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02-09-2011, 04:28 PM   #1
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Limited Series Lenses for the K5

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I'm hoping to purchase a K5 in the very near future. I'm having some trouble deciding on lenses though. Help me out. If you had to pick 2-3 limited series lenses (and you have no other lenses at all), which ones would you choose? What would provide the most wide array of shooting options? I know this is a generalized question, but I'm curious to hear what people have to say. Looking at the lens reviews, all of the limited series lenses receive very high ratings. Most of my shooting is travel/landscape related and I do want something on the lighter side, but I'm just looking for suggestions for 2 or 3 "must haves". Any thoughts? I'm banging my head against the wall trying to narrow it down...

02-09-2011, 04:33 PM   #2
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You will be good to go on this set. K-5 and 21mm/40mm/70mm Ltd series in Silver!
02-09-2011, 04:35 PM   #3
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If price is of no concern get the 3 FA Limiteds.
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If you want the most practical, probably the DA40mm or the DA21mm would be best

Most versatile would be DA 35mm Macro

Best overall according to many here is the DA 70mm

But the most magical one is the DA 15mm

So many good choices!!!

02-09-2011, 05:46 PM   #5
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Based on what I shoot with my kit lens, the DA 21 and DA 40 are the two I need most.

Just got the 40, waiting a bit to get the 21.

Of course your mileage may vary and I hear excellent things about the FA 43
02-09-2011, 06:23 PM   #6
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FA77

FA43

FA31

in that order
02-09-2011, 07:11 PM   #7
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QuoteOriginally posted by rparmar Quote
FA77

FA43

FA31

in that order

That is exactly what I have done.

I purchased the FA77 several months ago and the FA43 a few weeks ago.

I am plotting and scheming with my wife to get the FA31 now.

Great lenses!
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D FA 100/2.8 MACRO WR (not designated as 'Limited', but should be)

FA 43/1.9 Limited

DA 15/4 Limited

In your order of subject preference...

Cheers... M


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02-09-2011, 07:59 PM   #9
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DA15, FA31, FA77 if price no object
DA15, DA35, DA70 or FA77 if you want macro and cheaper than above
DA15 or 21, DA40, DA70 is about as cheap as limiteds come

The problem with having only the 31/43/77 set is the lack of wide angle on APS-C.

If it was only pick 2 and careful of costs I'd look at the 21 & 70

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Need wide, so 15. (Want a 12.)
Need short tele/portrait, so 70.
Oops - not so wide, need 21.
Need something normalish, so 40 (I have the Tamron 90 macro, otherwise perhaps 35 macro.)

So yeah, it's 4 lenses, not 3. The FA 31/43/77 option does not make quite as much focal length sense, though you could add the 12-24 and be done. Except for something long...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Michaelina2 Quote
D FA 100/2.8 MACRO (not designated as 'Limited', but should be)

FA 43/1.9 Limited

DA 15/4 Limited

In your order of subject preference...

Cheers... M
This is a great recommendation. Must haves are the 15 and 43; adding the 100 macro makes all killer no filler.
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On a bit of a budget, I'd get (primes):

15 - 40 - 70 (you can do a whole lot with those 3).

Zooms:

DA 21 - DA* 50-135.

Ultimate:

15 - 43 - 77 (big money).
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15, 43, and 100 sure cover the bases. I agree.
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QuoteOriginally posted by twitch Quote
The problem with having only the 31/43/77 set is the lack of wide angle on APS-C.
True enough. So I have the DA12-24. DA15 would not satisfy me as that's hardly wider than the kit. And I use the 24mm end of the zoom as much as any other focal length on it -- insanely versatile lens and the only zoom I care to use. The build does not approach the Limiteds unfortunately.

Still, when all is said and done I can live without wide, but I cannot do without the FA77.
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The DA 15 is a must, then just pick two others.
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