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-K1 body, 24-70, DFA 100 Macro, 40 Limited


K5 body, 18-135, 70 Limited, Sigma 150-500

How about one lens....a fixed 28mm F 2.8 and one Ricoh GR ll. I quite like this small, robust bodied camera and the pix with it's large ASP-C sensor and sharp lens are excellent.

Have to add a fourth lens to my ASP-C K5. My Pentax 12-24....wonderful wide angle zoom.

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IF I had to pick only three with a shotgun to my head, I guess I would take the FA 35mm f2, the FA Limited 77 f1.8 and the F*300mm f4.5.

But why limit yourself when you have an ILC? What about when you actually want to shoot macro? The DFA 100mm f2.8 WR is fantastic for what it is. And ultrawide for documentation of hotel room and home interiors. Doesn't happen very often, but in these occasions the 35mm simply isn't wide enough. I had the FA 20mm, had to ditch it for irreparable reasons. Now I have the Irix 11mm and 15mm. They don't get much use, but can't be replaced with anything less wide at times. For theatre and shows the A* 200mm is simply "da thang". And on and on it goes...

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My answer will constantly change because I like most of my lenses. I would say that for right now:

KP & 11-18, 20-40, and D FA 50mm Macro


K-1 & 15-30, 43mm Limited, and D FA 100mm Macro
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Three is definitely not enough, Iíve never even seen a 150-450, but I would have add it to the theoretical list. I have to have the 29-40 limited, it just has that special quality. The third one is hard, using current lenses, the 15 is very special, but limited in usefulness, perfect for some landscapes, but too wide or most. The DA*300 is sharp and all, but I would choose the length of the 150-450 over it. Iíve got a couple of macros, but I donít use them enough to be one of only three. Would I use the 55-300plm enough, it is small, lightweight, and versatile, and of course that fast autofocus. Sometimes I choose it over the DA*300 because of the autofocus speed. So the 55-300 makes the cut. Maybe if I used a K-1 this would be different, but I have no desire to go full frame at this time.


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From what I already own:
DA 12-24
DA* 16-50
DA 55-300 PLM

If fantasizing, it doesn't change too much re coverage.
DA* 11-18
Not yet released DA* 16-50
DA 55-300 PLM
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From what I already have on my K-3:
SMC 15 Limited
DA 16-85
DA 55-300 PLM

Wishlist Kit
DA* 11-18
Keep DA 16-85 or possibly upgrade to new DA* 16-50
DA 55-300 PLM
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From what I own FA31, FA77 and F 135mm 2.8

For what I'd want FA31 and FA77. For the third and since its any Pentax lens how about the Pentax A* 200mm F4 Macro?
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For a year, huh... I'll choose the K-1 for all lenses.
I'll take the new D FA 21 (failing that, gimme the DA* 11-18 and I'll manage the weight somehow ), the D FA 28-105 is still perfect as a walkaround lens so I'll keep mine (Pentax, give us a constant f/4 zoom please) and, like Kernos before me, give me the 200/4 Macro, but FA* this time.

I just re-checked the thread and I think the fact that the DFA 28-105 "lowly kit lens" made it to so many dream packs speaks a lot about how good the darn thing is for the price and size. It's the definition of unassuming, humble workhorse that people know they can depend on.

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Given the constraints of the original post, my first two lens choices would probably be pretty easy. I’d probably pick the Pentax D FA 24-70mm f2.8 (primarily for use on a K-1) and the Pentax DA* 50-135mm f2.8 (for use on a KP).

Picking the third lens would be tougher, and it would split duty between a K-1 and a KP. If the year wasn’t 2020 (with social distancing due to the pandemic), my first inclination would probably be the Pentax D FA* 50mm f1.4. If we’re still stuck in 2020 when this 3 lens situation occurs, I’d probably lean toward the Pentax D FA 100mm F2.8 Macro WR, but I might combine aspects of the two lenses just mentioned and go with the Pentax D FA 50mm F2.8 Macro.

If I got to choose from lenses that would probably never really be available to me, that third lens would either be the Pentax FA* 200mm f4 Macro or the Pentax FA*250-600mm f5.6. Heck, I wouldn’t even be that picky for the dream lens… I’d be very happy with either.

For the overall solution, however, I’d also be more than happy using monochrome’s approach (in post #35) in conjunction with a K-1 and a KP.
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Sticking to Pentax: 645N w/35 A, 45-85mm FA, and 80-160mm FA.
For digital I use a Canon 80D (apsc) w/Tokina 12-28mm, 18-135mm USM, 60mm macro.
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QuoteOriginally posted by gebco Quote
Why do you want to replace the Sigma 10-20? I recently bought that lens and enjoy it so far.
There is nothing wrong with the sigma really, I just prefer 1st party lenses. It would be a mostly frivolous upgrade. Technical reasons? The DA* is a stop faster, weather sealed, built better, and has less distortion and therefore wider once you consider the edges of the frame are much more useable.
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From April 2016 K-1 is my camera, combined with the K-1 II of 2018. I rarely use my K-3 anymore.
Picking from those available today, my lenses would be: D FA 28-105 for daily use, D FA 150-450 for birds (I do bird safaris at least once a week).

The third one? Normally it would be one that fills in on the wide side. Both DA 12-24 and DA 16-45 does a good job with the K-1/K-1 II, in my experience.
I haven't tried the D FA 15-30, which would certainly give me what I need.
Still: my favorite lens for special occasions is the FA 31, and I wouldn't be without it. Superb for landscapes, not to speak of urban safaris! That is my third choice.

If this would be my pick in one years time from now, that is after the D FA 21 has landed, I don't know. That one may turn out to be a game changer..
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Easy they are the 3 I would have the hardest time giving up:
SMC A* 400mm f/2.8 ED [IF]
Sigma 300mm F/4 APO Macro
SMC A 50mm f/1.2

However I would miss most of the others as I do like almost all of my primes. The plastic fantastic never really clicked with me and it mostly just a utility lens for those times when I want that FoV but I've never managed to make it sing. I should probably stick it on and go out for a few walks with just it.
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I have four that I love too much to leave one out:


Currently I am without a modern Pentax body. My like new
K-100D Super with 6000 clicks doesn't count. They
work quite well on a Sony a7III.
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My favorites

1. Pentax DA* 16-50 f2.8 Most used lens for landscape, family, travel, general. Recently upgraded from Sigma 17-50 f2.8.
2. Sigma 8-16 F4.5-5.6 Extra width for architecture and landscape with foreground emphasis.
3. DA 55-300 F4-5.8 for critters, reach, and compressed perspective.

I would consider the Pentax DA* 60-250 f4. Since telephoto is my least used focal range I have not justified the extra cost and weight. Birds and wildlife have been a lesser priority.

The 3 lenses conveniently cover 8-300 mm range but 3 is never enough so I have added couple primes:
4. FA100 f2.8 macro for the small stuff and portrait bokeh.
5. FA 35 f2 works well for indoor family events, faster, portable small size.

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