2.8 Macro WR

I'm thinking of one of the first two to have a longer prime and a fast lens. I'm not sure, though.

11-30-2010, 11:16 AM   #2
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You have a nice set already and you probably don't need any of those options but if you were to get one I would suggest the FA77. It is a very good lens and I personally prefer to have my primes far apart. When they are close I feel they can be a bit redundant. You already have a macro lens and the 55 is pretty close to the 35 in length so that leaves the 77.
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What do you think you want to shoot with any of those you are considering?
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You might want to run that exposure plot program the board talks about and see which of those focal lengths (55, 77, 100) you tend to gravitate to. That would be a start.

Also, do you use the DA 35 limited for macro purposes? From what I've read, certain subjects require that lens to be very, very close to them. The 100 macro can give you more space between those subjects. Do you need weather resistance or sealing? If yes that leaves the 55 and 100.

Otherwise I would go with the 77 or 55 since they seem to be faster than anything you currently have. Both should be able to be good portrait lenses that allow you to play with shallow depth of field.

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I'm looking for something that I can shoot portraits and similarly sized candid shots with. I wasn't really looking into the D FA 100/2.8 WR. My only qualm with lenses around the 50mm focal range is that they're weird to work with on DSLR. They just don't feel right, so I guess the 77mm it is.
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i will considered this..if the option is outside DA family ...looks like promising to me
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With your 55-300, do you shoot more near 77mm or more near 100mm?

All things being equal, of those, the FA77 seems the sensible choice.

You're missing an ultra-wide though, to my mind...

Edit: sorry, wrote that before you elaborated on your requirements and didn't click post until some time later!

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i think it depends on what you shoot most.

My own view would be that you should look wider, unless you have a specific need for one of the lenses you listed.
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Well, I'm definitely planning on picking up the DA 15/4 Limited to add to the prime kit.
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If you like macro, and portraiture, then I would do the WR 100. If you just want portraiture, I think the 77 is hard to beat at any price.
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QuoteOriginally posted by baig.sabeeh90 Quote
Hey guys! Which lense would you get next if you already had the following:

Pentax DA 35/2.8 Limited Macro
Pentax DA 16-45/4
Pentax DA 55-300/4-5.8

These are the lenses I'm considering:

Pentax FA 77/1.8 Limited
Pentax DA* 55/1.4
Pentax D FA 100/2.8 Macro WR

I'm thinking of one of the first two to have a longer prime and a fast lens. I'm not sure, though.
I have (in addition to some old manual lenses of which I mainly use the M-50/1.7) the following:

Pentax DA 35/2.8 Limited Macro
Pentax DA 16-45/4
Pentax DA 70/2.4 Limited

(And I have the DA 55-300 on my wish list :-))

I think you should consider the DA70, too. It's a wonderful lens and significantly less expensive than the FA77. And while the FA77 is very highly regarded, my impression is that the consensus is that choosing one of these two is mostly a matter of taste.
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I'm looking to get a fast lens. I could just forget all about the FA Limiteds, pick up the DA* 55/1.4 and then continue with the DA Limiteds.
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The 77 is a little further from the 35 than the 55, but either way I doubt you'll go wrong. Unless you catch LBA like the rest of us, then you'll go wrong in the most fun way imaginable, and end up with all three lenses.
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I think I'm just going to go with the Pentax DA* 55mm F1.4, since it seems like the most logical choice. After that, I'll most likely add on the Pentax DA 70mm F2.4 Limited and the Pentax DA 15mm F4 Limited and then cool off for a while. I just like the rendering style of the DA 70mm better than that of the FA 77mm. I also think 7x range is a bit short for what I intend to use this fast lens for, more like an all-purpose thing with a special focus on portraits.
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