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11-20-2008, 03:40 PM   #1
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I'm thinking about selling some of my lenses. I have finally decided.

I have what you see in my signature.

I was thinking about selling all of my FA lenses. The 28mm first, if I got that one sold, I would sell the 35mm. The last one would be 50mm.
But I like the 35mm and the 50mm. And I like the DA 40mm very much too.

My plan is to buy the K20D soon.
The new DA15mm f/4.0, spring 2009.
Tamron 90mm f/2.8 macro, spring 2009

Any idea's?


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Are you selling your primes because you use your zoom in that range?

When I was film only, I had a prime kit for when I pretended I knew what I was doing, and a zoom for snaps. Now that I have a digital, I got great zooms. Now when I'm looking for quality, I regret not using primes, and for snaps, the big zooms are, well, too big. So I'm thinking of selling the zooms, getting a slow cheap zoom and finishing the prime kit.

I too am looking forward to the 15mm.
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11-20-2008, 04:02 PM   #3
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I don't have zoom lenses, only primes. I'm thinking about selling FA28mm.

15, 21, 40, 70 is a better setup than 15, 21, 28, 35, 40, 50, 70, don't you think?
Or maybe 15, 21, 40, 55, 70;-)
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Sorry, I saw the 17-70 in your sig. I do like the smaller kit better. With more than 3-4 lenses, I just get confused. I'm going with 15, 31, 77. Partially because I still shoot film and 3 lenses, two bodies is a nice small kit. Are you done with film, your sig also has a ZX-5? I have a 5N, love it.
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11-20-2008, 05:47 PM   #5
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I will keep the 50mm for the ZX-5 and low light shooting.
I have the new K-m that I bought last week. I had two K10D's, sold one of them last saturday. And thinking about buying K20D.

I have six lenses, I'm very confused
Perhaps I should sell the 21mm and the 28mm, forget about the 15mm and buy a 12-24mm?


I have just bought a Sigma SD-14 dSLR with Sigma 17-70mm lens.
11-20-2008, 05:48 PM   #6
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QuoteOriginally posted by NorthPentax Quote
15, 21, 40, 70 is a better setup than 15, 21, 28, 35, 40, 50, 70, don't you think?
But then you've lost your fastest lens and have nothing near it in speed.

And you've lost 28mm which is perfect normal on digital and very useful IMO.

And you lose the rather excellent 35mm.

I would instead get rid of the 21, 40 and 70. But that's easy for me to say, as I've never used any of them.
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Sell 21, 40 and 70mm.

Keep 28, 35 and 50mm.

Buy Sigma 10-20mm and maybe Tamron 90mm f/2.8 makro for portrait and makro.

Hmmm..?
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I propose ....

QuoteOriginally posted by NorthPentax Quote
I don't have zoom lenses, only primes. I'm thinking about selling FA28mm.

15, 21, 40, 70 is a better setup than 15, 21, 28, 35, 40, 50, 70, don't you think?
Or maybe 15, 21, 40, 55, 70;-)
I say if you can swing it, sell the FA28/2.8, FA35/2, DA40/2.8, and the FA50/1.4 and pick up the DA15/4, DA35/2.8, DA*55/1.4.

In the end, you'll have DA15/4, DA21/3.2. DA35/2.8, DA55/1.4, and DA70/2.4. Now you have macro with the DA35/2.8 and speed with DA55/1.4. These four DA Limited and a DA Star should be even the most discerning photographer happy.

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leeak, how do you like Pentax 12-24mm? Do you know how the sigma 10-20mm is compared to 12-24mm?

Selling FA35 and buy DA35 makes no sence to me. But all DA lenses are better on the CA problems than FA lenses.

DA 55/1.4 is too expencive.

And I like the small size og the DA lenses.

I need to put my thinking cap on:-) Thanks for all of your idea's.
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The DA12-24/4 has the same optics as the Tokina version. In various tests, the Tokina performs very favorablly compare to the Canon and Nikon UWAs. I haven't used the Sigma 10-20 before and so I can't comment. A comparsion of the Tokina and the Sigma should give a pretty good idea of how the Pentax and Sigma perform. If I want a small kit, I just bring the DA12-24/4 and the FA77/1.8 with the FA31/1.8 mounted. I have been experimenting with this setup. Hope this helps.
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How about selling your 40 and your 50 and picking up a FA43? While it's not quite as fast as your 50, it is a very nice piece of glass. After stupidly selling my first 43 earlier this year, I just got my second 43 and don't plan it getting away from me again.

