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08-28-2008, 01:27 PM   #1
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disappointed in the rag-tag-ness of my lens collection :(

this is my current activly used lens collection

Wide Angle:

Sigma 10-20
Zenitar 16mm


Normal

Sigma 28mm f1.8
FA43
FA50 (constant battle between the two)

Tele

Jupiter-9, freaking screw mount!


Tele-Zoom

Tokina 80-200


every works... but its such a silly rag-tag of a collection its a little bit discerning.

i know one should not care, but as a collector it would be nice if we had something more concrete to stand on.


anyone share my feelings?

08-28-2008, 01:42 PM   #2
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Serge,
You have a good range covered. Are we talking about collecting or hoarding.
I have gaps in my lens line up and I can afford to fill them but I'm trying very hard not to. I'm definitely deficient in normals but I'm trying to get the best out of what I have because I think that is the best way to improve my skills.

There's always going to be the next lens we want, that's what birthdays are for. Hmm, I have a birthday coming up, maybe I will fill one of those gaps.
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yeah but like you know.. i want a "collection"


if i go the FA route, there are alot of things that i would have to get used, like the FA20 F2.8

then you have the FA limiteds, but there are only 3 of them

then you have FA*, but the only one worth running after is the 85f1.4

you can always go for the FA*24..

okay so you have an FA*24, the 3 FA Limiteds and the FA*85, if you are lucky and find an FA*135 f1.8 then you are really set

but thats freaking EXPENSIVE, not to mention the FA*'s are out of comission

and what about super wide angle?


if i turn completly to sigma, with the purchase of a sigma 50mm f1.4 (i know, expensive) i will have

10-20 , 28 and a 50 covered, then i can pick up a 70-200 f2.8 and i will have good coverage with just 4 lenses and relativly inexpensive

but now i'm missing a fast telephoto portrait lens from sigma

also Sigma lenses are unfortunetly LARGE. Also their manual focusing is so-so




other option? full Takumar set, but as mentione din another thread, super-wide angle options are non existant, and the only 15mm is overpriced beyond any reasonable logic

and the obvious lack of auto-focus and the need to have an adapter, on the plus side the rest of a Takumar Kit is relativly inexpensive.

altho there is a gap in the wide section, no 20~28 thats F2.0 or something

ahhhhhhhhhh
08-28-2008, 02:10 PM   #4
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I found that the Sigma 105mm macro 2.8 is pretty good for portraits if you can get far enough away. I actually took a top and bottom shot of my wife in a smallish room and they stitched together really well, there was enough overlap so that the end result was flawless. Don't ask to see it, I would only be able to show you the lower half.

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Ummmm...your collection looks a little like mine except that yours is a lot stronger at the short end.

I, for one, am just taking the time to enjoy the glass I have. I will also be using some of my new glass for some film shooting once my 35mm camera gets back from being CLA'd. I can hardly wait to actually use the Zenitar as a real fisheye rather than a wide-angle!

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Gooshin

I think it really gets down to your budget and limits.

Its fine to want to cover every focal range... then this again gets to the point where you have to say can I do it on my budget and be satisfied with the lenses I can have. This is the point your at right now being dis satisfied.

I would be looking at what focal length I take most of my photos at ... you may be surprised as I was... then see if it would be better to cut down on the amount of lenses and up the anti on quality of lenses and be more satisfied with your results.

I hope this helps... I am not however on such a restricted budget as you may be... no offence please, so my view may be a bit more shallow than yours.


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QuoteOriginally posted by Gooshin Quote
i want a "collection"
ask Jim King to adopt you
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ask Jim King to adopt you
ROFL! yeah well.. LOL HAHAHA

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It's funny....

