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04-11-2007, 07:25 AM   #61
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Here is what I would like to have as my kit:

Primes
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DA21/3.2
FA28/2.8 (have)
FA35/2.0 (have)
FA50/1.4 (have)
FA50/2.8 (have)
DA70/2.4
DFA100/2.8
FA135/2.8 (have)

Zooms
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DA12-24/4
FA20-35/4 (have)
Tamron28-75/2.8 (have)
Sigma 70-200/2.8

I am still undecided about the upcoming DA* zooms since I don't have K10D and nor do I need weather sealing feature.

Apart from the above list, I also collect M and K lenses. Here is what I have now:
Zenitar 16/2.8 Fish-eye
Tokina RMC 17/3.5
M28/3.5
M35/2.8
M50/1.7
K85/1.8
M100/2.8
K135/2.5
M150/3.5
M200/4

I am still looking for a ultra-wide lens (either a 24mm or 20mm) to complete my M/K lens collection!

cheers
Kenny


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07-11-2007, 12:03 AM   #62
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Gosh, I'm having lens envy just reading through this thread! I'm a newbie and learning to understand lenses, waht I need now is the DA 50-200mm! Lack of funds make me stuck with my old manual lenses and the kit lens...

Pentax M 50mm
Vivitar 28mm
DA 18-55mm (kit lens)
Osawa Mark II 100-200mm

Anyone willing to send me their old redundant lenses for "adoption", I'm all for it!
07-11-2007, 08:16 AM   #63
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Well being a new Pentax user and only having the 18-55 kit lens and coming from a Canon A1 with 50 1.4 here is what I would like to build my assorted kits around...

FA 77 1.8
FA 31 1.8 I will likely buy the 31 or 77 first to use as a primary lens
DA* 55 1.4 This is an interesting lens and if it were out I would probably buy it assuming favorable reviews and not think too much about the 31 or 77 a little longer than I'm used to but may be a supplemental standard for weather and travel.

DA* 16-50 to replace the kit lens and for travel, landscape, architecture
Sigma 10-20 supplemental ultra wide (see above)

DA* 50-155 for when I want reach without weight.

FA* 85 1.2
FA 50 1.2 these 2 lenses are calling me, I think I could live with only using these 2.

Still up in the air for zooms but these look interesting
DA* 60-250
Sigma 50-500
FA* 600
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Oh and still doing research on Macro's but the Sigmas look interesting

105mm 2.8
180mm 3.5

08-03-2007, 06:23 PM   #65
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Well, I've read through this thread and I'm wondering how the heck I'm ever gonna afford what I want!
Everything I have is in my sig.
Well except for the Vivitar 105/2.5 macro that's on the way.
What I need now is a flash and a good WA prime and a FA* 300 like Tom Lusk's:-) but I'm afraid I'll never be able to afford it. I got the best osprey pic I've ever taken last weekend but I can't post it after seeing Tom's pictures.
I think I really need a good flash next though but when I start pricing them I always end up wanting the $350-$400 ones. I've got everything needed to be a millionaire, I have no compunctions to spending large amounts of money, I know good stuff when I see it, etc etc, I just don't have a million bucks:-(.
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The only thing I really need now is a macro lens, which I am currently waiting on. I just bought a Tamron 90 that should come in sometime next week or the next. If I find this does not do the job, I may get a 180 to compliment it at a later date.

Oddly enough, I would love to get my hands on the Tokina branded fisheye zoom. However, there are no Tokina dealers here in Canada. So I may have to import it in myself from the US.

Other then those two itches, and I am scratching the one as I speak, I am satisfied with what I have. 9 times out of 10, I have the Bigma attached to the camera. I know what I use the most, and have no need for more exotic expensive glass for what I enjoy doing.
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Quality on a budget

The two things that drew me to Pentax were quality primes and backward compatibility. I've based my selection on quality but at a price. Manual lenses are a bargain and give me a sense of being in touch with the process. Here is a list of what I have and plan on getting.

