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09-22-2009, 07:25 PM   #31
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Easy, as I only have 3 lenses.

1. Fa31mm Ltd
2. Da70mm Ltd
3. Sigma 17-70mm

09-22-2009, 07:31 PM   #32
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QuoteOriginally posted by TKH Quote
You are my man.

1. FA77
Number one because its the newest in the bag.

2. All time darling DA35. As good as the best tell.

3. DA15. The little wonder.

Ah, what do you mean with "your three favourite lenses". Who needs more than that? :-)

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I could be very satisfied with exactly that set of 3 lenses. For a long time, my goal was to acquire those 3.

Anyways, here are my 3 favorite lenses that I have actually used:

1. smc PENTAX 1:2.8 24mm on film...tiny, bright, saturated, dramatic.

2. Voigtlaender Nokton 58mm f/1.4 SLII on digital...acutance, Acutance, ACUTANCE and a joy to handle.

3a. smc PENTAX-A 1:1.4 50mm on film...my first SLR lens, a nostalgic choice.

3b. SMC PENTAX-DA 1:2.8 35mm Macro Limited on digital...my first digital-specific prime, tiny, close-focusing and wonderfully engineered.
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My Three Amigos...

Without a doubt, my favorite is the FA* 200/4 Macro! Then followed by the FA* 300/2.8 and the DA 12-24...

FA* 200/4 Macro:


Heavy crop (100%) from a 6MP image:





FA* 300/2.8:


(with Pentax 1.7x AF TC)




The DA 12-24 is an excellent landscape lens:



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QuoteOriginally posted by raymeedc Quote
2 - 35mm f:3.5 Super or Super-Multi-Coated Takumar..... If ever a lens can be called a gem, this little bubble elemented number is it.
Why do you say 'bubble-elemented'? Is that lens known for that? reason I ask is because I have a Super Tak 35 3.5, and it seems to have the tiniest bubbles in the front element. Can't notice anything in the images, but I can see the bubbles in the lens.

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QuoteOriginally posted by jsherman999 Quote
Why do you say 'bubble-elemented'? Is that lens known for that? reason I ask is because I have a Super Tak 35 3.5, and it seems to have the tiniest bubbles in the front element. Can't notice anything in the images, but I can see the bubbles in the lens.
I only meant to indicate that the front element appears as a small rounded bubble, not that there are bubbles in the element itself..... that's an entirely different matter.
09-23-2009, 02:07 PM   #36
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QuoteOriginally posted by georgweb Quote
Hey MCR, the DA*55/1.4 seems to be a winner. I was curious when the first tests were undecided for this lens, that's usually a good sign
for me. Unfortunately the price of that lens is not so undecided .-(
Hey georgweb!
Yes, I think you right, price DA*55/1.4 is high. That's why I bought this lens in yours country because in Poland this lens is more expensive
I bought lens in dnet24.de - Shop - Bilderservice Very well service....

Marc Langille - superb shots!
Regards,
09-23-2009, 04:21 PM   #37
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Since I really only use 3 lenses these days I suppose they'd be my 3 favorite lenses
The reasons why I like them so much speak for themselves.

Sigma 24 - 70 (the last version)


Pentax M-mount 55mm f1.8


Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar 200mm F2.8
09-23-2009, 04:47 PM   #38
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Impossible question! The DA*300mm would certainly be one: sharp, reasonably portable, works well with TCs--about the best mobile birding lens available (See the heron shot.)

Beyond that, it's a (14-lens) toss-up. I'll just say the other two are the one on the camera and the one I didn't bring along but wish I had.

Update: OK, I'll add the one that's on my K20D right now--the SMC-A 35-105mm f3.5--it's a quirky but marvelously capable lens and deliciously under-priced on the used market. (see mushroom shot.)

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09-23-2009, 05:43 PM   #39
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I think many on this board want a newspaper-sharp lens, or amazing color rendition. As the M100/2.8, M85/2 is a softer, portrait lens (as you have demonstrated) but can also produce the 3-dimensional jaw-dropping image you posted (in the right hands) - bravo!!

QuoteOriginally posted by jsherman999 Quote
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M 85 f/2 - This lens just has it. For me. Others don't get it. Maybe I don't get it.
I don't care, it makes my top 3.

M 85


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I shoot a lot more than I post - but I'll overcome that soon enough. Taken from what I currently own - I have sold off some really good glass that should be on here (K135/2.5, Series 1 105/2.5 Macro)

K35/3.5

Tamron Adaptall-2 35~80/2.8~3.8 #01A



S-M-C Takumar 50/1.4

Everything else is tied for great
09-23-2009, 09:46 PM   #41
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The ultimate trio for me:

1. FA 77mm Limited
2. FA 43mm Limited
3. FA 31mm Limited
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4. DA 21mm Limited
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first of all, Dang people! There are some drool-licious images in this thread and my little bag of glass can't really hang with the likes of Sherman and Langille and Gus and TKH and yeatzee and you other crazy people... but based on what i have at the moment, i most enjoy shooting with these (in no particular order):

1) Cosina 55mm/1.2 - this one stays wide open usually and i just love the brush stroke impressionist bokeh that it weaves. turns ordinary bugs and flowers into something more interesting.









2) DA 10-17 Fisheye - I guess the "gimmick" of the fisheye still hasn't worn off for me (...or perhaps my eye hasn't matured yet?); regardless, i just love looking in the viewfinder while sweeping the camera around just to see how it distorts things. teehee, so much fun. oh, and it is totally sharp too.







3) M-50/1.7 which is super sharp and somewhat 3-dimensional at times. This is my go-to all purpose lens and never disappoints. best $45 ever spent, IMO.









3a) Honorable mention goes to one of my Takumars, i'd probably say the Takumar 105/2.8 i bought from JSherman. I just haven't spent enough time using it but when i do I am amazed at what it can produce.


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QuoteOriginally posted by mikeSF Quote
...my little bag of glass can't really hang with the likes of Sherman and Langille and Gus and TKH and yeatzee and you other crazy people...
I'd say you're hanging in there pretty good if you ask me.
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QuoteOriginally posted by mikeSF Quote
first of all, Dang people! There are some drool-licious images in this thread and my little bag of glass can't really hang with the likes of Sherman and Langille and Gus and TKH and yeatzee and you other crazy people... but based on what i have at the moment, i most enjoy shooting with these (in no particular order):
I in no way should even be in the same sentence as Sherman and Langille and Gus or TKH...
I belong in the "you other crazy people" group

QuoteOriginally posted by mikeSF Quote
1) Cosina 55mm/1.2 -
I normally hate the bokeh from this little beast, but this image is incredible!
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I like to attend my photo club's outings and walk-abouts. Of the lenses in my camera bags, my top three would be:

1.) SMC Tak 50/1.4
2.) K24/2.8
3.) JCPenney/Kiron 135/2.8 on my A1.4xTC (great for the low-brow look on my $20 tripod)
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