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11-23-2007, 03:53 PM   #1
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...on my ideal kit. Here's what I'm thinking, comments appreciated.

I currently have 18-55, 50-200.

Plan:

DA* 16-50 for wide, walk around
DA 70 for portrait
Sigma 105 Macro
Tele zoom from one of the following:
DA* 50-135
DA* 60-250 (when available)

Am I missing anything?

I shoot landscapes, travel/cityscapes. I'd use the 16-50, 70 and 50-200 for travel.

Todd

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Todd,

I'd look into prime lenses for landscapes if I was you.

They don't have to be expensive auto focus lenses, just a quality used lens.

When I switched over to primes I really noticed a huge jump in image quality. I won't go back to Zooms for them.

Although a zoom sure does make shooting landscapes easier.
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Looks like some overlap focal length wise. If you are planning to get the excellent DA*50-135, I think you can do without the DA70mm. Except for the difference at longer end, I feel you should choose between the 50-135 and 60-250. I would opt for the former.

You could still keep the macro (why Sigma?) On the wide end, the 16-50 is OK but not much different than the much cheaper and slower 16-45 IMO.
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i'd go for the 16-50 and the 60-250 and then start adding primes after you get to know what you really are wanting to shoot..

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Looks like some overlap focal length wise. If you are planning to get the excellent DA*50-135, I think you can do without the DA70mm. Except for the difference at longer end, I feel you should choose between the 50-135 and 60-250. I would opt for the former.

Good point, I'm looking at getting the 70 now ($ limitations) and if I go for the 50-135, might sell the 70 to get it. Although, I like the size of the 70 for portraits, not as "in your face" as the long 50-135. And more portable as I travel a lot.

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You could still keep the macro (why Sigma?) On the wide end, the 16-50 is OK but not much different than the much cheaper and slower 16-45 IMO.
Sigma because it's cheaper than the Pentax, and I've read over and over how it's difficult to find a poor-performing macro in any brand. On the 16-45, I've looked into it, but if I'm using the 16-50 in place of primes (I was originally looking at the 14/21/40 combo for this range) I'd like it to be as useful in low(er) light.

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When I switched over to primes I really noticed a huge jump in image quality. I won't go back to Zooms for them.
What primes do you use?

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Although a zoom sure does make shooting landscapes easier.
One of the reasons I'm thinking zoom. Has same max aperture as DA 40, more than DA 21.
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QuoteOriginally posted by gnaztee Quote
...on my ideal kit. Here's what I'm thinking, comments appreciated.

I currently have 18-55, 50-200.

Plan:

DA* 16-50 for wide, walk around
DA 70 for portrait
Sigma 105 Macro
Tele zoom from one of the following:
DA* 50-135
DA* 60-250 (when available)

Am I missing anything?

I shoot landscapes, travel/cityscapes. I'd use the 16-50, 70 and 50-200 for travel.

Todd
I'd make just one suggestion, check out the tamron 90mm F2.8 macro along with the Sigma. It is a fairly common lens and can be found second hand both on eek bay and at KEH. I got mine at KEH about a year and a half ago, one of the best lens purchases I ever made.

NaCl(Tamron 90mm fan and proud of it)H2O

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QuoteOriginally posted by gnaztee Quote
What primes do you use?



One of the reasons I'm thinking zoom. Has same max aperture as DA 40, more than DA 21.
My main landscape primes are a Vivitar 28mm f2.8 and a old Pentax screwmount 35mm f2.
This is through the Vivitar.


This was taken a couple of weeks later a few feet beside the first shot with the Pentax.


Both these lenses can be bought in excellent shape for less than $50.00 if you can find them.

I've only used anything higher than f11 when I was shooting right into the sun like in this picture.

which was shot shortly after I got my K100 using the kit lens.
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stu????
what can anyone say????
i'm blown away!! great images....
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Thanks Roy,

I'm just blessed with a nice location and lots of practice

I think that anyone can take a good landscape photo with the right conditions.
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