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02-23-2019, 12:52 PM   #31
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I'm as bad.

02-23-2019, 02:58 PM   #32
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Don't know what camera you are using, but I would consider getting rid of your 18-55mm kit lens and go for the DA 20-40mm f/2.8-4 WR Limited. That would fill in a gap you have without having to deal with more primes and lens-changing, yet have a high quality upgrade.
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Take an old screwdrive 55-300, point at bird in the sky, then hit autofocus. WWWHHHRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR. And it never focuses on anything. The PLM mightn't focus on anything either, but at least it's fast and it keeps it to itself. And mine has nicer out-of-focus areas.

The old screwdrive versions are fine if you really, truly have a budget capped at $150. But if you can scrape and scrounge $350 the PLM is a joy.
In good light using Spot AF on K-1 or KP the original SMC DA55~300 is fast enough to focus and locks just fine. Additionally it produces images with rich, bright, deep colors, especially blues. I still use mine for light hiking when I don’t want to carry a big, heavy lens.
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I know if I change those lenses will have other inner voices: get leica or zeiss, get a k1 or even a 645z...
Guaranteed. But you gotta think of it like life. It's not a destination; it's the journey, the process.

You just don't want to replace something better with something different. Technically, the Zeiss or the Leica have less "flaws" but IMO less character.

And for what I do with my photos, FF and MF take it to another level. That's not LBA, it's ZEN.

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Don't know what camera you are using, but I would consider getting rid of your 18-55mm kit lens and go for the DA 20-40mm f/2.8-4 WR Limited. That would fill in a gap you have without having to deal with more primes and lens-changing, yet have a high quality upgrade.
I'm more than satisfied with my Tamron 17-50mm. Really, really excellent lens!

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QuoteOriginally posted by monochrome Quote
In good light using Spot AF on K-1 or KP the original SMC DA55~300 is fast enough to focus and locks just fine. Additionally it produces images with rich, bright, deep colors, especially blues. I still use mine for light hiking when I don’t want to carry a big, heavy lens.
Yes, a very good lens, sharp at every focal and aperture and for me a very good landscape lens, too!

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Guaranteed. But you gotta think of it like life. It's not a destination; it's the journey, the process.

You just don't want to replace something better with something different. Technically, the Zeiss or the Leica have less "flaws" but IMO less character.

And for what I do with my photos, FF and MF take it to another level. That's not LBA, it's ZEN.
Good point! "No character!" My lenses and my camera have character! A big one!!!
Let's see what I've had if I remember: Smc Pentax m 50mm f1.7, Vivitar 28mm f2.8 close focus, Pentacon 50mm f1.8, Fujinon 55mm f2.2 ( Maybe the best colors I have seen in a lens), Sigma 30mm f1.4 first version (strange rendering but very smooth bokeh), Sigma art 30mm f1.4 (didn't like the rendering, muted colors, very bad CA), Tamron 28-200mm (very good colors, contrast but pretty unsharp), Rikenon 50mm f2, Smc Pentax 55-300mm (little fungus), Samyang 85mm as if (little fungus)...
What I have and what Iike about them:
15mm limited - great colors, contrast, sharpness
31mm limited - not a big love for the moment, but one of the best bokeh I have seen, 3d pop sometimes
Smc f 50mm f1.7 - my precious, best lens for flowers, Christmas lights, bright image and fa limited feeling...
Smc A 50mm f1.7 - cover for f version
Pentax da 55mm sdm - best colors and contrast, on par with my Sigma 105mm macro, vintage defined edges bokeh until f2, smooth bokeh above
Helios 58mm f2 - unique bokeh
Samyang 85mm f1.4 - one of the smoothest bokeh and I think that on this chapter only it's better than 77mm limited!
Sigma 105 macro - crazy colors and contrast, very smooth bokeh
Smc pentax 18-55mm - not very sharp but unique rendering, don't know how to describe, great lens for black and white photography!
Tamron 17-50mm - a prime sharpness, great colors, contrast, it can't do bad pictures!
Hd Pentax da 55-300mm - my go to lens for birds and other animals, surprisingly good for macro and a very good landscape lens!
So, I don't need anything else! Say it!

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My inner voices:
"You should buy a 43mm limited instead of 55mm sdm"
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I wouldn't. The 55mm SDM is great and a better portrait lens than the 43mm. If you want to play with something at 40ish I'd get the cheap little 40mm XS which can be had for 70-90 used.

Something I'd immediately sell in your list is the A 50mm 1.7 because you already have the F version.

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I wouldn't. The 55mm SDM is great and a better portrait lens than the 43mm. If you want to play with something at 40ish I'd get the cheap little 40mm XS which can be had for 70-90 used.

Something I'd immediately sell in your list is the A 50mm 1.7 because you already have the F version.
Well, I'm thinking to a 40mm variant because I love the contrasy images you can get... I don't think I will change my 55 sdm, it's a great lens the only silent af lens that I have... My a 50mm it's my backup and it ain't got a very good value on the market...
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Well, I'm thinking to a 40mm variant because I love the contrasy images you can get...
The 43s contrast isn't very good compared to the DA/XS 40mm.
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The 43s contrast isn't very good compared to the DA/XS 40mm.
Yes, I know, that's why I like the rendering better on 40mm. I already have a fa 31mm limited, so a 43 won't be necessary...
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QuoteOriginally posted by monochrome Quote
In good light using Spot AF on K-1 or KP the original SMC DA55~300 is fast enough to focus and locks just fine. Additionally it produces images with rich, bright, deep colors, especially blues. I still use mine for light hiking when I donít want to carry a big, heavy lens.
Just in time to relieve the pressure off the Plm version! My old da 55-300 did fine even with the k3 during the last air show. Now with the kp it's a bit faster but it also has better first time accuracy. I would also add that I like it for sunsets too. I will wait...
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"My kit it's enough!" Say it: "My kit it's enough!" Another case of lba!
Right, like that will ever happen.
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Right, like that will ever happen.
You're very optimistic!��
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For what it's worth, these are my thoughts:

DA15 - keeper (flare resistance, starbursts)
FA31 - keeper (perfect fast normal on crop)
A50/1.7 - ditch it
F50/1.7 - ditch it

DA*55 - keeper (perfect portrait lens on crop)
Helios 44-k - keeper (uniquely quirky rendering)
Samyang 85/1.4 - personally, I'd look at the FA77 or DA70 instead (85 is a bit long on crop IMHO)
Sigma 105mm f2.8 ex dg macro - keeper
DA18-55WR and Tamron 17-50/2.8 - I'd get the DA*16-50 or DA16-85 to replace both
HD55-300WR - keeper

As others have said, a top-notch telephoto would be the only other consideration. The DA*300 would be my suggestion.
And the DA10-17. Even if you don't like fisheyes
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