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05-17-2015, 05:28 PM   #31
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QuoteOriginally posted by 6BQ5 Quote
What could match something like a K-30 with a DA 35mm mounted on it? I'd be missing an awesome OVF, clean ergonomics, and a great sensor. Shop used and this can be had for ~$300. Just pure camera.
All those wonderful 35mm eagle shots.
Of sports closeups.
Or scenic vistas........

Not much beats the wind in your hair while driving a Mercedes E-class Cabriolet.........but would you drive one in the snow? Or pile your kids in the back seats? Or load in up with 2x4's for you home renovation project?

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Wasn't it Cartier Bresson(famous French photographer) who walked around with a single camera and lens, I think it was a 50mm. Also 95% of his published pictures were not cropped unheard of in these days of Zooms and Photoshop. I'd say if I had to have one lens it would be a 50mm or 35mm on a cropped camera. My favorite walk around these days is the 16-45mm zoom.
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I only had one lens for my nikon. I got it as a gift. And only bought another lens because the first one broke. I guess that was my clue I never really liked the camerao
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QuoteOriginally posted by 6BQ5 Quote
The question of "if you could have only one lens ..." gets asked every so often. I'd like to know if anyone actually has only one lens. They've abandoned their LBA and they use their ILC Pentax body like a fixed lens system. This person has several 10's of thousands of images with their lone lens. They know every strength, weakness, and quirk of this lens. It's just a natural extension of their soul now. This person is so disciplined that they will sell this one lens before moving to another.

Any takers?
I have a bunch of Nikon and Pentax lenses. And when I travel I bring a subset with me. However, I often just go out with one lens, be it long, wide, macro, or whatever. In addition I pretty much always have my Coolpix A with me which has a fixed 28mm lens.


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i only came in here to see if somebody had actually answered yes to the question.

LBA is a harsh mistress.
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QuoteOriginally posted by hjoseph7 Quote
Wasn't it Cartier Bresson(famous French photographer) who walked around with a single camera and lens, I think it was a 50mm. Also 95% of his published pictures were not cropped unheard of in these days of Zooms and Photoshop. I'd say if I had to have one lens it would be a 50mm or 35mm on a cropped camera. My favorite walk around these days is the 16-45mm zoom.
Look up some of Henri Cartier-Bresson's quotes.

"Sharpness is a bourgeois concept."

“The photograph itself doesn't interest me. I want only to capture a minute part of reality.”

“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.”

“For me the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity, the master of the instant which, in visual terms, questions and decides simultaneously. In order to "give a meaning" to the world, one has to feel oneself involved in what one frames through the viewfinder. This attitude requires concentration, a discipline of the mind, sensitivity, and a sense of geometry.”

Does this sound like someone who would worry about what gear he was using?

My favorite quote...

"Of course it's all luck."

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Not quite in the one lens club, but at 3, 2 my 18-135 and da40 are my main lenses, I'm not exactly a collector either.

The odd man out is my super tak 55 f1.8, which I've only had for a few months and haven't gotten bored enough with the other two yet to swap. I think I'm taking it out this weekend though...

The 18-135 comes out when the weather is iffy or I need some reach. The 40 is my main lens, but I think a da35 limited could replace it because I like having macro abilities. Or a sigma 30mm f1.4 art.

Honestly I personally don't want more than 3, maybe 5, lenses total. a wide, a macro, a fast or fast-ish normal, and a mid range tele-zoom with a fisheye thrown in for fun.
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Only one lens???

I had only one lens for a couple of months once in 1969. Still have it - 50 mm f1.4. Peace.

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I had ONLY one lens early 80's when I bought my first SLR, Canon AV-1 if I recall correctly.
Now I have THE lens - Pentax FA77mm f1.8 Limited
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QuoteOriginally posted by mikeSF Quote
i only came in here to see if somebody had actually answered yes to the question. LBA is a harsh mistress.

Ok, I'm also tagging myself, just to see the answers.

Oh, probably "no" for me, though by my recent behavior, I'm trying to make it the 16-50 for everything.
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It's impossible to second-guess every need or motivation or situation, but I can imagine multiple reasons for a one-lens DSLR philosophy:

1. Cannot afford something else - whether new or second-hand, kit lens or other, this is the lens that was on the camera when they bought it.

