One lens does all


johnha

Link Posted 07/02/2020 - 12:00
In APS-C I only really have the DA17-70/4 (bought years ago, I might go for something with WR today). It's my 'just-about' lens: just about wide enough, just about long enough, just about fast enough and just about compact enough.

In FF/135 (not forgetting film) I don't have a modern do-it-all zoom, my Tamron AF 24-135 is the closest option but I rarely use it. The FA20-35/4 almost lives on the K-1 with an FA50/1.4 and either M135/3.5 or M80-200/4.5 for tele. After years of using the 20-35, a 28-xx zoom just doesn't cut it (not wide enough).

I still shoot film with mechanical cameras, so any lenses (apart from the DA17-70) need to have aperture rings and I can't justify buying an expensive lens if it doesn't.
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jeallen01

Link Posted 07/02/2020 - 20:21
From what others and I have said, "me thinks" that, on APS-C, a 17-70mm seems to be "about the right" "one lens does it all" for many people
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!)
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MrB

Link Posted 07/02/2020 - 23:19
The 17-70 and 16-85 seem too bulky for me on the K-70 and KP. The 18-135 is lighter and more compact, but also more versatile for a one lens only option. Despite some of the comments in this thread, my guess would be that the 18-135 would generally be the most logical and popular choice of a one lens only zoom for Pentax APS-C users.

Philip

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forhad0077

Link Posted 26/03/2020 - 11:09
Wow @philstaff awesome collection dude.
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barkin

Link Posted 26/03/2020 - 14:45
MrB wrote:
Despite some of the comments in this thread, my guess would be that the 18-135 would generally be the most logical and popular choice of a one lens only zoom for Pentax APS-C users.

Philip

It's exactly why I bought mine.

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ronniemac

Link Posted 26/03/2020 - 15:25
APS-C Prime - FA 31mm f1.8 AL Limited

APS-C Zoom - DA 16-85mm f3.5-5.6 ED DC WR

FF Prime - D-FA* 50mm f1.4 SDM AW

FF Zoom - D FA 28-105mm f3.5-5.6 ED DC WR

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prsjnb

Link Posted 26/03/2020 - 22:31
philstaff wrote:
A Jack of all trades which lens would it be.

Regards ian

We are in the midst of a viral pandemic and it is callous in the extreme to invite us at this time to imagine a dystopian future in which one is limited to the use of a single lens

ilovesaabs

Link Posted 27/03/2020 - 13:46
I'm half way with Mike-P on the D FA 28-105, yes, widen it to 24mm.

But increase the focal length to 120mm like the Nikkor 24-120 f4.

For versatility the 24-90 f3.5-4.5 comes close, and is a bit brighter - shame it only was available for a short time. I do regret selling mine (and the 35-70) but at the time only needed the DA* zooms.
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philstaff

Link Posted 02/04/2020 - 10:54
jeallen01 wrote:
A very old (1st gen, I think!) Sigma17-70 "does it" for me - dirt cheap from a fellow PU member several years ago, and it's very sharp, quick to focus and reliable, and has proven a very capable day-to-day "do it all" tool .

I have this lens and it got lots of use.
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