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10-04-2011, 07:58 PM   #16
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I love the 50 as a walk around, and my old 55 got the most use of all my manual primes.

100 would be better for some things but in that range, I tend to prefer a zoom.

If you learn to "see" in 50/55mm, it does not seem that tight. Perspective is not too compressed, its just a little difficult in tight quarters. Others prefer a looser composition. It is very much personal taste.

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I love walking around with Fifties; sometimes I carry a few at once for various purposes. But I know their short-tele FOV and I mount them with that in mind, to see just that much when I shoot. I find 28mm a much more general-purpose focal length. (I find 35mm pretty boring, but that's just me.) 100mm isn't bad but that's for more specialized situations. I'm more likely to go walkabout with a 300 than a 100. Again, YMMV.

For shooting in the wet, I'd recommend: Take whatever WR's you think you'll use. An extra lens in your bag probably won't kill you.

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10-05-2011, 05:17 AM   #18
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DA* 55 as walk-around lens

Yes, the FA31 and DA 100 Macro WR would both be excellent optics for the Northwest...if only my backpack (and wallet) felt the same!
10-05-2011, 09:19 PM   #19
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Your backpack does not matter; it's only 2 lenses You can get a smaller backpack

I know as FA31Ltd + DFA100WR is my combo for the K5. I carry the DA18-55WR as well for those occasions that I really, really need wide (not often) and if the weather is really bad (although I have even used the FA31Ltd (unprotected) in pouring rain without ill effects on the lens).

It fits in a lowepro offtrail 2 with only one side pouch

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My 'walkaround lenses' are the Sigma 30/1.4 and Contax Zeiss 85/1.4. These are great focal lengths whereas 50 falls between two bridges for me.

For the OP and the marathon then I'd think the 16-50 & 50-200 are far preferable to the 55. For walkaround at night and artistic purposes then the 55/1.4 comes into it's own.

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