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11-19-2012, 04:50 AM   #16
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I'm not sure if it quite fits into your budget, but if I were using a single prime lens then I would opt for the DA35 Limited Macro - Top Quality, Macro, Compact, Light (not quite as light as the 35 2.4), build - the only thing missing is Weather Sealing

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QuoteOriginally posted by Deepbyrne Quote
Thank you for the great replies so far everyone,

I'm now leaning towards the Pentax DA 35mm 2.4 and also potentially getting a manual focus 50mm (Something like Pentax-A/M 50mm 1.4/1.7) as this will fit my budget and not take up much weight.




Correct, that's my aim.

If that is why you're after a FAST walkaround lens, based solely on it's specifications and decent reviews, I would have to recommend the Sigma 30mm f1.4. I almost bought one but went with a Sigma 28mm f1.8mm as a used one popped up in the marketplace, and I think it's a great lens all around. I can only imagine that the Sigma 30mm 1.4 might even serve you better, as it's wide enough to catch many things on the street, and fast (and wide) enough inside to take pictures without using a flash. For what it's worth, I also don't like using a flash

Also, I agree with whoever said 50mm is an odd focal length for walking around (I used one for 2 years without knowing any better) and I find it too long for indoor shooting.

Just my two cents
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No prime is a walk-around lens, if by walk-around you mean able to use for "most" situations you come across while out and about with no specific purpose, i.e., walking around :-)

I like wide angle, but also want some occasional details, so my W-A is a 17-70.
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QuoteOriginally posted by SpecialK Quote
No prime is a walk-around lens, if by walk-around you mean able to use for "most" situations you come across while out and about with no specific purpose, i.e., walking around :-)

I like wide angle, but also want some occasional details, so my W-A is a 17-70.
If you want details with a walk-around prime,
you just walk up to them.

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We have the 35 f2.4 and a f50 f1.7 - the 35 goes everywhere with us and gets used every day. Sharp, fast(reasonably), light, small, the best bang for$ on Pentax. Get it and the 50 da f1.8 and you can't go wrong!

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QuoteOriginally posted by David&karen Quote
We have the 35 f2.4 and a f50 f1.7 - the 35 goes everywhere with us and gets used every day. Sharp, fast(reasonably), light, small, the best bang for$ on Pentax. Get it and the 50 da f1.8 and you can't go wrong!

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Ah great, would you recommend the DA50 1.8 over the F50 1.7 you have?
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FA31 would be my first choice, but it is beyond your price range. Although I have no personal experience, the "Plastic Fantastic" DA35/2.4 would be the go. It works on full frame too
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FA31 would be my first choice, but it is beyond your price range. Although I have no personal experience, the "Plastic Fantastic" DA35/2.4 would be the go.
I feel the same way, the 31mm seems like the perfect focal length for me + it will handle lowlight well, however since I can't fork out the money at the moment for the lens, I'm thinking two birds with two stones; the DA35/2.4 + one of Pentax's various 1.4/1.7 50mm's.

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I've also just found out how to analyse the metadata of my Light room library to deduce what portion of my shots (using my 18-135mm) are at different focal lengths, I grabbed all the data and put it in Excel, the trend is 18mm/36mm/48mm split.
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The 50 da f1.8 has a 7 bladed aperture and is currently made so. I would recommend it. Seems a bit sharper from what I have seen of the work from it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Sandy Hancock Quote
FA31 would be my first choice, but it is beyond your price range. Although I have no personal experience, the "Plastic Fantastic" DA35/2.4 would be the go. It works on full frame too
My first choices too, understanding that you already have the 18-135.

Third (cheap and highly recommended) choice is Tamron 17-50 non-VC.
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The 18-135 is the perfect walk around lens. To compliment it, I'd go for something to use in doors, like the 35 2.4 or something for some wider angle viewing like the 15 ltd. The 18-135 is as strong or stronger than almost all the lenses mentioned above for 20-50mm, it doesn't make sense to cover that range over again. For indoors I'd just crank the ISO up to 800 or 1600 and use it. SO for me, that would leave the 15 ltd. as the one that can do something for me the 18-135 doesn't. Although if it was me going I'd be taking my DA 10-17 fisheye or if I owned it the Sigma 8-16.
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QuoteOriginally posted by lytrytyr Quote
If you want details with a walk-around prime,
you just walk up to them.
That is true if you only take shots of things you can walk up to. There are many instances when that does not work.
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QuoteOriginally posted by SpecialK Quote
No prime is a walk-around lens, if by walk-around you mean able to use for "most" situations you come across while out and about with no specific purpose, i.e., walking around
QuoteOriginally posted by SpecialK Quote
That is true if you only take shots of things you can walk up to. There are many instances when that does not work.
Usually on walk-around, I find more of a need for macro than tele.
That's why I like the DA 35 Ltd, or the ZK 25/2.8 and 50/2.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Deepbyrne Quote
I've also just found out how to analyse the metadata of my Light room library to deduce what portion of my shots (using my 18-135mm) are at different focal lengths, I grabbed all the data and put it in Excel, the trend is 18mm/36mm/48mm split.
Sounds like the Tamron 17-50 is tailor made for you
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