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02-18-2011, 03:26 PM   #1
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Which lenses to keep?

Its time to thin out my gear to make room for more!!! lol, I'm having an internal fight with which lenses to let go of.

I'm selling them all to fund the purchase of the Pentax DA* 50-135 f2.8 so with that in mind what would you sell.

Should I sell my Takumar 135 f2.5? From all reports its not as sharp as the DA but I love primes!!!

Should I sell my Vivitar 100mm Macro? I dont shoot any macro but what if I want to start?

Should I sell my Tamron 18-250? I'm hoping that I will have enough range between the 12-24 and 50-135 for walkaround

Which should I keep, the Pentax M 28 f2.8 or the Sigma 24mm f2.8 Macro? Or should I sell them both?

I am dumping the kit lenses that I have 18-55 and 50-200, as well as a bunch of others up to 500mm, tele-converters...

After the bag clean up my kit will be like this...

DA 12-24, 24 or 28mm prime, FA 50 1.4, DA* 50-135 f2.8, M 200mm f4, and maybe the 100mm Macro...

LMK what y'all think. After this I think I'll try to learn how to use them...

02-18-2011, 03:44 PM   #2
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Keep the tak if you like it. Sharpness is overrated. If it's worth a lot, though, I don't see much point if you have the 50-135. (By this I mean, take advantage of it's cult status if it exists).

Maybe sell both the 28 and 24. Even the 50. Replace all of those with the DAL 35 (if you arent into macro).

Sell the 100 if you don't care for macro. You can always buy one if you suddenly get into it. I think that is unlikely.

Keep the 18-250 if you find the superzoom handy.

12-24, 35/40/43, 50-135 will take you places and it will be nice and compact. 200 will be nice when you occasionally need it.

The 50-135 looks to be one of the best pentax lenses available right now, so I would not worry about letting go of you other stuff to fund it.

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Dump whatever you don't use in favor of what you do use. I do it all the time. It hurts the day I send it off and then I get over it and unless I see someone posting with a similar or like lens, sometimes even forget I ever had said lens(es). You know why? Because I didn't use them to begin with.

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I would sell the Takumar 135 F2.5 assuming it is the K mount version and not the SMC one.

Keep the Vivitar as you like Primes and the 100mm is an odd focal length. Macro lenses usually have better IQ.

Keep the 18-250 as superzooms are handy when on vacation.

Sell the M28 and the Sigma 24 F2.8.

and I'd pick up an DA L 35mm as suggested above. That gives you a good wide set of lenses.

For Zooms, 12-24, 18-250, 50-135, which covers all the ranges from 12-250 with 250 being border line acceptable.

For Primes, 35, 50, 100, 200. Covers a lot of ranges. It has some holes in the focal ranges but for the most part you can get anything that you want distance wise. and the 100mm being macro you have some close focusing to work with. The 35 might be a little bit too narrow though but you have the zoom that can do 24 so no point with another one. you could always get away with keeping the M28 and subbing it for the 35 and fill the hole over there.

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My view would be as follows

Assuming the 135 is a takumar bayonet it is not going to be as good as the 50-135 so sell it

I would take the 28 over the 24 because the sigma 24macro suffers badly from CA and is at the long end of the 12-24 any way

I would sell the 18-250 I just don't personally like super zooms. They are too slow and have too many comprises to give the same quality of shots as shorter zooms or primes

The 50 and 100'macro are too good to give up

But you should look for a middle zoom something to fill most of the 20-70 range and get a fast one
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QuoteOriginally posted by JeffJS Quote
Dump whatever you don't use in favor of what you do use.
I agree. I'm in the selling-off mode of lenses that are redundant or just never used, even though they may be good lenses.
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I agree. I'm in the selling-off mode of lenses that are redundant or just never used, even though they may be good lenses.
I just did this very thing and sold my 18-250 and 50-135 and bought a 60-250mm. Very happy with my decision.
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Lol, I guess what I am after are lenses for medium focal length that will give me top notch results of dance recitals, hence my desire for the 50-135mm. 200 is too long for this venue. I like my 18-250, but find that I don't get many workable images from it...

I really do change lenses quite often, I guess I haven't found what I am most comfortable with...

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QuoteOriginally posted by The Kurly One Quote
Lol, I guess what I am after are lenses for medium focal length that will give me top notch results of dance recitals, hence my desire for the 50-135mm. 200 is too long for this venue. I like my 18-250, but find that I don't get many workable images from it...
Oh yeah, the 18-250mm can be a useful lens-- but not for dance recitals!
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50mm covers the whole stage from where I shoot, I hope that 135 will give me a great length to crop from as necessary for individual portraits.

Tomorrow I am going to take some pics and start posting them in the marketplace.
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The 50-135 is great for indoor events like dance recitals and swimming etc. It is a wise choice for that use.
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Now that I think about it, I do plan on getting a K5 or whatever model is available after the next 6 months, so keeping the 18-250, as a just incase lens is a good idea...
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