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04-26-2010, 04:02 PM   #1
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$10,000 Dream Lens Collection - What Would You Buy?

Imagine all your lenses have been taken away and you're only left with a Pentax camera body and $10,000. You must spend the $10,000 on a collection of lenses to last you for the rest of your life. These are the last lenses you will ever use. What would you buy? Of course, you would want a collection of lenses along every focal length and for every situation you'll ever be in, so you can't spend that $10,000 on a single prime lens. Pragmatism is key.

This is mostly for the dreamers among us who either don't have 10k to spend on lenses or haven't spent that much yet. For the people who have spent 10k to build their lens collection, how would you do it differently this time around?

I know it's difficult to judge the value of certain rare lenses but try your best. Non-Pentax lenses are of course allowed. The only rule is that they must be compatible with a Pentax K-mount body, with or without the use of an adapter that does not lose stops or infinite focus. Also, be very specific. Don't just say 50mm Leica, give the model name and aperture number at least. Don't worry about fragility, let us pretend that SDM is as eternal as the stars and sky.

My current dream collection:
  • SMC Pentax-DA 15mm F4 ED AL Limited - $700
  • SMC Pentax-FA 31mm F1.8 AL Limited - $800
  • SMC Pentax-DA 35mm F2.8 Limited Macro - $500
  • Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f/1.2 Aspherical Wide Angle - $900
  • SMC Pentax-FA 43mm F1.9 Limited - $500
  • SMC Pentax-FA 77mm F1.8 Limited - $700
  • Voigtlander Macro APO-Lanthar 125mm f2.5 - $700
  • Voigtlander 180mm f/4 APO-Lanthar SL - $500
  • SMC Pentax-FA* 300mm F2.8 ED [IF] - $2,500
  • SMC Pentax-DA* 16-50mm F2.8 ED AL [IF] - $800
  • SMC Pentax-DA* 60-250mm F4 ED [IF] SDM - $1300
Total: just barely under $10,000

I'm definitely going to revise this as time goes on, as there are several gaps in here. I also realize how little 10k is in regard to camera equipment... I'm an MF user and this list certainly doesn't reflect that at all. I'll have more money shortly in the future so I'll be taking steps to make this list happen, you should too.

So what is your list?

04-26-2010, 04:22 PM   #2
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Actually, hangu, my list wouldn't be all that different, probably. I'd probably ditch the Voigtlander 125 and 180mm lenses and the DA 35mm, add the DFA 100mm WR, and add a teleconverter that would work well with the FA*300mm.

I really don't want to give up all the Takumars I already have. They're pretty nice! But for $10K in modern lenses, for free, I could probably talk myself into it.

Is there a K-mount Nokton 35/1.2? I thought not. I'd take an A 50/1.2 in its place.
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I'm not sure I could spend $10,000 on lenses, but I'll give it a try:

Pentax DA 10-17 - $550
Pentax FA 31 - $1200
Pentax A 50 1.2 ~ $500
Pentax D FA 100 macro WR - $650
Pentax DA* 300 - $1300
Pentax DA* 16-50 - $1000
Sigma 500 4.5 EX - $4500

If I had all these lenses, I'm not sure when I'd have time to use them all.
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Actually, hangu, my list wouldn't be all that different, probably.
I really don't want to give up all the Takumars I already have. They're pretty nice! But for $10K in modern lenses, for free, I could probably talk myself into it.
Is there a K-mount Nokton 35/1.2? I thought not. I'd take an A 50/1.2 in its place.
Aw c'mon, get a bit creative here and give me some effort! I'll admit my list is somewhat pedestrian and expected, but I'll change it up. I was hoping for people to come up with unexpected answers like an Angenieux lens or a rare Carl Zeis lens.

There is a 35mm 1.2 for the Leica M mount. I recall seeing a Leica - Pentax adapter but it might not have been the Leica M.
BA236B Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f/1.2 Aspherical Wide Angle Leica M Mount Lens - Black

Frankly, besides the FA* 300mm, DA16-50mm, SMC Pentax-DA* 60-250mm and the 3 FA LTDss, I would get all manual focus lenses. Perhaps the 35mm DA macro deserves some attention as well.

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DA 12-24
DA*16-50
DA* 60-250
and PENTAX 125 SDP 5-inch Apochromatic Refractor, if could find one.
That was easy.

Cheers, Mike.
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DA15
DA*16-50
FA31
DA40
FA77
DFA100 Macro
DA*50-135
DA*60-250
DA*300

Yes, I'd be happy with those
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OMG! I hope my wife doesn't see this thread....

If I were buying new, my lens collection would cost more than $10,000

Fortunately, I spent much, much less than that by buying used, and selling off what I don't need.
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I'll bite...

K30/2.8
K85/1.8 (or SMC Tak version)
K135/2.5 (or SMC Tak version)
K200/2.5
A*1200 (or A*600)

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QuoteOriginally posted by hangu Quote
Aw c'mon, get a bit creative here and give me some effort!


But those are the ones I really want!

Okay, okay, since I'm saving money by not getting the Voigtlanders, and adding the D FA 100mm macro, a TC, and an A 50/1.2 won't break the bank, I'll have this mysterious stranger throw in a Sigma 8-16mm and a DA 10-17mm fisheye, too.

So to recap:

Sigma 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 - $700
SMC Pentax-DA 10-17mm Fisheye - $500
SMC Pentax-DA 15mm F4 ED AL Limited - $700
SMC Pentax-FA 31mm F1.8 AL Limited - $800
SMC Pentax-FA 43mm F1.9 Limited - $500
SMC Pentax-FA 77mm F1.8 Limited - $700
SMC Pentax-A 50mm F1.2 - $500
SMC Pentax-D FA 100mm F2.8 WR - $650
SMC Pentax-DA* 16-50mm F2.8 ED AL [IF] - $800
SMC Pentax-DA* 60-250mm F4 ED [IF] SDM - $1300
SMC Pentax-FA* 300mm F2.8 ED [IF] - $2,500\

That leaves me $350 for a teleconverter. I can has Bing cashback?

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I would buy the Super Tak 85. 1.8 for $400 and $9,600 worth of weed!

If the goal is to take the most creative pictures, this formula is the best.

At least if focus doesn't count.
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I would buy the Super Tak 85. 1.8 for $400 and $9,600 worth of weed!
Ira, you seem to have a . . . let's see, how to put this delicately . . . particular fixation on that lens. It won't make you breakfast, you know.

(I should even TALK about lens fixations.)
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QuoteOriginally posted by Quicksand Quote
Ira, you seem to have a . . . let's see, how to put this delicately . . . particular fixation on that lens. It won't make you breakfast, you know.

(I should even TALK about lens fixations.)
My wife makes me breakfast all the time, but that doesn't help with my photography.

I just have a thing for these Taks, and that's an FL and speed that I can really learn to live with.
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Can the Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f/1.2 be used on a pentax K mount?
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I would buy the Super Tak 85. 1.8 for $400 and $9,600 worth of weed!

If the goal is to take the most creative pictures, this formula is the best.

At least if focus doesn't count.
You guys are making a mockery of my thread.

QuoteOriginally posted by pcarfan Quote
Can the Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f/1.2 be used on a pentax K mount?
My mistake, Leica M rangefinder lenses do not currently have an adapter for Pentax K mount and probably never will.
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Can the Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f/1.2 be used on a pentax K mount?
As far as I know, it's Leica M mount, for rangefinders. So no, not even with a mount conversion.

EDIT: ^^^ hangu's got it covered.
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