20mm haven't decided which one yet. Most likely a M 20mm f4

Pentax M28 f3.5
Pentax 43mm LTD f1.9
Super Tak screw mount 50mm f1.4
Super Tak screw mount 85mm f1.9
Pentax SMC M 135 f3.5
SMC Tak 200mm f4
TAKUMAR PRESET 300mm f6.3

I will be adding 2 zooms shortly and they will most likely be:

SMC Pentax FA 28-105mm f3.2-4.5
SMC Pentax-F 70-210mm F4-5.6

I'll have less than $1,200.00 invested in the whole set when I'm done. About the price of one canon L glass image stabilized lens. If Pentax ever decides to bring out a camera with a sensor larger than APS-C I'm covered up to a FF sensor.

Regards,

Ken

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08-05-2007, 10:03 AM   #68
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I already have, * indicates my usual walkabout kit. The others (#) live in another bag, the rest in my cupboard.

Zooms:
* DA 16-45 - My most used lens, may replace with DA* 16-50 (see below re: the 24 & 35 primes)
* FA 28-105 f3.2/4.5 - not used so much now, may sell.
* Tamron 70-300 LD Di - Will be replaced by DA 60-250 (if it meets expectations)
Tokina 20-35 f3.5/4.5 AFII - optically equal to the FA 20-35 but big, may sell.

Primes
# FA*24 f2.0 - If the DA* 16-50 is equal at 24mm from f2.8 upwards, then it may go.
# FA 35 f2.0 - Same goes for this one as for the FA*24.
* FA 50 f2.8 macro - I use this a lot, will stay.
# FA*300 f4.5 - Best (affordable ) Pentax tele prime ever? Will the DA*300 be better?

Hartblei SuperRotator 80mm f2.8 (for my commercial product shot work)

TC
* Tamron 1.4x AF - great with my FA 50 macro and FA*300

Waiting for
DA* 60-250 f4.0, or maybe the DA*50-135 f2.8 (and use my TC for a bit more reach)
FA 100 f2.8 macro (s/h) - a maybe, depends on condition and price.
DA xxx-500, if they ever do one!

Considering
DA 10-17 FE or DA 12-24, I actually find 16mm almost wide enough for a rectilinear wide, although I prefer the IQ and low distortion of the DA 12-24 over the DA 16-45 up to 24mm. The DA 10-17 is nice and small and I like the creative shots I've seen taken by others, could be great fun. Maybe I'll just have to get both eventually, but which one first?

Planned line-ups, in my head, which means I'll sell what I already have that's not listed below.

Financially sound (my wife calls this "sensible"!)
DA 10-17 or DA 12-24 (decision time ahead!)
DA 17-70 (if okay), otherwise stay with 16-45
DA 55-300 (if okay), otherwise spend more on the DA* 60-250
FA 50 macro
FA*300 f4.5 - may sell if the DA* 60-250 rocks!
Tamron 1.4TC

IQ based, no financial restriction!
DA 10-17
DA 12-24
DA*16-50
DA*50-135
DA*60-250
DA xxx-500
FA 50 f2.8 macro
FA 100 f2.8 macro
FA*300 - may sell if the DA*60-250 really rocks, or swap for DA*300 f4.0 if it's better!
DA xxx-500

TC's (If Pentax make some chipped ones for Exif and SR)
Pro-grade 1.4x
Pro-grade 2x

Unlike many who really love primes, I don't use them much except for my macro and the 300mm tele, which is where I really appreciate the high IQ, In general I prefer the higher quality zooms, I do find the convenience over the ultimate IQ gain preferable for 99% of my shooting. I guess that I'll put them up for sale sometime.

Yes, I've tried all the pancakes, and the FA LE's, and they are fantastic, but not for me, I guess I'm just plain lazy.

08-05-2007, 06:15 PM   #69
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Primes, primes primes...

well as of this week, my current lens lineup is more than complete.
The workhorses:

DA14
A24 (just arrived)
FA31ltd
FA43ltd
FA77ltd (just arrived)

all on the K10D.

Back up (in regular use by my better half) and party camera:
DA21ltd
DA40ltd
DA70ltd

All on DS.

I own two other lenses the 70-200 sigma (my only zoom) and a 105 macro by sigma

I do not really need any other lenses at this point.
one of the upcomming long DA* primes might sneak in, though I do not really need any of them.

