Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home
 

Reply
Show Printable Version Search this Thread
02-25-2019, 01:01 AM   #46
Senior Member




Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Sfantu Gheorghe, Romania
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 258
Original Poster
QuoteOriginally posted by Sandy Hancock Quote
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
Thank you! You're really helpful!

02-27-2019, 03:55 PM - 2 Likes   #47
Loyal Site Supporter
Loyal Site Supporter




Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Ireland
Posts: 1,570
QuoteOriginally posted by zburatoru Quote
So! Let's see. Primes:
Smc Pentax da 15mm limited
Smc Pentax fa 31mm limited
Smc Pentax a 50mm f1.7
Smc Pentax f 50mm f1.7
Smc Pentax da 55mm sdm f.1.4
Helios 44-k 58mm f2
Samyang 85mm f1.4 as if umc
Sigma 105mm f2.8 ex dg macro
Zoom:
Smc Pentax da 18-55mm wr
Tamron 17-50mm f2.8
Hd Pentax da 55-300mm
So, I'm pretty covered won't you think?
My inner voices:
"You should buy a 43mm limited instead of 55mm sdm, a 77mm limited instead of Samyang or even a Mitakon creator 85mm.. "
"You should buy a Leica r lens and convert to Pentax, because of better rendering, contrast, bla bla"
Please cure my lba!
Been there done that. You need to swap out the nifty 50s for the A50/1.2 for a season or 2.

The Samyang really needs to be replaced by the 77, no question.

The 43, it is along with the 77 the best bang for buck you'll get anywhere but there are like driving an 80s hot hatchback verses the sheer competence of newer models with 250+ horsepower. You can take either on a wet twisty road like Molls Gap close by to me but you'll forever remember the 80s car for the input you had to make and its the same with the 43. Learn and play to its strengths and it'll blow you away.

I'll throw in a curve ball for your LBA, the DA*50-135/2.8, doesn't have the reach of the 55-300 but in its range capable of utter magic.

S!
02-27-2019, 09:58 PM   #48
Loyal Site Supporter
Loyal Site Supporter
monochrome's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Working From Home
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 26,258
QuoteOriginally posted by zburatoru Quote
So! Let's see. Primes:
Smc Pentax da 15mm limited
Smc Pentax fa 31mm limited
Smc Pentax a 50mm f1.7
Smc Pentax f 50mm f1.7
Smc Pentax da 55mm sdm f.1.4
Helios 44-k 58mm f2
Samyang 85mm f1.4 as if umc
Sigma 105mm f2.8 ex dg macro
Zoom:
Smc Pentax da 18-55mm wr
Tamron 17-50mm f2.8
Hd Pentax da 55-300mm
So, I'm pretty covered won't you think?
My inner voices:
"You should buy a 43mm limited instead of 55mm sdm, a 77mm limited instead of Samyang or even a Mitakon creator 85mm.. "
"You should buy a Leica r lens and convert to Pentax, because of better rendering, contrast, bla bla"
Please cure my lba!
40 years of LBA:

K17/4FE | K18/3.5 | A20/2.8 | K20/4 | K24/2.8 | K24/3.5 | K28/2 | K28/3.5 | K28/3.5 SHIFT | K30/2.8 | K35/2 | K35/3.5 | A50/1.2 | K50/1.2 | A50/1.4 | K50/1.4 | K50/4 Macro | K55/1.8 | K55/2 | K85/1.8 | K100/4 Bellows | K100/4 Macro | K105/2.8 | K120/2.8 | K135/2.5 | K135/3.5 | K150/4 | K200/2.5 | K200/4 | K400/5.6 | K500/4.5 | K1000/8

Vivitar Series 1 90/2.5 Macro ‘Bokina’ + 1:1 Extension
Adaptall-2 SP 35~80/2.8~3.8 01a
Auto-Takumar 85/1.8
CZ Ultron 1,8/50
ST35/3.5 | ST50/1.4 | ST50/1.4 (8) | SMCT55/1.8

