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03-05-2013, 05:02 PM   #1
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Another "Which Lens To Keep" Question...

Let's say you enjoyed general photography, but for one reason or another ($), you had to sell off everything except one lens...A K200 D was your camera body...And your current battery of lenses were: Pentax A 50/f1.4, Pentax A 35/f2.8, Pentax A 50/f2.8 macro, Pentax A Zoom 35-70/f4, Pentax A Zoom 35-105/f3.5 and a Pentax A Zoom 70-210/f4.

I realize this may be a silly question to most of you, and I know the reasons of why to keep a particular lens due to it's individual attributes, but I'm having a heck of a time deciding. Every time I think I've made a decision, I get sentimental and can't commit. I'm just needing some "what would you do" opinions...So, if you don't mind, please humor me.

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sell everything, buy K-01 with 40XS.
35-105/f3.5 sounds good.
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Well, I was going to answer Pentax-F 50mm f2.8 Macro of my own lenses, so I guess it's the Pentax-A 50mm f2.8 Macro from that list.
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35-105 of all those if it were only 1.

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Yup no argument, having used and owned almost that whole list you want to keep the A35-105 F 3.5. It will adequately or completely do what every other lens on that list can (even has decent macro shift built in) and is of very high quality.
EDIT: Keep the A70-210 F4 also, they aren't worth crap on the used market these days due mostly to way to many being built (not a quality issue), and you will enjoy having the extra reach of the 210. It is also handy since you can back out to 70mm and use the macro shift for close focus which is an issue with many tele's. Those 2 zooms make a nice set.

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QuoteOriginally posted by topaz Quote
Which Lens To Keep
This is a horrible situation, parting with lenses in mean.

I'd have to keep the Pentax A 50/f1.4, as IMHO is good all rounder every day use lens.
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Yup no argument, having used and owned almost that whole list you want to keep the A35-105 F 3.5. It will adequately or completely do what every other lens on that list can (even has decent macro shift built in) and is of very high quality.
EDIT: Keep the A70-210 F4 also, they aren't worth crap on the used market these days due mostly to way to many being built (not a quality issue), and you will enjoy having the extra reach of the 210. It is also handy since you can back out to 70mm and use the macro shift for close focus which is an issue with many tele's. Those 2 zooms make a nice set.
This has been the direction I've been leaning (A35-105)...Seems like it would give me the most bang for my buck, so to speak. Although I haven't owned it very long and haven't used it enough to "fall in love" with it yet.
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QuoteOriginally posted by kerrowdown Quote
I'd have to keep the Pentax A 50/f1.4, as IMHO is good all rounder every day use lens.
If he had a film camera I would totally agree with you, but with APSC I find I never use mine except on my film bodies unless I need the speed and don't mind the tiny view. Its just too narrow a FOV for most anything I want to take a picture of. Same situation with the nifty macro prime. The A35 F2.8 would be a better one lens answer if he wanted a prime (basically the APSC 50mm).
EDIT: (I like to edit it seems) I still say the primes will get you the best resale price and be easy to sell (all 3 are desirable) The 35-105 zoom is critical to keep and the 70-210 is worth more for you than you could get selling it. The 35-70 F4 I would recommend selling anyways as it is good but is totally covered by the better 35-105 F3.5.


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If he had a film camera I would totally agree with you, but with APSC I find I never use mine except on my film bodies unless I need the speed and don't mind the tiny view. Its just too narrow a FOV for most anything I want to take a picture of. Same situation with the nifty macro prime. The A35 F2.8 would be a better one lens answer if he wanted a prime (basically the APSC 50mm).
EDIT: (I like to edit it seems) I still say the primes will get you the best resale price and be easy to sell (all 3 are desirable) The 35-105 zoom is critical to keep and the 70-210 is worth more for you than you could get selling it. The 35-70 F4 I would recommend selling anyways as it is good but is totally covered by the better 35-105 F3.5.

Great ideas...
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For me I would have to keep the A50 f1.4. I have this lens and it stays on my camera a lot.
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Well, with some help from all of you...I've decided to sell all but the A35-105. Both my 50's are cherished, but the zoom gives me more options.

I've sold on here in the past and if I can figure it out again I'll post them. I sell a lot on the big "E", but I'd like to avoid the fees and give someone here a chance at a better price. Thanks to all of you for helping me pull the trigger on a decision.
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QuoteOriginally posted by topaz Quote
Well, with some help from all of you...I've decided to sell all but the A35-105. Both my 50's are cherished, but the zoom gives me more options.

I've sold on here in the past and if I can figure it out again I'll post them. I sell a lot on the big "E", but I'd like to avoid the fees and give someone here a chance at a better price. Thanks to all of you for helping me pull the trigger on a decision.
Sorry you need to sell them. Glad we could help with the hard decision. Good luck with your sales.
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Sorry you need to sell them. Glad we could help with the hard decision. Good luck with your sales.
Thank you.
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I've been in that "forced to sell" situation and I feel your pain. Decades ago when I was out of work with two toddlers, I had to sell my gear at a shop and got virtually nothing for it. Today, you can at least get a fair price through the various internet options you have. For myself, I would keep either the 35-70 or 35-105 as they are much more practical on an aps-c DSLR. I don't use my 50's very often. The 70-210 wouldn't make a very useful one lens camera for most people.

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I've been in that "forced to sell" situation and I feel your pain. Decades ago when I was out of work with two toddlers, I had to sell my gear at a shop and got virtually nothing for it. Today, you can at least get a fair price through the various internet options you have. For myself, I would keep either the 35-70 or 35-105 as they are much more practical on an aps-c DSLR. I don't use my 50's very often. The 70-210 wouldn't make a very useful one lens camera for most people.
That's exactly what I have done...Kept the 35-105 (so far). However, might sell it too, instead of the 35-70...it's worth more...And the 35-70 is very good...may really be under rated. I've gotten some of my best images with that little guy.
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