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12-21-2008, 09:33 AM   #1
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Just what is my hobby, anyway?

I suppose the end of the year invites all kinds of list-making and I took a moment to make my own. I came to the Pentax fold when making the switch to a digital SLR having had my beloved Spotmatic I and a few Takumars for 25 years. The prospect of using my old glass was very inviting. But having to use these lenses stopped down was bothersome to me, so when I found other glass for sale I would try it. Then when I would see a deal on a lens or camera and I had some spare cash, I'd take the chance and buy it, knowing that if I didn't like it I could always sell it later. So after 18 months or so, I've compiled this list of lenses and cameras that have passed through my hands. If the same lens appears twice, it's because I've owned multiple copies. The "S" means I've sold it, the "F" means I have it but it's for sale, and the "J" means it's old junk.

DA 12-24
DA 16-45 S
DA 16-45 F
DA 18-55 S
DA 18-55 F
DA 50-200 S
DA 55-300
DA* 16-50
DA* 50-135
F 17-28 S

DA 70 f/2.4LTD
FA 50 f/1.4

Sigma 10-20 S
Sigma 10-20 F
Sigma 55-200 S

M 28 f/2.8 S
A 50 f/2 S
A 50 f/1.7 S
A 50 f/1.4 S
M 50 f/1.4 S
M 135 f/3.5 S
M 200 f/4

Zenitar 16 f/2.8 S
Zenitar 16 f/2.8
Sigma 50 f/2.8 Macro S
Vivitar 105 f/2.5 Macro
Lester A. Dine 105 f/2.8 Macro
CPC 135 f/2.8 S

Super Takumar 55 f/1.8 J
Super Takumar 85 f/1.9 S
Super Takumar 200 f/4 S

K100D S
K10D S
K10D F
K20D

So in the last 18 months I've had 28 lenses I've bought, 15 of which I've sold and 3 which I plan on selling. There's also the matter of 4 cameras I've bought, selling 2 and having one I plan selling.

I realize there are members here with much more comprehensive collections, and I also realize that there are members here whose artistic talents I will never match. It occurs to me I can't definitively say whether I derive more pleasure using my equipment or buying and selling it. Thirty-five years ago I was accused of being an equipment freak, and I confess to liking the mechanical look and feel of cameras and lenses, but I also enjoy using them. Does anyone else ponder over this?

12-21-2008, 10:33 AM   #2
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Seems like your hobby is making lists! ;-D

Looks like the DA35 /2.8 Ltd hasn't made it onto your list yet. If I may offer a New Year's prediction...
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welcome to the world of LBA (lens buying addiction) and then some.
I've been trying to calm myself down from going overboard, but it's not easy... not at all... hehe
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Looks like the DA35 /2.8 Ltd hasn't made it onto your list yet. If I may offer a New Year's prediction...
I would seriously doubt that. That's roughly a 50mm equivalent, a focal length which never really interested me in the film days. Of course all that might change if I ever got the chance to use one, but it's not even on my radar screen to try. I used to be a "prime purist", but those two DA* lenses of mine are more than sharp enough for me. I've got everything covered from 12 to 300mm, I don't have any money for a DA* 200 or DA* 300, so I'm standing pat. Last month I came across a K10D with a 16-45 and an 18-55 that were very affordable so I picked them up, thinking that the wife might be interested. I'll still snatch a "bargain" if I see one, but it seems to me that I should spend more time using what I have. I don't drag around everything I own with me, adding more lenses will just complicate my decisions on what to take. Usually I take the 12-24, the 16-50 and the 50-135 to most of the events and that makes for a pretty tidy bag. The DA 70 Ltd. was sort of made redundant by the DA* 50-135, but I can't get enough out of it to make me want to sell. I'd try an FA 77 Ltd if given the chance, but I like the DA 70 just fine, and I don't even use that! I guess I need to take my hobby from the acquisition phase to the creative phase. I was just wondering if anyone else has this happen.

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Just give me a Pentax 12-24 and the 16-50 with the K20D body and I am covered for 90 percent of all of my shooting situations. Seriously!

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it's easy reading the lens forum to get caught up with the hype of new and old lenses and try to accumulate them all to try them out. i had my phase with that too, this year i've sold DA21, FA35, Tamron 28-200, M50, M28, 50 Mac Tak, A50 1.2, F35-70. and i've only started this hobby since end of January!

but in the end if you enjoy that part, then of course there's no problem with that. and it offers you the opportunity on the relative cheap to try out different gear and see which lenses you like best. for me, i've settled on the 3xFA L and the 55-300. all my lens lust is gone, for me having lenses sitting around is more of a waste.
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I too think about this a lot.