Sell the FA28 and FA35 and get yourself a DA35. Even though it's not quite as fast as it's FA cousin, it has excellent IQ and macro function so you can get really up close and personal with your subject if you want to.

With that, your kit would look like this:
DA15
DA21
DA35
FA43
DA70
Tamron 90 macro

In addition to that, something you might consider for the times where you need convenience the most is to get either the Pentax or Tamron version of the 18-250. For what it is, it's an excellent lens.

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Funny, that, how we are nearly always looking over the fence at greener pastures.

I too, wonder how I can better balance out my set but realize I probably don't even fully take advantage of what I have now which is what keeps my LBA in check...
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QuoteOriginally posted by hwblanks Quote
How about selling your 40 and your 50 and picking up a FA43? While it's not quite as fast as your 50, it is a very nice piece of glass. After stupidly selling my first 43 earlier this year, I just got my second 43 and don't plan it getting away from me again.

Sell the FA28 and FA35 and get yourself a DA35. Even though it's not quite as fast as it's FA cousin, it has excellent IQ and macro function so you can get really up close and personal with your subject if you want to.

With that, your kit would look like this:
DA15
DA21
DA35
FA43
DA70
Tamron 90 macro

In addition to that, something you might consider for the times where you need convenience the most is to get either the Pentax or Tamron version of the 18-250. For what it is, it's an excellent lens.

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The idea is to have less, not more.

Sell DA40 and FA50, buy FA43? That's downgrading.

Switch from FA35 to DA35, not worth it.


I'm leaning towards rparmar suggestion.

Sell 21, 40 and maybe 70mm.
Keep 28, 35, 50 and maybe 70mm.
Then I will buy Sigma 10-20mm (or Pentax 12-24mm).
If I sell DA70mm I will buy Tamron 90/2.8 macro.
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QuoteOriginally posted by NorthPentax Quote
I was thinking about selling all of my FA lenses. The 28mm first, if I got that one sold, I would sell the 35mm. The last one would be 50mm.
But I like the 35mm and the 50mm. And I like the DA 40mm very much too.

My plan is to buy the K20D soon.
The new DA15mm f/4.0, spring 2009.
Tamron 90mm f/2.8 macro, spring 2009

Any idea's?
I'd keep all the lenses. The pancakes go in a micro kit with the K-m. Mount the FA 35 on the ZX-5 (Highest resolution lens and camera. I used a 36mm F2.8 for fourteen years. It's a very versatile FL).

Sell the K10D, buy the K20D (or not). Add the DA 15 and D FA 100mm macro. (I like the D FA 100 over the Tamron because of its small size and Pentax colour rendition.)

The K20D kit becomes:

DA 15
FA 28
FA 50
D FA 100 macro
(All 49mm lens diameter, nice IQ and speed, compact)

As you can see, I don't like selling things. They're all great lenses.

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QuoteOriginally posted by NorthPentax Quote
I'm leaning towards rparmar suggestion.

Sell 21, 40 and maybe 70mm.
Keep 28, 35, 50 and maybe 70mm.
Then I will buy Sigma 10-20mm (or Pentax 12-24mm).
If I sell DA70mm I will buy Tamron 90/2.8 macro.
I must say, and maybe it is because it is one of the more recent additions to my lens collection, but I would have a very tough time parting with my DA 70mm. I took it out to the playground this past weekend with my wife and son for its first outing, mounted on my K200D, and it performed exemplary.

The K200 with the DA 70mm mounted on it was very light and usable, low profile, and most importantly, the photos from the DA 70mm were fantastic. I've taken plenty of photos with my FA 35mm and FA 50mm, both great lenses, but there was something about the DA 70mm pictures that had that little extra something. Also, I found the 70mm FL pretty versatile--of course it may be short in come cases, and long in others. Anyway, unless you really don't use the DA 70mm, I suspect you'll miss it if you sell it (unless you were replacing it with the FA 77mm perhaps...).

Good luck in your efforts.
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