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06-15-2009, 09:56 AM   #1
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Which Next Lens Should I Get? (I have 31, 77, 50, 18-250 Already)

Which Next Lens Should I Get?

(I have 31, 77, 50 1.4, and the 18-250 Already)

FA 50 1.7?
43 ltd?
85mm 1.4?
DA* 50-135?
Other?

I just want to keep rounding out my set of great lenses. I use them mainly for photographing people - either portraits, models, or dramatic/tragic journalism.

I need great bokeh, little CA.

06-15-2009, 11:03 AM   #2
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I'd say the 12-24 or the 300mm. Seems like you have a nice focal range already, and focused on great primes. I kinda gave up primes for the DA* zooms (and have been REALLY happy). Maybe, since you've mentioned tragic journalism (which I would assume you're chasing police and ambulance bands) you would need a couple of flexible, fast zooms. I am currently using the DA* 16-50 and 50-135. Just a few ideas....
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QuoteOriginally posted by PentaxForums-User Quote
Which Next Lens Should I Get?

(I have 31, 77, 50 1.4, and the 18-250 Already)

FA 50 1.7?
43 ltd?
85mm 1.4?
DA* 50-135?
Other?

I just want to keep rounding out my set of great lenses. I use them mainly for photographing people - either portraits, models, or dramatic/tragic journalism.

I need great bokeh, little CA.
My opinion:

FA 50 1.7: No, you already have the 50 1.4
43ltd: Maybe
85 1.4: IMO, no, you already have the excellent 77
DA 50-135: Maybe

Other: I'd consider something a bit different than what you already have - you say you use them mostly for people shots, but you have the traditional portrait styles covered already with what you have. I'd consider a DA 21ltd, DA 15ltd, or DA 12-24 f/4. You can take some interesting portraits and group shots at those aspect ratios.

So, my vote:

DA* 50-135: a 'portrait zoom' if there ever was one
or
DA 12-24 f/4: a superb lens very unlike any you already own.



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06-15-2009, 11:43 AM   #4
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I have almost the same set of lenses... I'd suggest a macro if you're into that kind of photography.

On top of my wish list is an ultra wide angle... I'm having a hard time deciding which but I'm partial to the sigma 12-24 (it's FF, but HUGE) or the 14mm limited (fast) or even the 15 ltd (small size).

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