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12-17-2007, 04:57 PM   #1
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Rate my Proposed Kit?

Pentax-DA 18-55mm
Pentax-M 50mm f1.7
Pentax-M 28mm f3.5
Pentax-M 100mm f2.8
Sigma 70-300mm APO DG Macro

What do you guys think of this kit? Is there any overlap? I like to use prime lenses. I'm thinking that the 28mm might be out of place.

12-17-2007, 05:14 PM   #2
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I think it is a great start ! The overalap is not so bad and you have two lens that will basically cover from 18- 300 (mising a bit but not bad) - You have a low light performer in the 50mm and a great macro lens in the 100mm (as well as a decent low light performer) .

I am not sure about the 28mm you have others can chime in.
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Personally, I think 28mm is a great focal length. I use it all the time. If I have to take just two primes with me, 28 and 50 are very good choices, although I think adding in, say, a 21 makes it even better...
12-17-2007, 06:57 PM   #4
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Did you consider the Tamron 70-300 instead? I have it and love it. It is a bit of a CA monster, I am willing to admit, but it is supposed to be a bit sharper than the sigma and also a bit cheaper. You can PP out CA but you can't add sharpness in PP!

Just an idea

Looks like a great kit though! Cheers.

12-17-2007, 06:58 PM   #5
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QuoteOriginally posted by tux08902 Quote
Pentax-DA 18-55mm
Pentax-M 50mm f1.7
Pentax-M 28mm f3.5
Pentax-M 100mm f2.8
Sigma 70-300mm APO DG Macro

What do you guys think of this kit? Is there any overlap? I like to use prime lenses. I'm thinking that the 28mm might be out of place.
Well actually I think the 28 is quite in place.... I do however see a DA21 missing
Not sure how or what you shoot, but I would like to have it in the mix, that and something even wider...

It all comes down to how you shoot.
Myself I rarely carries anything longer than the FA43 or FA77, except the occational 105 macro.
Knowing what you intent to shoot would make giving advise a lot easier
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For me, the 28mm would be redundant since you get the same speed at that FL on the 18-55mm, but then again I'm not one for shooting primes (at this time anyway). But if the IQ is known to be significantly better, why not. As for the rest, it looks pretty nice to me. As to the Sigma/Tamron/Pentax choice when it comes to the long end, I personally think it all comes down to whether you end up getting a good copy or not. I have the Sigma APO version of that lens and love it, and have none of the complaints of the lack of sharpness on the long end I've read about. But I have also seen some pretty bad shots from it out there. I've never used either the Tamron or the Pentax, but have seen both good and bad from those two as well.

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12-20-2007, 08:35 PM   #7
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I'm thinking of replacing the DA 18-55mm lens with a zoom lens that covers that range all the way up to 200-300mm. Does anyone have a lens in mind that has this zoom? I don't want to carry around a million lenses.
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QuoteOriginally posted by tux08902 Quote
I'm thinking of replacing the DA 18-55mm lens with a zoom lens that covers that range all the way up to 200-300mm. Does anyone have a lens in mind that has this zoom? I don't want to carry around a million lenses.
The Pentax/Tamron 18-250 would cover the range. I don't have a need for that extreme range, but others, and reviewers are very favourably impressed with it. I would go for the Pentax version, but I am a die-hard Pentaxian. Note my sig - no third party glass at all.

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Actually, I just rethough of everything. I'm considering these lenses for my kit:

Pentax-DA 18-55mm (already own)
Pentax-M 50mm f1.7 (already own)
Pentax-FA 20-35mm F4 AL
Pentax-FA 100mm f3.5 Macro
Sigma 70-300mm f4-5.6 APO DG Macro

Is anything repetitive? I'm actually thinking of selling the DA 18-55mm and buying the FA 20-35mm. Would there be a use for both? I'm basically trying to create a four to five lens kit that would cover most uses.
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So, here's what I'm thinking:

Pentax-DA 14mm F2.8
Pentax-M 50mm f1.7
Pentax-A 28mm F2.8
Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG MACRO
Tamron SP AF28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF)

Any suggestions? I will probably sell the kit lens after I get the Tamron. Are there any other cheap alternatives to the Tamron? It's a little expensive. I really want to spend that much money on better primes. Eventually, I want to get the DA LTDs.

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Honestly, I don't think you'd need the SMC-A 28mm if you get the Tamron. You think the Tamron is too expensive?????? You get near-prime quality, relatively fast aperture, and all focal lengths from 28mm to 75mm for under $400....You won't find a better deal in great optics (except for "cheap" manual focus fast 50mm on eekbay, although they're approaching the price of the FA 50mm) IMHO. Only thing you're giving up is a little speed, as I find f/2.8 can be too slow when doing low-light no flash shots. But like you said, you're interested in getting the DA Limiteds (which aren't really "fast" BTW); not sure if I helped

-Evan (grew up in South Brunswick, NJ!)
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egordon99, that's cool to know. I've met a lot of people online from central New Jersey. It's awesome.

The thing is that I really like shooting with primes. The way I see it, if I can get the A28/2.8, then I'll sell the kit lens soon because the A28/2.8 and M50/1.7 will give me two really really useful focal lengths that will be good for most things. Then, I'll try to get the Sigma long zoom and then the Tamron normal zoom. Then, I'll embark on my journey to get the 14mm and the DA Limiteds.
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