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07-29-2007, 12:49 PM   #1
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Single body & lens combo

I've been toying with this idea for some time now, and I think I'm ready to do it. I've noticed I love to shoot with primes. What's more, I've noticed that I actually produce more creative results when I have FEWER choices in terms of lenses and equipment.

My idea: to choose one camera body and lens to use for one year exclusively. For less than $2k. I shoot primarily street/urban, portraits and travel.

I've decided on the K10D for the body. Now the lens. Here are my desires:

- superior optics
- close to "normal" focal length
- fast (2.0 or less)
- close minimum focus distance (greatly increases versatility of lens)
- fast autofocus on K10D
- relatively lightweight and compact

I'm totally new to the Pentax system (just ordered the K10D). Been doing tons of research, but I could still use some help here. The first lens that comes to mind is the seemingly legendary 31mm LTD. It satisfies all of the criteria above except for the "lightweight and compact" part.

But I'd be open to other suggestions.

Meanwhile, you might see me around the forums asking questions about other lenses. I haven't completely committed to this "one camera, one lens" project yet!

07-29-2007, 01:00 PM   #2
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The new DA 35mm SDM would seem to satisfy most of your requirements. The problems are:
  1. We don't yet know the max aperture
  2. We don't know when it will be released, and become available.
In the mean time, The FA 35mm f2.0 would do as well. It is just a tiny touch beneath the 31 limited in IQ, and doesn't have the limited build or panache, but it is much smaller and lighter, and cheaper.
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If I were to do something like that.. I would go with K10+43mmLTD


I think the 21mm LTD maybe more versatile in what you're proposing. Minimum focus is much smaller, and for travel photography with it's wider focal length it would be more desirable.

Personally, I could just give up all my other lenses and keep the 43&21 and be happy.

(hmmm... I won't give up my F*300 )
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im inlined to tell you to get a zeiss wide prime

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The 31mm 1.8
07-30-2007, 05:14 AM   #6
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One camera, one lens only? It kind of defeats having an SLR. I would go with a Ricoh GR-D. (<--This is not meant as demeaning, it is a true opinion; I would opt for the Ricoh if I were looking for a great fixed-focal non-interchangable-lens camera. The Ricoh has excellent controls, a real optical viewfinder, a decent wide-ish lens, and is WAY smaller than a DSLR.)

However, results from a K10 and 31mm Limited will be better (optically) than any P&S. If you had to force me into just one lens, it would be the FA*85/1.4 but I would really miss the wide angles. The 77/1.8 or 50/1.4 would be a consideration as well.
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The FA35/2 certainly isn't bad either. I replaced mine by a FA31/1.8 because that angle suited me better, but I've added a FA43/1.9 since for some narrower shots. The FA35/2 is still in my possession as a back-up.

The FA35 has a better hood which is polarizer friendly so it will be more flexible in a way. It is also compact and light weight, autofocuses faster than the FA31. Minimum focus distance is 5cm longer (30cm vs 35cm), but that's about the same result with the narrower FOV of the FA35. Optically it is close to say the least.

Perhaps for your requirements the FA35/2 is the way to go? Though I personally prefer the FA31/1.8, you may clearly not...

07-30-2007, 08:56 AM   #8
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I've been toying with this for a while too. I was using the K10D with either the 50mm 1.4 of my little 35-70 which I really like for portraits but find a little long for everyday. I was looking at some 28 A or M on eBay and finally decided on the DA 21. It will be here tomorrow and I think it will be the perfect combo for me. Of course that means selling off a few lenses to pay for it. Anyone interested in some old 50mm A and M? 80-200? Sigma 18-50?

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I would suggest the 50 f/1.4.

If youre going to be shooting street/urban, youre going to need something a little less wide angle than one of the 30-40mm lenses. And there really arent a lot of shots youd be giving up with the 50mm lens. You can capture just about anything youd want.

And with the ultra fast f/1.4 f-stop, you'd have some amazing results in dark places like alleyways or maybe even night photography.
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Ditto.......the 1:1.4 50mm A..........go manual focus and get a split focus screen. It'll feel very retro. I wouldn't trust Pentax AF under f2.8 anyway.

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