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03-13-2009, 04:35 PM   #1
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The best lens you own

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.

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03-13-2009, 04:58 PM   #3
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QuoteOriginally posted by RonMexico Quote
Please move this thread. I accidentally posted in the wrong forum.
Moved. Next time Ron, just click on the flag in the bottom LH corner of the Post then follow the instructions.
The mods will see it straight away then.
03-13-2009, 05:07 PM   #4
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I'm stuck between the rock and the hard place...
I do own FA31ltd, and it's one excellent lens, but... haven't had it long enought to get shots that would rival those I got from my "little wonder"
you guessed it, it's DA40ltd. After comparisons on hair clips, dvds and surrounding buildings I have to say 40 underexposes compared to 31 and has cooler blueish tint (31 has just neutral bordering on warmer yellow/green). 31 has tad better resolution but when shooting from the same place it has bigger magnification so it offsets this. Other then that, it's much smaller, much lighter, focuses faster and is capable of using other hoods (hood/filter combination).
So, conclusion:
31 - I love the IQ, I love the FOV, I love the speed (f1.8)
- I hate the built in hood, could be lighter
40 - I love the sharpness, portability, I grew to love the FOV
- could be more neutral in rendering, over last 10months it gave many excellent keepers
Please don't make me choose between these two, if I was really pressed I'd say 31 is better lens, but I still use 40 at least as often, with results nearly or at least as good.
For now, I'm happy I have both and if somebody asks me what is my best lens?
It's the Limiteds

BR

PS: Ron, don't be surprised. Despite it's small size there is a lot to love on DA40ltd, you don't know unless you haven't owned it for a while...


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03-13-2009, 05:45 PM   #5
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Best lens is FA 35mm f/2. Nice and sharp, nice all-around lens on digital.
Favorite lenses for portraits: Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 HSM and Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8. Both wide and tight have their uses.
FA 50mm f/1.4 is useful for more specialized stuff, but I dislike it's AF performance.
"Worst" lens is 18-250mm, but it is most versatile when going light.
03-13-2009, 05:55 PM   #6
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The best lens I own is probably the A* 200 Macro. But I haven't had it for long and have yet to really use it much or get to know it.
Favorite lens is probably my FA 31mm Ltd. Very nice and I always seem to throw it on the camera when I just don't know which lens I should use for the day, and only have room for one.
03-13-2009, 06:19 PM   #7
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QuoteOriginally posted by Votesh Quote
The best lens I own is probably the A* 200 Macro. But I haven't had it for long and have yet to really use it much or get to know it.
Favorite lens is probably my FA 31mm Ltd. Very nice and I always seem to throw it on the camera when I just don't know which lens I should use for the day, and only have room for one.
A*200 macro? Isn't that lens suppose to be sub-par?
I don't have the money for an FA 31 ltd, no less the 200 macro.

My best at the moment is my Tamron 70-200 f2.8 and DA 16-45.....I'm satisfied for now.
03-13-2009, 06:20 PM   #8
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f*300mm f4.5, best i own and my favorite. i'm constantly amazed by the images from it. heres a recent sample


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03-13-2009, 06:21 PM   #9
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That's easy:
Best: FA 31/1.8 Limited
- bokeh, 3D rendition, construction, a piece of art
Favorite: FA* 28-70/2.8
- tack sharp, fairly compact, large max aperture, covers the range I use the most
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The best I've got is the M 50/1.7. While not a bad lens at all, it's certainly not the best either. Then again, I'm just a beginner in all this...
03-13-2009, 06:25 PM   #11
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Best Lens? tell me what is good and I'll tell you my best

Toss up:
  • K28/3.5 - sharp edge-to-edge
  • K35/3.5 - amazing color rendering and bokeh
  • K135/2.5 - sharp sharp sharp center
But I'm having the most fun right now with a Tamron SP 90/2.5 macro I bought here - visible snap into focus, underexposes about 2 stops in natural light on K10D, a bit warm - but nice images.

FA35/2 is on my cameras more than any other lens.
03-13-2009, 06:34 PM   #12
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At this moment in time...and don't laugh...the DA50-200

I don't own the best lenses that Pentax makes so there's no point of reference...but this one surprises me every time I use it. Maybe it's the low expectations (since it is the other kit lens) that keep drawing me back to continue to find its faults. As hard as I try, I have yet to find anything wrong with it other than its speed. Since I only use it when the light is good, this has not been an issue.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Stevopedia Quote
The best I've got is the M 50/1.7. While not a bad lens at all, it's certainly not the best either. Then again, I'm just a beginner in all this...
The M50 f1.7 is a GREAT lens, I own a copy and it's as sharp as a tack!

I just listed my most expensive lenses for heck of it.
03-13-2009, 06:43 PM   #14
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my working kit is the Pentax K 50mm f/1.2, FA77LTD and Sigma 100-300mm f/4 EX DG

my favourite is the K 50 f/1.2 it's a spectacular lens, and I LOVE the speed, and the bokeh is phenomenal.

I'll be adding the 31mm f/1.8 limited to my collection soon...I have already ordered it.

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03-13-2009, 06:46 PM   #15
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For a conventionall photographic lens rather than one of my specialized long lens' it would be the FA 35.

light, compact, versatile, inexpensive with stunning optical quality.
I don't expect my photographic needs will ever require anything "better".
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