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01-14-2013, 02:55 AM - 1 Like   #1
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What lens to dispose?

Hi, I'm new to Pentax but not to photography. I used to shoot with Canon's prosumer series (latest was G12) and friends have always admired my eye for seeing different angles of common things. But personally, I enjoy shooting portraits more than anything else which explains my infatuation with 50s.

Until one fateful day, I decided to go DSLR after 15 years of pointing and shooting!

I was initially looking, and came so close to buying a Nikon 5100, but stumbled upon images of FA 77. After that, I knew what I would be getting.

I bought a blue K30, and immediately straight swapped my Canon G12 for a black K-X. Then, my addiction problems started creeping.

I discovered I was prone to LBA!

After a few months, I have accumulated the following:

1. DA 18-55mm: K-X's kit
2. DA 18-135mm: K30's kit
3. FA 77mm: (Who would've guessed???)
4. DA 35mm f/2.4 (I needed a sharp normal FOV)
5. FA 50mm f/1.4 (I needed a low-light lens, or so I thought)
6. M 50mm f/1.4 (I saw a cheap one, found it very good!!!)
7. M 50mm f/1.7 (And another cheap one...)
8. K 55mm f/1.8 (And another...)
9. A 50mm f/1.4 (Hey, this one's got an "A")
10. A 50mm f/1.7 (This one too!!!)
11. K 80-200mm (Dirt cheap, nice!)
12. F 70-210mm (Got it from eBay for $77, jury is still out)
13. Sigma A 28mm (This one's my "43mm", this lens captures a lot of flare, even with hood, but who's complaining when I almost got it for a song?)
and the latest, (in the mail)...
14. FA 43mm (I'll probably stop here...)

I know that I have one too many 50mm. And choosing which one to use has become a difficult problem for me .

With the arrival of the FA43, I'm thinking of disposing several of these 50s. All of them are actually in very fine, almost mint condition, and each one is probably less than a $100 each. They all have distinctive character, but I love the A f/1.7 and K f/1.8 most based on the limited time I have with them. And if I decide to sell them, they'll probably fetch the same amount.

Do I have to dispose some of them, or just collect them anyway? If ever, which one should I dispose?

01-14-2013, 05:05 AM   #2
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To start with, in the 50 mm category, for the manual focus lenses I would keep the A50/1.4 and toss all the other manual focus 50 mm lenses. Or if you think you don't need two 50/1.4 lenses, the A and FA, then keep the A50/1.7

The reason I say this is that with an A lens you can use all the exposure functions and P-TTL flash. Additionally metering with an A lens is much more accurate.

This gets 3 lenses out of the way, and junk one of the long zooms, which ever you wish
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If you need to get rid of lenses or not, really is up to you. If you really think all those 50's have their own typical rendering, and if you end up using them all now and then, then why not just keep them?

I tamed my LBA by having this rule where I have to sell one before allowing myself to buy one. Then I usually end up getting rid the ones that don't get used a lot. Works like a charm. I now have a kit full of lenses that I all use often.
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I'd probably keep the FA 50 f/1.4 and get rid fo the rest of the 50s and the 55 as well, and maybe the 18-55, then use the proceeds to buy both wider and longer stuff.

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Thanks guys! Yup, I've placed both M50s and the K80-200 in a local auction here. Hopefully, that's three less lens.

I'm still thinking whether I'll keep the 55, there are times that I like the harsh bokeh it generates.

I was initially trying to keep the cheap 18-55 kit, as my go anywhere k-x lens, but @voiceofreason, you're right, I may have to sell it to clear some space for my dry box.

@Clavius, thanks for the LBA tip, I'm starting to learn how to choose my lens now.
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There is no cure for LBA...

You are still missing a f1.2 lens in your line up.
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Wow! You are going to fit in really well here. The LBA addition meeting is the second Tuesday of each week at 7 PM CST.
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Too many 50s? No such thing. I stopped counting at 17. There a some here who have hundreds...

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QuoteOriginally posted by drypenn Quote
5. FA 50mm f/1.4 (I needed a low-light lens, or so I thought)
6. M 50mm f/1.4 (I saw a cheap one, found it very good!!!)
7. M 50mm f/1.7 (And another cheap one...)
8. K 55mm f/1.8 (And another...)
9. A 50mm f/1.4 (Hey, this one's got an "A")
got a good laugh with that serie

I would say put them on sale if you don't use them, i mean ever.

Some lens are just kept because of heart beat, and those, don't throw them to fast, you'll regret it somehow

QuoteOriginally posted by boriscleto Quote
Too many 50s? No such thing. I stopped counting at 17. There a some here who have hundreds...
you mean Digitalis ? he would probably say the same : there is never enought 50's

QuoteOriginally posted by drypenn Quote
I'm still thinking whether I'll keep the 55, there are times that I like the harsh bokeh it generates.
keep it then ! I have the DA*55 and the A50/1.7, and i never use the 50 anymore (lots of fungus) and you know what ? i will never sell it ! Too much love for it : it comes from my dad with the SuperA and Tak A 28/2.8, a heart beat i'd say !

For the LBA there is no cure, just some rationalisation ... at best !
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I hope by "dispose" you mean "sell to forum members"
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I have the K 55mm f1.8 and I have found that at about f4 it is the sharpest lens I've ever seen. But back to the point, like other people have said, sell what you don't use. It makes you feel less like a victim of LBA and helps fund the next purchase lol
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Why do I have a feeling that this site encourages LBA?

I promised myself that despite what you guys say, I'll train my discipline not to succumb to any lens temptation from this day on... well, after the DA 10-17mm, perhaps, and the the 100mm WR macro, and the... I need a raise! lol!
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QuoteOriginally posted by aleonx3 Quote
There is no cure for LBA...

You are still missing a f1.2 lens in your line up.
Ah, an f/1.2 is a unicorn in this side of the world!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Louicio Quote
I have the K 55mm f1.8 and I have found that at about f4 it is the sharpest lens I've ever seen. But back to the point, like other people have said, sell what you don't use. It makes you feel less like a victim of LBA and helps fund the next purchase lol
@Louicio: Yup, there is definitely something special in that K55 in the way it renders images, besides its stunning sharpness. I cant exactly tell what it is, but every time I look at its images it evokes a strange feeling, I've tried it again late last night, until dawn. I'll start using it a lot more. It's definitely a keeper, I realize.
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No wonder why 50mm lenses are so expensive!
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