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Very wide (10-18mm or so on crop) 139.70%
Wide (18-24mm or so on crop) 2115.67%
Normal (28-40mm or so on crop) 5843.28%
Short tele (50-85mm or so on crop) 3223.88%
Medium tele (90-135mm or so on crop) 42.99%
Long tele (over 135mm on crop) 64.48%
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12-03-2008, 06:59 PM   #46
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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
I guess it makes sense, though I was taught that 28mm means 28/1000 of a meter. Focal length is focal length regardless of the detector/film format. A 28mm lens used with APS-C is the same as a 28mm for any other size media.

For the purposes of this poll, it probably would have been more useful to skip the focal lengths and categorize the lenses according to class (ultra-wide, wide, normal, short tele, medium tele, etc.).

True the focal length stays the same. What changes is the angle of view because of the aps-c sensor being smaller than the 35mm film.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Ratmagiclady Quote
Well, if it were the last lens you'd ever buy, I suppose you could splurge a little.
we know it wouldn't be the last lens. There isn't such thing as the last lens....
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I'm going to echo 8540tomg on this one, with the added comment that many of my favorite nature subjects are hard to approach closely, and I often find myself needing more reach than my DA*50-135 offers. When the money comes my way, I'll add the DA* 300/4 and wish it was a stop faster...
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80ish please, just for the sheer beauty of the image. Let's say 77ltd on a K1D.
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31 Ltd for me. Best lens Pentax ever made!
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In theory a 'normal' focal length like 35mm should be ideal, but in practice I always gravitate toward something wider, like the DA21. I've traveled with that single lens and have been able to produce good work with it. Kind of like the old Olympus XA point-and-shoot back in the film days, with its fixed wide angle lens. I had fun with that camera, and got some real keepers with it. Sometimes the limitations of a single focal length can be creatively liberating.
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I shoot birds, so just about any of the 300/2.8s available in K mount would work for me. . . and since TCs aren't technically "lenses", I'd keep a good 1.4x and the 1.7x AFA. That would give me the 300/2.8, 420/4, 510/4.8, and 714/6.7.

I could live with that. . . luckily, in everything but hypothetical poll land, I don't have to. . .

12-05-2008, 05:28 PM   #53
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FA31 because it is on my camera almost all the time anyway, is incredible even at f1.8 and turns even a boring snapshot into something interesting and wonderful.

I like how Finn thinks:

QuoteOriginally posted by Finn Quote
And since it's FF, I can throw it on a 35mm body for wide angle work. Gotta love a loophole
The FA31 is even better on film....

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I would choose a 35mm lens on a 35mm film camera.

12-05-2008, 06:01 PM   #55
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QuoteOriginally posted by ChrisPlatt Quote
I would choose a 35mm lens on a 35mm film camera.

Not quite the lone voice. I opted for the range 28-35mm for 35mm film. Like GaryM above, I have an Olympus XA with the Zuiko 35/2.8. It is amazing what you can do with that little gem.


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