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07-06-2007, 03:16 PM   #1

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What are the must have lenses for your lens kit?

07-06-2007, 04:08 PM   #2
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FA 31mm f/1.8 Limited
FA 77mm f/1.8 Limited
FA 43mm f/1.9 Limited [this primarily would be used for film work]

DA 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 [though I only rarely do landscapes.]
DA*16-50mm f/2.8
DA* 50-135mm f/2.8
DA* 60-250 f/4
FA* 250-600mm f/5.6

I might also consider an extra long prime but I am not sure which.

I fully intend to own all of these before 50 years of age.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Kingsofronin Quote
What are the must have lenses for your lens kit?
You know (I hope) that you will get almost as many different lists as you get respondents. That said, here's my list.

What I've got

From the start I've been building a list of needs and prioritizing the list. I've made some missteps - or rather, I've experimented in a few cases and learned from the experiments. The lenses I have now best suit my needs and my budget.
  1. Tamron 18-250 XR Di. My #1 workhorse, especially if the light is good.
  2. Tamron 28-75 f/2.8. My #2 lens, especially for indoor shooting.
  3. Pentax FA 50 f/1.4, for low-light shooting indoors, or portraits.
  4. Pentax 16-45 f/4. I use this when I need to go wider than 18mm (see #1), or when the light is good and I know I don't need the length of #1 or #2, and when lens acuity is more important than anything else. (It isn't always.) I would replace this lens with the new DA* 16-50 if I had lots of money, but I don't feel the urgent need.
  5. Tamron 75-300 (with or without a 1.4x Tamron teleconverter) for shooting birds and wildlife.
Those are the lenses I live with daily. Well, I use 1 and 2 daily, 3 often, and keep 4 and 5 for special occasions. I also have a couple used manual-focus lenses, including the Pentax M 50mm f/1.4, which takes outstanding photos. I don't use it much though, as it doesn't take significantly more outstanding photos than the auto-focus 50 f/1.4. I keep the M mainly because I think it's good for me to have a good old-fashioned lens around. I have a couple lousy lenses that I bought at camera shows for very little, and a couple other good lenses that I'm selling.

What I want

I'd like to add perhaps one lens at the wide end and also at the telephoto end.
  1. Most urgent for me, I'd like something a little wider than the 16-18 range I can reach now with two of my lenses. The Sigma 10-20 looks just about perfect and it's not too expensive. This will almost certainly be my next purchase.
  2. At the telephoto end of the question, I'll will probably go eventually with a 400 (or 100-400 zoom) rather than the Sigma 500. But this is for hobby shooting rather than work and I don't expect to be worrying about this before next Christmas or next year.
  3. I sometimes think about a nice prime in the 40mm range, perhaps a Pentax lens. But it's the last item on my list. For the kind of photography I do, a lens that is really good AND also versatile is more valuable than a prime lens that's optically fantastic but not versatile. If I win the lottery, I will pick up a lens or two (possibly primes, probably Pentax) in the 35-45mm range. But not because I feel a burning need or desire to do so. The Pentax P-DA 70 f/2.4 also looks really great and I would certainly get it if I had money to burn.
And that's about it.

Not so very long ago, I thought that LBA was incurable and that perhaps I should join a twelve-step group. I am happy to say that I have regained my equilibrium once again and I don't stay up late at night any more looking at photos of naked lenses. What I really like is taking photos. What I really dislike is changing lenses. Now that I've just about got the lenses I want for the photos I'm taking, I don't feel the need to switch lenses constantly. And I don't feel the need to buy lenses just for the heck of it. But perhaps I feel that way mainly because I'm broke right now. :-)

07-06-2007, 06:22 PM   #4
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QuoteOriginally posted by Kingsofronin Quote
What are the must have lenses for your lens kit?
My all-purpose bag contains the following lenses:

Pentax DA 12-24mm f4 ED AL [IF] (ultra-wide to wide for landscape and general use)
Pentax D FA 50mm f2.8 Macro (short telephoto lens for general use + macro use for flowers & small objects)
Pentax FA 77mm f1.8 Limited (medium telephoto for portrait and general use)
Pentax FA 135mm f2.8 [IF] (long telephoto for landscape, events (e.g., concerts) and general use)

(I use the 12-24mm about 60% of the time, the 50mm macro about 20% of the time, and the 77mm and 135mm each about 10% of the time.)

I also use the following as the occasion warrants:

Pentax SMC-A 28mm f2 ("normal" lens for low-light and indoor use)
Sigma APO 100-300mm f4 EX DG + Sigma APO 1.4X EX DG teleconverter (long to ultra-long telephoto for outdoor action use and wildlife photography)

For my specific needs, these are the best lenses available in the Pentax mount. Your needs may be much different. I may replace the Sigma with the Pentax DA* 60-250mm f4 when it is available. The DA* comes up a bit short on the long end, but I could use faster AF for action use.

