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07-16-2017, 12:05 PM   #1
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For 2000$ which lens would you choose...

Say you're a person with serious dough in your pocket and you like photography, would spend 2000$ on SMC Pentax A* 135mm ? SMC Pentax A* 200mm? Or the DFA 150-450mm? What does common sense say? I am sure some of you're nostalgic, but based on sheer performance (color rendition, Sharpness all over, weather resistance, character, bokeh, Autofocus and manual focus.) Which one would you choose? I know what I would choose.

07-16-2017, 12:12 PM   #2
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Depends what your needs are. Some 135mm and 300mm lenses are really stunning, but I dont use those focal lengths to justify more than a cheap old lens.
For $2000 I would get a bunch of normal to ultra wide primes. Currently Im really interested in the third party stuff like Laowa and Irix. And the FA limiteds sounds great too
Also, Id get a nice custom lens from DCshooter
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I have the FA 31, FA 77, DA* 55 on my list, but I never found a good used copy with affordable price, so I would get these.
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QuoteOriginally posted by SunnyG. Quote
would spend 2000$ on SMC Pentax A* 135mm ? SMC Pentax A* 200mm?
I'm lucky enough to already own both of these lenses, so for me that answer is no.

But in reply to your question... it's a bit like asking which car should I drive, without knowing a whole lot more, it's impossible to judge or answer sensibly.

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If you gave me $2000 and forced me to buy one lens with it, I'd go for one of the * 200mm macros.

If you gave me $2000 and I was allowed to spend it on any camera equipment I wanted, I'd spread it out among several less expensive things that would probably make more of an overall difference for me.
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I would get a copy of the legendary A* 85mm f/1.4. The market regards it very highly and it commands higher prices than even the FA* 85mm f/1.4. The FA* is wonderful for portraits but the A* is more of an all rounder that the FA* apparently. It has FREE (fixed rear element extension) focussing that its younger autofocussing sibling lacks. That means that it is sharper at infinity.

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QuoteOriginally posted by SunnyG. Quote
I know what I would choose.
So this is just a silly question?

QuoteOriginally posted by SunnyG. Quote
What does common sense say?
Common sense says that the DFA zoom is the only one with weather resistance and that all are well-regarded as excellent for intended purpose. Common sense says that there are few purpose-driven points for comparison between the lenses listed. The hypothetical buyer should spend their $2000 on whichever lens meets their need.

Common sense also says that it is silly to be writing this comment

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2G's for lenses? For kmount, I'd get a Samyang 24mm f1.4, a Kerlee 35mm f1.2, and Pentax SMC-A 50mm f1.2

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Between those three, I would get the 150-450. Those other lenses are cool sounding but don't seem to offer enough additional utility on top of some cheaper solutions at that focal length, like the Pentax-A 70-210. The reach of the 150-450 with that level of quality is much harder to get with cheaper options.
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I have invested over the years on more lenses than I need. So right now I don't want (not need) to buy any more lenses just for the sake of spending money. As a matter of fact, I sold 5 lenses recently because I have not touched them for more than 5 years. I acquired a second system for travel.

On the other hand, if someone hands me 2 grand to spend on K-mount lenses, these are two: Pentax 15-30 (FF) and Sigma 18-35 (APS-C). They are totally redundant in my situation, however.
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DFA*70-200, without a question. Fortunately for my LBA I already have it.

I also have a FA31 (two actually), FA43, A50/1.2, FA77 and FA*85 (and FA20, FA*24, F28, DA*55, DFA100WR, DA*300 and a bunch of other stuff), but they don't hold a candle to the big new(ish) zoom.

If the upcoming DFA* primes are in the same league there are good times ahead for Pentax.
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I'm going to agree with Sandy here. DFA* 70-200 is the best lens on my K1, it's a stellar performer and it feels right. best autofocus performance I've had on the k1.
here's a snap from my balcony last week. Since I already have this lens, if I was going to buy a new lens it'd be the 150-450.
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Something ultra-wide, or very telephoto, like the zoom, or both, depending on pricing. I've got from about 16mm (fisheye) to 300mm (via zoom lens) covered for full-frame. I assume a traditional lens at 500mm would be easier to focus than a mirror lens, anyway.
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I'd pick the one with the highest resale value, eBay it, and buy other things (FA77, something bright & wide for astro, new tripod, better polarizing filters, etc.).

But if you forced me to keep one of those three, I'd pick the 150-450 for it's reach and versatility.
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For those money, I would go with the D FA 150-450.
I find paying $2000 for A-series lenses exaggerated. Another option, I would wait for the new D FA* lenses, $2000 might cover the price for the new D FA* 85mm f/1.4...

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