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03-21-2013, 02:56 PM   #1
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LBA advice and options

So I might be in the market for something. Probably at the wider end and probably a prime.

I currently have

K7 + kit 18-55mm WR
50-200mm WR
55-300mm
100mm macro WR
35mm FA f2

Will probably sell the 50-200mm soon.

Quite tempted by the 31mm FA but it seems almost irrational lust and I have something not too far off in terms of focal length. I would sell the 35mm FA if I got it.

21mm DA and 15mm DA seem like possibilities. Read a lot of good things about the 15mm, but that 21mm is creeping into contention. Have seem some very decent shots with it. Think I've rightly or wrongly ruled out the Sigma 10-20mm variable aperture ver and righly or wrongly ruled out the Samyang 14mm (price has gone up it seems).

Also desperately trying to hold off getting hands on newer sensor tech (K-5 etc.). Some people saying the newer sensor has really transformed their DA 21mm.

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The k-5 sounds like a great idea for an upgrade
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Yes it does seem tempting. But supposedly there is a new body on the way (K-3?), price at launch may be prohibitive for me though. It may impact K-5ii prices perhaps. Can't see much new K-5 mk1 stock about. The 2nd hand K-5 mk1s are still holding a fair bit of value.

Good glass always important, but then how long do I hold off the body upgrade? Dilemas
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The DA 560mm f5.6 makes a fantastic, everyday walkaround lens.

It will also kill LBA dead.

Happy to help!

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I don't see 5 50mm lenses in your list. You don't have LBA...
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My wide side is covered by the Sigma 15 (fisheye) and SMC-A 24mm, with a Rikenon 28mm on the side. All are f/2.8 and full frame friendly, if those sort of rumors have a grip on you and all three yield excellent results. In the mid-range I do have the DAs 40 and 70 and both are amazing. That 50-200WR is good if you're a foul-weather shooter and the 50-135 is out of your budget or weight class, but I agree for most images the 55-300 is the preferred option. I had the 50-200 for a while and its bokeh was more consistent than the 55-300; both can do great things.

I only have three 50mm and a 55, so take my advice with a grain of LBA salt
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Ha! Who could possibly own 5 50mm lens... uh... *counts*

*mutters under breath* Pentax-M 50 f/2, two Sears 50 f/1.7s, two Sears 50 f/2's, and the Pentax M 50 1.4.

HA! I *don't* own six!

Back to the OP, I'd go for one of the UWA primes if it was a prime you were really after. Autofocus isn't nearly as important when you start getting that far out since your DOF is hitting insane levels, so you could consider the Samyang/Bower/Vivitar 14mm and take the extra cash and sink that into a camera upgrade/other lens of some sort.
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Samyang 8mm F/E

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QuoteOriginally posted by Sagitta Quote
Ha! Who could possibly own 5 50mm lens... uh... *counts*

*mutters under breath* Pentax-M 50 f/2, two Sears 50 f/1.7s, two Sears 50 f/2's, and the Pentax M 50 1.4.

HA! I *don't* own six!
HA! I don't own six either.

Super Tak 1.4, M1.4, (2) A 1.7, and FA1.4
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I'm no @Digitalis but I do own 17...

Plus 5 55s...
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QuoteOriginally posted by boriscleto Quote
I'm no @Digitalis but I do own 17...

Plus 5 55s...
17! Sounds like a case for "My Strange Addiction"
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QuoteOriginally posted by boriscleto Quote
i don't see 5 50mm lenses in your list. You don't have lba...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Conqueror Quote
Read a lot of good things about the 15mm, but that 21mm is creeping into contention. Have seem some very decent shots with it.
Just a thought, from one who's far enough into LBA I've finally started selling a few things. First identify where you feel your equipment is lacking, for the photography you particularly want to do (not the photography you think you might like to do, or that you see others doing, however well). Then identify whether or not this lack really calls for a new lens, as opposed to developing some aspect of technique or thinking. If, after all that, you have determined that a new lens really would be useful, you should have a pretty definite idea of what kind of lens you need. Then it becomes much easier to sort through the options.
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Both the 15 and the 21 are great ( I own both ). I would suggest looking at what you shoot most with your kit lens and using that to decide. If you have it pegged on 18, get the 15, otherwise get the 21.

Or just get both, like a person with true LBA
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just get both, like a person with true LBA
Very true - LBA people don't use the phrase "this or that... " very often when choosing lenses!
Since we're baring our closets, mine are SMC-A f/1.7, -M f/2, Rikenons XR 50/2 and 55 f/2.2.
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