'Perfect' set of lenses?


gartmore

Link Posted 29/04/2010 - 17:22
robbie_d wrote:
DA 21mm
DA 40mm
DA 70mm

Mmmm...pancakes...

Delicious!
Ken
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robbie_d

Link Posted 29/04/2010 - 17:24
gartmore wrote:
robbie_d wrote:
DA 21mm
DA 40mm
DA 70mm

Mmmm...pancakes...

Delicious!

I agree. I'm only 1/3 of the way there though!
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JonSchick

Link Posted 29/04/2010 - 17:26
Interesting - one thing that nobody has mentioned specifically is macro. I reckon the perfect lens collection would include a macro lens. If I was looking secondhand I'd try hard to find a good Tamron Adaptall 2 SP 90/2.5 (the original all metal 52B version that requires TC for true 1:1), simply because the build is awesome and it doubles very well as a portrait lens. If I was looking new, I think any of the Pentax/Tamron/Sigma macro lenses will do very nicely.

Anvh

Link Posted 29/04/2010 - 17:33
But if you don't do macro photography then I don't think anyone can justify the cost of one because it doubles up good as a portrait lens
Stefan


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K10D

Link Posted 29/04/2010 - 17:52
A good bet is to get from 180' FOV to about 4' FOV and a macro lens thrown in.

How you get there and what you use is what makes us all different.

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Dangermouse

Link Posted 29/04/2010 - 19:31
My bag usually holds:

Pentax-M 28mm f3.5
Pentax-A 50mm f1.7
SMC Pentax 120mm f2.8
Pentax-A 200mm f4

and the 18-55mm kit lens if I need a wider angle, although I find panoramic shots with the 28mm work very well.
Matt

Shooting the Welsh Wilderness with K-m, KX, MX, ME Super and assorted lenses.

JohnX

Link Posted 29/04/2010 - 19:44
Interesting replies so far. I'm fascinated by the support for primes, which I have none of, and haven't tried.

I feel a purchase coming on

bretti_kivi

Link Posted 29/04/2010 - 19:53
10-17 or 10-20 / 12-24 for wideangle
24-70 2.8 for indoors
70-200 2.8 for indoor and outdoor sports
35/50/70/85/100 for portraits (or a 50-135)
50, 90, 100 or 180 macro

that, I think, ought to cover most bases. OTOH, it'a also a *shedload* of cash, around £2k IMO, probably more, depending where you buy.

Primes rock. They force you into thinking about the shot in a way zooms can't.

Bret
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my kit: K3, K5, K-01, DA 18-55, D-FA50 macro, Siggy 30/1.4, 100-300/f4, 70-200/2.8, Samsung 12-24/f4, Tamron 17-50, and lots of other bits.

Dangermouse

Link Posted 29/04/2010 - 20:12
If you decide to try a prime and don't mind manual lenses then I'd suggest finding a good example of the Pentax-M 28mm f3.5. You can pick them up on ebay in good condition for about £50 and they're brilliant, much sharper than the f2.8 version. I don't think I'd swap mine for an FA 28mm, and as the only upgrade route is therefore a few hundred quid for the DA 21mm I'm hanging onto it!

The 28mm focal length is a good general use lens on digital, and this lens is sharp enough that you can get away with quite heavy cropping. See these two images (one cropped from the other):






Matt

Shooting the Welsh Wilderness with K-m, KX, MX, ME Super and assorted lenses.

Daniel Bridge

Link Posted 30/04/2010 - 00:27
My bag contains a DA16-45, a FA50mm 1.4, a Sigma 105mm macro and the DA*300mm, plus a (rarely used) Tamron 1.4x teleconverter. Wide angle to telephoto, with plenty of 'gaps' in the range, but it suits my work. And it's not too heavy.

Dan
K-3, a macro lens and a DA*300mm...

womble

Link Posted 30/04/2010 - 00:36
There is not such thing as we all do things differently.

