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03-18-2012, 03:54 PM   #1
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If you could only have one lens

what would it be?


FA 43 would probably be the one for me.

03-18-2012, 04:21 PM   #2
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Well, one doesn't really buy a system camera just to have one lens - that is coontradictory to the whole idea about cameras with interchangeable lenses.

That said, you remind me that for a great many years, I only had my K1000, the "kit" smc Pentax-M 50/2.0 and a Tamron 350mm f/5.6 (plus a small astronomical telescope and a P/K T2 mount). So, 95% of my ordinary "terrestial" photograps (and I took as many as costs of film and development permitted) were taken with the 50/2.0 which is not too far from your FA 43 on an APS-C body.
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DA*50-135 F2.8 has given me just too many good pics to ignore. Landscapes or portraits, it does well.
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Of all the lenses I've had, and admittedly I haven't owned a lot, I would go with the FA 43 as well. Maybe it will change when I try the FA 31 but for now its longer brother is the one for me.

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Tamron 70-200 F2.8. I use this lens as my walkaround.

Yes, people stare. But it also means I get street candids from like 40 feet away and my subjects don't notice me.
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I need to buy another hundred or so lenses before I can answer that ...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Stone G. Quote
Well, one doesn't really buy a system camera just to have one lens - that is coontradictory to the whole idea about cameras with interchangeable lenses.

That said, you remind me that for a great many years, I only had my K1000, the "kit" smc Pentax-M 50/2.0 and a Tamron 350mm f/5.6 (plus a small astronomical telescope and a P/K T2 mount). So, 95% of my ordinary "terrestial" photograps (and I took as many as costs of film and development permitted) were taken with the 50/2.0 which is not too far from your FA 43 on an APS-C body.
mmmmmm not sure about that.... You can choose your camera..... but you can also choose your lens.
Anyway.... Mine would have to be the 24-70 F2.8
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FA 43/1.9 for me as well

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If I could only have one lens I would just use my cellphone. I mean, really, whats the point of having an interchangeable lens camera if you can't buy I mean change lenses?
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FA 31mm
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FA35/2, AF/1.7x TC, "A" extension tubes and Raynox filters.

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QuoteOriginally posted by philbaum Quote
DA*50-135 F2.8 has given me just too many good pics to ignore. Landscapes or portraits, it does well.
same here, way too many good photos... but i've never owned the 31mm or the 77mm (i do own the 43mm) so who knows...
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It is not my favoured lens, but if I was limited to one lens only, DA18-250 would have to suffice as it gives me the range. Pity about the lens creep though, that would drive me insane over a longer period I reckon.
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i currently am living with one lens: my DA*55
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