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04-22-2011, 08:16 PM   #61
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I agree, I usually end up waling around with my 43mm on as long as its not wet and crappy out.. thats the 18-135's only time to shine (not very brightly at that). It's hard to remove a great sharp lens that renders well for any other glass weather your choice is a 15/31/40/43/50/70/77/100 I could see walking around with any of the primes for hours on end.

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QuoteOriginally posted by robgo2 Quote
Some of my best photographic outings ever have been when I limited myself to a single prime lens. Doing so can open up one's creativity. As Marc said earlier, it is not necessary to have all focal lengths covered at all times. I would add that sometimes it is best to have only one covered
I see your point, and this is what I thought I could use a 43mm Limited for (despite the fact that this would be much more relevant in FF). I suppose the 31 is a better FL as a normal on my K20D, and its size isn't that big. Does anyone have some pictures of FA/DA limiteds, togrther or mounted? They are all relatively small (all certainly smaller than my Sigma 18-200, which is annoying me with IQ, CA and PF problems in many situations), but it would be nice to see some pictures.
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I find a prime or two plus a zoom to be nice for travel. One or two primes to use for most of the pictures, and then a zoom for when you need reach or WR or wideangle or whatever. The Sigma 24/2.8 Af is a nice travel prime because it compactly gives you a pretty wide angle, and will do 4(5?):1 macro. It is nice to have a fast lens for people pics, whether 50 or 43. I have used a 24/40 combo before alone, and was happy; or I will take the FA20-35 (which is lighter and smaller than the 31) with the 43, and even an FAJ 75-300 if wildlife is possible. I think the dfa100 wr macro would be great for travel, but I don't have one.
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Does anyone have some pictures of FA/DA limiteds, togrther or mounted?
Photozone shows all the Limited lenses mounted on a K10D. Just look up each review. Here's the FA 31mm Ltd:



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I see your point, and this is what I thought I could use a 43mm Limited for (despite the fact that this would be much more relevant in FF). I suppose the 31 is a better FL as a normal on my K20D, and its size isn't that big. Does anyone have some pictures of FA/DA limiteds, togrther or mounted? They are all relatively small (all certainly smaller than my Sigma 18-200, which is annoying me with IQ, CA and PF problems in many situations), but it would be nice to see some pictures.


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QuoteOriginally posted by MSD Quote
I see your point, and this is what I thought I could use a 43mm Limited for (despite the fact that this would be much more relevant in FF). I suppose the 31 is a better FL as a normal on my K20D, and its size isn't that big. Does anyone have some pictures of FA/DA limiteds, togrther or mounted? They are all relatively small (all certainly smaller than my Sigma 18-200, which is annoying me with IQ, CA and PF problems in many situations), but it would be nice to see some pictures.
I've done the one FL thing with the DA40 or the FA35. On film, I do it with the VL Ultron 40mm. If I had purchased the FA31 before it required a second mortgage on my house, I might see that as a single lens as well.

On the other hand, it doesn't take much more room or effort to pocket the DA21, too.
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I was considering a poll like:

You're going on holiday. Wildlife, birding, wide vistas, cities, entertainment etc. ; everything will be in the package. You're only allowed to take one lens; prime or zoom but zooms are limited to roughly 3 times. Which lens do you take with?
I sure wouldn't take my 18-135mm WR.. even though thats what its supposed to be for.. just the IQ is not up to par. I would probably take my 43mm, landscape and some landscape shots would be multi shot panoramics, Its decent for portraits with a little extra leg work.. and I guess I would be cropping a lot for most birding.. or baiting the birds with food.. But of the lenses I currently own, the 43 would be it I guess. I would also take my 49mm thread mount closeup screw on lens for semi-sorta macro flower/bug work too

I'm leaning to the DA15 for UWA lens, but I sure wouldn't be upset to have a nice super small DA 21ltd pancake wedged in my pack too.
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The 18-135 is not allowed anyway remember the max 3x zoom ratio

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I love the DA40 for all "on the move" events with the K-x.
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The 18-135 is not allowed anyway remember the max 3x zoom ratio
It could be a 5-500mm f1.8 but if the IQ is that of the 18-135mm its ONLY use is the rain IMO. For now my walk around usually ends up being my 43mm Ltd and my Tamron Adaptol SP 70-210mm.
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I love the DA40 for all "on the move" events with the K-x.
That lens is perfect for that body.
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That lens is perfect for that body.
Agreed. I think it's 90% of pentax users' first prime for good reason. But I think all the DA and FA limiteds are the jewel of pentax, been very pleased with the ones I've had. It's awesome that you can slip a kx w/ da 40 into the lowerpro 1W (a little lens pack) and go.
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Agreed. I think it's 90% of pentax users' first prime for good reason. But I think all the DA and FA limiteds are the jewel of pentax, been very pleased with the ones I've had. It's awesome that you can slip a kx w/ da 40 into the lowerpro 1W (a little lens pack) and go.
Or even the pocket of a ski jacket.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Nick Siebers Quote
I find a prime or two plus a zoom to be nice for travel. One or two primes to use for most of the pictures, and then a zoom for when you need reach or WR or wideangle or whatever. The Sigma 24/2.8 Af is a nice travel prime because it compactly gives you a pretty wide angle, and will do 4(5?):1 macro. It is nice to have a fast lens for people pics, whether 50 or 43. I have used a 24/40 combo before alone, and was happy; or I will take the FA20-35 (which is lighter and smaller than the 31) with the 43, and even an FAJ 75-300 if wildlife is possible. I think the dfa100 wr macro would be great for travel, but I don't have one.
What you describe is similar to my standard travel kit: a DA*16-50 plus an FA31 and FA77. I also recently acquired an FA43 that I love beyond all reason. The lenses not in use go in a small waistpack, while the camera stays on my shoulder. This makes for fairly comfortable moving about and shooting. However, I really do enjoy setting out with only one prime lens and putting my creative skills to the test. I could easily go shooting almost anywhere for a month with either the FA31 or the FA43 and be perfectly happy. Doing so simplifies the photographic experience immensely.

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I think a K-r with a DA21/40/70 setup would be a terrific setup.. throw in a 70-200 f2.8 Macro and you've got everything covered.. maybe a 2x TC for the zoom as well
1/2 the pack would be the 70-200, the primes and body would barely take the other half.
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