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06-21-2011, 05:44 PM   #1
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Trying to consolidate the lenses in my collection


I need some help cleaning out my closet.

I started with the K-x and its kit lenses, then got into film photography.
I bought the K1000 and MZ-5N for very cheap, which came with lenses that are redundant in my collection.

I'm trying to consolidate everything.

This is what I was planning to do:

  • Samyang 8mm Fisheye
  • Pentax FA 28 f/2.8 AL
  • Pentax-M 50 f/1.7
  • The kits lenses: (DA 18-55 f/3.5-5.6) and (FA 35-80 f/4.0-5.6) with
    • A fixed aperture wide zoom (preferably with an aperture ring), e.g. Tamron 17-50 or 28-75, or Pentax 16-50.
    • Prefer a lens that can cover full-frame, not just APS-C.
Get rid of:
  • Ricoh/Rikenon XR 35 f/2.8 Macro (redundant when I have a perfectly fine autofocusing Pentax 28mm prime)
  • Keep the DA L 55-300 f/4.0-5.8 ED. Better build quality but no aperture ring, meaning it is more difficult to use with film bodies. Or...
  • Keep the FA 80-200 f/4.7-5.6. Has aperture ring, but not as good build quality. Also, it is a slower lens.
  • Something else?
Basically I want to reduce my kit to:
  • UWA prime
  • Wide prime
  • Fast normal prime
  • Wide zoom
  • Long zoom
What are your thoughts on the wide zoom and long zoom?


Last edited by dman; 02-11-2012 at 04:44 PM. Reason: elaboration on "replace" section
06-21-2011, 09:41 PM   #2
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What immediately comes to mind:

* For a long zoom, consider a Vivitar Series 1 70-210/3.5.
* Does the Ricoh 35 deliver images substantially like your F28? If not, keep it.

Sorry, I can't advise on wide FF zooms. Otherwise, you seem to have a workable plan.
06-22-2011, 01:00 AM   #3
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Get the Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 XR Di (replace)
Not sure why you want an aperture ring. Fairly redundant on today's DSLR's unless you plan to continue shooting with older film bodies.
Keep the 55-300mm (undecided)
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