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08-04-2009, 06:40 PM   #1
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Well, I have to choose a lens

Have a birthday offer to get a new lens, not sure which way to go. Haven't put up one of these posts in quite awhile.

Here's what I have: DA 12-24, DA 21, DA 35, DA 70, DA 55-300

Here's what I shoot: Landscape, Travel, some very limited portraiture (horses)

Here are the possibles (based on the given price range from the gift-giver) and my brief thoughts on each:

DA 40: Close in length to the DA 35, but fairly inexpensive (not as much as it used to be) and faster focusing for street photography when I travel. ($60 off with K-7 discount)

DA 17-70: Good all around lens, rates well, has a rubber ring around mount (which would make it my most WR lens for my K-7), fits nicely between 12-24 and 55-300, overlaps all three of my LTDs. (Normally around $500, but I have the $90 off from buying the K-7)

DA 18-55 WR: Would give me a weather-sealed option for the K-7

Tamron 24-135: One for sale in marketplace, would make a nice two lens landscape kit with the 12-24, not sure about absolute image quality

So, what do you folks think? Another option is the D-BG4 Grip, but I really don't have a heavy enough lens that I need to balance out. Taking all opinions and suggestions (including those that say I have enough lenses and don't need to duplicate focal lengths).

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08-04-2009, 06:52 PM   #2
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Is the 50-200 WR available yet? That would be another option for you.
Sorry to add an option instead of picking one but you have a great kit already, something longer would make it more flexible.
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Thanks, Gary. I'm not sure I'd ever use it in place of my 55-300. But you're right about my kit: it's pretty good (I've worked hard at finding a good balance and fit for how I shoot). That's why I'm not even sure I need a new lens...not that it's about need with LBA!
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How about the FA 43??? It's worlds apart from your 35 and the 40.

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I have thought about that, but not sure I could get the price I need on it. I like that it would give me 1.9, and is a fairly unobtrusive street lens. Thanks, I'll look into it.
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Looks like you're keen on limited primes, and if you're into another, then the 31ltd is another option - pricey but always brings home top results. the 43ltd is a great lens too...

Trying out a zoom? The DA 17-70 (if you're not too fussed about low-light shooting) would be first on the list?
Or otherwise a DA* 16-50 or 16-45, depending on budget and WR requirements. The 18-55 would be a cheaper option, but not one that would compare to any in your collection...

It might be sacrilege to suggest a non-Pentax lens to you, but the Tamron 28-75 really is a versatile f/2.8 zoom...
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How is FA 43 worlds apart from the 40 other than the pixie dust and f1.9? I guess if you do portraiture it would matter quite a bit...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Andi Lo Quote
How is FA 43 worlds apart from the 40 other than the pixie dust and f1.9? I guess if you do portraiture it would matter quite a bit...
The field of view. I swapped out the 40 for the 43 and still can't get used to it.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Ash Quote

It might be sacrilege to suggest a non-Pentax lens to you, but the Tamron 28-75 really is a versatile f/2.8 zoom...
I had hoped this wouldn't come up. My wife won't let me get this lens, as I've owned it, and sold it, twice. I just don't know if I could take the eye-rolling. 31 Ltd is much too expensive, and strangely, I've never been drawn to it. Thanks!
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Then you may even suggest to her getting an FA* 28-70! See what she thinks then...
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Is life with a SLR even possible without a fast 50mm

I'd go for either a 50mm f1.4, or the new 55mm f1.4.
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When looking at your list of lenses you've covered 12-70mm very well.
You seem to lack something fast between 70-300mm.
The DA* 200 is too expensive I guess, but how about the DFA 100 F2.8 Macro or a used FA 135mm F2.8 ?

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You could go the dark side and get a few nice delectable primes in M42 mount. A fast 50, a lovely 135mm lens and maybe a 28m lens thrown in for good measure along with a Pentax M42 adapter and have heaps of lovely glass and be spoilt with a few lenses as a pressie.
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Your kit looks fairly good all around.

A couple of other suggestions for you that you may find useful.

A FA50 1.4 would be a nice fit b/w your 35mm and your 70mm. It is a bokeh monster and very inexpensive for what you get.

A DA10-17 FE. Not sure if fish-eye is your thing, but it really is a great lens and is very versatile.

Just some thoughts...

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