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03-15-2009, 09:19 AM   #91
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QuoteOriginally posted by G_Money Quote
Marc's work makes me ashamed to even own a camera.
G_Money: it's not about me... It's about the beauty I capture.

Remember: I spent a LOT of time and hard work getting to this point in just a few short years. What's important is whether or not you are happy with your images. I keep all of my out of focus and not so good shots to remind me that we all started at square 1... very humbling. I just don't post those.

One thing that has changed: I take a lot less images nowadays, since I can dial in pretty quickly for what I want/need in the image. That's a good thing! The only exception to that may be birding and some wildlife, since you never know what the subject will do next, and it's not a static subject.

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Hey Marc L, if my memory serves me your bridge and mill image is of War Eagle? That's a beautiful shot of a beautiful area. Bonus points go to a person willing to get his feet wet.

The best Pentax lens I own would be my SMC Takumar 50/1.4. For best lens I own overall it would be toss up between the Tak and my Nikkor 60/2.8 Micro. It's an odd comparison of two lenses but they both produce images I'd describe as sharp yet smooth. If that makes sense.
Correct, that is War Eagle and thank you for the comments! I did use hip waders to make that shot - through a running river. I was very conscious about dumping $2K in camera gear on that journey through across the river!!

How many bonus points??


03-15-2009, 09:45 AM   #92
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I have a lot of Pentax lenses and it’s hard to pick a favorite or “best” lens. I’ll have to go with the lens I have used the most over the years, the K55/1.8.

The lens is inexpensive, relatively light weight and is fast enough for most shooting. It’s also quite sharp at f/8-f/16 and is built solidly. I have taken a lot of great pictures with it over the years. It’s been well worth the money.

Runners up would be:

K17/4 Fisheye
K50/4 Macro
03-15-2009, 10:29 AM   #93
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DA 10-17mm Fish
and DA* 50-135

everytime I mount those 2 lenses, I forget how much I love them..
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31ltd and 77ltd.

no contest fot the others, can't take a bad shot with them

03-15-2009, 02:29 PM   #95
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QuoteOriginally posted by Marc Langille Quote
What's important is whether or not you are happy with your images.
That's just the thing, Marc. When I see images like yours, my own don't make me happy. While photography can be a medium for communication and expression, for me it's always been the opposite. My photographs tend to be taken for me, and I'm very reluctant to share them. I tend to get more satisfaction from the process than from the results. Guys like you exist to inspire guys like me.

I know a fellow on another forum who shoots a lot of street stuff. He's in NYC, so there's plenty of subject matter for him. He shoots with a variety of equipment, a Nikon D700, an Epson R-D1 with vintage Leica glass, and a Kodak DCS-14n with Nikon glass. He tells me he's a Photoshop idiot and his pp work mostly consists of levels adjustments and a little sharpening. His images, however, have this quality to them that wows me. It's a quality that I don't see in my own. Perhaps it's because my images are too familiar to me, but I think they just don't have it.

Over the years I've used Nikons, Canons, Leicas, Hasselblads and Pentaxes and I've never had an image I've been completely happy with. Maybe it's less a case of skill or technique and more a case of self-doubt. It's a corny old joke, but to me photography is like sex, you don't have to be good at it to enjoy it.
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Da* 16-50.
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respect for being so honest. I'd be very interested to see some more of this reasoning about photography and
the personal approach to it in the General Forum section (or maybe I've just missed it?).

Onto the topic, for me it's gotta be Leica Summicron R 2/50 1st version. Pentax has nice lenses too.



Georg (the other)

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03-16-2009, 10:43 PM   #98
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I'd have to say my best lens is my Super Takumar 85mm f/1.9 (although I'd probably tie that with my Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Macro) ... both lovely lenses.

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My best and favorite is the FA85, but it's not the most used. Favorite "daily use" lens would be the 16-50 with the 12-24 also a strong contender.
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Best or Favorite?

Da* 50-135 - da* 16-50
03-17-2009, 02:50 AM   #101
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Da 40

I have tested most FA/DA limiteds and DA* lenses for months as I have a relative with a bunch of Pentax lenses.

However, the ones I liked the most were the DA40, DA70, DA*200 and FA31.
After a lot of thinking I purchased the DA40. It is the best lens for the money.
I'll add the DA 70 before summer and perhaps the DA 15 LTD.

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FA* 300mm f 4.5 pending my trying out my "new" 500mm f 4.5. Next best is my FA* 28-70 f 2.8.
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QuoteOriginally posted by RonMexico Quote
What's the best lens you own?
Is it your favorite? (I know sometimes it's not the same)

Considering the number of reviews and the rating, it looks like most people's favorite lenses are the DA 40mm, DA* 50-135, the FA 31mm, and the FA 77mm.

I'm a little surprised at how many people love the DA 40mm.
How about this: I only keep lenses I love in my kit and since there is no overlap in terms of their application right now, it's difficult to compare, i.e., how would it make sense if I said I like A 28 f/2.8 less than DA* 300? I purchased DA 40mm for somebody as a gift and it's no doubt a great little lens.
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Probably my A f1.7 50mm. Sharp, but mostly because it was my workhorse for a while, when I was gig shooting:

Wide open, that shot. Well, it was either wide open or f3.2.

Other contenders are:

My (infamous) $25AU K f1.2 50mm:

M f1.7 50mm; I think this is sharper than the A version:

Read my sig. Other than that, I don't own a lot of lenses.
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I purchased DA 40mm for somebody as a gift and it's no doubt a great little lens.
Ooh, I want to be your friend!

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