A DA*24 would be a more than welcome lens in the bag too... the upcomming Zeiss 25mm is very interesting too, though I would prefer the former of the two.

The Sigma 70-200 has not been used for a good while, but I am definitely keeping it, depending on how the new DA*200/300 performs.
The SIgma 105 macro sees some use, but not overly much of it.
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I wish I had the money .. as a beginner I have the following (along with K10D body):

18-55mm kit lens

That's all

Although here's what I am looking to get:
FA J 75-300mm (still on back order .. patiently waiting)
FA 50 f/1.4
Tamron 90mm Macro
Bigma (after seeing some really nice shots from it today)

There's no way in hell I am capable of affording any of the Limited lenses ... such a shame cos they produce some awesome shots.

I am looking at lenses on a tight budget ... I guess whatever I can find on eBay as well ... I would prefer buying lenses new though ... just to make sure they are perfect when i receive them that's all.
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That is the beautiful thing about photography Mechan1k, you do not need much to enjoy it.

You need even less to make awesome photos. That is the trick. It is not the equipment that makes the photographer. They are just tools that will make your hobby/job easier (and that point is even debatable).

If you look in the past at some of the worlds best known photos, most of them had junk for equipment.

So don't feel down because you cannot afford, or wish to spend on expensive glass. Photography can be the most expensive hobby or way to make a living, if you don't show restraint lol.

Just do not get caught up in this LBA (lens buying addiction) nonsense. If you do, you will find yourself buying lenses you may only uses a few times and become a complete waste of time and money. Likewise, do not get caught up in the "my equipment is better then yours" banter all too prevalently found on the net. I came to these forums (a dyed in the wool avowed Canon user) simply because the Canon forums are full of "L" envy. It has gotten so bad that rich folk insist that beginners need to spend thousands of dollars on their second lens, or they will not be happy...hogwash!

I think buying frugally and knowing what you will be using the most is the key to really enjoying, and yes, even getting the most out of your gear possible.

I think I may have to done the flame suit soon lol.
08-06-2007, 05:13 AM   #72
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My ultimate kit would be

Primes:
DA 14/2.8
DA 21/3.2
FA 31/1.8
FA 50/1.4
FA 77/1.8
Voigtlander 125/2.5

Zooms:
DA 10-17 fisheye
DA* 17-70 if any
DA* 60-250
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QuoteOriginally posted by Chako Quote
I think I may have to done the flame suit soon lol.
had this been a canon forum you might would have had to
Here I think most will agree with you.

however you are soo right in what you say... Photography is not about the gear, it is just that... gear... a set of tools...

The eye behind the camera have al ways been and will always be what matters most.
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I agree. I think that 95% of photography is composition, lighting and dedication. The rest is equipment and post processing
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QuoteOriginally posted by Chako Quote
That is the beautiful thing about photography Mechan1k, you do not need much to enjoy it.

You need even less to make awesome photos. That is the trick. It is not the equipment that makes the photographer. They are just tools that will make your hobby/job easier (and that point is even debatable).

If you look in the past at some of the worlds best known photos, most of them had junk for equipment.

So don't feel down because you cannot afford, or wish to spend on expensive glass. Photography can be the most expensive hobby or way to make a living, if you don't show restraint lol.

Just do not get caught up in this LBA (lens buying addiction) nonsense. If you do, you will find yourself buying lenses you may only uses a few times and become a complete waste of time and money. Likewise, do not get caught up in the "my equipment is better then yours" banter all too prevalently found on the net. I came to these forums (a dyed in the wool avowed Canon user) simply because the Canon forums are full of "L" envy. It has gotten so bad that rich folk insist that beginners need to spend thousands of dollars on their second lens, or they will not be happy...hogwash!

I think buying frugally and knowing what you will be using the most is the key to really enjoying, and yes, even getting the most out of your gear possible.

I think I may have to done the flame suit soon lol.
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QuoteOriginally posted by tknterry Quote
I agree. I think that 95% of photography is composition, lighting and dedication. The rest is equipment and post processing
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I'm getting quite good at the latter, it's the 95% that is eluding me!
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