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04-30-2015, 04:07 AM   #16
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one lens : FA31mm, one camera : the future Full Frame
I literally sold all my other lens to finance the FA31 (I kept the Helios 44 cause it a magic lens for me) and I have only one body K5 IIs (I'll upgrade to FF as soon as they Pentax release it)

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QuoteOriginally posted by RonHendriks1966 Quote
I'm overthinking my photography and thuis also thinking over the gear I have and what I would want in the future.

So what if you are only (allowed) have the optioneel to own and use one lens and camera body?

Would you'r choice be aps-c or maybe smaller like m4/3 or bagger as full frame or 645Z? What lens would you like to have? A prime a zoom? Or would you go with a point and Shoot like the Sony ff or the Panasonic zoom FZ1000?

(I'm going to think That over todays while I think about what to put up for sale.)
I like the K-3 with the DA* 50-135mm. Its just a magic lens wide open and through the range. I would miss something wide, so I would have to take multiple shots and stitch. weather sealed and relatively compact and beats my 50mm 1.4's on the pixey dust, and can macro excellently.
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A DSLR whithout lenses is like a car whithout wheels...
I would choose a premium superzoom. For example Canon SX60 has 21-1365mm equivalent lens. It has manual mode and can do macro focusing too. If the phone camera counts also, then I would by somthing like the Lumia 1020.
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If my house was on fire and I could only grab one camera, I'd take the MX-1.

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K-S2 with a 18-135 WR lens.
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K5, K3 or KS2 with the 10-17mm zoom!
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As much as I love my Toy Cameras, the best combination for me is the K5IIs + Bigma 50-500. It will shoot almost anything on earth and do it well.
Still.....if I only had one camera it would have to be a Toy Camera. Unless you are a giant, you will never get the K5/Bigma combination in a shirt or coat pocket. Not having a camera with you at all times is very much akin to not having a camera at all.

However, this question itself is not very applicable to the real world where so much is available, even to small budgets. It's a lot like asking if you could only have one car what gear would you want it to have? It would be tough to go on a long trip in low gear.....and hard to get around town in high gear. Surely everyone would want a car with all gears?


The K5IIs + Bigma 50-500 puts a smile on Otis' little face, but if he had to carry it everywhere he goes that might change pretty fast!

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Leica S, Summarit 70mm f2.5 CS

If you can only have one camera, may as well be "the best" camera: the Leica S.

I'd put the standard 70mm Summarit on it for versatility.

But since I could never afford that camera, I'd go with my second favourite: my Pentax K-5 with the 35mm Limited Macro. Such a great, versatile setup.

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A k10D and a Super-Takumar 50/f1.4 (8 elements). I'd probably break a hip from all the moving around...
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Funny to see that some choose for a versatile combination with a long zoomlens, while others are looking in finding the best possible and thus have less range with the lens.

If i'm looking at the gear I own now then I would prefer the k-01 above the k-5. From my lenses i'm not to shure yet. The 20-40, 55 and 300mm lenses can all go out the Door. making a choice between 85mm and 31mm is more difficult. I made some great images with my 85mm lens, but the 31mm lens is more versatile in general as a lens.

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QuoteOriginally posted by NZ_Ross Quote
To effectively answer this question the first follow up question would be - as a photographer am I focusing in a particular niche - fashion, sports, landscape, street, architecture, travel, portraiture, macro, wildlife, birds,trekking, or do I want to just cover the entire field of photography?

Do you want portability or not?
Are you shooting off a tripod or not?
Natural light or flash/strobe shooting?
WR or not WR required?
Image quality required?
Inside or outside?
Low light or daylight?
Moire inducing subjects or not?
I'm going to do less sportsimages if at all, since the market for that is changIng so fast that making money is more an illusion then reality.

So I do want to make some portraiture and some general photography (hobby, home and family). Some to make money, but not as a main goal.

Overhere everyone and their Mother is photographer, newspapers and magazines are disapering very fast or have no money left for photographers. Our local paper lets reporters take images, portrait, with their Iphone wich is good enough for a one column picture in next days paper so they don't need to spend money on an image.

For me the quality of an image is important. I'm not into images that won't have some wow in it. So I would Rather have one prime then have more options in Life with a zoom.

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I guess I'd end up switching to Nikon, high end APS-C so I could pair it with the Tamron 16-300. My tastes vary enough that I'd probably revert to a super-zoom and this one seems to be the best going right now (or at least among the folk I know that use superzooms). It's that or the Sony RX 100 M3 for convenience.

If Pentax, probably the K-3 and 31 limited.

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If digital then a Q7 (or Q-S1) with the 01 prime. Set it in Av mode and go nuts!

If film then a Spotmatic ES II with a SMC Takumar 50mm with the aperture arm.

Otherwise, challenge yourself and use your phone. You may surprise yourself.
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QuoteOriginally posted by RonHendriks1966 Quote
I'm overthinking my photography and thus also thinking over the gear I have and what I would want in the future.

So what if you are only (allowed) have the option to own and use one lens and camera body?

Would you'r choice be aps-c or maybe smaller like m4/3 or bigger as full frame or 645Z? What lens would you like to have? A prime a zoom? Or would you go with a Point and Shoot like the Sony ff or the Panasonic zoom FZ1000?

(I'm going to think That over todays while I think about what to put up for sale.)
nice info for me.,.,
i like a discuss in this thread.
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Nobody mentioned DA15 !? K-3II + DA15 is enough for me.
Other than that, MX-1 is really nice...
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Given that there will be a Pentax FF, if I'd want to keep one camera and one lens, and sell all the rest, I'd keep the lenses that are not supposed to lose much of their value (FA 85 1.4, FA 31 1.8) and the camera that will have a smaller size/weight (K-01) compared to FF. However, regarding the FA85 1.4, I'd also keep it for a while and sell it when the Pentax FF will be released. The FA 31 can still be a great normal prime on the K-01, while the FA85 1.4 will be on FF like the 55 on APSc. So, I'd keep the K-01 and the FA 31 limited.

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