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02-13-2012, 06:25 AM   #31
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Pretty much all the STAR lenses qualify, except maybe the 16-50 whose's reputation is not as stellar. All the limiteds quality. To that list, I'd add

FA 50 macro (sharpest ever)
F50 f1,7
Vivitar s1 105 macro (and variations)
K135 f2,5
Vivitar s1 70-210
I believe the DFA100 WR macro will reach the legendary status soon, because of its numerous perks.

In the LTD and * list, some come particularly to mind:

FA31
FA43
FA77
DA40
DA70
DA*50-135
FA*300
DA*300
FA*24 f2.0
FA*200 f4 macro (impossible to find)

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I guess any lens which is still available cannot be classed as "legendary" because its reputation is still being formed. Once it has stopped being available and is out of the catalogue, then it becomes a legend (or not) to be picked up second-hand or from old stock tucked away somewhere.

The only one I've used which might qualify is the smc-A 50mm f1.4. Love this lens.

Others which might be legendary and which I would certainly buy if I could afford them (which I can't) are some of the Voigtlander and Zeiss lenses.

I don't know whether the FA 31mm or FA 77mm, for example, are legendary prospects but I suspect we will have to wait ten or twenty years to find out, until the delight in ownership has faded and we are left only with the images.
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QuoteOriginally posted by mecrox Quote
I don't know whether the FA 31mm or FA 77mm, for example, are legendary prospects but I suspect we will have to wait ten or twenty years to find out, until the delight in ownership has faded and we are left only with the images.
A lot can happen to photography in ten or twenty years, but I wouldn't be surprised at all if I in addition to the images, still had the 31 lens left. And something to capture the images it makes as well.

There's a reason why it's still in production, yet doesn't drop in resale value. Nobody wants to sell it.
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I don't have any FA limited but I can definitely put all my DA limited lenses (DA15/35/40/70) in the top 10.

I would also vouch for the Vivitar 105/2.5, Zeiss 85/1.4 C/Y, K50/1.2, K30/2.4, K105/2.5, K135/2.5

Lots of K series

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Super Gigantar 40mm f/.33
barry lyndon f0.7
Noctilux 50mm f 0.95
Canon 85mm f1.2 (a modern legend)
canon 5200mm f14
LEICA APO-TELYT-R 1:5.6/1600mm
Zeiss Apo Sonnar T* 1700 mm F4
Pentax FA* 250-600mm f5.6
02-13-2012, 11:59 AM   #36
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QuoteOriginally posted by Eagle_Friends Quote
Super Gigantar 40mm f/.33
barry lyndon f0.7
Noctilux 50mm f 0.95
Canon 85mm f1.2 (a modern legend)
canon 5200mm f14
LEICA APO-TELYT-R 1:5.6/1600mm
Zeiss Apo Sonnar T* 1700 mm F4
Pentax FA* 250-600mm f5.6
The question was legendary... I think 2 in your list are mythical
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Monaghan's Megasite Cult Classics

Some of you may remember the J.Colwell SPLOS.DB Pentax lens rating and pricing database from about 10 years ago, published by this Canadian photographer and collector. You may also remember Robert Monaghan's Megasite and the sub-forum Cult Classics. That set of pages may well be the source of the Vivitar Series 1 fetish among manual focus people here.

Unfortunately the Cult Classics pages went dark several years ago and have never come back up. But J. Colwell has done it again - in May, 2011 he posted a .pdf of the contents of the pages to Fred Miranda.com, linked HERE You can download the .pdf (it's 64 pages) and perhaps it will refreshj your memory of stellar, Legendary Lenses you once owned that should be in this Thread

There are also links to what's left of the megasite!!

I own or have owned these in PK or P/KA mount: I have no idea how to rank them, nor will I limit myself to 10 lenses. I can't tell you what possessed me in any given month to sell one of these and try another other than that's what I do. I have and have owned lots more lenses, but these are the ones I beleive should be considered for Legend status.

Tamron SP 90/2.5 Macro BB
Tamron SP 70~210/3.5
Tamron 35~80/2.8~3.8
Vivitar Series 1 ver. 3 70~210/2.8~4.0
Vivitar Series 1 105/2.5 Macro (bought NOS in California) - never should have sold that one
K24/2.8
K28/3.5
K50/1.2
A50/1.4
FA50/2.8 Macro
K135/2.5
K200/2.5

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QuoteOriginally posted by Col Quote
The question was legendary... I think 2 in your list are mythical
Haha, yes some are quite rare.



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I dream of Sigma 150mm macro since it has no 'built-in hood' that pentax 100mm, sigma 105mm and tamron 90mm have plus it's long enough for macro and excellent optically, and has a motor ... too bad it's still not out for k-mount and likely will never be. oh well back to tammy 90mm which is way better for regular shots than for macro and has annoying double af switch...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Eagle_Friends Quote
Haha, yes some are quite rare.

At least one of them is a joke ;-)
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QuoteOriginally posted by Eagle_Friends Quote
Super Gigantar 40mm f/.33
barry lyndon f0.7
Noctilux 50mm f 0.95
Canon 85mm f1.2 (a modern legend)
canon 5200mm f14
LEICA APO-TELYT-R 1:5.6/1600mm
Zeiss Apo Sonnar T* 1700 mm F4
Pentax FA* 250-600mm f5.6
QuoteOriginally posted by Eagle_Friends Quote
Haha, yes some are quite rare.

QuoteOriginally posted by Zav Quote
At least one of them is a joke ;-)
That barry lyndon is is very shallow.
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Of the ones I've owned:

Panasonic 20/1.7
Nikkor 28/2.8 Ai-s
Pentax DA 35mm Limited Macro
Pentax FA 43mm Limited
Nikkor 50/1.2 Ai
Micro-Nikkor 55/3.5 Ai
Tokina 90mm f/2.5 Macro
Nikkor 135/2 Ai/Ai-s
Nikkor 180/2.8 Ai-s/AF
Nikkor 70-200/2.8 VR II
Sigma 100-300/4

Yeah, that's 11.

edit: haven't actually owned the 70-200/2.8 VR II, but rented/used it for two weddings. amazing glass.
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Currently getting a lot of use, and in no particular order.

Helios 44-2
Tair 300
Vivitar 28 Close Focus ( Komine )
Elsinor 24
Minolta MD 50 1.4
Minolta MD 100 Macro
Pentacon 30
Schacht Travegar 100
Pentax DA 50-135
Soligor 200

I wouldn't part with any of these lenses.
02-13-2012, 05:08 PM   #44
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QuoteOriginally posted by monochrome Quote
That barry lyndon is is very shallow.
I was thinking of the gigantar:

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It's a rather well known story.
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From the ones I have :

DA15ltd - no one makes one of this quality at this size for APS-C DSLRs
FA*24 - Fantastic walkabout FL; great contrast; good speed and enough for some shallow DOF effects; nice bokeh considering its a 24mm which is not the case for many WA focal lengths
FA*85 - Bokehlicious;
FA43ltd - small and portable; versatile FL even on APS-C; sharp; well made; nice OOF rendition; did I say sharp?
FA77ltd - so small for a portrait prime; well made; sharp and nice OOF rendition; much smaller and therefore portable than 85mm options for almost the same effect
FA*80-200 - Every FL is sharp and very contrasty. One of the most contrasty lens I have. Beautiful bokeh at every focal length too.
FA*200 - Sharp and in every way comparable to the 80-200, except that is not a zoom. But much more portable and lighter to handle.
F*300 - sharp from wide open. So small and easy to handle for a 300mm. Built in hood. Just wonderful piece of engineering that is again unique to Pentax


There are the MF ones too of course.
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