Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home

Show Printable Version Search this Thread
03-20-2011, 12:12 AM   #16
Veteran Member
yyyzzz's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 509
Selling babies?

It would be like selling babies to me. I do not think that I can make a rational decision.

So which ones to keep is going to be depending on your shooting style and your preferences for each lens.

03-20-2011, 02:30 AM   #17
Veteran Member
DanielT74's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Australia
Photos: Albums
Posts: 1,377
Hmmm.... there are some excellent suggestions above. I would just add to check which one you use most and let go of the ones you hardly ever pick up. Of course sell the ones that overlap, the ones that you don't use much and are easy to replace at least in IQ and the ones that are not great value for money.

So A*300/2.8 is not easy to replace but if you are a birder without AF it's not that useful probably.
It's also very heavy, but if you use it and treasure the IQ that lens produces (over the F* 300, DA*60-250 and Sigma) then of course you want to keep it. Otherwise you could get $2000-2300 for it probably (I sold mine recently).

(oh and when you decide which one of the F*300, DA*60-250 and Sigma 100-300 EX you want to sell - send me a PM
03-20-2011, 07:47 PM   #18
Veteran Member
rustynail925's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Philippines
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 1,551
It depends on what you shoot

my pick :
12-24 or 16-50
F50 1.7
DFA 100
60-250 or 300
03-21-2011, 04:46 AM   #19
Site Supporter
Site Supporter

Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Gladys, Virginia
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 22,396
There are two ways to look at this situation (I can't really give you an answer): the first way is, which lenses do I really need/use on a regular basis. This is probably the most useful way, since generally in any lens collection there are nice lenses that just aren't used. The second way, and the one that I usually use for myself, is asking which lenses I would miss and in particular which ones I would have trouble replacing due to cost or availability. You tend to keep more lenses using the second criteria. A lens like your 300mm f2.8 should be kept by this second criteria, because even if you don't use it often, you would have a really hard time finding a replacement should you want one.

03-21-2011, 05:57 AM   #20
Veteran Member
rparmar's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2008
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 8,780
I can't advise about letting go, but I notice you are missing the very best lenses Pentax has to offer.

So I recommend you buy the FA Limited trio, use only them for a year, and then see if you can't do without everything else. (Keeping maybe a wide zoom and the Vivitar macro.)

Probably not the advice you wanted.
03-21-2011, 06:11 AM   #21
Inactive Account

Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Michigan, USA
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 7,484
QuoteOriginally posted by Mike.P Quote
Ok, I REALLY need to sort out my lenses to something more manageable. Have listed what I have and need to trim back to maybe 4 or 5 lenses as it is doing my head in trying to figure out what to take when I go for a walk and I usually end up not bothering.

Looks a bit bad when I list them like this .. hope the wife doesn't read the thread.

What 5 lenses would you keep?

Pentax DA 14mm f2.8
Pentax DA 35mm F2.8 Macro
Pentax DA* 55mm f1.4
Pentax D-FA 100mm f2.8 Macro
Pentax A* 300mm f2.8
AF 1.7X teleconverter
I don't consider the AF adapter to be a lens but would find it quite useful as a gap filler. That way, you're good to go from 14mm all the way to 510mm and less than f5 across the entire range. I've been running prime lenses for the last several months and only occasionally have missed the ability to Zoom. I'm assuming here, we are not using any Film cameras.

Your mileage may vary of course.

01-23-2012, 09:38 PM   #22
Site Supporter
Site Supporter
Ric's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 131
Pentax Fa 28 mm 2.8

I would be interested in buying your Pentax Fa 28 mm 2.8 if you are interested in parting with it. I realize that you posted this some time ago. I just came across it while looking for above lens.
01-24-2012, 03:18 PM   #23
Veteran Member
Marc Sabatella's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Denver, CO
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 10,686
QuoteOriginally posted by Mike.P Quote
What 5 lenses would you keep?
Normally, I'd say there is no way we can answer this for you - that's like putting up list of women you like and asking *us* whoch one *you* should marry. But since you asked which *we* keep, and this is kind of a fun variation on the boring old "what should I buy next" threads, I'll chime in. I'm even going to resist suggesting you sell them all and buy the five I would personally choose if I were starting over - almost none of which are on your list. Instead, this will be the five of the list you already have that I,d be happy to use as the basis of my kit.

DA14 - can't not have something wide!
DA35/2.4 - good, fast, light
DA70 - perfect portrait lens
DA100 - great short tele and great focal length for macro
DA55-300 (which, I gather from a followup, you also have) - can't not have something longer


  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
af, da, da*, dg, f2.8, k-mount, lenses, macro, pentax, pentax lens, sigma, slr lens, teleconverters
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Sort Photos taken from a particular lens? Flickeroo Site Suggestions and Help 7 04-28-2010 12:32 PM
A (Sort of) Wet Afternoon Sailor Post Your Photos! 6 07-13-2009 01:49 PM
What sort of UV filter? tmacdon Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 6 05-15-2009 10:39 PM
My first MODEL SHOOT...sort of mikeSF Post Your Photos! 16 04-03-2009 09:12 AM

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 03:20 PM. | See also:, part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]