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Two zooms 3828.36%
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06-10-2018, 06:33 PM - 1 Like   #1
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You have 2 lenses, primes or zooms?

A continuation of the discussion here.

If you could have only two lenses (oh, the horror!) would you choose two zooms, two primes, or one of each?

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Definitely one of each- one for high-quality shots, and one for snapshots and everyday stuff!

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QuoteOriginally posted by Adam Quote
Definitely one of each- one for high-quality shots, and one for snapshots and everyday stuff!
Me, too!

I'd get one consumer super zoom plus the new Pentax 50/1.4.
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Yeah i have to go one zoom for mediocre but catch all shots and one prime for the special stuff. I think here I would go for my Rikenon 105 2.8 macro - capable for portrait , macro and bokeh type shots. If you want the finest quality wide landscape you can shoot the zoom at a longer focal length and stitch the result.

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I never know what I want to shoot. I am an eclectic photographer without a focus on a particular genre. Ergo, zooms.

But isn't that really the point? Doesn't your own photographic direction determine the lenses you choose?
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The 16-85 and my Sigma 30; or the FA43 depending on likely distance to my subject.
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the HD Pentax-DA 16-85mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR

and the SMC Pentax-DA* 300mm F4 ED [IF] SDM

if I had to choose only two of what I have
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A 50mm and a 135mm (K50 f1.4, K135 f2.5). When I get the K30 f2.8, I'll see if that 50 drops off. Zooming with my feet, and cropping to fit.

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QuoteOriginally posted by photoptimist Quote
Me, too!

I'd get one consumer super zoom plus the new Pentax 50/1.4.
My experience with super zooms was not good. As long as I have an APS-C camera, the 18-135mm and 55-300mm lenses would be just great. If someone would give me a FF camera, I'd get 28-something DFA lens. In either case, with my choice of subjects, the 50mm f/1.4 lens would stay in my bag most of the time, so in might as well be in someone else's bag so I don't have to borrow money to purchase it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Riggomatic Quote
A 50mm and a 135mm (K50 f1.4, K135 f2.5). When I get the K30 f2.8, I'll see if that 50 drops off. Zooming with my feet, and cropping to fit.
"Cropping with feet" isn't for me - it chains perspective and framing together; I'd much rather have a zoom so I can choose where to stand based on perspective, and then choose focal length based on framing.
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On crop, the DA 18-135, and I guess the FA 43. That's a total compromise move, wanting something between a hot 28mm, and a fast 50. I don't like 35mm primes on crop.

On film, probably a good 28-70 or 28-75, and I guess the DA 70? This would be so much easier with a third lens!
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One of each.
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One of each. Since I love macro it would be either the fa*200mm f4 macro or the voightlander 125mm f2.5. The zoom is tricky. It would have to be full frame and span uwa and wide angle. Probably the dfa 15-30mm but I would be evaluating the fa20-35 and f24-50 as alternatives.

Hard reality to consider for sure
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If the question was " if you are allowed three lenses" then I would go for 3 primes and no zooms so I think we need another poll!!
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One of each. For all the reasons stated above.
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