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05-27-2008, 06:13 PM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by gokenin Quote
thanks guys for the answers so I really dont feel guilty try to pick up the 24,28,50 macro and the 85 to try and round out my prime list. I have to say since i have been using primes i find using zooms to be less intersting to me
Way to Go!!

<=== (* Been using primes since the 70s. *)

On topic: When I first got into photography I picked up a 70-210 zoom to compliment the M-50mm kit lens on my K1000. Was never happy with it. Once the Vivitar 135 f/2.8 found space in the bag, the big zoom never saw daylight again. For years the only lenses I carried were the 50mm and 135mm. That's all I really needed for work purposes (press pass has advantages). If I had been using the equipment for personal use, a 28mm range for 'round the house and a 200mm or 300mm telephoto for sports/outdoors would have found their way into the bag. That's it. Nothing else.

With digital, I have a 28mm, 50mm, 135mm and a 70-300 zoom just for kicks. I actually got the zoom for the macro capability. To complete my kit, I'm hunting a 16 to 20mm and something around 70 to 90mm range. Maaaaybe a longer telephoto if I come across one at the right price. All primes and manual focus - auto aperture. Then I'm done.

I'll get a picture of the old 135mm workhorse, hang on...

Here it is:



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05-27-2008, 11:59 PM   #17
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Nice to see a well used old lens. Kind of like an old pair of shoes...the finish isn't nice but the fit is great
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QuoteOriginally posted by Wheatfield Quote
I would prefer to use primes exclusively, and have tried to keep focal length spacing to a minimum.
So, in primes I have all Pentax lenses:
14mm, 15mm, 17mm (fisheye), 20mm, 21mm, 24mm, 28mm (2), 31mm, 35mm (2) 40mm (2), 50mm (at least 8), 70mm, 77mm, 85mm, (2) 100mm (macro), 105mm, 150mm, 200mm, 300mm, 400mm, and 600mm.
In order to get wider than what Pentax makes in primes, I have the 10-17mm and 12-24mm.

I also have non Pentax 17mm, 58mm and 500mm.
I am in awe of your collection. But do I detect something missing at 135mm?
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QuoteOriginally posted by tranq78 Quote
I am in awe of your collection. But do I detect something missing at 135mm?
The 150mm is close enough. I almost bought a 135/2.5 yesterday, but let it slide as it wasn't an A series lens.
I might change my mind on it.

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In Takumar/Pentax primes I have:
28/3.5
50/1.4
50/1.7 (K mount)
(2)55/2 (One is that strange lens I mentioned that opens beyond f2)
55/1.8
105/2.8
135/3.5
and hanging around somewhere are a couple of Vivitars from the 1970s, a 35 and a 200. All of these are M42 unless noted since I quite often use my H1a and H3v and an old Coronet B light meter to shoot with.

I guess though after reading about others using them, I need to get the K mount adapter and try all those M42s out on my K100D Super.

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got my hands on a 85 f1.9 super takumar just waiting for it to show up in the mail hope its a good one one down soooo many more to go
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QuoteOriginally posted by gokenin Quote
got my hands on a 85 f1.9 super takumar just waiting for it to show up in the mail...
I hate you. I will be waiting to mug your postman.

That's a fantastic lens, you won't regret the purchase.

Straightshooter, do my eyes deceive me, or are you missing an A series fast 50??

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As I recall the 70's, the standard lens "assortment" was 24 | 35 | 80 | or 28 | 50 | 100.

Truth be told I have a randomly assembled lens list.

Here's what I have - that I plan to keep:

Manual: K24/2.8, K28/3.5, K35/3.5, K50/1.4, SMCT50/1.4, VS1 105, SMCT135/3.5
AF: FA35/2, FA50/1.4

Sell Manual: K35/3.5, M50/2, M50/2, M50/1.7, SMCT200/4, K200/4 + zoom M75~150 & VS1 70~210 ver. 2
Buy AF: FA43L, FA77L, DA 55~300 - maybe FA31L


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I only have a few primes compared to a lot of you guys:
21, 31, 35 Macro Shortly, 40, 43, 50mm 1.4 and 2.0, 70, 100 and 500 Mirror.

Oh and I forgot the best a Holga 60mm fixed f8.0 plastic element lens.

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I have only 35, 50, 77, 100; kinda 20mm apart for each of them :P , 2 50mm just because I want to have the 1.2

I still have the feeling that it is kinda waste if not go for prime lens in Pentax system, as Pentax has great prime line up and cheaper price too.
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QuoteOriginally posted by monochrome Quote
snip, snip...
Sell Manual: K35/3.5, M50/2, M50/2, M50/1.7, SMCT200/4, K200/4 + zoom M75~150 & VS1 70~210 ver. 2
Buy AF: FA43L, FA77L, DA 55~300 - maybe FA31L
Once you get done selling all those lenses, you may very well have enough money to buy one off your buy list--I'm thinking either the DA55-300 or the FA43.

My current primes include the DA35 macro and the A100/4 macro. I'd definitely like to add something at the wider end like the DA21. On the other hand, KEH currently has a A20/2.8 for sale for $599 that I wouldn't mind getting my hands on either--I just don't have $599 laying around to spend at the moment.

On the longer end, I've thought about getting a fast 50 and/or the DA70 to fill in the gap between 50 & 100. Part of me just says to go ahead and get both, but then the other part says that the whole idea of getting a set of small primes is portability and that I don't need to be hauling around 5 primes if portability is the purpose. I guess if I had as many primes as some of you do, I would have to pick and choose which ones I would carry on any given shoot.

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Heather, looking at your collection a fast 50 is needed. The 50mm focal length is covered by a Sigma at roughly f/4 and again at f/4 with the big DA zoom. You should have a speedy bit of glass there. The compactness of a fast 50 for outside people shooting won't hurt either.
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QuoteOriginally posted by gokenin Quote
got my hands on a 85 f1.9 super takumar just waiting for it to show up in the mail hope its a good one one down soooo many more to go
Ahhhhh ... such a beautiful lens indeed ... i have had mine a couple of weeks now ... ad I keep going back to it and playing around with it ... it produces the best colours and contrast. You will not be sorry getting this one.
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Ahhhhh ... such a beautiful lens indeed ... i have had mine a couple of weeks now ... ad I keep going back to it and playing around with it ... it produces the best colours and contrast. You will not be sorry getting this one.
Mechank it looks like we are heading down the same path with our Taks I am waiting for my 105 and 85 to show up and am looking for either a 28 or 24mm for wide
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I have been having fun with my 85 and 135 that I haven't touched the 28 in about a week.
I am tempted to head out with the 28 over the weekend and get some landscapes in if I can.

I have the 105 on the way soon (just purchased it this morning) ... and the 200 f/4 as well .... I need to get back to a forum member about.

Other than that .... I remember hearing there was a FE Super tak .... or it may have been a zenitar ... I can't remember ... either one ... I wouldn't mind getting for the FE effect and super wide area as well.
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