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01-22-2013, 04:53 AM   #16
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I thin I ll save.
But it is impossible until later in summer as I have few trips planned.
Consensus- to save for a better lens
But what to get for a temporary shoot ? One of those mentioned above ?
Let's say to spend 100 150 gbp for temporary one and sell it after. Which would be easier to source in uk (or in canada, as I can buy it to be sent to friend of mine )and sell without much hassle ?

01-22-2013, 05:06 AM   #17
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Hmmm 599 - cashback 50
01-22-2013, 05:12 AM   #18
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One thing... can it just to be too long for me ? I d probably live with anything up to 300 ?
01-22-2013, 08:07 PM   #19
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Since I have had heavy search through different choices I have discovered (sorry for changing opinions every time) interesting option:
pentax da 12-24 (which is expensive so similar Tokina can do the job) which would be great for landscapes and interior shooting.
How do you think, if I keep 30 mm sigma then add 12-24 , would it be step in the right direction, or I need bigger zooom first and only then adding wide angle ?
Or 12-24 is too close to 30 mm prime ?

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QuoteOriginally posted by voxxonline Quote
What about aforementioned F 20 -210 F4 5.6 Pentax... ?
It has a positive feedback from owners
I can't find that lens. Can you point us to a review?

Or did you mean 70-210? If the latter, https://www.pentaxforums.com/lensreviews/Pentax-Takumar-F-70-210mm-F4-5.6-Zoom-Lens.html, I have one and have had it since 1989 when I bought it with my Pentax film camera. I like it and they can be picked up quite cheaply.
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My bad- it is 70 210
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Sounds like you want a long lens, and a wide angle??? So, In one lens, the Pentax WR 18-135 would be great. or for a two lens kit , get a Pentax 55-300 its a sharp lens for not a lot of cash, and then pick-up a used 18-50 kit lens secondhand ( real cheap).. Oh, If you can, I'd keep that 30/1.4 Its a star for the money.
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Probably I cannot have a bit of everything
Somehow I like the 12 24, but how will it perform as "everyday" lens... ?
WR 18 135 is good but if I can do 12 24 I ll go for it .
All in all I ll buy cheap vintage for a moment and save for one of suggested .

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Hi Ivan,
I will keep the Sigma 30 f1.4 for all purpose low light shots.
Depending on what you intend to use it for, Pentax 55-300 is a good buy if you need the reach in reasonable light.

If you need a longer lens for portrait shots of your daughter, go for a Sigma 50 f1.4 (sharp wide open) or FA 77 (which i have both) or 50-135 f2.8 zoom.

All the best.
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How in theory prime 77 adds up to 30 mm sigma ?
I am trying to figure out focal length I need- most probably it is a lens up to 135 (because wr 18 135 covers this range) and I do not want to stretch further. It is decided for sure.
So having in theory wr 18 135 as a back up plan I can think about alternatives- and primes as well. The only thing I am not sure will making combo of 2 primes give me a better choice in photography or not.
I gave up idea having all in 1 swiss knife and should lean towards more specific lenses.
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QuoteOriginally posted by gooseta Quote
Keep the sigma, it's hardly worth chips now that the new 35mm has come out and it has been discontinued. Use what you have, it's a great lens and has absolutely stunning center sharpness right from f1.4 (Sigma AF 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM - Review / Test Report - Analysis), sure the corners are mush, but it's a versatile lens and it's good to have primes. I find my Tamron 70-200 too short for wildlife, I'd recommend a telephoto prime or bigma
Where did it mention the 30/1.4 has been discountinued?
I don't see it, even the Sigma official website is still selling them.
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Keep the Sigma 30mm f/1.4. The angle of view is versatile for a wide range of subjects and the large maximum aperture makes it ideal for low light situations. If you need a tele, even the DA 50-200mm WR or DA/DAL 55-300mm are decent tele zooms if you're on a limited budget.
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QuoteOriginally posted by voxxonline Quote
How in theory prime 77 adds up to 30 mm sigma ?
I am trying to figure out focal length I need- most probably it is a lens up to 135 (because wr 18 135 covers this range) and I do not want to stretch further. It is decided for sure.
So having in theory wr 18 135 as a back up plan I can think about alternatives- and primes as well. The only thing I am not sure will making combo of 2 primes give me a better choice in photography or not.
I gave up idea having all in 1 swiss knife and should lean towards more specific lenses.

Your biggest benefit of going with primes over zooms is that a prime lens tends to be faster than a zoom.

I would most definitely hang on to the 30mm 1.4 for now. If you find that you are absolutely never using it, then sell it and put the funds towards a different lens that will get more use. However, in my own experiences (YMMV), I always have a need for faster glass. A 30/1.4 is perfect for indoor shots when with family and friends. As far as the prime 77 goes, If you are talking about the FA 77/1.8, it is an awesome lens. I haven't had the good graces to use one myself, but if you dig around on the forums you can find a lens club devoted to the FA limiteds. The 77/1.8 produces some wonderful images, bokeh and color rendering.

If you want to go the route of 2 primes, something around 35mm is great for indoor shots (Like that 30mm 1.4 you have!), and then something a little bit longer for outdoors and/or headshots. If you can afford it, the 77/1.8 would be a wonderful choice. A slightly cheaper, also great choice, is the DA 70/2.4.
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Thank you !
So second step is primes between 70 to 80 mm to choose.
Good. Now I can concentrate on that specific interval and see variants.
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The only reason I said 35ish and then 70-80 is because that gives you a little more variance in length. You could also go with 35 and then a 50, but those will be a bit closer together. Some other affordable options are the DA-L 35/2.4, DA 50/1.8, a used copy of the FA 50/1.4 or 50/1.7. If you keep the 30mm 1.4 that you have, then you can focus on the longer options. DA 50/1.8, FA 50/1.4 or 1.7, DA 70/2.4, FA 77/1.8 (Most expensive out of all these options). Or if you really want to blow a chunk of cash, the FA* 85/1.4. It's a massive lens and fairly rare,but I've heard its phenomonal. I've seen it sell anywhere from $900 up to $1400.
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