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Old Mar 24, 2008, 6:09 AM   #21
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Welcome Randy!


lenses will be swapped in and out depending on what I expect to see. I won't list the usual stuff like batteries and lense cleaning kit etc. I plan on ending up with 7-8 lenses in total which is a lot considering that this is our family dSLR and I just want to be prepared for all kind of every-day-photography, holidays, vacation, travel and a little bit "hobby-stuff"

- walkaround: P-FA 28-105/4-5.6
- wide end kit lense 18-55, (still struggling to find a replacement, would like to have more on the wide end but looking for a fast lense...)
- tele end Kiron 80-200/4 (shootout Vivitar 70-210 vs. Kiron 80-200 still needs to be done, atm I use the Kiron)
- on rare occasions (long tele or for the 1:2 macro capability): Tamron 70-300
- planning ona faster walkaround zoom, maybe Tamron/Sigma 28-70/2.8 or Viv 28-105/2.8-3.8 or the like, already got recommendations

- P-A 50/1.7
- P-K 135/2.5
- wide end still missing, best recommendation so far P-FA 31/1.8, but it's a bit pricey
- ultra wide still missing, looking for something below 18mm

special lenses:
- 1:1 macro lense still missing, looking for something around 90-105mm
- Pentax 1.7 AF adapter still missing

also on my list:
- good and lightweight monopod

Happy snapping!
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Old Mar 24, 2008, 7:31 AM   #22
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Need to talk you into a bigma or it's little brother the not as bigma!


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Old Mar 24, 2008, 7:56 AM   #23
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bigdawg wrote:
Need to talk you into a bigma or it's little brother the not as bigma!


my current lense selection plans are based on what I took photos of in the past, when my interests shift I have to adjust, that's right. I have a real need for long range like 10 times a year or so (if we are talking about Bigma) - not often enough if you ask me.

It is always tempting to have such a monster in your backpack if I see all the nice wildlife shots or the birds etc. - though.

I am still glancing towards an affordable long telephoto + teleconverter solution, maybe a 300mm prime which is tack sharp wide open - that could give me 420..600mm, a dream would be a good 300mm "A"-lense plus the Pentax 1.7AF converter, which would go nicely with my other primes, too (50/1.7 and 135/2.5) but they are though through the roof and really rare, darnit. :sad::sad:
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Old Mar 24, 2008, 9:07 PM   #24
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My carryaround bag (Lowepro Nova5) includes:

Pentax 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 kit lens

Sigma 28mm f1.8 DG Macro

Sigma 28-200mm f3.8-5.6

Pentax FA 50mm f1.4

Pentax DA*50-135mm f2.8

Tamron 70-300mm Di LD Macro

Phoenix 100-400mm f5.6-6.7 AF


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Old Mar 24, 2008, 11:20 PM   #25
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In my carry around bag,

Pentax k20d

pentax 18-55 II

pentax 50mm 1.4

pentax 55mm 1.8

sigma 105mm macro

sigma 50-500mm

pentax 80-320 mm

various filters and batts and cards

055mf4 tripod and a monopod

its a heavy pack
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Old Mar 26, 2008, 12:20 AM   #26
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hmm.. If I recall correctly. I have the following:

DA 16-45 (on camera most of the time)
F 28-80 3.5-4.5 (thinking of selling)
DA 18-55 (sitting around)
M 135 3.5 (haven't really used yet)
Qauntaray 70-300 macro (thinking about selling, bad reputation but quality is OK IMHO)
DA 50-200 (haven;t really used much either)
Sears M 28mm macro
Vivitar series 1 90mm 2.5 macro (screw mount) with 1:1 extension (limited usage but would love to experiement and play with this one)
A 50 2.0 (on long term loan to a fellow pentaxian)
FA 50 1.4 (used it a lot earlier, but it hasn;t been mounted for a while)

I was thinking of selling some of the lenses that I hardly use but i'm a pack-a-rat. I like to keep everything thinking one day I will need it.

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Old Mar 26, 2008, 2:58 PM   #27
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18-55mm DA kit lens

Pentax A50mm/1.7

Pentax A 35-70mm/3.5-4.5

Pentax A 35-135mm/3.5-4.5

Pentax A 70-210mm/4

Super Tak 50mm/1.4

Super Tak 105mm/2.8

Super Tak 135mm/3.5 (SMC)

Super Tak 135mm/3.5

Soligor C/D 24mm/2.8

Tamron BBAR 135mm/2.8

Vivitar (Kino) 28mm/2.5 (M42)
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Old Mar 26, 2008, 3:37 PM   #28
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Boy, I feel inferior now. I do get all my stuff in a Slingshot 100 bag, so it is always with me. The bad part is I once took my bag off to get some stuff for a picture and forgot it. I hiked around for several hours before I realized I didn't have my bag. O no, what now!

I thought a minute and remembered taking it off, but not putting it back on. I hightailed it back to the spot, whichwas about 1/2 hour away and there was my bag laying on the ground about 10' from the trail. The only thing that saved me was the trail was real muddy and nobody was using it. I had taken a back way in. I call that my lucky day. Here's a list of the larger stuff I fit in the Slingshotbag - Bruce

Pentax *istDL camera plus
  1. DA18-55mm [/*]
  2. DA50-200mm [/*]
  3. M50mm-f1.7 [/*]
  4. M50mm-f4macro [/*]
  5. M28mm-f2.8 [/*]
  6. Various filters and close-up lens[/*]

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Old Mar 26, 2008, 5:09 PM   #29
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ill bite this ttime

the kit lens
bayonet 135/2.5
super tak M42 300/4
2 each 1.4x TCs
3 each 2x TCS
M80-200/4.5 if your interested
2 vivitar M42 200/3.5. really sharp if you're interest.
tamron 300/2.8
smc 500/4.5
vivitar A105.2.5macro
various EX tubes and flashes.. the kit lens
a couple of grips
9' off camera cord with atts..
couple of flashes
Led ring light
3 bags
couple or tripods
couple of monopods
various heads for both

what i need is a front element to a vivitar 28-85/2.8-3.8.
i'm also to pick us 16-20 lenses from someone in the soon future to offer on consignment

what do i need is a frount element to a vivitar 25-85/2.8-3.8
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Old Mar 26, 2008, 6:01 PM   #30
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Here's my collection:

Autofocus lenses:
Pentax DA 18-55mm kit lens
Pentax FA-J 70-300
Pentax FA-50 1.4
Tamron 28-300 3.5-6.3 Macro (185D)
Sigma UC Zoom 70-210
Quantaray 2X AF Teleconverter

Manual Focus lenses:
Pentax A-50 f2
Sears 135 f2.8 (m) - best $.99 lens I ever bought
Gemini 28mm 2.8 (m)

Various filters, adapters and other crap.

I pretty much only use the top 3 Pentax lenses.
I got the Tamron to take on vacation then it goes back. I over paid for it, but I really wanted to avoid the lens swapping while on vacation.
The Sigma needs to go too, because I replaced it with the 70-300, but I'm lazy...so in my bag it sits.

The manual lenses are fun to play with, and I do use them quite a bit when I'm screwing around, but I rarely take them anywhere when I'm with other people because they don't understand why I'm wasting so much time screwing around with the camera. It's just easier to take the AF lens when others are around.
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