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04-19-2014, 01:52 AM   #151
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I would take samyang
10mm and 24mm and da35ltd

My wife would then take the
Da 15 and da*55 and sigma 70 macro ��

04-19-2014, 02:10 AM   #152
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QuoteOriginally posted by Fookus Quote
I would take samyang
10mm and 24mm and da35ltd

My wife would then take the
Da 15 and da*55 and sigma 70 macro 😁
Being a barracks lawyer, Fookus, you're getting away with six, but haven't a strategy for distance shooting except cropping!

PS 24mm seems to get neglected a bit ... I love my Sigma 1.8!
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Da15 F4
Fa35 F2
F135 F2.8

The FA35 F2 is great for one person portraits across the table and the old SMC-F135mm F28 is stellar except for some purple fringing. Focusses way faster than my Da*50-135 although I get no fringing from the DA*.

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QuoteOriginally posted by c.a.m Quote
I’ll choose from my existing kit and assume I’d want a wide, mid, and narrow FOV. Might also wish to include a macro in the group.

DA 15mm Ltd or my next widest, K 28/3.5. The clear choice for me is the exceptional SMC DA 15.

Let’s see... SMC DA 35mm Ltd; S-M-C Takumar 35/3.5; M 50/1.7; F 50/1.7; SMC Takumar 50/1.4; SMC Macro Tak 50/4; K 55/1.8.
I’d want a fairly long spread from the 15mm, but if I choose a 50 mm or 55 mm lens, it would be too narrow for indoors. I’ll take the DA 35mm Ltd, which gives me flexibility for indoors, outdoors, and macro as a bonus. This is actually one of my most-used and best general-purpose lenses.

My choices are S-M-C 85/1.8; Tamron Adaptall 90/2.8 macro (72B); M 100/2.8; or DA* 300mm. These are all fine lenses, but the clear choice is the DA* 300 - nothing else in the kit can do what it does.

So, the kit is chosen:
SMC DA 15 Ltd
SMC DA 35 Ltd
DA* 300.

Weaknesses of this 3-lens kit:
- No optimum portrait lens, although the DA 35 would be good enough.
- Not an ideal focal length for macro shots of nature. I’ll be closing in and freaking out the insects!
- A huge spread between the 35 and 300. I guess I’d get exercise ‘zooming with my feet’ for the intermediate distances.

(I guess I'm not allowed the throw in the DA* 50-135! Darn.)


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Break the rules a bit, how about a 4 lens kit? Add the DFA 100 Macro WR to your chosen 3 and you have the best 4 lens kit you can get in my opinion.

Regards, John

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Well, I have new lenses now,
So my set of three will be DA15, DA50 and DFA100 macro WR

I'm still unsure about the DA50, it can be replaced with DA35. Not sure yet.
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QuoteOriginally posted by clackers Quote
That's a lot of stitched shots to get your sunset panorama, Tom!
Stiched shots? Sunsets? I'm a bird guy.

I'm not sure I know what these are.

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QuoteOriginally posted by 8540tomg Quote
Stiched shots? Sunsets? I'm a bird guy.

I'm not sure I know what these are.

Tom G
No 500mm towed by pack mules, Tom? And you call yourself a bird guy!
04-19-2014, 04:18 PM   #158
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my 3 primes set
  • DA15
  • F28
  • DFA100WR
But prefer to go out with a single prime or 2 at max depends on where I go.
Used to use FA35 a lot, but not sure how I ended up with F28 now! Still keep the 35 though.

06-19-2014, 07:15 AM   #159
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Mine now would be; FA31, FA77 & F*300/4.5

***** If your choice doesn't include the F*300….. you haven't owned one ******

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QuoteOriginally posted by wullemaha Quote
so here a question i want to give to you:
If you had to give away all zooms and decide on 3 primes to use from now on, which would those be for you?
Not considering bang for your buck or prices in general. I only want to know what set of 3 primes would keep you happy "forever" for your photography?
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I just finished up my long wanted set of three

da21 limited
da40 limited
da70 limited
06-19-2014, 08:32 AM   #162
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My three primes

FA 77
Canon FD 55 mm f 1.2 (permanently converted to K mount)
FA 43

FA 77
Canon FD 55 aspherical f 1.2 (permanently converted to K mount for around $1700 total cost including conversion & the Canon lens)
FA 43

If I keep thinking about this, I might decide I want the FA 31 instead of the FA 43 or instead of the Canon FD 55 aspherical. I have the Sigma 30 mm f 1.4, but love the results I see from the FA 31. This is a tough question!

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06-19-2014, 02:26 PM   #163
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I'm pretty happy with the combo of 21ltd, 43ltd, and 100wr. You cant get much more lighter and versatile than those three.(swapping 21 for 15 would also work for most)
Of course I lust after the other two FA ltds!
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21 smc
35 hd
70 smc

are my three amigos (small, light and enjoyable to use)

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but if I couldn't have th 31, I could substitute the FA43....fortunately I don't have to make that choice

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