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01-12-2009, 11:26 PM   #16
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For me it is the DA*16-50mm.

First copy and it was not decentered.. it was sharp and it produces great pictures.

I guess all the horror stories resigned me to expect a bad copy first up.

Lucky me


01-13-2009, 05:22 AM   #17
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QuoteOriginally posted by k100d Quote
... now i've switched to film...

don't take me wrong ... it's so rare!
01-13-2009, 07:12 AM   #18
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QuoteOriginally posted by gkopeliadis Quote

don't take me wrong ... it's so rare!
loving the film experience. i hate to pp and i hate to chimp.
but getting film processed and scanned is a bit pricy tho
01-13-2009, 01:30 PM   #19
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No one forces you to pp, you still need to process the file for a serious print.

02-23-2009, 05:28 AM   #20
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For me it was K 50/1.2 upgraded at the Q3 2008 to A 50/1.2.
Overall great lens.

Pentax *ist DS ,Pentax SMC 50mm 1:1.2 1/25s at 50.0mm iso200

Pentax PENTAX K20D,Pentax smc P-A 50mm f/1.2 1/25s f/2.5 at 50.0mm iso250

more shots here:
SMC Pentax SMC 1:1.2 50mm Photo Gallery by Piotr Sobolewski at
02-23-2009, 07:40 AM   #21
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The Bigma 50-500. Quality is much better, than I had hoped for, even at full fl. There is some contrast loss at the long end, but it still is sharp, and that is more important. It is obviously a lens, that leadsa to better results with a pod, than handheld, so my old monopods see use again, now...

02-23-2009, 07:47 AM   #22
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Sigma 20-40mm f2.8 EX DG. After getting a 21mm ltd, I traded it for its little brother the Sigma 15-30mm EX DG.
02-23-2009, 08:11 AM   #23
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With me, it was F50mm f1.4, CZ Jena MC Sonnar 135mm f3.5, CZ Jena 35mm f2.4. They are all great !

02-23-2009, 09:36 AM   #24
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For me, it's the Voigtlander 125mm. It is supposed to be unobtainable and I found one... Not too pricey: 450 second-hand.
That's a super performer!
02-23-2009, 10:13 AM   #25
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Pentax DA21

it was my most anticipated purchase, and received zero use.
02-23-2009, 11:26 AM   #26
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For me, the Cosina 55mm f/1.2 lens. Better performance than I expected for the cost. Just really wish it was an A lens instead of a K lens.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Zav Quote
For me, it's the Voigtlander 125mm. It is supposed to be unobtainable and I found one... Not too pricey: 450 second-hand.
That's a super performer!
Woa... what a price, congrats. Who was it that didn't know what they had on their hands?
02-23-2009, 03:40 PM   #28
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SMC Pentax K300/4

For me my biggest lens surprise last year was discovering/rediscovering my old SMC Pentax K 300/4. It had lain dormant for at least ten years before I got my first digital camera. I had never had much success with it when shooting film. Last summer I spent the better part of July and August using it on an almost daily basis. Some in the lens review database complain of purple fringe, chromatic aberations and the lack of a tripod collar. This is all true but when things are just right I find you can get some interesting images:

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02-23-2009, 08:04 PM   #29
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Those are great Goldfinch photos!

I picked up a FA 135mm F2.8 also and love it but the real surprise was the used Sigma 24mm f/2.8 Super-Wide II--very interesting little lens!

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