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01-26-2014, 03:40 AM   #1
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I love them all but need to thin the lens herd...help

I now have what is known as a good problem to have...I have too many great lenses for my Pentax K-5II. They are all great copies but I can't take them all with me.

My passion is taking photos of People, Landscapes, Architecture, and pets. I do very little sports photography and am honing my craft in an effort to do for hire work. I have had a couple for hire shoots and am actively looking for more.

If you had to pair this list down to 5 lenses which 5 would you choose:

Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro HSM Contemporary (Solid lens that does everything well, Not Prime Great but it is the ideal walk around lens)
Sigma 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM (Architecture, real estate, and landscape lens. very sharp, bit distorted, but it gets me to 8mm)
SMC-DA * 50-135mm F2.8 ED (IF) SMD (Almost prime sharp, great portrait lens, no SDM issues, large lens)
SMC-DA 50mm f/1.8 (Razor Sharp but my FA 31mm limited trumps this)
SMCP-DA 35mm f/2.8 Macro Limited Series (Incredible, small, but lots of lens changes)
SMCP-DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED Autofocus (Solid, sharp copy, inexpensive zoom lens, pretty impressed with this lens taking event / concert photos)
SMCP-DA 70 f/2.4 Limited Series (Incredible, small, but limits me to head shots or small groups at a distance)
SMCP-FA 31mm F1.8 AL Limited (Grail lens, all positives, price negative)

I like them all. I love the 31mm and 8-16mm, so those have to stay. There are things I love about all the others, but I can't keep them all. The primes are great for being out in the public and not having a huge obnoxious lens on the end of the camera. They also produce exceptional image quality. The zooms are great because they are flexible and produce excellent image quality, close but not quite to prime level.

So from the list which of the others would you keep in your bag? The wife says I can't keep them all.

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Option 1, explain to your wife that each lens has a specific purpose and that they are tools that make you money.
Option 2, explain to your wife that the only way to cope without any of the lenses would to be to buy an even more expensive lenses. (Da*16-50 and Da*60-250 should cover your needs)
Option 3, pretend to have a midlife crisis and talk about buying a ferrari.

On a more serious side you need to make a decision to use primes or zooms.
Based on you usage I would keep the two sigma, Fa31 and Da*50-135. The last lens is a choice between coverage (55-300) or enjoyment (Da 70). Alternatively you might want to choose a longer macro and chase ugly things.
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I would go for in order of pref, and why

Sigma 8-16mm - I love wide angle
Pentax FA 31mm - Its great, and a perfect FL on APS-C IMO
DA* 50-135mm - For stuff that isn't close and flexible
Sigma 17-70mm - For flexibility (important for paid gigs, which involve moving ppl)
DA 70mm - For portrait/stuff that isnt close when you want prime quality
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FA 31 1.8
DA 50 1.8
DA 70 2.4

8-16
17-70
DA* 50-135 2.8

One too many, but a useful range with both primes and/or zooms

(but I would also keep the 55-300, just so that I had a lens with some reach! )

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QuoteOriginally posted by robjmitchell Quote
Option 3, pretend to have a midlife crisis and talk about buying a ferrari.
The only realistic recommendation. I second this.

-Heie
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Option 1, explain to your wife that each lens has a specific purpose and that they are tools that make you money.
Option 2, explain to your wife that the only way to cope without any of the lenses would to be to buy an even more expensive lenses. (Da*16-50 and Da*60-250 should cover your needs)
Option 3, pretend to have a midlife crisis and talk about buying a ferrari.

On a more serious side you need to make a decision to use primes or zooms.
Based on you usage I would keep the two sigma, Fa31 and Da*50-135. The last lens is a choice between coverage (55-300) or enjoyment (Da 70). Alternatively you might want to choose a longer macro and chase ugly things.
Too funny. I have tried the midlife crisis strategy before, so she see that one coming from a mile away. Option 2 conversation about value and savings has already been discussed....fail. Option one is too reasonable and logical to work.

Thanks for the feedback. Makes sense. The DA* 50 - 135 is amazing.
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FA 31 1.8
DA 50 1.8
DA 70 2.4

8-16
17-70
DA* 50-135 2.8

One too many, but a useful range with both primes and/or zooms

(but I would also keep the 55-300, just so that I had a lens with some reach! )
Looks like we have the same decision making skills. At least you got it down to 7.

Thanks
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Buy the Ferrari. Your wife will forget about the lenses.

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Is she making you choose between your lens herd, and the marriage?


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Is she making you choose between your lens herd, and the marriage?


Thankfully not. Or should I say not now.
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Buy the Ferrari. Your wife will forget about the lenses.
The only Ferrari we could afford is made by Mattel and can be found in the toy section at Walmart.
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As a not so young man, I may be in disagreement with almost everyone, but your wife is more important that all your lenses.

So, I will choose Sigma 17-70, Pentax 55-300, and one of the macro lens.

And sell the rest. But not all at a clap. One by one, maybe things are changing, maybe you find new hire work, to save more of your lenses.
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8-16mm
17-70mm
50-135mm
35 macro (instead of the 31)

Sell everything else and buy a 300 DA*. 5 lenses...8-300mm covered, plus macro.
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I would sell the da 35 macro, da 50, and 55-300

All great lenses though.
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QuoteOriginally posted by kraigg007 Quote
I now have what is known as a good problem to have...I have too many great lenses for my Pentax K-5II. They are all great copies but I can't take them all with me.

My passion is taking photos of People, Landscapes, Architecture, and pets. I do very little sports photography and am honing my craft in an effort to do for hire work. I have had a couple for hire shoots and am actively looking for more.

If you had to pair this list down to 5 lenses which 5 would you choose:

Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro HSM Contemporary (Solid lens that does everything well, Not Prime Great but it is the ideal walk around lens)
Sigma 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM (Architecture, real estate, and landscape lens. very sharp, bit distorted, but it gets me to 8mm)
SMC-DA * 50-135mm F2.8 ED (IF) SMD (Almost prime sharp, great portrait lens, no SDM issues, large lens)
SMC-DA 50mm f/1.8 (Razor Sharp but my FA 31mm limited trumps this)
SMCP-DA 35mm f/2.8 Macro Limited Series (Incredible, small, but lots of lens changes)
SMCP-DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED Autofocus (Solid, sharp copy, inexpensive zoom lens, pretty impressed with this lens taking event / concert photos)
SMCP-DA 70 f/2.4 Limited Series (Incredible, small, but limits me to head shots or small groups at a distance)
SMCP-FA 31mm F1.8 AL Limited (Grail lens, all positives, price negative)

I like them all. I love the 31mm and 8-16mm, so those have to stay. There are things I love about all the others, but I can't keep them all. The primes are great for being out in the public and not having a huge obnoxious lens on the end of the camera. They also produce exceptional image quality. The zooms are great because they are flexible and produce excellent image quality, close but not quite to prime level.

So from the list which of the others would you keep in your bag? The wife says I can't keep them all.
If you have no other choice then the 17-70, the DA50 and the DA55-300 are the ones to let go. All the other fit right into your discribed style of shooting.

But I agree with Heie and Robjmitchell, especially since you are getting paid for shoots occasionally and want to do more of that, you should keep them all because they can come in handy sometimes (they are not the most heavy or expensive lenses anyway)
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