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Thinking the Unthinkable???

Posted 17/08/2012 - 15:21 Link
K10D wrote:
jules wrote:
Can't get used to being broke which I am likely to remain for the foreseeable future, and I'm just bitching!

There off my chest!

My respect for you has just seriously elevated.

Best regards

Well sometimes it's good just to get it out there!
Lord knows what you thought of me before.
Cheers Jules...

My viewfinder is 576,000,000 pixels.
My other viewfinder is 5.76,000,000.
Posted 18/08/2012 - 20:06 Link
I want a 60-250, but have a DA-L 55-300. It's tolerable, but f/5.8 sure makes for hard focusing at 300mm (AF worse than MF). I should have held out for a DA 55-300 so that I would have quick shift. That would save a lot of flicking of switches.

My standard take-most-of-it-all kit is DA 12-24, DA 16-50 DA-L 55-300, M 100/4 macro and M 400/5.6 plus AFA 1.7x.

On our last camping (trailering) trip I made a small kit in my LowePro AW 100 sling bag of just the 12-24 and 55-300. I was rather surprised that I did not have a big problem with the gap between 24 and 55. Very light, and as long as the light was good for the 55-300, quite useful. The second compartment carried the water bottle.

I still want every Pentax or Takumar (screw mount only) lens ever made, and would sell my soul for the FA* 200-500, but I wouldn't get all that much use out of it before my beloved sent my soul to its everlasting reward. Sigh.
Albert in the Canadian Rocky Mountains
K3, M 400/5.6, M 100/4 macro, DA 12-24, DA* 16-50, DA L 55-300
FA 24-90, 1.7X AFA, 1.4X-S
AF 540 FGZ flash
Posted 19/08/2012 - 06:15 Link
Hi Albert,
The 60-250 is wonderfull if a little heavy or hiking! I've heard plenty of good things about the 55-300 Lens, which I guess would have suited my needs very well too. Had I chosen that one instead I would have some cash spare cash for some Ltd's, Sigh... Hindsight eh
I kind of agree with you on the gap in mm as I either want wide or long and if I'd gone the route of the 12-24mm this time around I may have been able to live with the gap from 24-60mm but I have the siggy 8-16mm and it's just too much of a gap to be honest. I'm not parting with the siggy as it's just too good, believe it or not I'm not a collector just someone looking for a Lens/Camera combination that gives me peace, I'm nearly there this time around. The three Ltd's that I like are 21/40/70,the rest I can live without, I don't do macro so the 35 Ltd and the 100 macro WR don't really do anyting for me.
Oh and something longer than the 60-250 for Airshows presuming I'll ever have the money to A: Go to an Airshow again and B: Afford another long lens!
I'm very interested in how Mike P finds his Sigma 50-500, when he gets a decent copy but the rumoured (Roadmapped) 100ish-350+ish DA Zoom in the pipeline may suffice if it's quick to focus that is... See I'm not in a hurry!

I too however do love some of that older pentax exotica as well
Cheers Jules...

My viewfinder is 576,000,000 pixels.
My other viewfinder is 5.76,000,000.
Edited by jules: 19/08/2012 - 06:21
Posted 19/08/2012 - 08:37 Link
The unthinkable is approaching at speed. I am trying to hang on until Photokina (see, that's the other site's influence) to see if Pentax are bringing out a camera, and/or the 560, that interests me but it's getting harder and harder - I almost bought a D800 yesterday, I was really surprised that even with the battery installed it hardly felt any heavier or larger than the K5. Didn't like the grip anywhere near as much though and I didn't like the placement of the ISO button - but of course these will become habit.

Next week I'm selling off about 15 lenses and retaining at least one K5 with my best PK mounts (Ltds, Zeiss, 300) and most exotic (Cosina 50/1.2 and Lensbabies) to have the cash ready, but the D800 or 5DIII, plus Sigma 500 and TCs are siren calls. So two systems (one for birding - Nikon/Canon, one for everyday - K5) is looking increasingly likely. Pentax. Pentax DA*300/4, Cosina 55/1.2, Lens Baby Composer Pro & Edge 80, AFA x1.7, Metz 50 af1.
Nikon. D800. D600. Sigma 500/4.5, Nikon 300/2.8 VRII, Sigma 120-300/2.8, Zeiss Distagon ZF2 21/2.8, Zeiss Distagon ZF2 35/2.0, Sigma 50/1.4, Nikkor 85/1.8, Nikon TC20EIII, Nikon TC14EII, Kenko x1.4, Sigma 2.0
Edited by Frogfish: 19/08/2012 - 08:40
Posted 19/08/2012 - 15:48 Link
Hmm the AF on the Nikons is in a different league isn't it?
The grip is curious on that un I think my D700 was quite nice but the contours don't seem as good on the 800 to me at least, there are lots of people out there using two or more systems each offering something over the other, if that is what you must do then I guess you must, I doubt I'll ever be in a position to go back to FF but I don't feel too sad about that I have to say, nor about having to buy a new computer to handle a D800's files...
Cheers Jules...

My viewfinder is 576,000,000 pixels.
My other viewfinder is 5.76,000,000.
Edited by jules: 19/08/2012 - 15:51
Posted 22/08/2012 - 16:21 Link
As I get older I find I want LESS kit, not more. I had the limited lenses 15/21/40 and 50 macro, and loved them, but a change to Nikon (sorry) has now resulted in me using just a 12-12mm and a 24-85mm and I now have far less decisions to make and love just having two lenses...the extra bulk of zooms does not hinder me and the weight of the kit bag has not changed too much.
Posted 22/08/2012 - 17:19 Link
bretbysteve wrote:
but a change to Nikon (sorry) has now resulted in me using just a 12-12mm and a 24-85mm and I now have far less decisions to make

Seems a bit pointless for a zoom lens
Posted 22/08/2012 - 17:21 Link
Good Idea! A 12-12mm Zoom will certainly
leave you with far less decisions to make!
Half Man... Half Pentax ... Half Cucumber

Pentax K-1 + K-5 and some other stuff

Posted 22/08/2012 - 20:18 Link
"Seems a bit pointless for a zoom lens"

..that was just one reason out of several. I really like Pentax and their lenses, but I am glad I switched.
Posted 22/08/2012 - 20:19 Link
..must find that rare 12-12mm...
Posted 08/09/2012 - 23:53 Link
Just been reading this thread - just before I started reading I bid on a lens on ebay - current bid is 2.20 with my maximum bid being 2.60! The only time I get close to a ltd lens is in my dreams!

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