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07-02-2012, 07:35 PM   #1
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Dream Team of lenses

Everyone has heard of the dream team of basketball fame...

I want to know your dream team of lenses...

Today I recieved my replacement lens for (in my opinion) a crappy kit lens... I got a Tamaron 17-50mm... at first glance its been great.

I have a small collection of lenses already...but I am looking for a list of lenses (pentax or 3rd party) that just stand out in their class.

For example the lens I recieved today I looked at all the reviews first before I bought it and I would just be another voice in the echo chamber now telling how good it is...

Now here are the lens classes:

Ultra wide zoom

standard zoom

prime 50mm

prime 85mm

Telephoto zoom...what would be a good replacement (upgrade) for the Pentax 50-300mm for example?

Just one or two lenses in each category....price wise the lenses listed should be a good bang for the buck. You can add more categories but I am wanting a list of the best of class/bang for the buck....

07-02-2012, 07:37 PM   #2
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UWA - DA 12-24 or DA 15
Standard Zoom - Tamron 17-50 or Sigma 17-50
50mm Prime - Sigma 50 F1.4 or DA 55 F1.4
85mm Prime - FA77 F1.8 or FA 85 F1.4
Telephoto - DA 50-135 or DA 60-250 or Tamron 70-200
07-02-2012, 08:02 PM   #3
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Few more suggestions:
UWA - Sigma 10-20mm f4.0-5.6
Standard Zoom - Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5(or 4.0)
85mm Prime - Samyang 85mm f1.4 (its MF though)

Can vouch for DA* 50-135mm it really is top notch.
07-02-2012, 08:05 PM   #4
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Pentax: I love the 15mm Limited, 35mm Limited, 40mm Limited. I like the 31mm Limited but it's too expensive for what it does, for me to justify it.

Tamron: I love the 70-200.

Sigma: The 8-16 is quite good. Very large compared to 15mm and far more flare, even at comparable setting. That said... it's an 8 mm.

07-02-2012, 11:09 PM   #5
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I work in kits
  • Walkaround and landscapes FA31Ltd and DFA100WR (complete)
  • Wildlife FA31Ltd and DA55-300 (complete); I can dream about a 70-200/2.8 with an 1.4x optional converter and possibly the new 560mm but it's all low on the list
  • City / architecture DA12-24, DA40 and DFA100WR; for now, I'll have to use the 18-55 to replace the first two so I dream about DA12-24 and DA40 and the first one is quite high on the list
07-03-2012, 12:12 AM   #6
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ok...mine dreamteam would look like:
UWA: Zeiss ZK 18/4
Standard Zoom: DA17-70/4
50mm PRIME: A*50/1.2 or Zeiss Planar 50/2
85mm PRIME: A*85/1.4 or Sigma EX 85/1.4 or Contax Zeiss 100mm/2
Telephoto Zoom: DA*60-250/4
07-03-2012, 12:32 AM   #7
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My current kit:

Ultra wide zoom: DA 12-24/4

Standard zoom: DA* 16-50/2.8 - I don't use it such these days....

Standard primes: DA*40/2.8, DA* 55/1.4

Tele primes: DA*70/2.4, DFA 100/2.8 Macro WR, DA* 300/4

Tele zoom: DA* 50-135/2.8

... Had the DA 18-135 and sold it. Now looking at a DA* 60-250/4. or the DA* 200/2.8. Choosing between the two is agony.
07-03-2012, 12:52 AM   #8
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My kit right now.

Sigma 10 - 20
Tamron 28 - 75
FA 28 -105 (PZ)


M 28 2.8
FA 43 1.9 (My walk around lens)
M/A 50 1.7
M 85 2
M 135 3.5

Dream line-up

DA 15, FA43 1.9, DA55 1.4, DA50-135 or 70 - 200 2.8

07-03-2012, 02:10 AM   #9
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trinity for not too much money :

Wide Pentax DA 12-24/4
standard Pentax DA 17-70/4
tele zoom Pentax DA 55-300/4-5,8

for even less money:

primes Pentax F 28/2,8 + F 50/1, 7

as an amateur meets all needs
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I will just make a comment about primes I recommend. I own the FA 31, DA *55, FA 77, and D FA 100 mm WR. I feel like this is pretty good prime spacing and covers most of my needs. At some point, getting a longer prime (probably DA *200) and a wider one (DA 15 limited?) will probably finish things off from a prime standpoint.

Zooms are a different story. I would just say that if fast focusing is important, than going with Sigma's HSM lenses is probably worthwhile, since Pentax DA * lenses, while excellent optically, suffer somewhat with regard to slowish focusing (due to SDM).
07-03-2012, 05:54 AM   #11
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Wide 'zoom' = Sigma 15/2.8 fisheye: wide enough for me, and faster than zooms
Standard Zoom = DA18-55WR: plenty good enough, compact light & WR
50mm Prime = Sigma 50/2.8 macro: I tried many fifties until I settled here!
85mm 'Prime' = only my Rikenon XR 70-150/4: prime-like quality but more versatile
Telezoom: DA 55-300 is still my choice, I cannot bring myself to lug something larger

And best overall bang/buck would be my $30 Rikenon 28. I think this lens has the most keepers per shot.

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07-03-2012, 07:36 AM   #12

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Ultra wide zoom: Pentax DA 10-17; Sigma 8-16

standard zoom: Pentax DA 16-45; Pentax FA 24-90

prime 50mm: Pentax K 50/1.2

prime 85mm: Pentax K 85/2.2 Soft Focus

One's "dream team" of lenses greatly depends on what you shoot. I use zoom lenses almost exclusively for landscapes, so I want the very best "slow" zooms I can find. That's why I don't include an f2.8 zooms my list.
07-03-2012, 07:47 AM   #13
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I'm in the process of shuffling my kit, the goal of the following good AF walk around for September is my DA14, DA21,DA35, DA50 FA77 ... and i'm selling off a bunch of stuff to fund it. Really i just need to fund the 21 and 77, and if i had to choose I'd leave the 21 off my list for now. Longer than 77 I don't really use much and will keep some Manual lenses for when i do need them (M100 and M200) and for rendering I will keep all my taks (and likely add some to offset the k mount I am selling)

I am not really a zoom guy and much prefer small good primes
07-03-2012, 07:48 AM   #14
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Ultra wide zoom: DA 15 or Tamron 10-24
Standard zoom: DA 18-135 or Tamron 17-50
prime 50: FA 50mm f/1.4, new DA 50 f/1.8
prime 85: DA 70mm
telephoto zoom: DA 55-300
07-03-2012, 07:48 AM   #15
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Now here are the lens classes:

Ultra wide zoom: DA 14mm/f2.8

standard zoom: none

prime 50mm: DA*55mm/f1.4 or the new DA50mm/f1.8

prime 85mm: FA*85mm/f1.4

Telephoto zoom: DA*60-250mm

Well it's not all about bang-for-the-buck, but sometimes a matter of making a plan to collectc those nice tools over the coming years.

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