FA31/1.8. | FA43/1.9 | FA77/1.8
02-27-2019, 10:09 PM   #49
Senior Member




Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Sfantu Gheorghe, Romania
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 258
Original Poster
QuoteOriginally posted by monochrome Quote
40 years of LBA:

K17/4FE | K18/3.5 | A20/2.8 | K20/4 | K24/2.8 | K24/3.5 | K28/2 | K28/3.5 | K28/3.5 SHIFT | K30/2.8 | K35/2 | K35/3.5 | A50/1.2 | K50/1.2 | A50/1.4 | K50/1.4 | K50/4 Macro | K55/1.8 | K55/2 | K85/1.8 | K100/4 Bellows | K100/4 Macro | K105/2.8 | K120/2.8 | K135/2.5 | K135/3.5 | K150/4 | K200/2.5 | K200/4 | K400/5.6 | K500/4.5 | K1000/8

Vivitar Series 1 90/2.5 Macro ‘Bokina’ + 1:1 Extension
Adaptall-2 SP 35~80/2.8~3.8 01a
Auto-Takumar 85/1.8
CZ Ultron 1,8/50
ST35/3.5 | ST50/1.4 | ST50/1.4 (8) | SMCT55/1.8

FA31/1.8. | FA43/1.9 | FA77/1.8
O my God! That's a collection!

---------- Post added 02-27-2019 at 11:03 PM ----------

QuoteOriginally posted by robbiec Quote
Been there done that. You need to swap out the nifty 50s for the A50/1.2 for a season or 2.

The Samyang really needs to be replaced by the 77, no question.

The 43, it is along with the 77 the best bang for buck you'll get anywhere but there are like driving an 80s hot hatchback verses the sheer competence of newer models with 250+ horsepower. You can take either on a wet twisty road like Molls Gap close by to me but you'll forever remember the 80s car for the input you had to make and its the same with the 43. Learn and play to its strengths and it'll blow you away.

I'll throw in a curve ball for your LBA, the DA*50-135/2.8, doesn't have the reach of the 55-300 but in its range capable of utter magic.

S!
Well, I don't do many portraits so I think my Samyang it's enough, especially that I like shallow depth photography so, from time to time it's useful and I think it's got the best smooth bokeh I have ever seen!
43mm limited... I'm not impressed by my 31 yet so, I don't know.
50-135mm, too big and I'm not a wedding guy...
50mm f1.2... I've seen images wide open, very hard to hit the focus, bad image... My 55mm sdm it's enough and f 50mm and Helios 44-k...
I'd rather go with 40mm limited. I love the colors and contrast of that lens maybe better contrast than 43?


Last edited by zburatoru; 02-27-2019 at 11:39 PM.
02-28-2019, 05:39 AM - 3 Likes   #50
Site Supporter
Site Supporter




Join Date: Dec 2012
Photos: Albums
Posts: 1,869
QuoteOriginally posted by reh321 Quote
Anybody who finds the 18-55 to be adequate would find the 18-135 more than adequate. I have better uses for my money, so I don't need excuses to purchase every lens in existence. My Sigma 10-20, DA 18-135, and DA 55-300 PLM fill my bag and my heart.
I've been thinking about doing a single in March with the 18-55 kit lens. Just to see how much I notice its flaws, and how much I can squeeze out of it and if I can use it as my rainy day backup.
02-28-2019, 06:33 AM   #51
Pentaxian
cmohr's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Brisbane. Australia
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 1,509
QuoteOriginally posted by robbiec Quote

I'll throw in a curve ball for your LBA, the DA*50-135/2.8, doesn't have the reach of the 55-300 but in its range capable of utter magic.

