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12-26-2014, 09:52 PM   #16
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yeah , looking at these photos , I take a lot more macros/ people shots then I realized , so yeah maybe i should go for the primes , and make up my mind on if i want a zoom later , don't really need it , and plus , I've still got the 70-210 for Events anyway , thanks for helping me make a decision , so by the sounds , the primes are the go , but If i am taking shots at sports or events in the future , might get another zoom then.

One last thing , I can't help noticing that you guys are preferring the primes that are slightly wider than a 50 mm , what are the advantages of these lenses? better landscape shots? , can take in more?

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anyway guys , thanks for helping me make a decision , I'm going to purchase these primes , and i can always change my mind down the track

12-27-2014, 12:02 AM   #17
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50mm is a short telephoto on the aps sized sensor, So you need wider if you shoot street scenes, landscapes, or other subjects that need normal or wide angle views.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Floyddewar8 Quote
yeah , looking at these photos , I take a lot more macros/ people shots then I realized , so yeah maybe i should go for the primes , and make up my mind on if i want a zoom later , don't really need it , and plus , I've still got the 70-210 for Events anyway , thanks for helping me make a decision , so by the sounds , the primes are the go , but If i am taking shots at sports or events in the future , might get another zoom then.

One last thing , I can't help noticing that you guys are preferring the primes that are slightly wider than a 50 mm , what are the advantages of these lenses? better landscape shots? , can take in more?

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anyway guys , thanks for helping me make a decision , I'm going to purchase these primes , and i can always change my mind down the track
I was one of the people saying that primes are awesome.... but for some folks a good 17-50 zoom might be best...it all depends on you and your level and desires.

I used a 17-50 for quite some time (for me) before I went to primes. Just because I did it doesn't mean everyone should. There is only one way to know for sure what you like... and that is some good old fashioned trial and error. Try em out and develop your own style.

Good luck!
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QuoteOriginally posted by alamo5000 Quote
Let me share my lens journey...
I took the same prime only journey too, my key Ladies now tend to be "Good Lady” (SMC Pentax-A 20mm F2.8), "Special Lady” (SMC Pentax-A 50mm F1.2) and for long end "Lady Luck” (SMC Pentax-A* 135mm F1.8).

With these three lenses I've covered all my photographic needs worldwide.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Floyddewar8 Quote
yeah , looking at these photos , I take a lot more macros/ people shots then I realized , so yeah maybe i should go for the primes , and make up my mind on if i want a zoom later , don't really need it , and plus , I've still got the 70-210 for Events anyway , thanks for helping me make a decision , so by the sounds , the primes are the go , but If i am taking shots at sports or events in the future , might get another zoom then.

One last thing , I can't help noticing that you guys are preferring the primes that are slightly wider than a 50 mm , what are the advantages of these lenses? better landscape shots? , can take in more?

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anyway guys , thanks for helping me make a decision , I'm going to purchase these primes , and i can always change my mind down the track
The reason I did not mentined or even recommend modern primes is because of your budget limitation. I am older so manual focus lenses are more difficult for me to use in action situations. I have the three amigos and the Pentax 16-45, the sigma 10-20, the F50 macro and a bunch of manual 645, 67, M42 and other lenses. I use my three amigos almost exclusively unless I need something really wide or really long.

When I bought the the FA 31, 43 and the 77 about a year and half ago, my initial reaction was that the 43 was a useless focal length and as a result I never used it. I started to do some photos for a product catalog and later some personal work that called for the 43mm focal length or something close to it. After having used it for the last four months, it has now become my favorite lens of my entire lens collection.

It looks like your applications are close ups and medium tele for portrait work. If you can use manual focus lenses effectively and want better image quality, manual lenses are at bargain prices and just as good as modern lenses. For example, I lent my three amigos to my borther last year for a few months! I will never do that again. Meanwhile my borther-in-law asked me to do some portraits of their new born and the family. I ended up doing macro shots (babies feet, face close up, etc.) with my Pentax 120 macro from the 645 line up and my main shots were done with a Sear branded K-mount 50mm F2 lens. The images that I managed to get in focus while everyone was moving around were beyond my wildest expectation. Especially the Sears lens (perhaps a $20 lens at best). Pics were spectacularly sharp and with very little if any aberrations.

FYI, after I took the three amigos back from my borther, I recommended the Tamron 17-50 for him to photograph my nieces (ages 3 and 7 at the time) he later added the Pentax 50 1.8. He is super happy with both lenses. BTW he uses a Pentax k5IIs. He is not a pro by any means but I have seen lots of pro quality shots he has taken with the the two lenses.
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The reason I did not mentined or even recommend modern primes is because of your budget limitation. I am older so manual focus lenses are more difficult for me to use in action situations. I have the three amigos and the Pentax 16-45, the sigma 10-20, the F50 macro and a bunch of manual 645, 67, M42 and other lenses. I use my three amigos almost exclusively unless I need something really wide or really long.

When I bought the the FA 31, 43 and the 77 about a year and half ago, my initial reaction was that the 43 was a useless focal length and as a result I never used it. I started to do some photos for a product catalog and later some personal work that called for the 43mm focal length or something close to it. After having used it for the last four months, it has now become my favorite lens of my entire lens collection.

It looks like your applications are close ups and medium tele for portrait work. If you can use manual focus lenses effectively and want better image quality, manual lenses are at bargain prices and just as good as modern lenses. For example, I lent my three amigos to my borther last year for a few months! I will never do that again. Meanwhile my borther-in-law asked me to do some portraits of their new born and the family. I ended up doing macro shots (babies feet, face close up, etc.) with my Pentax 120 macro from the 645 line up and my main shots were done with a Sear branded K-mount 50mm F2 lens. The images that I managed to get in focus while everyone was moving around were beyond my wildest expectation. Especially the Sears lens (perhaps a $20 lens at best). Pics were spectacularly sharp and with very little if any aberrations.

FYI, after I took the three amigos back from my borther, I recommended the Tamron 17-50 for him to photograph my nieces (ages 3 and 7 at the time) he later added the Pentax 50 1.8. He is super happy with both lenses. BTW he uses a Pentax k5IIs. He is not a pro by any means but I have seen lots of pro quality shots he has taken with the the two lenses.
I've decided to purchase a pentax smc A 28mm to widen by range on that end as well
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