I keep changing as I acquire new lenses or try different things. At the moment I tend to carry the 12-24mm, the 50mm Sigma macro, the DA* 50-135mm and then a selection of older primes such as the S-M-C Takumar 28mm f/3.5, the K 35mm f/3.5, the K 50mm f/1.2 and the M 100 f/2.8.

Best wishes, Kris.
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rparmar

Link Posted 30/04/2010 - 03:14
The ideal set of lenses to cover all aspects of photography? No-one's really trying -- let's push the boat out!

DA 10-17mm F3.5-4.5 Fish-Eye ED [IF]
DA 12-24 ED AL (IF)
DA* 16-50mm f/2.8 ED AL (IF) SDM
FA* 24mm F2 AL [IF]
FA 31mm F1.8 AL Limited
MC Arax 35/2.8 Tilt & Shift
FA 43mm F1.9 Limited
DA* 50-135mm f/2.8 ED (IF) SDM
DA* 60-250mm f/4 ED SDM
FA 77mm F1.8 Limited
A* 85mm F1.4
Voigtländer SL Macro APO-Lanthar 125mm f/2.5
A* 200mm F4 Macro ED [IF]
DA* 300mm F4 ED [IF] SDM
FA* 600mm F4 ED (IF)

Should come in a little under $20K and there's no real redundancy. You need the zooms in situations where quick response argues against changing lenses. There are probably more esoteric Zeiss lenses etc. to add, but these should keep you happy for a while.
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matwhittington

Link Posted 30/04/2010 - 06:17
On the basis of what I tend to use the most, and get the (IMO) best results with, I would venture that the perfect set (for me at least) would be:

Pentax DA* 300mm
Pentax DFA 100mm Macro
Pentax DA 70mm ltd
Sigma 10-20mm

Maybe bung in a teleconverter as well

Mind you, if that is the case, why have I got all these other lenses.... Fact is I'll keep changing my mind. The only lens I currently covet is the DA 21mm ltd. Don't know why, I already have a zoom which covers 21mm, and it's not far from the 20mm end of the sigma ultra-wide... but I still rather like the look of the ltd lens... think its a prime thing

Regards

Mat
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mikew

Link Posted 30/04/2010 - 07:19
JohnX wrote:
Interesting replies so far. I'm fascinated by the support for primes, which I have none of, and haven't tried.

I feel a purchase coming on

I don't agree about getting a 28mm as first prime. Get a prime with full AF etc. as otherwise you may find the change frustrating and it may put you off primes which would be a pity. That cheap 40 would be a good introduction to primes although as I keep banging on a 35/f2 is a superb lens.

Don't be shy of buying S/H either. I buy used lenses and have not yet been disappointed.

Mike
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flossie

Link Posted 30/04/2010 - 07:49
mikew wrote:
I don't agree about getting a 28mm as first prime. Get a prime with full AF etc. as otherwise you may find the change frustrating and it may put you off primes which would be a pity. That cheap 40 would be a good introduction to primes although as I keep banging on a 35/f2 is a superb lens.

I'd disagree - it depends on the person.

My first prime was (still is) a 50mm A F1.7, and I love it. It instantly became my default "walk around" lens. The manual focusing is actually how I want to use it, with a very shallow DoF I want to choose exactly where the focal point is myself, not fight an AF system that goes "tree branch, no the trunk behind it, no that tree over there, no back to the branch again". Being an "A", it makes it nice and easy to interface with the camera menus (no need to mess with green-button/stopping-down/etc). For longer/wider/quicker shots, its not hard to turn to Infinity...


Then again, I did grow-up with MF cameras, and I always see manual images at work of course, so I just think that way. I appreciate someone who's relatively new may never have used anything other than AF - but they are going to have a shock with a narrow DoF anyway!

p.s.
because I like the 50mm so much, I have stopped my LBA from buying a DA 40 on several occasions, simply because "its too similar, and AF...meh...". A 70mm or 100mm is tempting, but maybe just go DA* 70-135 and get the lot! When I want AF, I often use the 12-24, it gives interesting results especially close-up....
Still shooting in the dark (literally and metaphorically)...
Last Edited by flossie on 30/04/2010 - 07:50
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