If you could only take one lens..


Link Posted 18/08/2012 - 20:48
If you could only take one lens?
I'm addicted to my sigma EX glass, 50 and 105 F2.8s. I just love everything about them, the tactile feel, the pin sharpness, the reliable bokeh, the.... well you get the picture. BUT. If I could only take one with me on some sort of desert island situation I'd have to take my 50...105....no wait....50.... yeah 50 final answer.....

What's the one lens you would take with you?


Link Posted 18/08/2012 - 20:56
My manual Vivitar 55mm F2.8 MACRO lens.
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Link Posted 18/08/2012 - 21:01
FA 43 ltd.


Link Posted 18/08/2012 - 21:17
I only ever take one lens out and it's usually not a zoom. I hate changing lenses out of doors lest dirt gets on the sensor (it still does, actually!)

I more than often fit one of my cheapo 28mm M42 lenses (Helios or Miranda) or, if I deserve something wider, my 24mm Hoya which I recently took on holiday as my only lens.

I've a couple of 50mms and 135s (again, no-name manual focus e-bay 10.00 specials) but find the longer focal lengths very restrictive.

When I use my 18-55 or lovely Samsung 50-200 the auto-focus, auto-exposure and choice of focal lengths are a wonderful luxury.
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Link Posted 18/08/2012 - 21:47
I don't think I've yet bought the single lens that I would take. How long have I got before I go to this island?
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Link Posted 18/08/2012 - 22:56
Hmm well I have two bodies so need two lenses...

Da* 50-135mm
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Link Posted 18/08/2012 - 23:13
If only one lens it has to be the SMC Pentax-DA 18-135mm WR. That would cover almost anything that I might normally need to do.
Best regards, John


Link Posted 18/08/2012 - 23:52
Sigma DG EX 100-300 f4

I take more pictures with other lenses because of their focal length, but nothing comes close to the quality, iq, colour, etc of that lense.


Link Posted 19/08/2012 - 08:12
As it is only one lens then multi purpose - Sigma 18-250mm.
K5's (2)both gripped, K10d gripped, Pentax 28-90 f3.5, Sigma 18-250mm, Sigma 150-500mm. Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro, Sigma 10-20 f.4-5.6.EX DC, Hoya 135 f2.8, Take on 28mm f2.8 Pentax AF360 flash, 2 fill in slaves. 30 metre remote release, Rt angle viewfinder, Giotto NOT 3261B Tripod with Manfrotto 808Rd4 ball head, Manfroto 4861RC2 monopoly, shoulder stock, various filters etc, Panasonic SET HBS HD Video cam, Tamrac Explorer 8x backpack and a sore back.....
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Link Posted 19/08/2012 - 08:20
Well I doubt I'd need a camera if stranded on a desert island

Sigma 50-500.
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Link Posted 19/08/2012 - 09:00
I think I'd take lots of pictures on the desert island, then when I was resued I could process them all and have a fantastic record and set of glorious images never before seen.

I'll need extra batteries, or a charger and lots of coconuts. That was my Gilligan's Island thought, for those who know what I'm referring to.
Best regards, John


Link Posted 19/08/2012 - 09:22
Sigma 10-20mm - almost always on my cameras as the default because it is so useful when visiting various places and very sharp, so a good deal of cropping can be done.
OTOH, just got an 18-135WR and that might take precedence if it proves more useful
K-3 II, K-3 and a K-70 from SRS (having now relegated the K-30 /"K-50" to a backup body), & some Sigma and Pentax lenses (and a lot of old 35mm gear!)


Link Posted 19/08/2012 - 10:42
DA 35 ltd
Pentax hybrid user - Digital K3 & K200D, film 645 and 35mm SLR and Pentax (&other) lenses adapted to Fuji X digital
Fan of DA limited and old manual lenses


Link Posted 19/08/2012 - 10:45
I sold my Sigma 10 - 20 and a 50mm macro to fund a 18 - 135 WA. So far I'm delighted with it. Why that DC motor isn't in every Pentax lens I don't know.

I (complete contradiction I know)now want a wide prime which perhaps would stay on the camera. Out of my reach money wise at moment.
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