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06-18-2009, 02:18 AM   #16
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Thanks for all the comments guys. Much appreciated. I would describe myself as comfortably poor, so please keep lens suggestions reasonable

I've found that I rarely shoot with my 100/2 (possibly due to its size and weight). I think 3 primes in the range of 20-70 would cover all my needs.

My main concern when taking pictures is content, followed by composition. I don't care too much about sharpness as long as people can make out the content (i.e., I don't enjoy MTF chart porn). For example, the picture below was taken with the cheap Canon 35 and the lowly 350D at the "unusable" max ISO of 1600, hand-held at 1/40. I'm sure half of dpreview crowd would zoom in 100% and cry about the noise



In short, if I can replace my 350D and non-L 24, 35, and 50 with the K-7 and some limiteds, I'd gain something Canon will _never_ offer (100% viewfinder with IS in a small rugged body and small beautiful lenses). I think that my 21, 40, 70 pancake plan will make a great travel/going-out-with-baby kit. Then I'll eat rice until the FA 31 meets my camera.

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If you want to mix a little bit of speed with your pancakes, why not go with the DA21 - FA35 - DA70, then ?
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Thanks for the advice. I think the DA 21, FA 35, and DA 70 will make a great combo.
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You have to get at least 1 FA limited. Get the 77mm.

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I'm sure the 77 limited is a wonderful lens, but I'd rather save up for the 31 limited. That's why I was leaning a bit towards the DA 40 ahead of the FA 35; the 31 would fit nicely between the 21/40 gap.

So it's either 21, 40, 70 now and FA 31 later, or 21, 35, 70 now, and...well, I'd probably still end up getting the FA 31.

Pentax just has too many great lenses. I have 30 lens permutations in my mind and I don't even have a body yet
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... Don't forget the 15mm ltd... something canon hasn't got anything even close too.
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Looking at the lens review page on this site is like visiting an opium den...
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i think a 15mm, 35mm macro, 70mm would made an awesome travel kit

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QuoteOriginally posted by Photong Quote
Looking at the lens review page on this site is like visiting an opium den...
8 posts in, and that's one of the funniest and most accurate lines I've read on the fofums.

Good luck with your lens choices! :P
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QuoteOriginally posted by PrimeObjectif Quote
8 posts in, and that's one of the funniest and most accurate lines I've read on the fofums.

Good luck with your lens choices! :P
You can say that again. The immediate satisfaction of purchasing a nice lens is often soon replaced by self-doubt and then a longing for the next cool lens.

One point not yet mentioned is the style of the resulting images from these lenses. I think it's best not to think of the pancake lenses as being true alternatives to the more common lens designs such as the 35/2 and 50/1.4. This is not to say the out of focus areas in images shot with the pancake style lenses are not as pleasing as those shot with other lenses. In many cases, they're all good but different. The best advice is to wade into online galleries such as PBase that list the lenses used for posted shots and see what you like. The best time to do this is now before you buy.
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Thanks for the advice. I think the DA 21, FA 35, and DA 70 will make a great combo.
I went with the FA50 1.4 as my first lens after the Kit and would like to add that lens as a suggestion. You get speed, a portrait FOV and an overall great preformer at a great price. My next lens was the DA21 and then I managed to get lucky enough to get the FA31, and most recently the DA70.
The FA31 is the best lens that I have ever used and I would highly recommend keeping it on the wish list. With that in mind, the FA35 is a bit redundant, or could be used as a more affordable substitute. I went with the DA70 after much agonizing between it and the FA77. In the end, I could not justify the additional cost of the FA77 and find that the DA70 is very good wide open.
So, just to recap, my prime lineup is DA21L, FA31L, FA50, DA70L and M100 f4 Macro.
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Instead of saving for the 31/1.8, look into the Sigma 30mm f/1.4...

I use it with my Canon system (Xsi and 40D) and it's absolutely spectacular! Having it stabilized on the K-7 will be awesome!

If you're mainly a prime shooter, Pentax is a great system to have.
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Sounds like you already have LBA, The Methadone like hit of a 43ltd is your only chance to escape the heroin like appeal of the 31ltd, although sometimes it just makes LBA worse
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If I already have LBA, then this forum is the opposite of a rehab centre...making it a relapse centre?

Back on topic, I consider my photography as capturing an otherwise forgotten moment, so creamy bokeh and tack sharp lenses are nice to have but not essential. From what I've seen of the pancakes (on PPG), I should be more than satisfied. The only thing I'm worried about is the 70 as a portrait lens.

Someone asked about my definition of "normal" lens. I only mean "normal field of view" (i.e., not wide angle, no magnification). The 40 becomes a 60 on the K-7, making it a bit tight as a normal.

About the Sigma, what it giveth in the centre, it taketh from the borders.

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