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08-24-2008, 12:42 PM   #16
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I got the 50/1.7, 135/3.5, and 80-200/4.5 all for around $120.00. A kit put on auction at the thrift store. All the "good" SMC-M. That's value.

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Value Lens?

How about the F 35-70mm F3.5-4.5? I got one from KEH for $45 shipped, and it almost never leaves my camera.
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I like the list that the OP currently has. It has all good performers that are less "fashionable" these days. With the emergence of DA35 and DA17-70, both FA35 and DA 16-45 are getting over looked and good bargains for these are common. Both lens have great user comments and lab test results for photozone.

The lens I like to add to the list is Sigma 24-60. Its the the best bargain 2.8 out there hands down. If you search around it has great built quailty, very smooth bokeh, and very sharp across the range. At 50mm, the Sigma is even sharper than the DA*50-135 at F4.0 and above. The only down side is, I think the long end doesn't quite extend all the way to 60mm. Maybe they should called it Sigma EX 24-56mm. But wouldn't that be weird.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Marc Sabatella Quote
Among current lenses, the DA40 is a fabulous deal, as is the FA50 if you don't mind the build quality and can live without quick shift. The 18-55 and 50-200 go with saying as being finefor what they cost.

After that, when I think bang for the buck, I think of the $100-and-under M & A lenses: 28/2.8, 50/1.7, 100/2.8, 135/3.5, 200/4.
Also keep an eye out for the M 50/4.0 macro (50% max. magnification). It's useful as a macro lens and as a general-purpose lens (except when you need faster than f/4.0), and a heckuva lot easier to carry around than the 100mm-ish 1:1 macros.

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I agree with the original post and would add the following:
  • MC Zenitar 16/2.8 (for the wide-end)
  • Sigma EX DG 50/2.8 Macro (for the little stuff)
  • MC Jupiter-9 85/2
  • Tokina 19-35/3.5-4.5
  • Various Tamron consumer-grade AF zooms (a full list would require another thread!)

Some might argue that the Zenitar and Jupiter-9 don't belong since they are manual focus, non-A lenses. But the criteria is bang for the buck and both of these lenses definitely deliver plenty of bang for very little buck. The careful reader might also note that my signature reflects a few of these choices. An even more careful reader might also note that I have written reviews here for both the Tokina 19-35 and the Tamron 28-200. Those two lenses I bought as a basic kit for my daughter to use with her K10D. She recently sold several images made with the Tamron.


(Bang for the buck is my middle name...)

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Another one I might add to my own list:

Sigma AF 50mm f/2.8 EX macro DG
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Nearly all Chinon lenses go for a song on the bay.
I have a slight addiction to this brand and own 28/2.8 35/2.8 50/1.4 50/1.7 135/2.8 and 28-85/4 (rebranded RMC Tokina). I got all of these in mint condition for less than 12€ (28-85/4 20€) each including shipping from UK. With the exception of the 28/2.8, which is way too soft fully open for my taste (maybe also my copy), all lenses are tack sharp and optically comparable to the Pentax pendants and have beautifully crafted all metal barrels. The only thing i could bother is: The aperture of the 50/1.4 only has 6 blades, so the bokeh is a bit harsh. In all other aspects i find these Chinons are a very big bang for the buck!

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