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View Poll Results: What % of your ACTIVE lens collection is older glass?
75-100% 4032.26%
50-74% 2923.39%
25-49% 2923.39%
0-24% 2620.97%
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04-09-2010, 08:38 AM   #1
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What % of your active lens collection is older glass?

Interested in seeing how many people are using older glass regularly, as opposed to owning it but using newer glass instead.

For the purpose of this survey, any glass that's older than FA is considered "older glass". And regularly means that it frequently gets thrown into the bag when going out and used when the situation warrants it.

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QuoteOriginally posted by johnmflores Quote
Interested in seeing how many people are using older glass regularly, as opposed to owning it but using newer glass instead.

For the purpose of this survey, any glass that's older than FA is considered "older glass". And regularly means that it frequently gets thrown into the bag when going out and used when the situation warrants it.
Rough estimate:

Old:

M50mm f1.8: 0%
Sigma A28mm f2.8: 0%
Petri 135mm: 0%
Vivitar M 70-210mm: 0%
K24mm f2.8: 0%
FA50mm f1.4: 2%

New:

DA 10-20mm: 3%
DA 55-300mm: 5%
Tamron 18-250mm: 10%
DA* 60-250mm: 25%
DA* 16-50mm: 55%

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04-09-2010, 08:53 AM   #3
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My complete kit is all "newer" glass:

Tamron 18-250
FA50 1.4
Sigma 105mm EX
04-09-2010, 09:07 AM   #4
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I just added a DA* 16~50 yesterday so it messed with the percentages but this is what I used (until today) most of the time:

K 24/28 - seldom
M 35/2 - seldom
M 50/1.14 - seldom
DA 70/2.4 often
A 100/2.8 macro - often
M 150/3.5 - seldom
K 200/2.5 - frequently
K 300/4 - often
M 400/5.6 frequently

From now on the walk about kit will look like this:

DA* 16~50/2.8
DA 70/2.4
A 100/2.8 macro
K 200/2.5
M 400/5.6

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I went with 25-49 but it's not 100% correct.
I own 7 lenses (3 old and 4 new) but 1 (new) is technically my wife's so it's more 50%
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I voted 50-74% and then I read This: "For the purpose of this survey, any glass that's older than FA is considered "older glass""

I counted my FA and FA* lenses as older because they are both discontinued, but by voting rules the correct % is 25-49% including both of my F-series lenses.
04-09-2010, 09:12 AM   #7
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Out of my 29 lenses, only 2 are 'contemporary': Da 18-55 en Da 70. The rest is Fa (50/1.4), or older, or much older.....
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I have 2 kits. One for screw mounts and one for DA/FA. I usually throw the screwmount kit in the car; the case is just so much more stylish



The screwmount kit used to be based on a K100D but my wife now uses that camera so now it's based on the K10D.

The lenses:
Vivitar 55mm/2.8 macro
SMC 85mm/1.8
SMC 200mm/4

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DA18-55
DA55-300
FA31LTD

04-09-2010, 09:16 AM   #9
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I do use my modern ones - DA 16-45, DA 70, FA 43 regularily, perhaps 25-30% of the time. But this excludes non Pentax cameras as well as the 645. And in my mind I suspect the SMC-A is a 'modern' lens :P
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I have 3 lens kits

an AF kit, A K/KA mount Kit and an M42 kit.

The AF kit is an every day go to kit, which includes zooms only Sitma 10-20, SMC FA-J 18-35, Tamron 28-75F2.8 and Sigma 70-200F2.8 Plus Sigma 1.4x and 2x TCs. This is the usual kit that I take when I travel or vacation etc.. suplimented occasionally with lenses from either of my MF kits as I feel necessary.

My M42 kit is all primes, covering the range 24mm through 200mm and includes a 50mm macro and extension tubes All lenses are F2.5 or faster except at 135 and 200mm which are F2.8 and F3.5 respectively. (and of course the macro is F4) The only real holes in this kit are at 100mm and below 24mm

My K/KA mount kit covers the range 8mm through 400mm and with the exception of a vivitar series 1 70-200 F3.5 are all primes. Below 100mm all lenses are F2 or faster. I have 3 possible holes in this kit, one between 8 and 24mm, one at 35mm (I want a 35mm F2) and one at 200mm (I want an SMC 200 F2.5, but fill this space presently with the series 1 zoom)

I had much of the K mount kit from my film days but added reciently the 8mm fisheye (Pro Optic aka samyang) and 85mm (VIvitar AKA samyang) reciently.

The M42 kit is a relitively new development, where I had picked up some "hole fillers in my K mount kit, like a 35mm F2, and then decided to fill out the kit to avoid removing the adaptor from the camera when I change lenses. Generally I will use one kit or the other, or one body for screw mounts one for K or AF mounts when I shoot.

When I began filling out the M42 kit I deliberately went away in some instances from SMC tak's to get lenses that perform differently than the K mounts which are dominated by SMC lenses. This includes a 135 tele lentar F2.8 with 16 blade aperture and a 200mm Preset Tak with 18 blades, a helios 58mm F2, etc...
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I only use AF lenses with 2 out of 4 kits, and you'll find manual lenses on both of them more than 50% of the time.
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My kit consist of one auto focus lens and four manual lenses.

My kit:
SMC-A 35-105mm f/3.5
SMC-A 50mm f/1.7
SMC-A 70-210mm f/4
DA 16-45mm f/4

So for me it's mostly old glass.
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Interesting poll.

I think the bulk of my photos are taken with new (autofokus) lenses, but equal in amount of photo joy. There is normally more consideration to the shots when using the older lenses, mostly primes also.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Aanund Quote
Interesting poll.

I think the bulk of my photos are taken with new (autofokus) lenses, but equal in amount of photo joy. There is normally more consideration to the shots when using the older lenses, mostly primes also.
maybe the poll is flawed then?

is it a question of percentage of photography time uses old lenses vs new or % shots?

I think we can all agree that new AF zooms especially can take a lot of shots, but using older lenses especially primes makes you slow down and think. It is also much faster fto zoom with a lens than with your feet
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QuoteOriginally posted by Lowell Goudge Quote
maybe the poll is flawed then?

is it a question of percentage of photography time uses old lenses vs new or % shots?

I think we can all agree that new AF zooms especially can take a lot of shots, but using older lenses especially primes makes you slow down and think. It is also much faster fto zoom with a lens than with your feet
Good point about AF zooms. I did not intend this survey to be based on % of shots. More important than sheer volume is quality. If you take half as many shots with a prime, then maybe your spending twice as much time composing the shot and end up with significantly more keepers.

This survey's more subjective than sheer volume. Like I stated - what lenses make it into your bag when you walk out the door? That's a natural filtering process that your shoulder and back demand, which usually leaves you with the kit that you find most useful to your needs, which in effect gets back to the quality not quantity criteria.
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