I was just thinking the same last night about my collection. It is very light on in the Pentax lens department.

zooms
Sigma EX 10-20mm
Tokina 28-80mm 2.8
Sigma 80-200mm 3.5-4 (<<< crap)

primes
Pentax FA 50mm 1.4 (broken atm)
Pentax M 50mm 1.7
Pentax M 50mm 2 (never gets touched)
Pentax M 135 3.5
Super Tak 50mm 1.4

kits
sigma 18-55
pentax 18-55

I think my next lens will be the new Pentax DA* 60-250 when it finally arrives. Then I'll *finally* have a good Pentax lens.
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I think it's fun to have a mix, especially old lenses.

Zenitar has the big "Made in Russia" printing on the top...
The Auto Sears...wtf Sears? Made by a legendary team though.
And of course the silver FA throws people off...it's not white or black so they're lost...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Gooshin Quote

okay so you have an FA*24, the 3 FA Limiteds and the FA*85, if you are lucky and find an FA*135 f1.8 then you are really set

but thats freaking EXPENSIVE, not to mention the FA*'s are out of comission
I could be wrong, but I don't think they ever made a FA*135/1.8?

Anyway, what's wrong with the rag-tag? My only 28mm is a cosinon despite that the M28's are common and cheap, because I picked it up for nothing and happened to like it. The rest is a rag tag also with some big wholes in the short and long, some gems and some so bad it's interesting in itself...but I use them all...they all have some property I like...(with risk of sounding too ambitious for an amateur) like the color pallet of a painter, and like a painter should not care which tube the color came from as long as it is the right color, what do I care what tube the light goes through. Maybe I will make up my mind some day that I only want K and M lenses, or takumars, or FAs or whatever, but I don't think so. It's sort of fun to mix old manual with new digital, primes with zooms, Pentax with 3rd part. And I see nothing wrong with your pallet.
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I could be wrong, but I don't think they ever made a FA*135/1.8?
135-duo.jpg (image)


QuoteOriginally posted by Douglas_of_Sweden Quote
Anyway, what's wrong with the rag-tag?
on the one hand, nothing at all

on the other hand, i have a slight case of OCD so..
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If you aren't careful, you will end up like me. I said to hell with it long ago. If I had Leno money I'd worry about sets of FA, DA, etc.

Autofocus Lenses
FA 50mm f1.4
DA 35mm f2.8 Macro
DA 55-300mm
SMC F 35-70mm f3.5-4.5
Sigma 105mm f2.8 EX DG Macro
Sigma 20-40mm f2.8 EX DG

Manual Focus Primes
SMC M 50mm f1.4
SMC M 50mm f1.7
SMC A 400mm f5.6
Tokina 400mm f5.6
Sears 135mm f2.8
Focal 28mm f2.8

Tamron Adaptall 2 Lenses
Tamron 24mm 01BB
Tamron 90mm SP 52B Macro
Tamron 90mm SP 52BB Macro
Tamron 180mm SP 63B
Tamron 500mm SP 55B
Tamron 500mm SP 55BB
Tamron 70-210mm SP 52A

MF Zoom Lenses
Takumar SMC 28-80mm f3.5-4.5
Tokina RMC 35-105mm f3.5-4.3
Sears Auto 80-200mm f4

M42 Takumar Lenses
50mm f3.5 Macro-Tak (1966), 35mm f3.5 super tak, 55mm f1.8 super tak, 55mm f1.8 smc tak, 135mm f3.5 super tak

Misc M42
Tamron 135mm f2.8 Adapt-A-Matic
Sun Tele Zoom 85-210 f4.8
08-29-2008, 08:39 AM   #14
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I actually have a much larger collection of lenses than what sits in my signature and Im not going to make myself look the fool by posting them but I too have felt the same way and have even tried to do something about it.... I ended up buying an smc pentax 'K' 55mm 1.8 (as if I need it) :ugh:
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QuoteOriginally posted by Gooshin Quote
135-duo.jpg (image)




on the one hand, nothing at all

on the other hand, i have a slight case of OCD so..
That pic is of an A* not an FA*. Still sweet non the less.
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