S!
The DA*50-135/2.8 is in my top 5lenses. I don't care about charts or reviews, it's totally and utterly, Truly sublime.
02-28-2019, 07:13 AM   #52
Senior Member




Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Sfantu Gheorghe, Romania
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 258
Original Poster
QuoteOriginally posted by ThorSanchez Quote
I've been thinking about doing a single in March with the 18-55 kit lens. Just to see how much I notice its flaws, and how much I can squeeze out of it and if I can use it as my rainy day backup.
F8-f11 and you're good to go!
02-28-2019, 07:51 AM   #53
Pentaxian
swanlefitte's Avatar

Join Date: May 2015
Location: New Orleans
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 3,342
QuoteOriginally posted by ThorSanchez Quote
I've been thinking about doing a single in March with the 18-55 kit lens. Just to see how much I notice its flaws, and how much I can squeeze out of it and if I can use it as my rainy day backup.
Love my 18-50 in the fog. Sharp through fog doesn't mean much. Small, wr is great.

02-28-2019, 08:24 AM   #54
Loyal Site Supporter
Loyal Site Supporter
UncleVanya's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2014
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 18,459
QuoteOriginally posted by cmohr Quote
The DA*50-135/2.8 is in my top 5lenses. I don't care about charts or reviews, it's totally and utterly, Truly sublime.
I completely agree.
With current price deflation and the possibility of picking up a dead SDM and converting to screw drive you cannot beat the value either!
03-01-2019, 10:10 AM - 1 Like   #55
Pentaxian
er1kksen's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Forestville, NY
Photos: Albums
Posts: 1,795
Are you sure your real issue isn't that you have too many lenses? Having that many choices would probably give me too much anxiety to go out and take pictures!
03-01-2019, 10:19 AM   #56
Senior Member




Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Sfantu Gheorghe, Romania
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 258
Original Poster
QuoteOriginally posted by er1kksen Quote
Are you sure your real issue isn't that you have too many lenses? Having that many choices would probably give me too much anxiety to go out and take pictures!
No, I'm trying to use them all and they all got their application!
03-01-2019, 04:40 PM   #57
Site Supporter
Site Supporter
buberfan's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Maclean, NSW
Posts: 95
Without a doubt my kit is enough. It it me that is not enough. But fixing me is hard while buying more kit is easy (so long as I have money). And this, my friends, is the root cause of the runaway consumerism and toxic greed that is destroying the planet.
03-01-2019, 10:09 PM   #58
Senior Member




Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Sfantu Gheorghe, Romania
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 258
Original Poster
QuoteOriginally posted by buberfan Quote
Without a doubt my kit is enough. It it me that is not enough. But fixing me is hard while buying more kit is easy (so long as I have money). And this, my friends, is the root cause of the runaway consumerism and toxic greed that is destroying the planet.
Yes, it's not just lba, it's all about consumerism but we are the guilty ones! We can stop to buy as long as we realise that we have enough!
03-01-2019, 10:18 PM   #59
Pentaxian
arnold's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Queensland
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 3,870
Kit lens, and you are done.
03-01-2019, 10:23 PM   #60
Moderator
Site Supporter
Loyal Site Supporter
Sandy Hancock's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Adelaide Hills, South Australia
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 9,490
QuoteOriginally posted by zburatoru Quote
I'd rather go with 40mm limited. I love the colors and contrast of that lens maybe better contrast than 43?
You can add contrast in post processing. There is no pixie dust slider.
Reply

Bookmarks
  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
50mm, 55mm, camera, character, da, dslr, f1.7, f2.8, k-mount, k28/3.5, kit, lba, lens, lenses, light, love, love my pentax, macro, pentax, pentax 77mm, pentax lens, photography, pm, post, samyang, sdm, slr lens, smc, time, wr
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
People If your pictures aren't good enough, you're not close enough,” Robert Capa Kerrowdown Post Your Photos! 35 07-08-2018 12:46 AM
Don't say Pentax "Q" in French ... "Q" = "cul" = "A--" Jean Poitiers Pentax Q 52 11-10-2013 06:25 AM
"Say Cheese!" But what else do you say? Ira Photographic Technique 18 07-22-2010 07:33 AM
What do you say as a working photog to people who say its the photog, not the gear? Reportage General Talk 56 05-23-2010 08:12 AM
More LBA... what, my Mirror lens wasn't enough? FireMate Pentax DSLR Discussion 7 07-22-2007 08:52 AM



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 09:20 AM. | See also: NikonForums.com, CanonForums.com part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
register
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]
Top