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11-20-2009, 03:44 AM   #31
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LBA!!! Oh no.....must resist temptation!...I am getting weaker......must resist.......must....

My wish list is simpler. Current ideal line up would be:

DA12-24 (hope to get this after Christmas)
Tamron 28-75 (already have this)
Tamron 70-200 (already have this)
Sigma 105 macro (hope to get this next week or so)
DA35 macro!!! (this is the ultimate lens for me)
Sigma 18-250 OS (hope to get this next year)

11-20-2009, 07:20 AM   #32
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QuoteOriginally posted by raider Quote
LBA!!! Oh no.....must resist temptation!...I am getting weaker......must resist.......must....

My wish list is simpler. Current ideal line up would be:

DA12-24 (hope to get this after Christmas)
Tamron 28-75 (already have this)
Tamron 70-200 (already have this)
Sigma 105 macro (hope to get this next week or so)
DA35 macro!!! (this is the ultimate lens for me)
Sigma 18-250 OS (hope to get this next year)
the only thing I don't understand is the 18-250 because of the overlap.

For me, I normally don't need that wide a range unless I am in the country, and then it is the 70-200 (and perhaps a TC) on one body and the 28-75 on the other.

If I am travelling in a city, I don't see the need for a ultra long zoom, and go out with my 10-20 and 28-75.

I might also question the 35mm macro, only because of the very close working conditions. To me, a short focal length macro is used principally for copy work.
11-20-2009, 07:36 AM   #33
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When I'm goig without a goal, I'll have the DA* 16-50 on one camera and the DA* 50-135 on the other. I might also take along the DA 12-24.

When I'm working inside, I usually use the FA31 Ltd on one camera, and the FA 77 Ltd on the other. but the FA 43 Ltd and the DA 14 are always close by, just in case.

I almost never use anything above those focal lengths.
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My lineup would be:


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I think my line-up is almost ideal.

I lack a f1.4 lens and a WR lens. I like the sigma 50/1.4 and the Pentax 55/1.4. I might get one of these one day. But these are going to take up a lot of space, so I am fine with it for now. There is no space in my bag, and can't spend much for lenses any more.

I think if Pentax was to introduce a FF they will also release a 20mm FF lens, so I am not going to pay an arm and a leg for a FA20 or A20 now. I will get the FA31 if Pentax releases a FF along with a 20 that they are sure to release, but for now it is an odd focal length for me. I like the FA43 and FA*24 better than having a 31mm lens.
11-20-2009, 06:10 PM   #36
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I usually travel with my 10-17 (lots of fun, just wish it was faster), 31ltd, 77ltd (both nice and fast!), and my 50-135DA (good range and weather proof if neccessary).
There still is the odd time when I want to travel lite and the pictures are limited to outside that I will simply take the 18-250DA.
For the most part, the LBA is under control. What I long for though is to upgrade my camera body from the 10 as I hear there is an improved performance with these lenses.
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15/4 is small, but not a pancake
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15/4 is small, but not a pancake
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11-21-2009, 02:02 PM   #39
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It depends on what I'm shooting! But for "general walkabout"

Pentax 12-24

either Pentax FA 20mm (low light) or Pentax FA 20-35

FA 43 ltd & FA 77ltd or---
Tamron 28-75 F2.8

Pentax "A" 70-210

If I expect some macro possibilities I will and the Tamron 90mm

If there is a possibility that many shots will be somewhat long I will throw in the Pentax K 135 F2.5

Light but not too light (weight): 12-24, 43 ltd, Tamron 28-75 F2.8 and the Pentax "A" 70-210

Very light (weight): Sigma 17-70, and Pentax 70-210

Low light (lumens): Some mixture of Sigma 24 F1.4, 43 ltd, 77 ltd, Pentax K 135 F2.5 depending on whether it was landscape, general, or portrait.

NaCl(I don't think I have an Ideal lineup!)H2O
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My actual line-up consists of lenses that I can afford which isn't anywhere near what I would consider my ideal line-up. I have 3 zooms which get used the most, the DA 10-17, 18-55, and Sigma 70-300. These 3 go with me just about everywhere. I have a fair collection of older, manual lenses, a 55mmf/2 Tak, a 200mmf/4 Tak, M 135mm F3.5, an Opteka 500mm F/8 mirror, and a Vivitar 2x converter. I use the manual stuff often but they aren't always in my bag. I have a grand total of appox. $450 invested in everything, buying closeouts, on Ebay, and here in the Marketplace. In the near future I hope to add the DA 12-24 and either the Pentax or Sigma 17-70. I would also like a better quality long zoom but am getting by for now.
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Went with a prime kit and a travel zoom kit (flying or limited space) as separate kits though for auto trips all "the kids" get to come along. Superteles actually pack as individual "tube" packs depending on needs all the rest fit in a Pelican case w/2 bodies, flash etc. Often bust it up into either a small or medium Pelican case for smaller kit.

DIGITAL PRIME KIT: 3 Amigo's--31. 43. 77
FA*200 Macro
Sold my FA20 to a forum member when I moved away from 35mm film bodies to digi (wanna buy a mint MZS with grip?). Like several others I fill that wide end with the 12-24 until one of the wide primes "forces itself" on me.

Add a Canon multi-element close-up lens for the 80-200 and I've got almost 1:1 macro capability too in just 4 lenses covering 12mm to 600mm all with highly corrected optics. Before getting the 12-24 I carried the 20-35 and liked it very much--sold that to a forum member too.

45 (22mm equivilent in 35)
100 Macro (50 equivilent in 35)
300 EDIF (150 equivilent in 35)
400 EDIF (200 equivilent in 35)
Zork tilt and swing adapter with 105 APO Rodenstock enlarger lens (52 equiv.)
1.4X Teleconverter which I almost never use.

Recently bought a 67 to K mount adapter so I can now use the Zork tilt/swing unit with Rodenstock on digi bodies. Have not done sufficient experimenting and play to report my glee.

PANORAMA KIT--Hasselblad XPan II:
First number is the mm when shot as a 35mm frame, second number is the 35mm equivilent when shot as a panorama frame (measured by angle of view). I've never shot a single frame at 35mm framing, strictly a pano cam for me--one click panoramas...greatly simplifies shots with motion--water, seascapes, windy conditions, animals, sports activities etc.

It's always a game of mix and match for me. Funny, for around the neighborhood stuff I often grab a single lens and go (I live on a dirt road in the middle of a million acre national forest so "around the neighborhood" for me may be a bit different than for most).
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i have 3 ideal line ups

AF primes
DA 15
Sigma 30 f1.4
F 50 f1.7
Sigma 70 Macro
FA 135 (maybe)
Something cheap and 400mm AF

Mir 20 (20mm)
Mir 1 (37mm)
Helios 44 (58mm)
Jupiter 9 (85mm)
Tair 11a (135mm)
Tair 3s (300mm)

DA 12-24
Tamron 28-75
DA* 60-250 or Sigma 100-300 f4

now just got to win lotto!

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