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11-18-2009, 05:56 AM   #16
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I own a significant bunch of Pentax primes:
and the last one I bought FA43/1.9ltd

I can that from all, the best shots I've done were with the 31, closely followed by the 43.

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11-18-2009, 06:05 AM   #17
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For me it's 31ltd.
Great great great lens... enough said
11-18-2009, 07:00 AM   #18
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I only own two primes for now, namely DA35ltd and FA50.
My next prime will probably be Tamron SP90 f2.8 DI Macro or DA70ltd if I find a good deal.

Of the two I own, my favorite is DA35ltd.
11-18-2009, 07:47 AM   #19
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Reasonable money for great results and uber build quality?
K24 f2.8 and K55 f1.8, MF only but you can't go wrong with these 2 for a days shooting.

Spend a bit more and get a bit closer to the action?
FA43 and FA77, you now have AF and 2 lenses that are not really just lenses but something else altogether. They've been infused with something during their making... I won't try to describe it, you have to hold one and use one to begin to understand

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my row: 14, 31, 40, 70 - some of them still looking forward to.
11-18-2009, 08:03 AM   #21

No brainer.

77 Ltd!
11-18-2009, 08:37 AM   #22
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Nothing touches it.
The 77 is very good indeed, the DA*55/1.4 is excellent.
The A35/2 and A50/1.4 always surprise me with how good they are.
The FA*200/4 macro is the sharpest lens I've used.

11-18-2009, 09:08 AM   #23
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F 50mm f/1.7

11-18-2009, 09:16 AM   #24
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QuoteOriginally posted by jsherman999 Quote
Here's mine:

FA 77mm Limited
DA 35 f/2.8 macro Limited

Here are my personal reasons for choosing these:

77ltd: This lens is The One Ring. You don't own it, it owns you.

35ltd: Simply flawless, and the most versatile lens
Your my man!

11-18-2009, 10:06 AM   #25
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I'd have to say the FA 31/1.8 as well, but the M 50/1.7 gives it a run for its money (and for ~1/20 the price of the 31, it is the gateway drug of fast glass).
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I'm really pleased to see the M 50 f/1.7 get so much love. It's truly a gateway drug into manual primes and the lens I compare all others against. I really like my FA 30 / 2, but I bought into the Pentax digital line because when I wanted to get a DSLR I dug around in my mom's attic for the case I brought home from college containing my M50. As I've mentioned here before, I actually took the 50/1.7 to the store with me because I knew you were supposed to be able to use it, and told the saleslady, here, show me how to meter on the DSLR with this thing and I'll buy that camera right now.

I bought a Katzeye for my K20D just to fine tune the razor sharp focus of the M50, and now, today, I'm holding a rented DA 70mm in my hand and thinking that the feel is so similar to the 50mm that I want to buy it before I've even used it for a shoot.

Also, you can find it on Ebay for $10 if you're patient and lucky. Say that about ANY other lens that's half as addictive.
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Awesome, and a class above what I think of my other stellar lenses.

11-18-2009, 12:02 PM   #28
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QuoteOriginally posted by jsherman999 Quote

One lens only in 2012: FA 77ltd.

Though the FA 31 is great (great for low light), the DA 35 is terrific when the light is better, and though quirky I've found the DA55 to be a great short telephoto.

However, the 77 rules them all.
11-18-2009, 01:12 PM   #29
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any f/1.2 lens is a best lens
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Given I have only four Pentax lenses and did have a 5th which i returned, this is a difficult decision. I have used my 35ltd the most by far and have maybe reached a level of "peaceful coexistance" with the 77ltd. The 43ltd is a nice lens but I put it after the other two. And I have had zero time with the SMC 55/2 I just purchased.

My choice is between the 35ltd and the 77ltd. And would have to toss a coin. My practical side is the 35ltd but my gut reaction answer is the 77ltd. Something in favor of the 77ltd is it's silver an MIJ model and will only increase on value (part of the mercenary side of me I suppose.

How is that for deciding not to decide?

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