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07-03-2012, 09:18 AM   #16
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Ultra wide zoom:

A good copy of the Sigma 8-16 (we are dreaming here, aren't we?)

standard zoom:

Tamron 17-50/2.8 A16P (until the promised DA Limited zoom stops being just a dream)

prime 50mm:

Voigtlaender Nokton 58/1.4 or ZK 50/2 (a lot of bucks, but a lot of bang)

prime 85mm:

Samyang if you're cheap, otherwise ZK 85/1.4 (which is still cheaper than a good A* 85/1.4 or FA* 85/1.4)

Telephoto zoom:

Not in my dreams, but let's say DA* 60-250/4 (and dream of fast, reliable AF)

07-03-2012, 03:42 PM   #17
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Not so much a "dream team" but my more everyday working team.

No zoom, instead SMC Pentax-A 15mm F3.5,
No Zoom to go in here, so added a 135mm to the end
SMC Pentax-A 50mm F1.2, SMC
Pentax-A* 85mm F1.4, SMC
Pentax-A* 135mm F1.8, SMC

I'm not anti zoom, it's just what I've got and use.
07-03-2012, 04:04 PM   #18
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Does a dream team give good bang for the buck. I'm not sure. If so

Sigma 8-16
Tamron 17-50
A50/2.8
Sigma 70 [I prefer to 85] or Tamron 90 [if 70's to far from 85 for you]

For more dream and less bang, I'd take a ZK50/2 instead.
07-03-2012, 05:35 PM   #19
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I am thinking of a dream team but like others have pointed out the dream team depends on how you shoot and what...I am seriously putting a lot of serious thought into this... What IS my style???

My main problem is I want those other lenses that I don't have yet...

07-04-2012, 01:18 AM   #20
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I have more lenses than I need but if I could have anything I wanted I'd have these:

(If it's got a star that means I have it now.)

28mm M42 Takumar
35mm M42 Takumar
50/55mm M42 Takumar**
85mm M42 Takumar
105mm M42 Takumar*
135mm M42 Takumar*
200mm M42 Takumar*
300mm M42 Takumar

(I'm probably going to get the 28mm eventually, but I doubt I'll ever get the rest. Too much $$$ involved. I would have to win the lotto for me to be able to afford the 85mm and 300mm Taks, lol.)

18-135mm WR Pentax
55-300mm Pentax

75-300mm K-mount Vivitar*
75-230mm M42 Vivitar*
75-150mm M42 Vivitar*
55mm Chinon M42*

The rest of my lenses I can take or leave. I have 3 AF Tamrons and a Sigma that aren't bad and quite a few misc MF lenses but this is my list of favorite lenses that I'd never sell. I truly covet the 28mm, 35mm, 85mm, and 300mm Taks. The rest that I've listed aren't nearly as hard to come by. I've mainly just listed them because for one reason or another I just happen to like them. That 75-150mm Vivitar? I absolutely love that lens. Almost as much as my Taks. You couldn't pry that lens away from me and it's not an expensive one to acquire though finding it in an M42/K mount was a bit challenging.
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50 and 85 mm or not in any class - are we talking APS-C sensor, equivalents or what here?
Any more specs required for your dream team? Do you want small lenses, large aperture lenses...
07-06-2012, 04:03 PM   #22
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I'd love to have three kits that I'd choose from for different types of outings.

Prime Kit 1:
DA15
FA31
FA77

Prime Kit 2:
DA21
FA43
DFA100

Zoom Kit:
Sigma 8-16
DA*16-50
DA*50-135
Sigma 100-300 f/4

Other:
Teleconverter
Fisheye
Telescope

I currently have my Prime Kit 1 completely built and have the middle half of my Zoom Kit built. At this point my dream Prime Kit 2 is just that, a dream.

I almost bought the Sigma 100-300 f/4 because I'd like to have a long telephoto but didn't since it was from a sketchy online dealer. I'd still like to get it since it has such a good reputation but I don't work in that range very often so it's low priority. By the time I have the money for either of those Sigma zooms it's possible that the wide angle and telephoto zooms on the lens roadmap will be out and I'd get those instead. I'd actually probably prefer that. Also, I'm doubtful I'll ever be able to find the discontinued Sigma 100-300 f/4.

It's highly unlikely I'll be able get more than one more lens before I will have to get a DSLR for my wife so that I don't feel like a selfish bastard that doesn't spread the love at all. Really, after getting one more lens I think having another camera body will be a very good idea for back up as well as for running both cameras at the same time on demanding shoots.

I loosely tried to follow the doubling of focal lengths with both prime kits. I'm a little torn between an FA43 and a DA*55 and will consider the DA50 if it's shown to have good IQ after it is finally made available. I would like the DA21 to be faster and don't think I'd have a problem scratching it off the list if a faster 24mm lens were to come out. At this time, my most used lenses are my DA*16-50 and FA31. I probably do about 70-80% of my shots with those two lenses. I'm starting to think that I'd use a DA21 more than I use my DA15 and that I'd use something between 43mm and 55mm more than I use my FA77. If it weren't for the convenience and weather sealing of my DA*16-50 I'd probably replace it with all primes. The same is probably true of my DA*50-135. While I prefer the IQ of primes and tend to enjoy shooting them more, I also like shooting at outdoor events. It's those outdoor events that truly make the DA* zoom combo a necessity.

