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06-16-2020, 08:02 PM - 2 Likes   #1
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Four Favorite Lenses

I have four cameras a K1, two K1-Mark IIs and a KP. I have 13 lenses and after a couple years of trying all my lenses out, I have four lenses I like that our my favorite lens for my cameras.

My favorite lens for my K1 is the HD Pentax-D FA* 50mm F1.4 SDM AW. In fact if I could only use one camera and lens this would be my choice.

My favorite lens for my my first K1-Mark II is the HD Pentax-D FA 28-105mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR

My favorite lens for my second K1-Mark II is the HD Pentax-D FA 15-30mm F2.8 ED SDM WR.

My favorite lens for my KP is the DA* 11-18mm f/2.8 ED DC AW


List of for my lenses are as follows:

HD Pentax-D FA* 50mm F1.4 SDM AW
HD Pentax-D FA 15-30mm F2.8 ED SDM WR
HD D FA 24-70mm F2.8 ED SDM WR
HD FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6
HD Pentax-D FA 28-105mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR
DA* 11-18mm f/2.8 ED DC AW
DA* 200mm f/2.8 ED (IF) SDM
DA* 300mm F4.0 ED (SDM)
DA 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 ED AL (IF) DC WR Lens
DA 20-40mm F2.8-4 Limited WR
31mm F/1.8 FA Limited Lens
ROKINON 85M-P 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens
Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 Ex Dc Hsm Lens**


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06-16-2020, 08:29 PM - 1 Like   #2
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QuoteOriginally posted by mhsp1948 Quote
I have four cameras a K1, two K1-Mark IIs and a KP. I have 13 lenses and after a couple years of trying all my lenses out, I have four lenses I like that our my favorite lens for my cameras.

My favorite lens for my K1 is the HD Pentax-D FA* 50mm F1.4 SDM AW. In fact if I could only use one camera and lens this would be my choice.

My favorite lens for my my first K1-Mark II is the HD D FA 24-70mm F2.8 ED SDM WR.

My favorite lens for my second K1-Mark II is the HD Pentax-D FA 15-30mm F2.8 ED SDM WR.

My favorite lens for my KP is the Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 Ex Dc Hsm Lens**



List of for my lenses are as follows:

HD Pentax-D FA* 50mm F1.4 SDM AW
HD Pentax-D FA 15-30mm F2.8 ED SDM WR
HD D FA 24-70mm F2.8 ED SDM WR
HD FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6
HD Pentax-D FA 28-105mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR
DA* 11-18mm f/2.8 ED DC AW
DA* 200mm f/2.8 ED (IF) SDM
DA* 300mm F4.0 ED (SDM)
DA 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 ED AL (IF) DC WR Lens
DA 20-40mm F2.8-4 Limited WR
31mm F/1.8 FA Limited Lens
ROKINON 85M-P 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens
Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 Ex Dc Hsm Lens**
HD Pentax-D FA* 50mm F1.4 SDM AW. with Pentax K-1 is enough for me to survive another decade or so easily.

Right now I have three favorite lens but I know the upcoming HD FA21mm is going to be my fourth and final lens
HD Pentax-D FA* 50mm F1.4 SDM AW.
HD FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6
SMC Pentax-D FA 100mm F2.8 Macro WR
D FA 21mm Limited

I am also going to have HD Pentax-D FA* 85mm F1.4 SDM AWbut I don't think it will ever be among my top four because not being professional photographer, it is hard for me to imagine using this lens other than taking portraits of my child.
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OK, I only have APS-C, KP and K-50

Four Favorites right now, in no particular order
Pentax HD DA 55-300mm f/4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE
HD Pentax DA 20-40mm f/2.8-4 ED Limited DC WR
HD Pentax DA 1:4 15mm ED AL Limited Silver
Pentax SMCP-DA* 300mm f/4 ED (IF)

List of Currently Owned Lenses, in order of acquisition:
Pentax DA 35mm F2.4 AL Lens
DA 18-135mm F/3.5-5.6 ED AL (IF) DC WR Lens
Pentax-M 50mm f2 (have never used)
Pentax SMCP-DA* 300mm f/4 ED (IF)
HD Pentax DA 1:4 15mm ED AL Limited Silver
Pentax-F 1:1.7 50mm Lens
Pentax-F 35-70 F3.5-4.5
Vivitar 85-205/3.8 (have never used)
Sigma Macro 50mm 2.8
Pentax HD DA 55-300mm f/4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE
Tamron SP AF Di 90mm f2.8 macro 1:1 lens
HD Pentax DA 20-40mm f/2.8-4 ED Limited DC WR
Pentax-M Zoom 1:2.8-4 40-80mm (have not yet used)
Super-Takumar 1.4/50 (have not yet used)
Sigma Macro 50mm 2.8

I hope to try out the Tak and the 40-80 very soon. I need to get rid of those that I've never used.
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*50, 77ltd, *70-200 everything else is optional
*85 will have a tough job against the 77

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All right, let go. I shoot APS-C (K-7, K3 mostly). If I had to take only 4 lenses, I would take 2 Pentax and 2 Voigtlander lenses.
My 4 favourite lenses are in this particular order (from most to slightly less favourite):
Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f1.4
Pentax FA77 f1.8 Ltd
DA 15mm Ltd
Voigtlander APO-Lanthar 125mm f/2.5 (*)

(*) I use more my Pentax FA31mm f1.8 Ltd, which could be my fifth favourite lens. But the thread is on Four favourite lenses and the VL 125mm is so so special for macro.
06-17-2020, 02:06 AM   #6
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Don't really have any 'favourites' - I use K10D, K20D, and I tend to choose the lens that will let me interpret the scene in front of me in the way I like. So, totally subjective rather than emotional attachment to any piece of equipment.
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After over a decade of GAS and LBA it's come down to this:
K1 FA 43, D FA 28-105
KP DA 21
K5 DA 18-135
06-17-2020, 03:51 AM - 2 Likes   #8
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Four lenses?

