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05-05-2011, 07:45 AM   #46
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I've got an old Sigma 35-80 in the garage somewhere which I havent used since the mid 90's. I'm pretty sure it would be full of fungus and knackered by now. (never liked it anyway).

From the current kit, it's the 18-55 which sits on the shelf.

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Right now, it's an SMC Pentax-A 35-105mm zoom. It's a great lens, I just have others that cover the same range, and then some.
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I have some lenses that are not very good, like the Vivitar T4 300mm f5.5. They are hard to sell, but I occasionally have given them away.

A few lenses I like, and I think are good, but don't fit my needs. The Pentax-A 35-70/4 is a good example. The market and I don't agree on a fair price for this one.

Then there are lenses like my Pentax-A 50/1.4. I paid very little for it, it's very nice, but lately I use the F50/1.7 more. I'm afraid to sell it, then discover I really want another one and have to pay the retail price. Some day I will add up the profit I could get from selling all the lenses like this, and it will be large enough to overcome my reluctance.
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my vivitar 3,5 just lay on my bag , i never used it even in daylight condition
and also my A 50/1,7 ..just because sometimes i prefer to use other portrait lens which had AF on it ..

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QuoteOriginally posted by ewig Quote
and also my A 50/1,7 ..just because sometimes i prefer to use other portrait lens which had AF on it ..
Exactly, I sometime just pickup lens with AF and was the reason I sold many MF lenses.
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SMC Pentax-M 40-80/2.8 Macro just sits there begging me to be used.
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I bought a F 35-105, but I don't like it, so it is my unused lens.
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Because I like using primes I use my DA16-45 rarely.
Only when I am on a city trip, which is not often, I hate using primes,
or actually my companion hates my switching lenses all the time.

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Another note on (un)used lenses: When I'm around my dead-boring conifer-covered mountain home, almost all my lenses are pretty much unused. Oh sure, take a few test shots of the same old stuff, yada yada. If I'm making a regular shopping run to Carson City NV or Sacramento CA, the DA18-250 is about the only option to stick out the car window to record whatever pops up -- or maybe the Tammy 10-24.

Travel is different. Going between places, the DA18-250 is still the best choice. But now I'm in and around Santa Fe NM for a month. New scenes to explore, new streets to walk. So I'm on a lens-of-the-day schedule. I brought maybe 30 lenses on this trip, lenses that I've mostly used only for those boring test shots back home. Here, each gets its day to teach me to see with its character.

That's how to break out of the most-unused-lens trap: Force yourself to shoot with ONLY one lens per day or week. Take those unused lenses, and USE them.

Or abuse them. Find the strong and weak spots of each lens, its limits, and then push past those limits. My excreble A35-80 saw zero use -- until I found that, on a mount-reversal ring, it's a decent macro lens, and can even focus past infinity at 80mm. My Isco Westar 100/4.5 is a decent but unexciting short tele, also unused -- until I put a +1 dioptre closeup mensicus on it, when it becomes a moody headshot portrait lens.

And of course, if your unused lens is cheap, you can always try the torture test: Scrape and scratch the front element to see how much damage it can take before IQ suffers. A sacrifice for science, eh?
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My least used is my Sigma 17-70, I've used once in the last 6 months. I have too many nice primes in the range that lens covers. My DA40 doesn't get much use now either since I got a 31.

In fact my most used lens currently is my FA31, I'm a bit love struck by that lens, it takes ordinary scenes and makes them into beautiful photos
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