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02-02-2014, 06:25 PM   #61
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If I *could* start all over again, I'd skip the learning curve of old, long lenses (like the Tamron 300/2.8) and TCs and go right to the Sigma 50-500 or 150-500 OS. Never mind the mirror lenses!

Next, I'd buy the 35mm Ltd. Macro and use that until the shutter on my K20D gave out (don't think it was available when my K10D was new). Skip all that FA Ltd. stuff and the exotic Zeiss and adapted Leitz nonsense. Sorry, but "rendering" is something I prefer to do in my 3D applications, not obsess over in chunks of glass and metal.

So wait... that leaves me with:

DA35mm Macro Ltd.
Sigma 50-500 OS
Oh, and the 10-17 FE for my panos


WTF is clogging up my gear closet?? I've got macro lenses, old K-mounts, Russian oddballs, and even medium-format lenses on adapters! Gotta do some spring cleaning.

02-02-2014, 06:30 PM   #62
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Yes actually let me do this again.

M50 f2.

That'll do
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02-02-2014, 09:33 PM   #64
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DA 15 mm ltd
DA 21 mm ltd (owned)
FA 31 mm ltd **
DA* 55 mm (to replace my Sigma 50 mm)
FA 77 mm ltd **
DA* 16-50 *** (to replace my DA 16-45)
DA* 50-135 ***

** waiting for mark 2 with HD coating and QS
*** waiting for mark 2 with DC motor

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Oh my goodness, I am the new owner of the 35mm 2.8, nicknamed as" fantastic plastic". It is the cheapest (price wise) lens I have bought, and I did so because Henry was offering it for a wee bit over $100 Canadian if you bought a new DSLR. I had pre-order the new K-3 silver I really suck my bank account dry...but the lens was a nice deal...I bit the bullet, bought the lens:

To answer the question of if I could start again what would I buy. THIS LENS WOULD BE MY FIRST! I have never had a lens so sharp and so fast and so amazing...Maybe the question begs to be ask...what do I have in my bag...ummm lets see....I own the lens kits..18-55 and 55-200...I own sigma 70mm and Tamron 50-300mm and the Pentax 16-45, (my usually 'walk around partner")...but I have used it since my new love of 35mm. I also have a handful of lens from my SLR film days.

A great lens can take your photography to a new height, a more pro level!! Here is a wee sample of this 35mm's ability


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02-02-2014, 11:55 PM   #66
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That's a wee bita colour there son :P Dig the Bottom one.

But Shhh already! This thread is about LBA reformists, don't go encouraging us to buy more! :P
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I am pretty happy with what I got with a few minor changes:
16-45mm is on my camera 90% of the time. I find it excellent and very versatile.
55mm F1.8 Super-Multi-Coated Takumar is excellent as well. I do wish it had a bit better contrast, but the lens was $25.
Tokina 80-200mm F3.5-4.5 This lens was a big surprise, the only downside was a large amount of flare.
>> 135mm M F3.5 - I would rather have a preset than a stop down lens.
>>> 200mm F3.5 Vivitar (bright band). This lens is sharp enough for portraits and bokeh-rich shots (nice bokeh), but not for what I was planning to do. It was $19 though.
> Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6, non-HSM. I wish it had sun-star effects and less amber-yellow tint. I can correct the latter in photoshop, I am still figuring out how to get around the former.
>>> 18-55mm DA WR. I am not really using the WR that much and 16mm in 16-45mm is very useful for me.

Number of '>' indicates how likely I am to actually replace it. I am thinking of adding a fast normal prime in 24-40mm range, a longer fast zoom (F4 or F2.8) and maybe swapping the 10-20 for a DA 15mm.

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