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05-30-2012, 12:54 PM   #16
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i really enjoy hearing what everyone likes to use and what they use them for...makes me want to go out and buy more but i don't use what i have now... i'm a hoarder like jp but this allows me to live through others so thanks for replying ...amy

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I had been using my 16-45 a lot indoors and out but just got the 18-135 a while ago and this may push the 16-45 to indoor zoom work.
55-300 - on my camera when I have a chance to see things while walking dogs etc. Good all-around nature lens - a good performer.

FA100 Macro - my bug lens. It's great.

10-17 Fishy - fun lens, a great "challenge" lens for a day at a park or aquarium etc.

M50 f/2 I'm surprised how nice images look with this lens.

I'm renting a Sigma 28mm f1.7 macro and I'm very impressed. I may have to buy one. It was great over the weekend in the hotel, I didn't think I'd have use for the wide open potential, but found myself using it to good effect.
05-30-2012, 01:01 PM   #18
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For indoor/film work I still like to pull out one of my 50's and my 105MM for portraits. But all round I end up using my 3 Tamron AF lenses and the kit lens more than anything. They cover pretty much everything from 28-300 between them. My eyes are crap. Some days now I just can't MF as well as I'd like. AF most of the time has become an evil necessity.
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This time of year (Spring/Summer) It is just 2 lenses that are connected to my K-5:

DA* 60-250
FA* 300

I live in the boonies-woods with abundant wildlife all around - every free moment I have this time of year is spent with that combo at my side.

05-30-2012, 02:43 PM   #20
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On my K-7, the two most used lenses are:

Most used zoom lens: DA18-250mm

Most used prime lens: FA31mm f1.8

After these, probably:

Voigtlander VL58mm f1.4 in poor light conditions
FA*300mm f4.5 for wildlife

The DA18-250mm is the most used because of its versatility. When I travel interstate or overseas, I nearly always take the DA18-250mm.

The FA31mm is the most convenient prime: not too long, not too short, and it is a fast lens. It gives me the greatest percentage of keepers.

My 5 cents....
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easy, most used is the DA15 for landscapes, followed by FA77 for landscapes.

i thought i would use the FA43 more but oddly, it gets the least use for some reason.
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Most used overall: FA 77, for just about everything (landscapes, indoor, portraits, flowers, walk-around, etc)

Most used last few weeks: F 50/1.7, new (to me) and putting it through its paces, good for most things

Most used for landscapes: DA 15, by far, but rarely use this other than on dedicated shoots

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i thought i would use the FA43 more but oddly, it gets the least use for some reason.
We looked at the 15 ltd, 31 ltd and 16-50 and 40 while we were in Toronto on friday, and the 40 was the only one we don't covet. We have the 50 and 35, maybe it's just too close to others.

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zeiss planar T* 1,4/50 ZS
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Tamron 17-50/2.8
Sigma 8-16
DA 70/2.4
Kiron 105/2.8

All for product and landscape.
05-30-2012, 03:40 PM   #26
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DA*50-135 for kids sports & concerts
FA31, K50/1.2 for digital family snaps
FA*24, FA31, FA50, FA77 for film family snaps
DA15 for cityscapes

I'm very happy with these lenses, each are superb in their niche (OK, maybe the 50-135 could have faster AF), each are way more capable than I am.
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DA* 300mm f/4 Wildlife, primarily birds & nephews' rugby... did use with extension tubes for insects & butterflies; now
A*200 f/4 Macro, Dragonflies, Butterflies, Wild flowers
Then DA*16-50 f/2.8 for most other work, but now, where WR is not required, I'm splitting its range over a selection of primes
DA15Ltd, Zeiss 25mm f2.8, DA35Ltd, FA43Ltd, and about 6 M42 55mm F1.4 to F2 !
05-30-2012, 04:56 PM   #28
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SMC Tak 135/2.5, DFA 100 WR, FA 35, DA 21 and Tamron 28-75.

I wanted the Tammy 70-200 for so long, but I am finding following my daughter, keeping her safe and using that beast on a monopod is a two person job. Maybe I just need more practice, but I find the 100 macro and the tak 135 are working out better for the moment. To be fair I jumped on it because of an amazing deal. I always planned on getting one when she joined organized sports.
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DA 18-135(Walkaround)
Helios 44-M(Walkaround/Minor Portraiture)
Pentax-F 28-80 Non-SMC(Playing with Aperture Ring/Annoying Friends with the Clicking sound from AF)
Industar 50mm/3.5(Macro with Tubes)
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QuoteOriginally posted by panoguy Quote
I love being the weirdo..

DA 10-17mm fisheye!
Not so weird :-) Many of my outings lately are for celebrity grave markers, and I use the 10-17 there almost exclusively, unless they are up high on a wall then it is the DA 70 or Tamron 90...

I like to rotate the use of my other lenses. On my NYC vacation I took my three shortest zooms. The next 2 outings were with the DA Ltds and Tamron 90. The 150-500 is due for some use - maybe the USS Iowa which is offshore.

I briefly had, then sold, a FA 50 (too close to the DA 40) and Tamron 28-75 (not wide enough for a walk around) that were otherwise good lenses.

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