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08-21-2012, 10:42 PM   #61
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Interesting topic.....

for me....I think DA15 and DA18-135....

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What focal length are you going to tape that 18-135 at?
Supposed to pick 2 "prime" lens.
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....hence the smilie I suspect....
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Im going to go against the grain here,
For Pentax I'd pick DA*55 f/1.4 and A*135 f/1.8

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If I were to limit myself hmm...

with current kit:
SIgma 24mm f2.8 AF Super Wide II
M 50 f1.4
why these two... I only have three primes. The other is the DA35 and while it is freaking sharp, it's not as fast as the M 50 nor is it as wide as the Sigma 24....

dream kit:
FA31 Ltd or FA*24mm f2 (if it is weathersealed)
DFA 100mm f2.8 Macro WR

FA31 Ltd: on film and on APS-C, has one of the best color rendering and sharpness combined, also, wider than a 35. The F28 would've been great but it's only f2.8 max.
FA*24: it's wide, it's fast. that's it.
DFA 100: the FL is flexible enough for portraiture and 1:1 macro use. also, it's WR
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FA35 and the M85 is my pair.

The FA77 is somewhat similar to the M85 in IQ, though i don't know how i'd handle the wider FL (if it's even significant), so I could imagine the two being my pair. the FA31 is slightly wider than I'd like, perhaps not so significant again, but I really, really like the FA35. So that's my combo.

I figured initially that the FA43 could have been my one lens between 35 and 50, but that was not to be because I wanted additional sharpness at wide open that comes with the FA35. I'm shooting wide open quite often and I felt the FA43's "dreamy" wide open character would not have worked for concerts and such.

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I have mostly old manual lenses, and can't pick only two primes to answer your question here.
I use my lenses equally, one lens in a longer period of time until I got at least one keeper photo, and move on to the next lens.
All have their strengths and weaknesses.

Never try to limit myself, but I do spend long vacations with one lens only, and that vary from time to time.
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On APS-c: DA 21mm f3.2 limited and DA* 55mm f 1.4

On Film: FA 43mm f1.9 limited and FA 77mm f1.8

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QuoteOriginally posted by steve1307 Quote
What focal length are you going to tape that 18-135 at?
Supposed to pick 2 "prime" lens.
My bad I revise that to DA15 + DA35
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Tough one:

For work: Sigma 30/1.4 (has to be fast)
For play: 77/1.8 (could double as work horse too)
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Interesting to see how most people seem to prefer normal to short tele. I couldn't live without a wide. So...

I go for 15 and 35
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I already limit myself to 2 primes, covers >95% of my traveling shots. DA21 + FA43.
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With what I currently have:

S-M-C Macro Takumar 50mm f4
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08-22-2012, 10:14 AM   #74
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QuoteOriginally posted by pakinjapan Quote
wow! thank you for all the answer.

To answer questions about "why limit yourself only two prime..."?
well, first, this question is just for fun. I just want to know people two most favorite or two must have prime depend on their style of shooting. I understand that it depends on what kind of photography each one of you do. and that is the fun and somehow useful part for me when I want to buy a next prime.
last, many people already ask about limit to only a single prime or zoom, and it will be too easy to limit to three primes. or two a zooms and a prime. so i make it to only two prime. may be I better say two "fixed focal length".

I used to carry two zooms back in college, film's day. I only remember the two cover 28-300, the body was Pentax z-1p or something, but I don't remember what zoom it was. also I remember that I hardly change the lens or even carry both of them at one! now I am back to photography (as hobby) again. I am still stick with PENTAX, but getting old, my shoulder doesn't like anything too heavy! Thinking of carry only a single fix lens which is what I own, FA35. but again, not sure about that because I want a lens with macro capability too. I am thinking about 100 macro WR. I should have selected DA35 macro, and be done with it. but I like the look of FA35 more. it remind me of my college day.
Back in the old film days I had 4 lenses - 28/50/135 and a zoom that was 70-210 plus one 2x teleconverter. So that covered 28-420 or so. Interesting exercise and even more interesting answers. I still think that 31 on cropped sensor is too tight for the short lens but many seem to be selecting it.
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My smallest kit is a K-x with DA 15 and 40mm Limiteds, in a fanny pack.

I should update my photo. The K-x now sports a Gordy's strap.

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