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Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-03-2019, 08:20 AM  
HELP with next lens purchase!
Posted By normhead
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From that selection, the DA*50-135 would be the forum pick, just based on past conversations. I'd also ad the Sigma 70 macro if you can find one or Tamron 90 macro. The Sigma 70 is the common lens used by Imaging Resources for sensor tests, because it is available on the most platforms (and like most macros, very good edge to edge) , but it's one of those Sigma oversized lenses, big but sharp really smooth out of focus areas, and the Tamron 90 macro is also very highly rated on every platform and very sharp. My first choice after kits and my fast 50 was a second hand Tamron 90 macro. (Bought form a guy who's brother wanted him to switch to Nikon so bad, he bought him a complete Nikon camera system.) My wife commandeered it as her walk around and almost never lets me use it. Sometimes a lens can be too good for your own good.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-03-2019, 07:48 AM  
HELP with next lens purchase!
Posted By normhead
Replies: 58
Views: 1,938
Everyone has a favourite lens, and given the exact same circumstances would buy a different lens next. But, it sure is fun shopping and helping other people spend their money.

Based on the images so far, I'd pick the 77, which will never probably happen (for me) because I have a Sigma 70 macro that I hardly ever use, a Tamron 90 macro and Pentax 100 macro, a DA*60-250, and the DFA 28-105. I just have too many great lenses in that focal range. But there's a reason it was voted the best Pentax lens of all time by us forum members. (Of course I voted for the 31 ltd, which I also don't own but I digress)

If I knew then what I know now, I would have the FA 50 macro and DFA 100 for macro, pass on the Sigma 70 and Tamron 90, and get the 77. But, I'd be missing out on two great lenses. This is how people end up owning every lens out there.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-01-2019, 04:58 PM  
HELP with next lens purchase!
Posted By normhead
Replies: 58
Views: 1,938
Great choice above if you want it all.. the only draw backs are it's pretty heavy and will take some space in your camera bag.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-01-2019, 08:25 AM  
HELP with next lens purchase!
Posted By normhead
Replies: 58
Views: 1,938
wow, getting a little nasty are we?
Is there a friendly way I'm supposed to read that, that I'm missing?

Sometimes even a smiley can't make up for a really nasty comment.

Or is this your way of remaining on my ignore list? I like to give folks a second chance every now and then. That sure looks to me like a cheap shot worthy of my ignore list. I'll give you another chance next year. :D

Please don't offer an opinion like that again unless in a separate thread where I might offer my opinion of you in return. Formality is the key here. You're never going to be my best bud.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-01-2019, 07:45 AM  
HELP with next lens purchase!
Posted By normhead
Replies: 58
Views: 1,938
I'm restraining myself... and just letting y'all know how good i am at that. :D
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-01-2019, 07:31 AM  
HELP with next lens purchase!
Posted By normhead
Replies: 58
Views: 1,938
I'd say 77 ltd. looking at what you have and aspirations.

Despite what folks say, the 18-135 and 16-85 are "better than kit but not top tier" lenses especially for the bokeh you like to employ. They are good lenses, just not that much better than what you own for what you want to use them for.
SO, I'm seeing a 31 ltd. or 77 ltd.
The 35 ƒ2 is also interesting but I really think you can narrow this down by sticking with f2 or under.
Those lenses with your 50 1.4 should really give you something to work with.

Is this where I add the jokes about "Fender Benders"?
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