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01-24-2010, 01:38 AM   #1
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Post your ideal prime lineup!

I've been trying to build the perfect prime collection for several months now and I've encountered a few head scratchers on issues of what focal ranges to go with. So I wanted to ask if anyone else would care to share their ideal prime collections to help shed light on matters.

My current collection looks as such:


And of course some of these(ie. 28 and 58mm's) come with what we'd call a ridiculous amount of copies. But they all seem to have something special about them and so... what does one do in such cases?

I look forward to your input also!

01-24-2010, 02:21 AM   #2
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I'm mainly a zoom guy , but if I wanted to use primes only then I'd buy 21 Ltd, 35 or 40 Ltd (can't decide between these two), 70 Ltd. These 3 and the 100mm macro I already have, would cover 98% of my shooting.
01-24-2010, 03:55 AM   #3
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These four take me a long way.
01-24-2010, 04:09 AM   #4
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My line up consists of (16-45) 28,35,50,58,85,100,135
I could by happy with "only" 21, 43 and 77 Ltd's too I suppose.....
For these 8 lenses I paid euro 915, the 3 Ltd's would be...a bit more expensive.

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01-24-2010, 04:14 AM   #5
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The dream setup:

A non-existing (as far as I know) 18mm/2.8, the FA31 (perfect standard lens on APS-c) and the FA77. Possibly a 50mm macro between the 31mm and 77mm.

For telework (wildlife) I will stick with a zoom.
01-24-2010, 04:15 AM   #6
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I'm getting to my ideal line up.
It would be 15/14 (12 or 10 if it existed no FE) 18/20, 24 31, 43, 55, 77.
I do have 135 at the moment, but despite being excellent lens I think I'll be selling as soon as I will find nice wide prime. 77ltd would be nice, but since I rarely shoot above 50 it can wait. My middle section is complete though I wouldn't mind swapping the K series 24 for A cousin. And I'm thinkig of getting FA20, just ain't sure if it's not too close to 24. Oh well we'll see...

01-24-2010, 04:28 AM   #7
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A 20/2.8
31 LTD
43 LTD
77 LTD

I am good to go with these.
01-24-2010, 04:40 AM   #8
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I'm working on a DA 15, DA 35, DA 70 collection… only missing the DA 15 now.

01-24-2010, 04:40 AM   #9
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Current prime line-up:
Tokina 24/2.8 (not bad for the price (~20$), but flare kills it)
FA 35/2 (favorite lens, but 31mm would be a better FL)
Super Tak 50/1.4 (great lens, but the FL is weird on APS-C, 58mm would be better)
Tair 135/2.8 (heavy and only 1.2 min.focus)
DA 70/2.4 incoming (hopefully this week )

Ideal line-up:
14-16mm for UWA (DA 15/4 or a fish-eye)
20-24mm WA (CZ 20/4, CZ 20/2.8, DA 21/3.2, FA 20/2.8, CZ 24/2.8 or Voigt 20/3.5)
30-35mm fast normal (FA 31/1.8 or FA 35/2)
70-90mm short tele/portrait (DA 70/2.4, FA 77/1.8, Voigt 90/3.5 or a nice fast 85mm)
plus a longer tele/portrait/macro would be nice (voigt 125/2.5 or FA 200/4 ).

40mm and 43mm are too long for a normal lens IMHO (fighting LBA here )
01-24-2010, 04:46 AM   #10
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K/A 15mm/3.5
A 20mm/2.8
K 28mm/2
K 35/3.5
K 50/1.2
A* 85mm/1.4
A* 135mm/1.8
K 200mm/2.5

This is the slimmed down version. The full version can be found on Dimitrov's K-mount page
01-24-2010, 04:59 AM   #11
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Can anyone comment on the validity of the 35mm over that of the 28?
This has been one of my biggest issues as I can't honestly think of an advantage between the two.
01-24-2010, 05:01 AM   #12
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QuoteOriginally posted by sterretje Quote
The dream setup:

A non-existing (as far as I know) 18mm/2.8, the FA31 (perfect standard lens on APS-c) and the FA77. Possibly a 50mm macro between the 31mm and 77mm.

For telework (wildlife) I will stick with a zoom.
There is a Zeiss 18 f2,8.
01-24-2010, 05:25 AM   #13
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Here's all I need:
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When I was still shooting film, FA*24, FA43 & FA77 were ideal for my need. I could fit more lenses into my bag but usually ended up less practical. I haven't quite found my ideal combo with APS-C though.
01-24-2010, 05:49 AM   #15
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I've got
15mm, 21mm Ltds.
Sigma 30mm
40mm, 70mm Ltds.
Tamron 90mm macro
Pentax 200mm

I need a 135mm and a 400mm, then I'm done : )

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