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01-21-2014, 08:57 AM   #16
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Yeah, you don't have much cash to work with, so maybe sell some of what you have and get something that is good and wide. The Tamron 10-24 is a good one, and would likely be the cheapest UWA. I'd probably sell the Phoenix 28-210, F35-70, and Tokina 35-70, keep the rest of what you have, and get that Tamron at ~350 or so. If you have the verson 2 of the 18-55 it's really not too bad. If you're not looking UWA then maybe add the kit lens in and place that money together for the 18-135. It's nice and sharp, and is WR just in case you get a WR body in the future. Really, right now you have tons of overlap.

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So you have the 28-75 2.8 and the 55-300, plus 40mm and 50mm primes. If you want to go a bit wider, the kit 18-55 lens does a decent job at the 18-28mm range. You've got good enough lenses in your bag - with 200 dollars, how can you improve on the 28-75mm 2.8 + 55-300 and 40/50/100 primes, in terms of quality? I don't think you can. That's the 5 lenses I'd take if I were you, by the way.

So, take the family out for a B-Day dinner. Or if you don't have family, just treat yourself

Then, fill up the tank, take a day or two off work, and go someplace nice to take pictures - in a couple of months, when spring flowers will be everywhere.
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Well, I have a tripod, a sigma 610 flash, and a remote.

I don't use the F35-70 or the Tokina 35-70 much, the Tamron is my go-to lens for that range. But.... when I do use them, I use them on film bodies, so that's why I keep them around. (In fact, the Tokina is pretty much permanently attached to my SF-10). The 28-210 Phoenix I actually like a lot. It's a quirky lens with great contrast and colors, and it's even reasonably sharp. It just has terrible purple fringing and is ridiculously slow. But it has its uses. (Flea market/farmers market, bright midday sun, don't want to drag a ton of lenses with me), and I paid $45 for it brand new, so it's kind of awesome that way

I suppose I could sell some of my never-used manual glass and snag the telephoto for the Q, or the bower 8mm fisheye for k-mount.

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I have a k30 also

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QuoteOriginally posted by Heie Quote
I didn't see it, but how about a nice flash. You wouldn't be able to get a very good P-TTL flash for $200 (at least not a powerful one that isn't discontinued, I don't think), but I have been using 2x Yongnuo YN560 II all-manual flashes, and I must say - they are amazing. $60 each, so even if you get just one, that leaves you enough left over for a cheap light stand, softbox/umbrella (or both), and radio triggers (I use the Cactus v5 and I find them incredibly reliable, but there are some slightly cheaper models out there).

And then you can head on over to Strobist and read his excellent Lighting 101/102 course (which is free!) and experiment with off-camera flash.

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Hey, that is exactly what I have been doing this winter, playing around with flash including one of the impressive Yongnuo units. No radio sensor yet, but it is definitely a good idea!
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QuoteOriginally posted by ChopperCharles Quote
I've got a bad, bad case of LBA. I want something new, K-mount, preferably autofocus, around $150-$200.

I've got:

18-55, 55-300, 40mm XS, F50 1.7, Promaster AF 100mm f3.5 macro, Tamron 28-75 f2.8, Phoenix 28-210, F35-70, Tokina 35-70, and a couple more I can't bring to mind at the moment.

I'm thinking about the 35mm f2.whatever, but I could also use something in the 28-105 range, I suppose. Something fast(ish) and sharp. I dunno. I really don't NEED anything. I have everything except uber wide angle covered. But I'm feeling the LBA pretty bad, was gifted a some birthday cash and can think of no better place to spend it than on Pentax glass.

So recommendations are welcome.

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I don't see the Sigma 30 mm f 1.4 in your collection, and it is fantastic if you like to take photos in dark places without flash. Maybe you could find a used one for around $200.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ChopperCharles Quote
I've got a bad, bad case of LBA. I want something new, K-mount, preferably autofocus, around $150-$200.

I've got:

18-55, 55-300, 40mm XS, F50 1.7, Promaster AF 100mm f3.5 macro, Tamron 28-75 f2.8, Phoenix 28-210, F35-70, Tokina 35-70, and a couple more I can't bring to mind at the moment.

I'm thinking about the 35mm f2.whatever, but I could also use something in the 28-105 range, I suppose. Something fast(ish) and sharp. I dunno. I really don't NEED anything. I have everything except uber wide angle covered. But I'm feeling the LBA pretty bad, was gifted a some birthday cash and can think of no better place to spend it than on Pentax glass.

So recommendations are welcome.

Charles.
One other idea. Your list shows that you have not been Russian lens shopping yet. I picked up a Helios 44-4 K mount, 58mm, f 2.0, which is marvellously sharp with great rendering. Manual lens, of course, but works great with catch in focus, and I paid somewhere around $45.
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Samyang 8mm fish-eye

Easy! The Samyang/Rokinon 8mm fish-eye is a bit over $200 new and can be found under $200 used.
It is a very fun lens to play with.

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The wider end of your gear seems to be the most obvious area to improve. If wide angles don't appeal to you (they didn't to me for a long time), then maybe a good tripod would be best. A good tripod is like a good lens in that it's value endures.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ChopperCharles Quote
I suppose I could sell some of my never-used manual glass and snag the telephoto for the Q
I totally missed that! You should get the 04 Wide Toy Lens for the Q, or the 03 Fisheye. The 06 you suggested looks good too.


QuoteOriginally posted by ChopperCharles Quote
I have a k30 also
Having 2 bodies is a good idea, but 3 (in K-mount) is too many when your lens collection still needs sprucing up. You need to sell one (and you probably need something wide - the DA10-17 was a good suggestion).
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I gave the K-x to my girlfriend. Never really use wide, but I suppose it is an area lacking in my setup. But I figured out what I'm getting for myself, and it's not actually anything mentioned so far. I'm getting the GPS unit, I really want to try the star tracker functionality

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QuoteOriginally posted by ivanvernon Quote
I don't see the Sigma 30 mm f 1.4 in your collection, and it is fantastic if you like to take photos in dark places without flash. Maybe you could find a used one for around $200.
I only wish it was available this cheaply! Usually sells for at least $300, often closer to $325-350 depending on condition. I would totally pounce on a $200 used Sigma 30 f/1.4...
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