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04-17-2008, 09:51 AM   #1
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What more do I need?????

With all the lens options available and my obvious LBA. I'm in need of input on what more do I really need to have, as opposed to my desire to have everything. I'm really trying to get down to a kit that is easy to carry and has a broad range of use so I'm moving to faster glass.

Here is what I carry:
Cameras K10 and *iSTD

Sigma 28-70 f2.8
Sigma 135-400 f4.5/5.6
Pentax 50 f1.4
Sigma 28-105 f2.8/4
Tamron 28-200
Pentax 18-55 kit lens

Sitting around not used and going up for sale to support my LBA
Pentax-f SMC 1:45-5.6 100-300mm
Tamron 1:45-5.6 80-210mm
Tamron 1:35-5.6 28-80mm
Tamron 1:4-5.6 28-105mm
Vivitar 1:3.8mc 75-205mm (series 1)
Phoenix/Samyank screwmount 1:80 500mm with Pentax K mount adapter

What's on the wish list (in order)
Pentax 50-135
Pentax 16-45 f4
Pentax 40mm
Pentax 70mm

I shoot weddings, sports, and a lot of beach shots with my kids. I've also done a number of business events and parties.

Or should I just go for therapy?

Thanks for all your thoughtful replies.
Shawn

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QuoteOriginally posted by MShawn63 Quote
With all the lens options available and my obvious LBA. I'm in need of input on what more do I really need to have, as opposed to my desire to have everything. I'm really trying to get down to a kit that is easy to carry and has a broad range of use so I'm moving to faster glass.

Here is what I carry:
Cameras K10 and *iSTD

Sigma 28-70 f2.8
Sigma 135-400 f4.5/5.6
Pentax 50 f1.4
Sigma 28-105 f2.8/4
Tamron 28-200
Pentax 18-55 kit lens

Sitting around not used and going up for sale to support my LBA
Pentax-f SMC 1:45-5.6 100-300mm
Tamron 1:45-5.6 80-210mm
Tamron 1:35-5.6 28-80mm
Tamron 1:4-5.6 28-105mm
Vivitar 1:3.8mc 75-205mm (series 1)
Phoenix/Samyank screwmount 1:80 500mm with Pentax K mount adapter

What's on the wish list (in order)
Pentax 50-135
Pentax 16-45 f4
Pentax 40mm
Pentax 70mm

I shoot weddings, sports, and a lot of beach shots with my kids. I've also done a number of business events and parties.

Or should I just go for therapy?

Thanks for all your thoughtful replies.
Shawn
Frankly, that is about as short an LBA list as I've ever seen. I will definitely say that the 50-135 is a wonderful piece of glass. I have zero complaints about it. None.

The 16-45 is a good choice, but for weddings, you might consider the 16-50 for the extra stop of speed and that 5mm of longer reach. A good one is superb. The caveat is, of course, how can you find a good one? I hit it lucky first try. One stop doesn't seem like all that much until you are trying to stretch the reach of the flash just that little bit more - A stop means 40% further reach. That's immense.
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Based on what you've got, what you're selling, and what you want I'd suggest also getting rid of the following (unless your LBA prevents you from selling them):


Sigma 28-105 f2.8/4
Tamron 28-200

I would also suggest that rather than get the 16-45 f/4 you wait until the 17-70 f/4 is released to see how that performs.
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Albert, how would you compare the Sigma 28-70 f2.8 to the 16-50 in terms of reach? I've used the Sigma at a number of weddings with great results with and without the use of flash. The reason that I'm looking at the 16-45 is that I want a wider lens below 28mm.

From what I've seen of the 50-135 images I just don't see how I could go wrong getting that lens.

Thanks,
Shawn

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JJJ, I can see selling off the Tamron 28-200 after I get the 50-135, but the Sigma 28-105 is really a nice portait lens. While it may not stay in my bag I'll certainly keep using it.

Thanks,
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QuoteOriginally posted by MShawn63 Quote
Albert, how would you compare the Sigma 28-70 f2.8 to the 16-50 in terms of reach? I've used the Sigma at a number of weddings with great results with and without the use of flash. The reason that I'm looking at the 16-45 is that I want a wider lens below 28mm.

From what I've seen of the 50-135 images I just don't see how I could go wrong getting that lens.

Thanks,
Shawn
The problem with a 28mm wide end in a wedding situation is that it is not wide enough, as you have obviously found out. The 70mm would be very nice, and better than 45 or 50mm for those close up shots from a few pews back.

Maybe the option is to hold out for the Pentax 17-70. It's a stop slower I think, but might be usable with some ISO tweaks. Even the K10D has image quality at 400 ISO that is more than good enough for wedding shots.
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QuoteOriginally posted by MShawn63 Quote
JJJ, I can see selling off the Tamron 28-200 after I get the 50-135, but the Sigma 28-105 is really a nice portait lens. While it may not stay in my bag I'll certainly keep using it.

Thanks,
Shawn
I based my suggestion on the fact that you said you're going to buy the 50-135 and the 70 ... both of which make FAR superior portrait lenses than the 28-105. Just my two cents.
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JJJ, good point I didn't think of it that way. You may see both of those for sale at some point.

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Albert, with the 28 I've had to back up quite a few times in order to get the width I've needed. I have used my 18-55 in some of those situations with pretty good success. I'll have to look at the 17-70. Thanks for your thoughts.

Shawn
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