'Perfect' set of lenses?


JohnX

Link Posted 29/04/2010 - 16:43
I know that ideally one should buy a lens for a particular purpose, but I haven't yet decided what sort of photography I'm really interested in, so I tend to buy lenses if I see them at the right price then think about their use. This results in soul searching everytime I see one of you offering a lens for sale!

Does anyone have a view about what the ideal set of lenses would be to cover all aspects of photography?
Last Edited by JohnX on 29/04/2010 - 16:44

robbie_d

Link Posted 29/04/2010 - 16:53
DA 21mm
DA 40mm
DA 70mm

Mmmm...pancakes...
If you can't say something nice about Pentax, you won't say anything at all.

Apparently.

Anvh

Link Posted 29/04/2010 - 16:56
It really depends on what you want to photograph and if you like to be close to the subject or keep your distance.

Here this from the PUF link

I think you can cover a lot of things with the DA*16-50 + DA*50-135 or comparable lenses.
You can also go for 17-70 lenses with 70-300 zooms or higher quality 70-200.

This pretty much the basic I believe, you can get some ultra wide lenses or longer tele lenses if needed.
Stefan


K10D, K5
DA* 16-50, DA* 50-135, D-FA 100 Macro, DA 40 Ltd, DA 18-55
AF-540FGZ

techno-terminator

Link Posted 29/04/2010 - 16:57
I have 2 lenses - the 18-55 which came with my K-x and a Samsung 50-200 which I bought shortly afterwards .

I've just bought a 40mm Ltd and a friend [ the Photomonk ] has just told me " you have spent more than I ever have in one year on photo equipment, in less than half that time."

I'm suitable chastened
let the education continue

proud owner of a couple of cameras and a few bits and bobs

Anvh

Link Posted 29/04/2010 - 16:57
robbie_d wrote:
DA 21mm
DA 40mm
DA 70mm

Mmmm...pancakes...

Don't forget the DA15 and maybe the DFA100mm WR, I know it isn't a pancake but it wouldn't fall much out of place with the aluminum body.
Stefan


K10D, K5
DA* 16-50, DA* 50-135, D-FA 100 Macro, DA 40 Ltd, DA 18-55
AF-540FGZ

robbie_d

Link Posted 29/04/2010 - 16:59
Anvh wrote:
robbie_d wrote:
DA 21mm
DA 40mm
DA 70mm

Mmmm...pancakes...

Don't forget the DA15 and maybe the DFA100mm WR, I know it isn't a pancake but it wouldn't fall much out of place with the aluminum body.

And the DA 35mm...
If you can't say something nice about Pentax, you won't say anything at all.

Apparently.

mikew

Link Posted 29/04/2010 - 17:02
The FA 35/f2 not the DA40?
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Anvh

Link Posted 29/04/2010 - 17:04
robbie_d wrote:
And the DA 35mm...

That one us close to the 40mm so I think you should chose.

mikew wrote:
The FA 35/f2 not the DA40?

Isn't a limited!!!
Stefan


K10D, K5
DA* 16-50, DA* 50-135, D-FA 100 Macro, DA 40 Ltd, DA 18-55
AF-540FGZ
Last Edited by Anvh on 29/04/2010 - 17:04

robbie_d

Link Posted 29/04/2010 - 17:05
mikew wrote:
The FA 35/f2 not the DA40?

The "Mmmm..pancakes..." comment wouldn't have worked with the FA 35mm though!

Besides, I'd like a DA 40mm to go with my lovely DA 21mm!
If you can't say something nice about Pentax, you won't say anything at all.

Apparently.

mikew

Link Posted 29/04/2010 - 17:10
I think the 35/f2 focusses closer as well as being faster and while bigger it's not huge. The 40 is bordering on too small especially on MF I suspect.
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Last Edited by mikew on 29/04/2010 - 17:11

Anvh

Link Posted 29/04/2010 - 17:13
Still with the DA40 it's just priceless if one of the other brands shooters walks up to you to warn you that you still have the lenscap/mountcap on the body
Stefan


K10D, K5
DA* 16-50, DA* 50-135, D-FA 100 Macro, DA 40 Ltd, DA 18-55
AF-540FGZ

robbie_d

Link Posted 29/04/2010 - 17:14
mikew wrote:
I think the 35/f2 focusses closer as well as being faster and while bigger it's not huge. The 40 is bordering on too small especially on MF I suspect.

The DA 40mm can be had cheaper now though.
If you can't say something nice about Pentax, you won't say anything at all.

Apparently.

robbie_d

Link Posted 29/04/2010 - 17:15
Anvh wrote:
Still with the DA40 it's just priceless if one of the other brands shooters walks up to you to warn you that you still have the lenscap/mountcap on the body

This, combined with being able to say "Mmm...pancakes..." makes it a winner in my book.
If you can't say something nice about Pentax, you won't say anything at all.

Apparently.
Last Edited by robbie_d on 29/04/2010 - 17:22

mikew

Link Posted 29/04/2010 - 17:21
I thought that the Samsung version of 35/f2 was about 250?
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robbie_d

Link Posted 29/04/2010 - 17:21
mikew wrote:
I thought that the Samsung version of 35/f2 was about 250?

I think it was 289 new last time I saw (PC World I think). Walters have the DA 40mm for 249.

If we were comparing Pentax with Pentax I think the gap would be wider.
If you can't say something nice about Pentax, you won't say anything at all.

Apparently.
Last Edited by robbie_d on 29/04/2010 - 17:23
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