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09-03-2009, 04:24 AM   #16
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For $250 I'd get a nice bag full of excellent Takumars.

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Any you prefer?
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Any you prefer?
for 250 bucks it wouldn't matter, as you can literally buy a whole bag of them. (unless your like me.. an I assume you arent because I have paid that much for 1 Takumar) but you said you wanted at least one AF lens correct?
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Yeah, I've been looking at the FA 28-105mm for a standard AF zoom. That leaves about $150 though.

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problem solved ...

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/photographers-marketplace/71553-sale-k100...condition.html

Just the lenses would leave some change too
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I already have a camera!
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Then just take the lenses chief You're not going to find better copies ....... from the 50-200 .....



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that owl is awesome. owls always me smile.

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that owl is awesome. owls always me smile.
O RLY?
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I used to have to 28-105 f/3.2 version which was a really good standard every day zoom, I highly recommend it.
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So I've pretty much gotten myself to try and sum it up like this:

I can either get an 18-200mm and sacrifice image quality, and honestly I don't think that I'd like carrying around a superzoom that much.

My other options are:

Wide angle. I can get the Sigma 17-35mm, the Sigma 24-60mm, or the Sigma 28-70mm. For much cheaper though, I can get the Sigma 28-80mm, 28-105mm, or 24-135mm. I can also get the Tamron 24-135mm, or the Sigma 18-125mm. The problem with the majority of these lenses is that they don't leave much left in my budget for a telephoto zoom, which I'd most likely prefer more.

So, what else can I do?

There are many of the lenses in the above list that I'd love to have, but let's go over telephoto lenses to see if something can be worked out here.

Pentax 50-200mm, Pentax 55-300mm, Tamron 70-300mm, Sigma 70-300mm APO, Sigma 55-200mm (cheap but incredibly good quality for the price), and the Sigma 70-210mm (incredibly cheap). Most of these lenses are still over $100 at least, leaving only $150 for the first lens. Can anyone come up with a few good combinations for me that you think I might like?

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QuoteOriginally posted by jct us101 Quote
Any you prefer?
Depends on what I'm doing at the time.

From my truck I make extensive use of the 105/2.8 and the 85/1.9. Your budget won't cover the 85/1.9, unfortunately.

On foot I use mostly the 55/1.8, the 35/2, and the 28/3.5.

They didn't really make any bad Takumars (from the M42 era....forget the K-mount abominations) so it is really hard to go wrong.

Going very roughly from memory here's what I paid for my lenses:

55/1.8.........$10
28/3.5.........$30 (bent filter ring)
35/3.5.........$40
35/2............$90
105/2.8.......$70
200/4..........$40
85/1.9.........$250
50/1.4.........$50 (included a Spotmatic ESII)
135/3.5.......$30
55/1.8.........$40 (included a freshly CLAed SV)
55/2............$25 (included a freshly CLAed S2)

I want to make it very clear that manual focus, manual stop-down prime lenses are not for everyone and most definitely not for all situations. But if they do fit in with your shooting style you can most definitely pick up some still stellar glass on a very low budget. Go wandering through The Takumar Club thread if you want to see what can be done with these low-dollar gems.

I shoot them on a daily basis and 99% of the time they are all I use and all I have in my bag. Click here and you'll see over a thousand reasons why.

Do they have their limitations? Yes.

Do I feel limited by them? Most definitely not.
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Hey, Mike, you post a lot about the great Takumars and no harm done there! But it would be helpful if you quoted current prices, since they have gone up a lot since you were able to find some of your deals.

Realistically a 55mm 1.8 is not going to be $10. More like $40 plus shipping.
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QuoteOriginally posted by rparmar Quote
Hey, Mike, you post a lot about the great Takumars and no harm done there! But it would be helpful if you quoted current prices, since they have gone up a lot since you were able to find some of your deals.

Realistically a 55mm 1.8 is not going to be $10. More like $40 plus shipping.
You have to consider a couple of factors:

1. We live in entirely different markets with very different supply/demand and hence different prices.

2. I work 80+ hours per week and even if I had the interest I do not have the time to research and keep up with prices of stuff in a country I don't shop from anyway.

And let us not lose sight of the fact that while $40 is four times more than $10 it is still a hell of a lot closer to that $10 figure than the $100~$200 options. <smiley goes here, and anywhere else in the post you feel appropriate>
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