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08-20-2012, 01:58 PM - 1 Like   #16
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There was a reason why, back on the old days, the standard lengths for amateurs were THREE primes: 35/50/135 or 28/50/135.

Much shorter, longer and portrait (85) sold far less often, and amateurs would rather crop 50mm for portrait.

For me, being restricted to 2 primes would be difficult, and I probably would skip the tele and use a good TC, as I did for a while 25 years ago.
So, if I had the money, I would restrict myself to DA21 and DA35; if I had more money, FA20 and FA31. But I would still miss something in the range of 80-90mm.

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This is tough when you spend a third of your time taking wildlife photos, a third doing candids and the last third doing landscape. I'd keep my longer telephoto and would probably make do the the K85/1.8. I'd miss having a wide angle though.
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QuoteOriginally posted by pakinjapan Quote
If "you" would limit yourself to have / shoot only two prime lens, what would you have and why?
On FF 35mm: 40 and 85. Forget about it.

On crop: 28 and 50ish. Done.
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FA 77/1.8 and FA 80-200/2.8

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I already did; DA 21, DA 40. Those are backed up for occasional use by a couple of A series lenses 50mm 1.4 and a 135 2.8.

Some day I may upgrade to the FA 50 1.4
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I assume you have to select the two lenses from your existing inventory, so i will choose FA31LTD and F*300.
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No specific number but "wide and wider" because i like up close and usually in a crowded space
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QuoteOriginally posted by RKKS08 Quote
There was a reason why, back on the old days, the standard lengths for amateurs were THREE primes: 35/50/135 or 28/50/135.

Much shorter, longer and portrait (85) sold far less often, and amateurs would rather crop 50mm for portrait.

For me, being restricted to 2 primes would be difficult, and I probably would skip the tele and use a good TC, as I did for a while 25 years ago.
So, if I had the money, I would restrict myself to DA21 and DA35; if I had more money, FA20 and FA31. But I would still miss something in the range of 80-90mm.
Yep I used the 28/55/135 kit for over 25 years unitl I got another lens.

Phil.

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Simplify!

I already do "limit" myself.
My SLR "standard kit" is a 35mm film body with 35mm and 85/100/105mm lenses.
The 35mm focal length is "normal" to me, and a short telephoto is super for portraits etc.
I ditched the 50mm lens years ago as I never used it.

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Sigma 24/2.8 Super Wide AF, Vivitar 100mm/3.5 (with AF TC). Wide-normal, and Telephoto-Macro.
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Well, I only have 4 lenses right now, after I downsized; three of them primes: Panagor 28 2.5 and DA 40 2.8 and 55 1.4.
Out of those I would choose the 28 and 55.

If we're talking any prime lens out there, I'd love an FA 31 1.8 for my "normal" lens and an FA* 300 2.8.
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Of those I have, the 15 and 90. The 70 is nice and small but does not really focus very close. The 90 does double duty. However, if I had only had 2 primes I would not be happy, nor shoot as much.
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This is a good question: difficult yet utterly fanciful. It makes me appreciate my lenses. I like having all of them. But, if only two primes:

FA24. I'll admit that it isn't the sharpest tool in the shed, but I've never been displeased with how it renders an image. I can't say that about any other lens I've used. If Pentax released a 135-frame camera, I'd be tempted to buy it just for this lens. If Pentax stops making cameras, I'll adapt the FA24 to whatever mirrorless catches my fancy. If someone offered me a FA31 in trade for my FA24, I'd take that, sell the FA31, buy another FA24, and perhaps enjoy the proceeds by buying/developing/printing some film with the FA24 and whatever old K-mount body I can find.

Summicron 50 (E55), by a very small smidge. My second lens would be in the 50mm region, because that's about where cropping from 24mm becomes painful. It is a tossup between DA55 and Leica Summicron-R 50/2 (E55). Both are, without doubt, utterly fantastic and surpassing lenses; both put my Super Tak 50/1.4 to shame, which itself is a fantastic lens (with the caveat that "shame" should only be considered an apt term for those with LBA), and I'll take either over my S-M-C Tak 50/4 Macro in any common aperture and focus distance. The DA has distant bokeh that is noticeably smoother at f/2 than anything else I've used, plus its auto-exposure and autofocus features. But the Leica has a "bloom" or "glow" at f/2 to it that affects almost-in-focus portions of the scene and makes them more enjoyable to look at, which benefits portraits--when the eye/mind is more concerned with the subject than the background, at least the eye/mind of non-photographers--and it also renders more evenly across the frame and has less bokeh color fringing. I'd take either, and happily, in a two-lens kit; but, between the two, because I normally have time to compose and focus for my telephoto shots, the old lens leads by a nose. Maybe in fall, spring, or winter, the weather resistance of the DA55 would push it in front. The two have different characteristics, but, for now, the Summicron wins.

That said, today my bag had only the FA24 and DA55 in it.
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FA31 and FA77.
You want want a wider angle? Put the FA31 on a film body
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