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05-11-2011, 12:28 PM   #16
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Thanks to all for helping me decide what to keep. Disregard my earlier post on what I decided to keep. This post is my final decision (really). The rest I will be selling.

I'm not a pro, it's just an enjoyable hobby, and I'm trying to fund a Pentax digital SLR, so, I thought I would keep it simple. I'm keeping the two zooms (45-85 & 80-160). Thats it. The rest I will be listing in the marketplace (645 body with 220 back, 1.4x converter, 2x converter, 35mm, 55mm, 75mm, 120mm, 150mm, 200mm, 300mm). Thank you again.

05-12-2011, 08:48 AM   #17
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QuoteOriginally posted by topaz Quote
Can you elaborate on why you say the 35mm is so "essential". It seems like it's too wide. Does it have a lot of distortion at the edges? Sorry if it's a dumb question. I just haven't used a lens that wide before.
35mm is equivalent to 21mm on 135 film. For landscape, that is useful to get canyons or sunsets.

Also, the depth of field is greater, so you can zone focus for effective street or festival shots. This gives you a strength for manual focus camera.

Conversely, 200mm may be less useful in manual focus due to the need for careful focusing. P645N with 200mm FA is not a birding setup by any means, but the auto focus is rapid and helpful.

My vote stays: 35mm, 75mm and 120mm or 150mm.

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