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02-25-2012, 09:26 PM   #31
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I'd splurge on a set of Schneider perspective-control lenses at 28, 50, and 90mm: SLR Lenses
The remaining $1400 would buy 6 DA 35/2.4 AL lenses,
on a lifetime replacement plan as the plastic mounts gave out.

02-25-2012, 09:43 PM   #32
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When you give me the $10,000 i'll tell you what "i" would spend it on

some of those lenses are a foot or two forward or back so i'm going with yeah, too excessive.
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If it really needs to be lenses.
FA31
FA77
FA43
DA21
DFA100wr to replace the non wr
voigtlander 125
Sigma 120-300 if it ever comes.
Think i still have some money to spend but thats more then enough for me
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QuoteOriginally posted by lytrytyr Quote
The remaining $1400 would buy 6 DA 35/2.4 AL lenses,
on a lifetime replacement plan as the plastic mounts gave out.
Why not buy the FA35 f/2, same optics but faster and a metal mount

02-26-2012, 12:29 AM   #35
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QuoteOriginally posted by Anvh Quote
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If it really needs to be lenses.
FA31
FA77
FA43
DA21
DFA100wr to replace the non wr
voigtlander 125
Sigma 120-300 if it ever comes.
Think i still have some money to spend but thats more then enough for me
If I buy a DFA100wr now, can we meet up for a swap!
02-26-2012, 12:51 AM   #36
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This would leave about a grand:

Samyang 14/2.8 $400
Zeiss 21/2.8 $1000
Scheider PC SUPER-ANGULON 28/2.8 $2400
Zeiss 35/2 $1000
Zeiss 50/2 $1000
Sigma 150mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO Macro $1,600
Pentax DA* 300mm f/4 ED (IF) SDM
$1,400
02-26-2012, 12:53 AM   #37
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I saw one go at government auction for over $10,000, he should sell it and buy something he can actually carry. You need a small jeep just to move that thing. The one I saw was owned by the RCMP, so no doubt was used in surveillance. You have to wonder if another surveillance organization bought it.
The A*1200 is a little heavy, but that comes with needing a large element for coming in at F8. If you substitute it by using the 2x-l converter on a 600/5.6, you'll loose an f stop and you'll have the degradation in image quality from the TC as well. I find the 1.4x-l fine but I tend not to use the 2.0x-l because of this. I have also found it to perform much better than the A*600 overall.

I'm not saying you would go for a long hike, but packing it along the beach or a small trek is fine. It does sit quite nicely on your shoulder with one arm around the tripod legs.

Some people spend 10K or more on a boat, camper, 5th wheel, motorcycle or other toys without blinking an eye. We photographers are a frugal bunch.
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Lots of good options here. The prevalent glass other than pentax - seems to support:

Zeiss
Voigtlander
Sigma / Tamron (the only one that has come up is their respective 70-200mm zooms)

Not sure I have much experience with any of these!

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QuoteOriginally posted by Anvh Quote
Why not buy the FA35 f/2, same optics but faster and a metal mount
Because that would leave $1000 unspent, and the metal lens mount would grind away the camera mount.
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Well I've actually done it in the last 12 months:
DA* 60-250 $1200
DA* 50-135 $719
FA100 Macro $419
FA135 f/2.8 $475
A* 400/f2.8 $2831
FA*300/f2.8 $3600
DA 12-24 $725

You can add it up but I think it's $9970 or something like that--- and I bought all of them second hand at fairly reasonable prices. No doubt I paid plenty for the FA135
but got a heck of a deal on the A*400, and perhaps top dollar for the FA*300-- but it's just 7 lenses. I just bought the last one the da12-24 last night on the marketplace so haven't seen it yet. These of course are not my only lenses, but they make for a strong family.

I've simply wanted to buy a F/FA*600 but haven't been able to come up with one....

It's a lot of cash, but I also think I can say with some candor that as a result of having the FA100 macro, the DA*50-135, the FA*300 and the A*400, I have taken
with these 4 the best pictures in my 45 years of picture taking....Of course the K5 as been a big help as well. It is just so much better than my K10 was.
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QuoteOriginally posted by lytrytyr Quote
I'd splurge on a set of Schneider perspective-control lenses at 28, 50, and 90mm
My list would include one of those, not sure which.

QuoteOriginally posted by rvannatta Quote
A* 400/f2.8 $2831
That too, along with the pair of L converters. That would necessitate a gimbal head and deluxe set of tripod legs; can I include those in the budget?

K28/2
A50/1.2
FA31/1.8

I may have busted the budget already.
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Ignoring the A*1200.....if I was to start from scratch....

DA10-17
DA15
K28/2.0
SMCT 35/3.5
K55/1.8
DA*50-135
Tak 83/1.9
K85/1.8
K135/2.5
A*300
A*600
A 1.4xL converter
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just spend 2-3 thousand on 3 limited lenses and some star zooms ...and use the rest on travelling, to get some photos from interesting places....
rather shoot interesting places with cheap lens than shooting your yard with ultraexpensive glass ....
no offense meant
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QuoteOriginally posted by vrrattko Quote
just spend 2-3 thousand on 3 limited lenses and some star zooms ...and use the rest on travelling, to get some photos from interesting places....
rather shoot interesting places with cheap lens than shooting your yard with ultraexpensive glass ....
Good advice.
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Spoil sports. C'mon, if you want to go all sensible on us, spend the money home repairs, gifts for your spouse, retirement savings ...
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