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07-19-2011, 06:52 PM   #46
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Wow !

Thank you all. Great food for thought.

Have a new K-5 with a few unspectacular lenses (except for a M 50mm f1.7 and 100 mm f2.8 Macro) and am trying to choose which is the ultimate walk-around lens for me. I can see why a few posters would choose the 100mm macro.
Sweet.

I want the simplest lens kit (NOT KIT LENS) that one can get.
So far leaning toward s the 35mm f2.8 macro because of the focal length and sharp enuff to hurt yourself but I just like to torture myself with online lens window shopping.

Can't have 'em all.
Pity.

Thanks again. I really makes for a most interesting discussion.

J Beeeeee

07-19-2011, 08:46 PM   #47
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Just 1? While my heart says DA15, my head says FA31.
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QuoteOriginally posted by twitch Quote
Just 1? While my heart says DA15, my head says FA31.
Does having a 2x TC count as a 'lens'
07-19-2011, 09:47 PM   #49
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The 55-300 probably. I tend to shoot too much in the 100-300 range to be able to give that up easily and a lower limit of 55 would do me as I don't do a whole lot of wide angle work anyway. It's supposed to be an excellent lens and if I was going to be only stuck with one that would make it most useful.

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I'm surprized people go for the 35mm da ltd so often. (Would chose that lens too, see my earlier reply.)

Whenever this lens comes up in discussions, it's always debunked as being not *that* sharp and that it's a "strange length for a macro", "Not fast enough." etc...

So, I'm glad to hear that there are lots of people who DO enjoy this gem, just like me.
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QuoteOriginally posted by WerTicus Quote
lol at people listing a zoom... hardly a challenge!
and not very fun!
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QuoteOriginally posted by sjwaldron Quote
Pentax FA 31mm f1.8 limited.

Edit: Why...
I like the normal focal length and small depth of field photography. I also like sharp images and high contrast.
From the lenses I have it'd be either the Sigma 30/1.4 (wonderful for small DoF shots & in low light, has a very nice MF ring and is extremely sharp too, perfect for walking around town, on holidays etc, very useful for cropping shots of objects further away than you would normally shoot with a 30mm) or the 43mm Ltd (because it renders so beautifully and is probably even sharper than the Sigma) !

From those I haven't got probably the 31 Ltd for most of the reasons given for the Sigma above but better edge to edge sharpness .... it'd be tough giving up 1.4 though !

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+1 for S-M-C Takumar 28 3.5
Size, sharpness, contrast, field of view, image color and with iso adjustment slowness is not an issue.

Todays answer anyway

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QuoteOriginally posted by PALADIN85020 Quote
So the upshot is that my vote goes to the 18-135mm WR. It may not be the best at everything, but it's excellent for almost every situation, and very packable.

John
I agree completely and I couldn't have said it better.
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I moved to another system about a Year ago, but I could not bear to part with my 77mm f1.8. It's such a stunningly good lens, from its build quality to the amazingly sharp photos it renders. I just could not sell it. And last month I bought a K10D (man, they are cheap now, what a bargain) JUST to be able to use this Lens. This combo doesn't disappoint. It was the first "expensive" lens I ever bought, and it showed me that you sure get what you pay for in terms of Lenses.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Cam Traviss Quote
I moved to another system about a Year ago, but I could not bear to part with my 77mm f1.8. It's such a stunningly good lens, from its build quality to the amazingly sharp photos it renders. I just could not sell it. And last month I bought a K10D (man, they are cheap now, what a bargain) JUST to be able to use this Lens. This combo doesn't disappoint. It was the first "expensive" lens I ever bought, and it showed me that you sure get what you pay for in terms of Lenses.
I too wrote on the previous page the FA 77 would be my pick. It sure is a stunning lens and will always be known as one of the best lenses made my Pentax
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OK, let's make this three in a row. The 77mm ltd is my choice as well.

An outstanding lens in every respect. And the 77mm focal length suits my style of shooting better than my runner-ups. (First runner-up is probably the 43mm ltd.)
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18-55 kit lens

why? simply because I don`t have any more, so I`ll have to enjoy what I have at hand
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I'll go with FA*85mm/f1.4. It is a great lens, but only misses the wheatersealing of a DA*. The DA*55mm/f1.4 is also a great lens that I have fun with, but it is to slow in AF to serve me in general.
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