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05-22-2020, 12:57 PM - 1 Like   #1
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Just three lenses, your pick?

Imagine you could have any three, and only three, Pentax lenses to use for a year. No restrictions on just one camera, however. Which lenses would you pick?

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Now that you've chosen, here's my ideal three lenses- and two cameras:

DA 15 Limited- a wide wide 22 eq. on the K3, easy to carry and afford and fun to use
FA 31 Limited- mount it on the K-1 and forget about it. Crop to 47mm as required.
DA 50-135- it lives on my K3 now, seems like a perfect lens so far (75-202 eq.)

There's nearly a 10x focal length range covered by three lightweight lenses of top Pentax quality, weighing 1219 grams altogether. If I need something longer, I have a DA 300. If it's wet, a DFA 28-105, also my one-lens solution for either camera.

Any other proposals? I know we'll hear about the Three Amigos, but I need more range.

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Theyíre already in my signature! 😜
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Well the OP chose 5 lenses to use in 2 bodies/different formats. I think it's gotten a bit beyond the original proposal...

This will end up with everyone just posting what's in their bag. Not that there's anything wrong with that...
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If I were using only my K-70's I could adequately cover all my needs with my Sigma 17-50, DA*50-135, and DA*200. The K-70 has plenty of headroom for judicious cropping as needed.

I've not used the K-1 long enough to form a good opinion. At the moment I'd say the Pentax 12-24, HD FA50, and Tamron 80-200 would suffice, but 6 months from now I may think differently.

If I could have only one camera? That's easy:
One of the K-70's.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Wheatridger Quote
Imagine you could have any three, and only three, Pentax lenses to use for a year.
I'll pick from my existing lenses.

On my K-3 II, I would be happy with these three:
  • HD Pentax-DA 20-40mm f/2.8-4 Limited
  • Pentax DA* 50-135mm f/2.8
  • Pentax DA* 300mm f/4.
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This one, that one and that other one.
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My 2018 travel kit consisted of a Pentax K3 body + DA 12-24 mm f/4, FA 35 mm f/2 and DA* 60-250 mm f/4 before I learned to use adequately my new K1.

With the Pentax K1 on the road in 2019, I brought along the FA 20 mm f/2.8, DFA 28-105 mm f/3.5-5.6 and the FA* 80-200 mm f/2.8 for landscapes.

With the Pentax 645Z, I always carry at least the FA 45-85 mm f/4.5, the FA 80-160 mm f/4.5 and the FA 150-300 mm f/5.6 but I have 25 lenses (67, A 645 and FA 645) that fit on it.

And never forget the solid Manfrotto 028 tripod.


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On my k1 and only allowed 3 lenses........

DFA 24-70 2.8 (for the wide end and flexibility.)
FA 31mm Ltd (for just being so darned good)
FA* 85mm 1.4 (because I need a class portrait lens for my doggies)

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Juding by usage, it would have to be

1) 100mm macro (doesn't matter which iteration, though mine is an F) on K-3
2) FA-31mm Ltd on K-1 - love it
3) tough call, but it would probably have to be the 70-200/2.8, Not tough in the sense of totally loving the lens, just in terms of hich I use most, so which I'd miss most.
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QuoteOriginally posted by pschlute Quote
On my k1 and only allowed 3 lenses........

DFA 24-70 2.8 (for the wide end and flexibility.)
FA 31mm Ltd (for just being so darned good)
FA* 85mm 1.4 (because I need a class portrait lens for my doggies)
I haven't used mine for portraiture yet. That's why I said my choices might change in a few months.
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QuoteOriginally posted by RICHARD L. Quote
My 2018 travel kit consisted of a Pentax K3 body + DA 12-24 mm f/4, FA 35 mm f/2 and DA* 60-250 mm f/4 before I purchased my K1. With the K1 in 2019, I only brought along the DFA 28-105 mm and the FA* 80-200 mm f/2.8 for landscapes. With the 645Z, I use the FA 45-85 mm, the FA 80-160 mm and the FA 150-300 mm.

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I've bought and sold the 28-105 twice so far, but before having a K1. Now I wish I'd kept one.
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If I HAD to choose it would be
55-300 PLM for BIF etc
18-135 for walkaround
Sigma 10-20 3.5

But I would definitely miss my Sigma 50-150 2.8
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K-3
DA 18-135, DA 55-300 PLM, DFA 100 macro 2.8, that was easy.

K-1
FA 28-105, DA* 60-250, DFA 100 macro - still easy.

If it's four lenses add the DA*55 1.4 to both packages.

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When I'm traveling lite with the K-1, I sometimes take the following lenses:

FA 31
FA 43
FA 80-320

A trio for the KP might be:

DA 21 Ltd
DA 35 Ltd
DA 55-300 PLM
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Okay, I'll bite. DA" 11-18mm (which I don't have), DA 20-40mm Limited (which I also don't have). Finally, and this one I do have, the Pentax-A 35-105mm, which impresses me every time I use it.

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