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11-12-2013, 03:54 PM   #1
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What would you suggest as the first non-kit lens purchase and why?

Ok so i know this question will bring a myriad of answers but here goes.
What would you suggest as the first non-kit lens purchase and why?

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QuoteOriginally posted by OldNoob Quote
Ok so i know this question will bring a myriad of answers but here goes.
What would you suggest as the first non-kit lens purchase and why?
A normal prime lens. This will train your photographic eye and also allow you to get sharper photos and nicer bokeh than from a kit lens.

The DA 35mm F2.4 or 50mm F1.8 would therefore be my recommendations, the former being the equivalent of a normal field of view on APS-C.

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Thanks Adam, Indeed, i feel that is going to be the general consensus. It is also always educational to get different views.
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As Adam said, Normal Prime.

Id go a bit further and make it a fast manual focus only.

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Used DA35 or DA40XS (my choice). F50/1.7 or F28 I can recommend veery much too but seem more expensive nowadays
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+1 for the 40XS. Wonderful value for money, can be used as a body cap, and is so small it is somewhat weatherproof because it is hiding under a porch. Almost a disposable lens, everyone should buy one.
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I'm assuming you have the kit lens… so I'd actually advise a Tamron 90 macro, if for no other reason that if all my gear was stolen today, that would be the first lens I'd re-order, after my 18-135 kit lens. Then probably a Sigma 8-16 a Sigma 70-200 2.8 with 2x TC and I might stop there. For one last lens to complete the set , maybe the Sigma 18-35 1.8.

That's a 5 lens kit that would do everything I do now… whats not to like?
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My FA 50 f/1.7 that is for sale in the marketplace : ) I have the 35mm f2.4 also and for the price it is an excellent value if you aren't looking to spend more than $200.

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+1 for F(A) 50mm 1.7 -- outstanding and timeless lens !
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Any fast 50.

I have a fully manual SMC50/1.2 which is wonderful, as long as you don't mind manual operation (having to hit the green button to get it to stop down and meter).
Beautiful bokeh and I've been getting some good macro shots using it plus a macro converter and/or tubes.

I just bought an A50/1.7 for the convenience of body controlled aperture and ability to use other auto modes. Both are good for indoors if you can't or shouldn't use a flash.
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One Good Lens?

Hello OldNoob,
I'll go along with most of the previous suggestions, a normal prime in the 35-50mm focal length. Virtually any M-series (manual focus, manual aperture), A-series (auto aperture, manual focus) F, FA or DA (auto focus and aperture, most program and auto modes) in 35, 40 or 50mm will do nicely.
What this will provide is sharper overall quality, resolution and contrast, 1-1/2 to 2 stop faster aperture for increased low-light shooting, better bokeh.
Although many new users eventually upgrade from the kit zoom, a fast prime in this range is a keeper. Compared to a kit lens, the prime is smaller, faster, lighter and sharper. For $200 or less, that's quite a value!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Adam Quote
A normal prime lens. This will train your photographic eye and also allow you to get sharper photos and nicer bokeh than from a kit lens.

The DA 35mm F2.4 or 50mm F1.8 would therefore be my recommendations, the former being the equivalent of a normal field of view on APS-C.
Great recommendation, and now I feel better that these were the first two lenses I bought after buying my K30
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the FA 50mm f1.7 is a great lens no doubt, but there are bad copies out there, I went through four before I could find one that had decent sharpness even at f4. Which is odd considering the reviews....

if you got the cash, I would highly recommend the DA 40mm Limited or FA 43mm Limited, with a preference to the FA model. The DA 40 was my first "non-kit lens" from the digital era. I had a 50mm f1.7 M series lens before going digital and used it pretty much exclusively over the kit lens. A 50mm lens can be a bit long for many, so a 35-40mm range lens would slot you right in that "normal" range.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Wired Quote
the FA 50mm f1.7 is a great lens no doubt, but there are bad copies out there, I went through four before I could find one that had decent sharpness even at f4. Which is odd considering the reviews....

if you got the cash, I would highly recommend the DA 40mm Limited or FA 43mm Limited, with a preference to the FA model. The DA 40 was my first "non-kit lens" from the digital era. I had a 50mm f1.7 M series lens before going digital and used it pretty much exclusively over the kit lens. A 50mm lens can be a bit long for many, so a 35-40mm range lens would slot you right in that "normal" range.
I hardly ever use the FA 50 1.7, Tess loves that lens. As an individual I can tell you what I think… as family, we are almost always split 50/50 on these matters. I think that speaks to the necessity of trying a few things out personally. We've never to date sold a lens… because we can never agree on what should go, except , by now we should have sold one of our 3 DA 18-55s.
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QuoteOriginally posted by normhead Quote
I hardly ever use the FA 50 1.7, Tess loves that lens. As an individual I can tell you what I think… as family, we are almost always split 50/50 on these matters. I think that speaks to the necessity of trying a few things out personally. We've never to date sold a lens… because we can never agree on what should go, except , by now we should have sold one of our 3 DA 18-55s.
lol, 2 da 18-55? thats funny.

I've sold both my DA kits...but kind of regret getting rid of the 50-200 on kiji instead of giving it to my niece (the proud owner of my original K100D kit), I'll probably find her the 50-200 locally used for Christmas. I've debated giving her one of my FA 50 1.7's tho, or even my A 50mm f1.7.
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