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What I already have that is part of my "ideal kit"

DA 10-17 Fisheye
SMC-M 50/1.7
SMC-M 135/3.5

What I want:

Tamron 28-75/2.8 - this would be my walk-around lens.
DA 40/2.8 general use
DA 12-24/4 (landscape and architectural)
A faster, constant aperture telephoto zoom.
07-06-2007, 07:37 PM   #6
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They are what I had, and suit for all my photography.

smc Pentax DA 21mm f3.2 AL Limited
smc Pentax FA 43mm f1.9 Limited
smc Pentax FA 77mm f1.8 Limited
S-M-C Takumar 200mm f4
07-07-2007, 12:15 PM   #7
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i like the focal leanth of 18-55 it been a good all around size but i would like to see it made of metal have a F1.4 and weather sealed
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QuoteOriginally posted by Alvin Quote
What I already have that is part of my "ideal kit"

DA 10-17 Fisheye
SMC-M 50/1.7
SMC-M 135/3.5

What I want:

Tamron 28-75/2.8 - this would be my walk-around lens.
DA 40/2.8 general use
DA 12-24/4 (landscape and architectural)
A faster, constant aperture telephoto zoom.
Did you sell your SMC M 28mm?



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My ideal set up would be something like this:

DA 14 mm f2.8 prime (would like something a bit wider)
DA* 16-50 f2.8 (on order)
DA* 50-135 f2.8 (on-order)
DA* 200 f2.8 prime (when available)
DA* 400 f4 prime (not yet on the roadmap ...hopefully there will be one)
...and a 60 or 70mm limited macro also not yet on the roadmap - though a 35mm version is. Finaly, nice to have a good 1.4X teleconverter matched to the tele primes.

I might also consider replacing the 200 with the 60-250 f4 or both tele primes with a good 135-400 zoom if one were available. Right now Sigma has one but not in the same class as the Pentax glass.

07-07-2007, 05:10 PM   #10
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Here is my poor boy set up
Zenitar 16/2.8
SMC M42 Takumar 50/1.4
Tamron SP 90.2.5
SMC M42 Takumar 135/2.5
Carl Zeiss Sonnar M42 135/3.5
Carl Zeiss Sonnar M42 200/2.8
Vivitar Series 1 200/3
Tamron SP 300/2.8
Tamron SP 400/4
The Tamrons have the dedicated 1.4X & 2X teleconverters

My Favorites & most fun to use are the 90 & the 300

If could only have one lens, probably the Tamron 90 or the Vivitar 200/3
I also have the 18-55 kit lens & Vivitar Series 1 105/2.5, SMC Takumars 135/3.5 & 200/4 but dont seem to ever use any of them.

Just turned over 5000 shots with the K10, maybe 50 of them were with autofocus..
Nothing on order, not waiting on anything.. wildherre
07-07-2007, 07:23 PM   #11
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Da 14 f2.8

Fa 31 ltd

Voigtlander 125mm macro

Fa 300 f4.5

That is the ideal set of my lens line up. Really, you do not need that many lenses for a hobby.

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Really, you do not need that many lenses for a hobby.

I think you need MORE lenses for a hobby.
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Autofocus dream:

SMCP-FA* 24mm f/2 AL [IF]
SMCP-DA 40mm f/2.8 Limited
SMCP-FA* 85mm f/1.4 [IF]
SMCP-F 100mm f/2.8 Macro
SMCP-FA 135mm f/2.8 [IF]
SMCP-FA* 300mm f/2.8 ED [IF]
SMCP-FA* 600mm f/4 ED [IF]

More realistic goal:

SMCP-DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL
S-M-C Takumar 28mm f/3.5
S-M-C Takumar 50mm f/1.4
SMCP-DA 50-200mm f/4-5.6 ED or SMCP-DA 55-300mm (TBA)
S-M-C Takumar 85mm f/1.9
S-M-C Takumar 135mm f/2.5
S-M-C Takumar 300 f/4
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QuoteOriginally posted by slipchuck Quote
Did you sell your SMC M 28mm?


Nope - I still have it! I keep it in my bag, but at with the SMC 28 at F3.5 vs. the kit F4 when at 28mm sometimes I put it on the shelf to save weight. There were moments when I regretted doing it though...Last Saturday I should have brought all my lenses.

Oh meant my 28/2.8? I had given it as a gift to my friend who loaned me his K1000 for a couple months. He also has the Vivitar 70-300 that I bought from our friend in Barrie. We're both still trying to fix the aperture ring which jumps loose every now and then.
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at last I think I have settled on my ideal, no LBA desires at all at the moment. (Thats a rare feeling for me)..

Well OK maybe one, I would like to compare the DA*35/2 to my FA35/2 when it comes out... But I think it will be a good while before it is released..

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