2. The user doesn't need or want a broad range of lenses, but wants something out of the camera-lens combination that no P&S, smartphone or bridge camera can give them; perhaps image quality or true macro capability, or broad optical zoom range at a given aperture (remember; a lot of bridge cameras cheat and use digital zoom beyond a certain point or perhaps a particular combination of in-camera features, etc. etc.), or the ability to work without flash in low light (Sigma 18-35 f1.8, anyone?), or weather resistance for tropical conditions (e.g. K-3 or K-5 and 18-135 WR as the kit lens). The potential list goes on.

3. The true eccentric or obsessive who really does want to see if they can do it all with an SLR/other ILC and a 50mm (or equivalent focal length for system) "normal" lens, and finds that they can.

Me? Living where I do, I don't experience regular torrential downpours so I can live without WR in my lenses. But if I had to cut down to one lens for personal use (the nature of my work demands access to a true macro capability), I'd keep my 18-250 for a one-does-all approach and live with the sacrifices in IQ and speed. As an ultra-last resort, one lens only forever for work and play, it would necessarily have to be the 35mm f/2.8 Limited Macro that stayed.
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QuoteOriginally posted by cake Quote
I am also here in this category, dreaming all day about what could be the perfect lenses, but still wandering around with my only 18-135 WR, which I have to say I am quite pleased with.
But still my wife have 2 big sacks full of shoes in the pantry, that she can't even remember what is inside and I guess will never have chance to wear some of them again, not saying about the wardrobe doors that barely can close.... for some obvious reason....
so does that count?.... at least a little?
I feel your pain
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There was a period of time in the late 70's - early 80's when, due to financial reasons, my only lens was the 55/2 SMC Takumar that came with the SP1000 I bought. I learned to live it at the time and I still have it in my collection. The purpose for owning an SLR is the lens changing capability and I always was on the lookout for lenses but something always came up and the purchase never happened. Zooms were just beginning to become common but most lenses came with a 50 or 55 mm prime. To be honest, I could live with just my Sigma 17-70. It's an excellent lens and it's on my camera most of the time.

A lot of people bought DSLR's with a super zoom like the 18-250's. Early digital P&S cameras had terrible shutter lag and for a while, the DSLR was the only reliable way to capture quick moving kids and soccer moms and dads all bought them. People buy them for the burst capability, not the fact that you can change lenses. Newer P&S cameras have improved but few can match the DSLR in terms of speed and the ones that do cost just as much or more.

If I was stuck with just one lens, I would quickly find myself in a creative slump and bored. I love my DA 10-17 fisheye and the different view of the world it gives you. I love the dramatic sky I can capture with the DA15 as well as the starbursts. I love different bokeh effects. I have a cheap 500/8 mirror lens that I can have a lot of fun with on bright, sunny days playing with the donut bokeh. To sum it up, my photography would become nothing more than snapshots if I couldn't change lenses and I own a P&S and a smart phone for that.
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QuoteOriginally posted by clackers Quote
If I had to, it would be the 35mm Sigma f1.4 Art, zooming with the feet.
Oh how I want this lens...

---------- Post added 06-06-15 at 08:32 PM ----------

When I bought my first Pentax, it was a K-30 from the Marketplace here...

It was just the body and I was tight on cash after. Being my first DSLR ever I wanted to learn the basics and have to go through this phase entirely manual.
So I opted for a Rikenon 50mm f1.7 from the Marketplace as well; best $20 I've ever spent!

I only had my K-30 and this manual 50mm f1.7 for months. That being said I had no idea what I was doing and it was the perfect learning experience.
I was 'exposed' (no pun intended) to using the aperture ring, manual focus, shooting manual, etc.

I still have this lens and now it is primarily used with a reverse ring for macro.

Now that I have had some time to learn the basics and find my niche, the Sigma 50-500 OS hasn't left my K-30 since I bought it.
I can honestly say I'd be fine with selling off everything but my K-30 and Bigma; until I can fund a K-3 purchase! (and as long as I can keep my Induro carbon fiber monopod, lol)


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