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04-12-2012, 11:45 PM   #46
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QuoteOriginally posted by philbaum Quote
That dang Sigma 30 f1.4 thread drives me crazy with their good pics. But i've often thought i'd prefer buying the 24mm f1.8 for the money. Any pics or comments you would care to share about the Sigma 24 f1.8???
Well, originally I bought the Sigma 30mm to take available light pictures at parties and also for some portraits. But the 30mm is really a bit too long for the party shots I wanted. Conversely, it's a bit too wide for the portraits I wanted to take. Once I got the Sigma 24mm F/1.8, I used that for available light pics at parties. That or use a bounce flash and my Tamron 17-50mm F/2.8. And for portraits I have a Pentax-F 50mm 1.4 and also a K 50mm 1.2 to get really crazy with bokeh. So I guess if you're going to get one fast lens that you'll use for multiple purposes, it's a great lens. But I don't know what single purpose it would be the best lens for. That's why I almost never use it.

If you're going to buy one, be aware that the center sharpness is nothing short of amazing, but the border and corner sharpness are quite low.

The Sigma 24mm F/1.8 is a great lens. Not as crazy sharp as the 30mm, but for me it's a much more useful focal length. The lens is quite big and heavy though, making it less appealing for a walkaround lens. Also, the weird manual/auto focus switching on the lens doesn't make much sense when you have a manual/auto switch on the camera.

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I've had the DA 70mm LTD for quite sometime now, but I haven't used it at all. I am considering selling it but its use for street photography (which I hardly do, but want to) is stopping me.
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I have too many lenses, and not enough eyes! Nor time and motivation to use them properly. I suppose I should clean some out, again. Since my shots tend to cluster about the normal range, I rarely use my A16mm fisheye, nor my F 135mm f/2.8. Both are spectacular lenses, though.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Nick Siebers Quote
I have too many lenses, and not enough eyes! Nor time and motivation to use them properly.
Time to play LOTD (lens-of-the-day). Pick a neglected lens, and use only it for awhile.

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I just pulled out my old FA 20-35 to get back intouch with it, haven't used it a few years actually, and this thread made me think about why? and I couldn't think of why, So time to weld it to the camera and see what comes.
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Likely my DA10-17 fisheye. I just struggle with wide angle in general....and you can't get much wider. I keep her around though, as the beast I will tame someday, as time permits.
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My 35-105mm Macro Zoom 'A'....great lens, in my film days it was always on my it's still great, on the digital....but it's heavy and manual focusing. I use it occasionally...boy is it good !
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I would have to say my Vivitar series 1 70-210/3.5 version 1

Great lens, fast sharp ...... It's just that it has sat mostly unused since I replaced it with a sigma APO 70-200/2.8 EX

Even when out doing MF stuff, I usually take my takumar 200/3.5 preset over the Vivitar, no real reason behind this as both lenses are about the same weight and size

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Voigtlander 180/4 APO Lanthar, I dont think I have used it even once in the last two years!
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Almost all my m42 lenses...I just don't care for the crop factor, but out of those, probably my SMC 50/1.4, my Jupiter 9 being a close second.
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QuoteOriginally posted by imtheguy Quote
Hmm...interesting topic and good reminder to me to stop being a packrat.

I looked long and hard to get perfect copies of the FA35/2 and FA50/1.7 I felt I needed to complete a kit for indoor family events. The events stopped and now other than testing, I have shot neither lens in a year. Somewhere, somebody is gnashing teeth for inability to find a great copy of one of these. The reason they can't find one is because I don't know how to let them go. Someday......
That FA35/2 does amazing things with colors in natural light. And it is so small!! Take 1 lens once an hour for a full day
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K200/2.5, which I finally had the chance to buy. Couldn't make the VF on a dSLR work with it and, though I thought I would use it on film cameras I never have. I got the K-01 specifically for this lens - but for whatever reason I haven't even tried it yet. It is approaching FA Limited fodder along with the film cameras.

As my wife says every so often - Use it or Lose it!!

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It was my M 28mm f2.8, but I'm doing 'single in April' with that now, so it's getting some use.

So I'd have to say, with regret, the DFA 100mm macro WR! My best lens in terms of quality, I carry it around a lot but rarely have a need to actually put it on the camera. I should replace it with a cheaper lighter manual macro and put the money towards something I'd benefit more from, but it's sooo nice I can't quite bring myself to do it. Yet.
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