At times like this when it's -20F outside and my digi cam is being fixed and my order of film isn't here yet...as I sit here in the warmth...I wouldn't be taking pics even if I had a camera to use.

I don't believe in buying everything I see for sale. Sure, there are curiosities and things I'd like to try...but...I haven't bought a lens since, what, August?

There's only one "pretty" thing I have, and that's the almost-immaculate Sears TLS body which has a viewfinder I can't clean. It's usable, but I have another screw mount body with a higher top speed, higher ISO capability, and is a "user."

So yeah...now I'm probably rambling. I get enjoyment out of researching something, buying it, then getting to use it. I'm not the kind of person to buy three 85mm lenses at once, but I might have owned 3 and found the best. Notice my gear list...I have only one duplicate focal length (Fuji 55/1.8) which lives on the Fuji ST801. I don't really understand the point of having an M 50/1.4, an A, and an FA if that makes sense. Find the best, pick the best, and use your stuff
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It reminds me of a couple of fellows I knew when I was into motorcycling. Each of these fellows had spent about $35,000 (in 1986 or so) on their exotic bikes, an MV Agusta and a Ducati TT2. Each of these people would come to a rally where the MV rider would just polish his bike all weekend, while the Ducati rider would flog the hell out of his bike (to the point of dropping it occasionally.) Each one of these guys told me that the other was a complete fool for either a) spending a fortune on a bike and not using it or b) spending a fortune on a bike and mistreating it. Same hobby, same objects of desire but completely different perspectives. I guess I'll enjoy what I have and if something better comes along I'll look to see what I can do to make room for it, providing it gives me something that I can't achieve otherwise. But seeing that list on paper was a bit startling.

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It has warmed up to -1 f, so I'm taking the kid and the dog and shooting--out...
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Just give me a Pentax 12-24 and the 16-50 with the K20D body and I am covered for 90 percent of all of my shooting situations. Seriously!

Ben
And your work is superb, Benji. That's kind of my point, all the lenses in the world aren't going to give me your eye or talent. Better to practise than to hope that the next lens is going to be the one that makes my work stand out.
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QuoteOriginally posted by benjikan Quote
Just give me a Pentax 12-24 and the 16-50 with the K20D body and I am covered for 90 percent of all of my shooting situations. Seriously!

Ben
yeah, but it is the other 10% that are the killers
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I have three lenses that seem to cover 95% of my needs
16-50; 50-135; 300/2.8

The other 5% would be covered by an 85/1.4; 12-24; and 600/4 - which I suppose I could just go out and buy if I just take that $10,000 out from under my mattress eh?

I confess that others would be fun but I don't consider them necessary by any means - 31/1.8; 43/1.9; DA*50/1.4; and my wife would like a macro but its not my thing...

I understand LBA - because I used to be a gear junkie - but I'm quite thankful I don't suffer from it. I can't imagine being stuck with the decision - Do I shoot the 24, 31, 43 or 50 for this shot.... My decision is easy - wide or close?
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This year, I've done so much buying and selling that it's hard to keep track of everything! Thank goodness now that my kit has stablized out, for the most part with gear that I actually use. I'll be adding the DFA100 macro to my bag shortly, but I've been giving some thought to some other minor tweaks to the kit in the upcoming year--keep in mind that I'm just thinking about these things and I haven't made any final decisions yet.

1. Add DA21, for lighterweight WA choice that could be paired with either DA55-300 or FA43 and DFA100 for a nice lightweight hiking/nature setup.
2. Swap out DA16-45 for DA17-70. I really liked this range when I had the Sigma 17-70 and to have it in a constant f4 with SDM and similar performance to the 16-45 would be a great thing.
3. If PMA brings a Pentax body with K20-like features (especially a second dial) that is the same size and/or has the same type of grip as the K200, I will most definitely consider selling my K20 and buying it. I just like the deeper, smaller grip of the K200 better than I do the K20.

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Just give me a Pentax 12-24 and the 16-50 with the K20D body and I am covered for 90 percent of all of my shooting situations. Seriously!

Ben
The 2 above would be around 70%. Add the Sigma 70-200mm and the Pentax AF1.7 TC and I covered for 96% of my shots.

I've done the same and sold even more. Tested, had some fun and decided I really don't need a huge number of lenses to cover most situations.
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Most of us are guys, and dudes like us are gadget freaks.....we're suckers over mechanical stuff...it's almost a curse.

But yeah, I confess to also deriving more pleasure from buying & selling...experimenting...scouring the internet for homework before purchase...scanning ebay... ... ... more than the shooting.

Sometimes these reflections make me feel guilty.
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