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08-11-2010, 03:00 PM   #61
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My Helios 44M is rapidly becoming my weapon of choice.

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Hi,I also shoot macro with bellows and enlarging lenses but tried your link and got"page not found"I would be interested to look at your site if you would PM me right link.Thanks
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50 a 1.7

I use a lot of MF lenses but most the time the 50 1.7 lives on the K100D. I think I was really lucky for about a decade back I decided I wanted some long glass and started buying up various focal lengths on eBay. Today anybody will pay fortune trying to do that on eBay but I managed to get some good and great lenses. The Takumar 300 f4 got me started thinking about Pentax, one thing led to another and now only the Pentax gear gets used.
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Without a doubt....

#1 - Pentax M 85mm F/2

#2 - Pentax K 50mm F/1.2

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For a while, the K10d default was a Kiron 28/2. Now that my film bodies have been refurbed, that lens seems to go elsewhere a lot. However, the SMC K 135/2.5 spends an the most time on that body, followed by the Cosina 55/1.2 and the M 200.

The other DSLR bodies get AF lenses.
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Almost always manual focus

When I got my first SLR (Canon AE-1) autofocus wasn't around yet. I was away from taking pictures for quite a long time....the time during which autofocus arrived.....so when I came back it just felt more natural to continue using manual focus. Autofocus makes me feel like I'm using a P&S.
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OK, it's official. The default manual glass for my K20D:

* Nikkor 85/2
* SMC-M 50/1.7
* Zenitar 16/2.8
* Tele-Tak 200/5.6
08-21-2010, 04:56 AM   #68
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ira Quote
I have the Helios 44-2, and let me tell you something:

Your 44M is going to rock your world.
I got the Helios44-4 lens and it is very nice to work with and very sharp.
I just have to get used to it and the new double split focus screen i have put in my K100D

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QuoteOriginally posted by Marc Sabatella Quote
I don't have a "default" lens - I change them according to the situation. But for many situations where I do't have a specific need in mind, I do tend to use an old M28/2.8 as my main lens. And for concert photography, my main lenses are my M135/3.5 and M100/2.8. Because concert photography is such a big part of what I do, that 135 ends up being one of my most used lenses - always in the top 3 among the dozen or so lenses I own.
Marc,
You must be the one that inspired me to buy the M100 f2.8 lens i found in the back of the shelf the other day. I sort of forgot i had it :-) I also have A and M version of the 135. But i've often found the 135 too be a tad long, enjoying the 100 recently. the 100 and 135 for that matter, are much more discrete than big zooms. The other thing i've learned from theatre shooting is using generour DOF via higher iso so the focus is not that critical. unless one needs that bokeh effect.

The irony of the AF lenses, are all the complaints of "it didin't work right". MF causes one to make deliberate decisions on where the focus and DOF is. I probably use MF 30% of the time.
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I use the FA77 a heck of a lot. With manual focus. Does that count?

Otherwise the Vivitar Series I 105mm macro.
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Very often my Vivitar series I 75-210 zoom lens (ecspecially when shooting birds) and from last thirsday my 50mm 1:1.2 lens what i was able to buy for a very decent price

Last saterday during a garden barbeque i used that lens, and men was i glad i had it. Made some great shots with it, mostly of people, so not really possible to post them on the internet.
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Marc,

The irony of the AF lenses, are all the complaints of "it didin't work right". MF causes one to make deliberate decisions on where the focus and DOF is. I probably use MF 30% of the time.
Exactly the "problem" i experianced last saterday during that garden barbeque. Spot metering did focus very exact, that is, exactly between the two persons i wanted to take a picture of on the trees behind the them :ugh:
But well, if i wanted to take a picture of the trees behind them i would have asked them friendly to step away

When shooting manual you never ever will experiance that problem
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Hi all, I know its the age of digital and auto focus but does anyone here still use a good, old-fashioned manual lens as default on his/her DSLR? If yes, which one and why? Thanks!
Yep normally that's what I have mounted
Today it is the 1960ish Takumar 135/3.5 preset. Had a 10mm tube on mainly.
If I was forced to sell all but one ...
I would keep the 50/4 SMC macro

Pete

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Without a doubt....


#2 - Pentax K 50mm F/1.2
I would have kept mine too, but for the macro issue
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I use 2 main lenses, pentax smc f2.5 135mm and 8 element 50mm 1.4 super tak.

I only see the need for autofocus in action shots. Anything else is lazyness.

Also I'm getting a makro-kilar 90mm in the mail. Anyday now. Can not wait.

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