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04-09-2007, 02:19 AM   #1
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I was just pondering this thought. If I could only use one lens, which would it be? Now, I would allow my self the luxury of including the new "Star" series lenses.

Based on the Tokina, which the Pentax will be similar to, I would have to say for my use the 16-50 f2.8 lens would suffice for 90 percent of all of my applications.

What about you?

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That would be too short for most of my shots and I would use my 80-200 2.8 more, but then my 300 is on my camera all the time.

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135mm will do me just fine most of the time, and the Super Takumar 135/3.5 is my default lens to mount during daylight hours. In the evening I switch over to a 55/1.8, but when the M-50/1.4 I am waiting for arrives, it will most likely assume that role.
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Actually I would love Fa 43 ltd for travel or casual shootings. Small, compact and light weighted - Currently

But for travel, I would love Da* 16-50. Just one for all scenery and candids. I doubt that I would need anything longer than that during travel unless I want to do birding etc

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Yes, the 16 - 50 sounds very nice, but at the moment I seem to get my best shots from the FA50/1.4...if I could only use one of my lenses, that would be it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by benjikan Quote
I was just pondering this thought. If I could only use one lens, which would it be? Now, I would allow my self the luxury of including the new "Star" series lenses.

Based on the Tokina, which the Pentax will be similar to, I would have to say for my use the 16-50 f2.8 lens would suffice for 90 percent of all of my applications.

What about you?

Ben
My DA 16-45 is my most used lens, probably around 55%-65% over a years shots with a small spattering with my FA 28-105 f3.2-4.5 (5%) when I need slightly more reach.

After that, it's a mixture of my FA*300 (plus a 1.4x TC) for birding and airshows, which I enjoy, and then a mix of "prime" usage with my FA*24, FA 35 and FA 50 macro. I also have a small usage of commercial "product" shots done with my Hartblei tilt and shift lens.

If the DA* 16-50 delivers the goods and is comfortable to use, as it is rather heavy, then I would consider selling off my 16-45, FA*24 and FA 35. I have no use for collecting and don't like swapping lenses. I think I could live with the loss of one stop. It will have to considerably better the DA 16-45 and maybe even very close to the IQ of the two FA primes though.

As far as the other DA* zooms are concerned, the jury is out on those for the moment. I don't think I'll make any moves until the 60-250 is out. Any of the other primes would only find occassional use and would only be an indulgence. I haven't fallen for any of the Limiteds or the pancakes, even though I've had the opportunity of using them for considerable periods.
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One only... Hmm... That would be the FA35/2 I guess. But I'll lay my hands on a Sigma 30/1.4 and see what it can do. For the future we have the DA35/x coming which is interesting to me but it's hard to choose an unknown lens to be the one and only.
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Best All Round Lens?

Hi Ben

As always food for thought

As I pondered a reply my first thought was in line with you, but then I read Richards reply and well, that was me (except for the *'s and FA's ). The DA 16-45 sits on my K10 most of the time, followed by DA 50-200. This got a workout at the recent Airshow Downunder. Finally there is the EX 10-20. Doesn't get as much use as I thought but sometimes it is just necessary (Check the moniker ).

Like Richard I am looking at the DA* 60-250 (mainly for Airshows and Motor Sport - lots of birds there!

Cheers from Oz

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QuoteOriginally posted by benjikan Quote
I was just pondering this thought. If I could only use one lens, which would it be?
A parlor-game question, this. After all, one of the main reasons to have a digital SLR is so that you can have multiple lenses. If I really could not have multiple lenses, I'd seriously consider going back to a compact superzoom like my old Canon PowerShot S3 IS.

I really can't say which one lens I'd keep. The BEST lens I have is the Pentax 16-45. But the lenses I use most often are the Tamron 28-75 and 18-200. And the Tamron 70-300 is important to me, too, as I really enjoy shooting birds. I guess if I really had to sell all of them but one, the one I'd keep would be the Tamron 18-200. It's not the best of the group, but it's the most versatile.

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Not to hard for me to answer as I only own two lenses now. I have a FA35/2 which I really like alot, and a Tamron 18-200 which is not as good as the FA35/2 but if I could only own one it would have to be the Tamron 18-200 for covering all bases.
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mine would have to be the tamron 18 x 200..

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QuoteOriginally posted by benjikan Quote
I was just pondering this thought. If I could only use one lens, which would it be? Now, I would allow my self the luxury of including the new "Star" series lenses.

Based on the Tokina, which the Pentax will be similar to, I would have to say for my use the 16-50 f2.8 lens would suffice for 90 percent of all of my applications.

What about you?

Ben
I could use the 50-135 for all my portrait work without a problem. And in combination with the 16-50 I'd be covered for travel

But my most versatile lens is the 24-90. Its equivalent range of 35-135 is a truly useful range and is close to many compact cameras. I can shoot all day with this lens and only need to change lenses occasionally. Wish they would do a 2.8 DA* version of it.
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This is a tough one. My favorite lens is my FA* 85 f1.4 hands down. But it is not very versatile being fairly long with the 1.5 crop and not having close focus capability.

Oddly enough the most used lens in my bag is not a Pentax, although if I could afford the Pentax equivelent I wouldn't have this lens. It is the Tamron 28-75 f2.8. Not as sharp as my 16-45 but has a little better portrait range, which I do a lot of.

I don't think I could survive with just one lens. Maybe a 16-85 f4? With 1:3 close focus. Yeah, that would do nicely.
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In the past, with Canon gear, I used 18-200 Sigma 80% of the time, but I've done mostly landscapes and architecture, and I felt no need for fast glass. Now I've expanded my interests to various subjects, 18-105 f/2.8 would be a dream come true.

Realistically though, 17-70 f/2.8 would rarely leave the camera (if there was such thing)

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