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06-02-2008, 12:03 PM   #1
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LBA AND Permission to Buy

I just got a small bonus at work and my wife being the GREAT!!! lady that she is says, why don't you go and buy yourself a new lens. After I got up off the floor my first question to myself is which one. I have a number on my list and need a little advice to make up my mind.

Pentax SMCP-DA* 50-135mm f/2.8.6 ED

Pentax SMCP-DA 40mm f/2.8 ( I have the 50 1/4 so I'm not sure I need this one)+

Pentax SMCP-FA 35mm f/2.0

Pentax SMCP-FA 21mm f/3.2

Pentax SMCP-DA 70mm f/2.4

I can't get all of them so it's either the 50-135, or the 35 and 21 or the 70. I'm really leaning toward the 50-135 but I need some help making up my mind.

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Shawn

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QuoteOriginally posted by MShawn63 Quote
I just got a small bonus at work and my wife being the GREAT!!! lady that she is says, why don't you go and buy yourself a new lens. After I got up off the floor my first question to myself is which one. I have a number on my list and need a little advice to make up my mind.

Pentax SMCP-DA* 50-135mm f/2.8.6 ED

Pentax SMCP-DA 40mm f/2.8 ( I have the 50 1/4 so I'm not sure I need this one)+

Pentax SMCP-FA 35mm f/2.0

Pentax SMCP-FA 21mm f/3.2

Pentax SMCP-DA 70mm f/2.4

I can't get all of them so it's either the 50-135, or the 35 and 21 or the 70. I'm really leaning toward the 50-135 but I need some help making up my mind.

Thanks,
Shawn
First of all, it's a trap. If you buy that lens, you will be doing the lawn, dishes and washing for 10 years to come or it is the "Well, you get what you want, why shouldn't I get what I want?". FIENDISH.

Second, hoard manual lenses, you'll get alot of excellent prime glass for the same money. ;D

If thats not good enough for you, get the DA*.
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Well I fell into the lawn/dishes trap 23 years ago, so I'm not worried about that, and I'm saving up for the diamond earings for our next anivesary.

I do have some very nice manual glass already, but my 134-400 is heavy and I want something to go with my Sigma 24-70 2.3.
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QuoteOriginally posted by MShawn63 Quote
Well I fell into the lawn/dishes trap 23 years ago, so I'm not worried about that, and I'm saving up for the diamond earings for our next anivesary.

I do have some very nice manual glass already, but my 134-400 is heavy and I want something to go with my Sigma 24-70 2.3.
What about a Bigma?

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I guess the first question will be what's focal range you want to cover?
Second is what do you already have?
Third is do you mind the significant differences between DA and FA/F lenses?

Then you budget range will also help to make the decision. Also you might consider new future add-ons if you wife keep her perfect attitude to you extra bonus.
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If I had the cash I'd be going the 50-135 out of that listing.
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Pentax SMCP-DA* 50-135mm f/2.8.6 ED Awsome choice

Pentax SMCP-DA* 50-135mm f/2.8.6 ED

Awsome Lense with my K10D here is a sample Picture ...



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The 50-135, hands down!

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I've thought about the Bigma, but I have the Sigma 135-400 f4 already which I really like. Someone asked what I already have, so this is what I'm carrying in my bag

K10D, backup *iSTD
Sigma 24-70 f2.8
Pentax 50 1.4
Pentax 18-55 (gotta love the kit lens)
Sigma 28-105 2.8/4
Tamron 18-200 this is my walk around lens

I do a lot of weddings and events. I volunteer for 2 breast cancer groups doing their event photography. I'm really leaning toward the 50-135 which would let me have a nice combination with the Sigma.

Thanks,
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get the 50-135.

then sell off the kitlens, sigma 28-105 and 18-200 and get Sigma 150-500 whenever it arrives .
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If they are all in your budget, get the most expensive one, chances are you can get the really cheap 40/2.8 for father's day or birthday. (I love mine, and people don't feel bothered by "that guy with the big lens")

The 50-135 will get you the most use and is the hardest to get at any other given point in time but now.

The problem with the 40/2.8 is also that you will go "Pancakes are fun, now i want the 21/3.2 and 70/2.4 for a small prime + body pack".

And like you said, the 50-135/2.8 will complement the Sigma 24-70/2.8 for events.

You already made up your mind, me thinks, you just wanted to hear 50-135/2.8 a few times....
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I really do want the 50-135 so I'm going to pull the trigger on that and get my wife a P&S at the same time.

My plan is to collect all the pancakes along the way

Thanks for confirming right thing to do.

Shawn
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Limiteds are just like Lays, can't have just one
the 50-135 is much more versatile than the pancakes
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I pulled the trigger on the 50-135 last night and ordered from Adorama. I should have it by the weekends so I'll post pictures after I get it.

Thanks for the advice. Now I have to start saving for the pancakes.
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I will say you might consider a SWA next as you already have good enough coverage for most of the wedding. Sigma gives you coverage up to 105mm which is long enough in most of the wedding scenario, given you are shooting k10d with 1.5 crop factor. 135mm end of 50-135mm equals 200mm on full frame, which might be too tight for wedding shooting while you need two or more face in the photo. Super wide angel give you advantage in indoor event and you will shoot from some different purspective. Anyway, enjoy the 50-135mm and cherish it no more than your lovely wife.
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