The teleconverter, fisheye, and telescope would most likely be the last of my acquisitions.

All this dreaming is starting to get depressing. I really need a better paying job. Good thing I'm going out with my K-5 and Prime Kit 1 tonight! That'll help me appreciate what I have and stop lusting after other lenses I can't afford.

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07-06-2012, 04:15 PM   #23
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I own the dream team already; DA15, FA31, FA77

07-07-2012, 04:34 PM   #24
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QuoteOriginally posted by TomTextura Quote
It's highly unlikely I'll be able get more than one more lens before I will have to get a DSLR for my wife so that I don't feel like a selfish bastard that doesn't spread the love at all.
Ha...I can't hardly talk my wife into even picking up my DSLR to take a picture, much less convincing her that she needs one for herself. I recently bought her an Olympus Pen E-P1 with the 17mm f/2.8 pancake, and she likes it, but still hardly ever uses it. Ah well...I still somehow end up in at least two or three family pictures a year, so I guess I shouldn't complain.

Now, onto the OP's lens "dream team". I'm a big fan of Sigma lenses, and I've often thought of the Sigma lens "Dream Team" for Pentax as being something like this:

Zooms:
Sigma 8-16mm
Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8
Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8
Sigma 100-300mm f/4

Primes:
Sigma 30mm f/1.4
Sigma 50mm f/1.4
Sigma 85mm f/1.4

I feel very lucky to already own two of the gems on that list...the 50-150mm f/2.8 and the 100-300mm f/4. Those two lenses are incredible, and both were tragically discontinued long before their time. So now they're next to impossible to find in K-mount.

For my own "dream team", I decided to go with the Sigma 10-20mm instead of the 8-16mm, since it is a more logical compliment to my Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8. And I favor the 28-75mm over the 17-50mm because I mostly shoot people and portraits. And I generally find the 17-50mm lenses to be frustrating because they're simultaneously not-quite-wide-enough, and not-quite-long-enough. And besides that, the Tamron 28-75mm has impeccable image quality on APS-C.

I already own (and love) the Sigma 30mm f/1.4, but the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 is still on my to-buy list. I would probably already own it if I hadn't come across the 100-300mm f/4 recently.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Edgar_in_Indy Quote
Ha...I can't hardly talk my wife into even picking up my DSLR to take a picture, much less convincing her that she needs one for herself. I recently bought her an Olympus Pen E-P1 with the 17mm f/2.8 pancake, and she likes it, but still hardly ever uses it.
Funny! I have to be careful or my wife will get more time with my K-5 than I do! She actually has quite the natural eye for photography. I think a micro 4/3 system would be great for her smaller hands. Her main complaint about the K-5 is the size; I keep telling her that you can't get a DSLR that's any smaller and she's starting to not mind so much. I'm not going micro 4/3, as nice as the Oly OMD looks, because I want us to be able to share lenses.

QuoteOriginally posted by Edgar_in_Indy Quote
I feel very lucky to already own two of the gems on that list...the 50-150mm f/2.8 and the 100-300mm f/4.
You are lucky! I'm quite jealous of the 100-300 f/4. I'm impressed by the samples I've seen from it. I almost got into a bidding war on e-bay once for it but could see that it was going to get too rich for my blood.
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QuoteOriginally posted by TomTextura Quote
Her main complaint about the K-5 is the size; I keep telling her that you can't get a DSLR that's any smaller and she's starting to not mind so much
The K-r is a little smaller than the K-5 and quite a bit lighter. You hardly notice it with a Limited Prime on the front. It is still a pretty good DSLR and performs well. Just an option...
07-07-2012, 06:12 PM   #27
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Actually i prefer prime lens mores,

Da15/4, f28/2.8, da35/2.4, f50/1.7, f85/2.8 soft, 100macroWR Zoom:18-135wr (red already owned)

but when i get a f28/2.8, i may sell my 35/2.4
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QuoteOriginally posted by NZ_Ross Quote
The K-r is a little smaller than the K-5 and quite a bit lighter. You hardly notice it with a Limited Prime on the front. It is still a pretty good DSLR and performs well. Just an option...
Thanks for the suggestion! I think she would be happier with the weight of a plastic body.
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Dream team.... it is a dream right?

I dream of DA*16-50, but the price to performance ratio leaves much to desire...
I dream of DAL35, but it is not f1.8 and weather sealed....
I dream of DA55-300 but it is not weather sealed....

Then I woke up in foreign land and have all my dreams fulfilled....
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My dream team consists of

UWA: Sigma 8-16mm
Normal: Pentax DA* 16-50/2.8
Zoom: Pentax DA* 60-250/4

I currently own the DA* 16-50, have the DA* 60-250 on order and hope to have the sigma 8-16 by years end. Apart from those I also already have the FA 50/1.4 and will be looking for something out around the 400 or 500mm mark after that.
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