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05-23-2015, 12:19 AM   #31
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05-23-2015, 12:28 AM   #32
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QuoteOriginally posted by ZoeB Quote
Speak for yourselves! Between aurora, polar night and ski season, the winter/early spring is photographically my busiest season!
I'm too far south for most auroras, still far enough north to have too short days. I'm not a student mind you I spend the few hours of bad daylight at work.

Besides, I really, really don't like cold weather. I'm much happier when it's 30C above freezing.

The good thing with winter is that I soooo easily get excited over new lenses
05-23-2015, 01:03 AM   #33
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The DA wide zoom on the roadmap. Current 12-24 is great so if that new one is even better + WR ....
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That's interesting, the 20-40 is my least interesting lens right now

Maybe it's just because I've gotten a DA21, FA 31& 43 since I've got the 20-40, but the one that really put it on the shelf was the 16-85. Other than being light & small for a zoom, for me it's just lost it's shine. It's not a bad lens, it just doesn't do enough, well enough to choose it over these other lenses. It's been packaged back up and in closet for now, see if I miss it.

bdery: Agree, the DA16-85 is a exciting lens, it's been a big surprise how well it does.
This is interesting.

I have yet to see an image from 16-85 that will "wow" me. Based on a couple of available images, the 18-135 (I have one) seems to produce sharper, more contrasty, and subjectively better pictures. My 18-135 has been an outstanding lens as soon as I've understood its limitations. Granted, the 16-85 is relatively a new lens, so I may be using too small a sample.

On the other hand, I have been seeing impressive outputs from 20-40, but this lens has been hounded by criticisms of sample variability, especially with the earlier batch.

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QuoteOriginally posted by drypenn Quote
This is interesting.

I have yet to see an image from 16-85 that will "wow" me. Based on a couple of available images, the 18-135 (I have one) seems to produce sharper, more contrasty, and subjectively better pictures. My 18-135 has been an outstanding lens as soon as I've understood its limitations. Granted, the 16-85 is relatively a new lens, so I may be using too small a sample.

On the other hand, I have been seeing impressive outputs from 20-40, but this lens has been hounded by criticisms of sample variability, especially with the earlier batch.
Don't keep my comments from checking out the 20-40 if you have the desire, it has a nice build & feel to it and does produce nice images, which why I'm not in a hurry to sell it. Though to be fair, maybe I should have it checked out to be sure it's working correctly.
But back to the reason for this thread (sorry about the sidetrack) I am "excited" about the 16-85 and what it can do. Also "excited" about my new FA43, really liking it so far, maybe even better than the FA31.
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Just picked up a Mint Bellows-Takumar 100mm 4.0 lens and cant wait to use it. Macro and infinity focus are a new thing I never tried before.
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Also "excited" about my new FA43, really liking it so far, maybe even better than the FA31.
This reflects my "excitedness" as well. Haven't had the 31 for very long, though (and now it's in for repair) but it has not managed to get the 43 out of my bag - or even off my camera most of the time.
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And.....a Near mint SMC-K 35mm 3.5 I just scored today at a yardsale for $15 not 30minutes ago......that makes 3 of them in 3 weeks....! Yes.....scoooore !


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It would have to be the SMC Pentax-A* 400mm F2.8 ED [IF].

Not sure on what or when I would use it... but it certainly is a big boy and would no doubt extend the range of my candid street photography.
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It would have to be the SMC Pentax-A* 400mm F2.8 ED [IF].

Not sure on what or when I would use it... but it certainly is a big boy and would no doubt extend the range of my candid street photography.
Oooohhh......That Baby would have me starting a whole new Post on here. However I don't think it would be very easy to go stealth with that stuck on the end....lol.
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I`m about to pull the trigger on a new tele...the sigma 500mm F4.5 is probably out of reach so now I`m having a hard time to decide between the new DFA 150-450 and the Sigma 300mm F2.8. I really was exited about the WR and wide-open capabilities of the DFA but I just found a extensive thread on the net about the 300mm F2.8 including shots with the 1.4 and 2x TC`s from Sigma (allready owning the first). 420mm F4 and 600mm F5.6 sound (and look, judging by the images in that thread) awefully good
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The lens I'm saving for is the FA 31mm Ltd. The last of the three amigos, and the only lens I am allowing myself to buy. Within six months. Nothing else. Definitely. Oh, but there is the DA*300 that has just appeared second-hand in the local camera shop.......
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I don't think it would be very easy to go stealth with that stuck on the end
Think I'd need to take up a gym membership too before I could hand hold that bad boy.
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I'm excited about the Pentax F 70-210 and the Promura 28mm M42 lenses i won on ebay last night for $47.00 and $31.00. With any luck they will do the job for what i need them for, which stopping is me from justifying spending entirely too much money on their modern counterparts.

Tax time is coming up. With my return I plan on buying a Sigma 18-35 Art and a Sigma 8-16. After this big purchase, hopefully i can stop buying lenses for the foreseeable future
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QuoteOriginally posted by silver_dragon Quote
I'm excited about the Pentax F 70-210 and the Promura 28mm M42 lenses i won on ebay last night for $47.00 and $31.00. With any luck they will do the job for what i need them for.
Pentax F 70-210 is a decent lens...Your gonna be surprised ! Noisy and full of torque....But does the job well.
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