DA* 11-18/2.8 on the KP (a better lens than the DFA 15-30/2.8 IMHO - and yes, I have then both)

DFA* 50/1.4 on the K-1 Mark II

DFA* 70-200/2.8 on the K-1 Mark II (soon to be displaced by the DFA* 85/1.4)

DFA 150-450/4.5-5.6 on the KP (or better still on the K-new)

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DA* 300mm F4, FA 77mm F1.9, DFA 100mm F2.8 macro, Sigma Art 35mm F1.4. (I had to sell the last one : ( it happens)
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Tough ask. With my split photo persona. For jobs that I get paid for (fewer now in this Covid world. Grrr), I only need two "favourite" lenses, the DFA 24-70 f2.8 and the DFA 15-30 f2.8. Guess this is why Ricoh got 'em out quickly for the FF. However, I dislike both these lenses. So for personal use:

FA 77 Limited. There is just something about it on a K-1...
DFA 50 macro. If I want edge to edge sharpness for landscapes too. Light and clinically accurate.
DFA 55-300 plm on K3. This is my most recent purchase and I'm smitten with it for landscapes, especially for pulling out details.

Struggling with a 4th as all my other lenses have their places. So would I be allowed to put the 77 in first AND second place, please :-) ?

As an aside, in last place ... is my FA 31mm. Heresy! I just haven't been able to enjoy using this lens. I'd never sell it, though, as I'm sure it's me and I probably need to keep on trying to love it.
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Four favourite lenses

On K-1 - DFA 28-105, DA 55-300 PLM, DFA 100 Macro, DA*55 1.4
On K-3 Subsitute the 18-135 for the 28-105

Unless I'm shooting birds then Tamrom 300 2.8 and Tamron 2x TC on K-1 and with the 1.7 AF Adapter on the K-3.
06-17-2020, 12:27 PM - 1 Like   #12
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My four favorites on my K-3:
DA 16-85
DA 55-300 PLM
DFA 100 macro WR (for shooting birds and distant wildlife DA*300 with 1.4 TC)
SMC DA 15 Limited
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SMC A* 400mm f/2.8 ED [IF]
SMC A 50mm f/1.2
Sigma 300mm f/4 APO Macro
DFA 100mm f/2.8 Macro WR

The 4 spot was a hard one to choose but I think I like the 100 macro more than the Laowa 12mm 2.8 but it was a hard choice. What I find most humorous is that 2 of those 4 lenses were ones I bought with the intention of flipping for a quick profit. As far as what else I have only one lens that I've never gotten to click with me. A good portion of it is because I got it because I needed a reasonably fast auto focus lens that night and it was the only one available locally. I was going to take pictures at the scout sledding night so I ended up with the DA 35/2.4. The lens never got much love from me so it has been kind of a vicious circle where I use it reluctantly because I never figured it it and because I use it very reluctantly I never figured it out.

The rest of the lenses:
Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D
S-M-C 17mm f/4 Fisheye Takumar
S-M-C 28/3.5 takumar
DA 35mm f/2.4
Super Takumar 50mm f/1.4 8 element
S-M-C 50mm f/1.4 Takumar
SMC M 50mm f/1.7
S-M-C 55 f/1.8 Takumar
FA 77mm ltd
Vivitar Series 1 135mm f/2.3 (I own 2 of these in M42 mount)
S-M-C 200mm f/4 Takumar
S-M-C 300mm f/4 Takumar
Teleastarnar 400mm f/6.3


Tokina 28-70mm F2.8-4.3
SMC FA 28-80mm F3.5-5.6
SMC A 70-210 f/4
Tamron 28-300mm F3.5-6.3 XR Di AF


And why not include my other almost complete system that is just fun:
Auto 110 18mm f/2.8
Auto 110 24mm f/2.8
Auto 110 20-40mm f/2.8 zoom
Auto 110 50mm f/2.8
Auto 110 70mm f/2.8
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Silly question, this is the home of lba, they are all favourites. 2 cameras, (K-3 & K-1), 13 lenses. I tend to go out with 1 lens mounted on camera + 2 more.
So
K-1 could be 43 mounted + 31 & 77 (wandering around somewhere new)
Other configs =
K-3 + DA*16-50, DFA*50 & DA*50-135 (Light and flexible)
K-1 or K-3 + Distagon 25, 50 and 100 Macros (Getting in close)
K-1 or K-3 + DFA*70-200 with 31 just in case (Compression)
K-1 + Super Takumar 50 or K55/1.8 or FA43 & FA77 (Old school manual, slow photography)
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If we are just talking about Pentax glass then it's the FA 85, FA 77, FA 43, FA 31 in that order.

Honorable mention to the DA 15. Green stripe non HD coating version.
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