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06-23-2013, 02:36 PM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by SpecialK Quote
A prime is not a walk-around lens, unless you don't mean a single lens that covers most of the focal length range required to capture the majority of the images you will encounter on an unplanned casual outing :-)

70 is a good portrait length and short telephoto, however.
Beg to disagree here. A prime makes for a damn fine walk-around lens.

This, in as much as when "walking around" one can "walk closer/farther" as needed, and in that also may be more encouraged to try to step around, crouch or stand on ones toes, to get the framing "just right"/

IMO, a zoom is a "snapshot lens" -- and only more than that for sports and wedding photographers, and the sort, where it's just too damn dangerous (or impossible) to move as the action changes.

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So you're saying that you're sporting 15-20mm only, when working the streets???
I just looked at the metadata in Lightroom of the last batch street images I've taken. The bulk of which 80% are on the 20 mm the balance were on the 135 mm (these were the isolation shots). My street style is to be up "close and personal" hence the 20 mm. I find the mistress (15 mm) is getting used less at the moment as I'm still exploring life with my new lady (20 mm).
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excellent "street worker"
Thanks for the high praise, your beginning to make me feel embarrassed.

My style has changed over the last couple of years, Robert Capa is accredited as saying “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough."

Since I took this on board I actually believe my images have dramatically improved and I experience a much higher level of enjoyment at the taking stage too.
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I just recovered from the sticker shock I got from looking these lenses up on eBay. $500-$1k?! Why are these prices so high?

What's the next best thing, on the lower end of the scale?

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QuoteOriginally posted by 6BQ5 Quote
I just recovered from the sticker shock I got from looking these lenses up on eBay. $500-$1k?! Why are these prices so high?
There's a reason people call it "evil"!

However, the M100/2.8 gives you superb IQ for a lot less.
KEH has an EX+ for $149 right now,
and a couple of BGN ones for $109, $115.
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QuoteOriginally posted by kerrowdown Quote
Thanks for the high praise, your beginning to make me feel embarrassed.

My style has changed over the last couple of years, Robert Capa is accredited as saying “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough."
That's general what we say about underwater photography (if your avatar is anything to go by, we both spend more time under water than most?), although in that context we're usually thinking about light absorption and "silt in the water"....
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I have been shooting with a manual focus Rikenon 35-70mm zoom
Until I got my DA 18-135 WR, my Pentax-F 35-70 was my favorite lens, and I still use it a lot. The F 35-70 has a very nice reputation for image quality, and is inexpensive .... and should the Pentax full frame suddenly appear (and I think it is worth the money - doubtful), the F-series lenses are full frame. It auto focuses fast due to its short throw, and the macro mode is quite handy. I find the focal range is perfect for most family gatherings.
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I agree with Kim here and was also going to suggest the F 35-70.
Its light, little, sharp and has the macro function for close ups. For me its ideal for a walk arounder.

Besides that the K 55, 1.8 is nice and has a long focus throw and that extra 5 is nice comparing to the 50

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Since the OP already has a 35-70 which he likes and was inquiring about primes, then the DA 70 or DA 77 would be the best choices.
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Since the OP already has a 35-70 which he likes and was inquiring about primes, then the DA 70 or DA 77 would be the best choices.
A good point indeed. I believe that you meant "DA 70 or FA77", did you not, I'm not aware of a DA77

Both are great, OP will be happy will either - the 77mm is, among those two, my favorite: the extra reach is nice, but the fact that it's *much* faster really helps focusing in low light.
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I just got the 70. Outstanding lens:
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Nice pics, now i want to buy that lens too!
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The DA 70 mm limited is a good portrait lens, it's not ideal for close up macro, as you can't get close enough with this lens.
i love my 70 mm for the image quality & the colors it reproduced, but it can be difficult to shoot if there's a space constraint, you'd feel kind of stuck! And many times when i changed to FA 50 F1.4, i always have the urge to put the 70 mm back on.
The IQ is so good that you just don't want to put it off.
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