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04-10-2018, 04:41 PM   #1
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Thinning the herd

Folks, I'm thinking of thinning down my kit. I currently have all the DA limited primes, and the FA50 and DFA 100. I find myself picking one or two lenses for a trip and leave the rest. So, what do all think of trading the 40, 50 and 70 for the DA* 55? I would be using this combo on a KP body. I would normally pair the 55 with either the 21 or 15 for general travel, and I would replace the 55 with the 100 macro for nature.

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I too have the same plan, but I'd gone the zoom route (20-40) and hopefully *55/1.4 and DFA100M for a complete WR set up without taking too much weight during trips. Before the 20-40, the 21 was mainly attached lens plus a short telephoto as an alternate lens, but sometimes, I longed for a fast glass especially night shots during trips, hence the *55/1.4 appeals me.

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So far with my KP I have used the DA 20-40, DA 55-300 PLM and my FA 77 the most. In fact I think other than some Macro with my Vivitar Series 1 and a few dozen shots with my DA 17-70, those are the only lenses I have used so I have to agree with Wed7 here and tell you to get the 20-40 maybe keep your 70 with the 100. Two with WR and one for portrait type of shooting.
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Sounds like a good idea, so long as you're sure you won't regret the decision two months later.
The others have good recommendations, too, but the 55 would be nice for low light situations, bokeh, weather sealing and such.

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QuoteOriginally posted by ncallender Quote
So, what do all think of trading the 40, 50 and 70 for the DA* 55? I would normally pair the 55 with either the 21 or 15 for general travel, and I would replace the 55 with the 100 macro for nature.
I agree and think that replacing the 40/50/70 with the DA*55 and pairing with a 15 or 21 wide makes sense. Not so sure about it as a replacement for the 100 macro. Minimum focus is around 1.5 feet (vs. just under 1 foot on the 100macro) and max reproduction ratio is 1:6 (vs. 1:1).
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QuoteOriginally posted by ncallender Quote
Folks, I'm thinking of thinning down my kit. I currently have all the DA limited primes, and the FA50 and DFA 100. I find myself picking one or two lenses for a trip and leave the rest. So, what do all think of trading the 40, 50 and 70 for the DA* 55? I would be using this combo on a KP body. I would normally pair the 55 with either the 21 or 15 for general travel, and I would replace the 55 with the 100 macro for nature.
I'd say that two of my favorite portrait lenses on APSC are the DA 40 and DA 70 and I don't have a 55 1.4 to compare to... but your approach is rational and I can't fault it for you.
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Lately, I've been using my DA 18-250mm more and more! Such convenience is hard to match!
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Lately, I've been using my DA 18-250mm more and more! Such convenience is hard to match!
I picked up a well loved one here on the forums and it really is an easy solution for many situations. If it was WR it would be pretty close to perfect for a screw drive lens. (Which means it works well with most TCs also!)

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I'm at my minimum: 6 primes and 3 zooms plus the 1.4 rear converter

it ranges from WA ish to long telephoto and a dedicated macro along with fast (1.8, 2.0, 2.8 ) apertures

a couple of * lenses and a limited

I like to take vacations and try to capture wildlife photos so I like having the long telephotos

I have no problem picking what I think I might need for a specific situation and leaving the rest at home or in the car


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SMC Pentax-DA 1.8 50 mm prime

SMC Pentax-D FA 2.8 100 mm macro prime

SMC DA * 300mm F 4 ED (IF ) SDM
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HD Pentax-D FA* 70-200mm F2.8 ED DC AW

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I've got a 550 Pelican case that I pack around in the trunk of my car on just about every outing. In it, I've got lenses from a Tamron SPAF 10-24mm to a Sigma APO DG 70-300mm 1:2 Macro lens. I've got a few primes, a few zooms, a couple of older manual focus lenses ( M 100mm f:2.8, and a Sears 28mm Macro zone lens), two 1:1 Macro lenses, some old, comfortable favorites and a couple just because I have room in the case. Most never get used, but if.... IF.... the occasion ever arose when I needed to photograph that bull elk out in the meadow or the honey bee on the wild flower at my feet, I'm good to go!
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Thinning the herd? What is this madness? You have way too few lenses as it is

Personally though, despite its immaculate quality I didn't really bond with the DA40, and if the stellar DA*55 is calling you I'd consider ditching it and the FA50.

No way would I part with the 15, 21, 35 and 70 Limiteds, or the DFA100WR. That is crop Nirvana right there.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Sandy Hancock Quote
Thinning the herd? What is this madness? You have way too few lenses as it is

Personally though, despite its immaculate quality I didn't really bond with the DA40, and if the stellar DA*55 is calling you I'd consider ditching it and the FA50.

No way would I part with the 15, 21, 35 and 70 Limiteds, or the DFA100WR. That is crop Nirvana right there.
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KP Travel Bag: HD 21/40/70 + 28~105. In the drawer for occasions: SMC15/4 + SMC35/2.8 Macro. I wouldn’t.
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