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Bowenp Jul 26, 2008 4:22 PM

I need to make a change and I would like your help/opinions. After helping my friend with a decision to upgrade his old MX to digital I lost …. he went to Cannon. He was kind enough to give me some of his lenses and in the process of helping him. I also got carried away and purchased a used K10D and 50-200 DA lens.

I now realize I am in love with stuff and am determined to stop looking and buying and start using. I am contemplating mainstreaming what I have and giving or selling the lenses I won't use much as a way to get less cluttered and more streamlined. Kind of fearful to change lenses allot due to issues with Dust so I end up sticking with one or two main ones. Here is my inventory:

SunPak auto 322 - flash (never use anymore)
Pentax 360FGZ – (use Often)

Pentax 50-200 DA 4.0 (just bought not here yet)
Pentax DA 18-55 (use often)
Pentax FA 80-320 4.5 (very heavy but use sometimes)
Pentax SMC FA 28-70 4.0 (use very little)
Tokina 28-105 SZ-X 4.0 (use very little)
Pentax A 70-210 5.6 (just given to me for free)
Pentax M 28MM 2.8 (just given to me for free)
Pentax M 50 1.7 (just given to me for free)
Oswa Manuel 135mm 2.8 (have not used in 20 years)

Pentax 1[suP]st[/suP] DL (use often)
Pentax K10D (just Bought not here yet)
Pentax ZX5n 35MM film camera (sits in closet)
Pentax MX 35 MM film camera (sits in closet)
Pentax Optio W10 (use with kids and in the pool)

Which pieces if any would you jettison?

Rickst Jul 26, 2008 4:52 PM

I would keep the 50mm f/1.7 and 28mm f/2.8 for sure. The 50mm f/1.7 is a fabulous lens, and I love my 28mm f/2.8, too. I think you'll find you will really use the 50-200mm. These are the ones I have experience with (and the 18-55, too).

bilybianca Jul 26, 2008 5:06 PM

This is what I'd do (actually have done): Get rid of all "second bests", you'll never use them anyway. The key point isn't if you use them often, but how you feel when you do use them. The things you pick up but put back in the drawer again because you have a better option will collect dust for ever.

Keep the "don't use it often but hard to find and aaah so good" stuff. That would be the A 70-210 lens. Just ask Roy if it's any good.;)

Keep the two DSLR bodies, a 6 MP body can be very convenient at times.

Get rid of the analog film bodies, if you don't want to keep them for good old memories sake. I've got a Program A body I'll never use again, but never will sell or toss. For gods sake, we've been to war together!

With this philosophy, buying and selling,I've compiled a nice set of gear which I am always satisfied with, even the things I seldom but at least sometimes use. And a few pieces for nostalgia.


robar Jul 26, 2008 6:51 PM

may i say something??
okay, those of us smart folks have left the blk background/wht texta long time ago.

the only 70-210 i'm familiar with is the Af4 and it's as good as it is heavy. it's an outstanding lens. you've got some decent glass. use it and find out what you want to keep.


robar Jul 26, 2008 6:53 PM

one i'd keep is the 28-70/4.. da^^ nice lens. if not, i might be interested..

ennacac Jul 26, 2008 7:09 PM

Yes stop posting in white text, it is a pain to read!!

I would keep the 50 1.7 and the 70-210 for sure, the others are hit and miss depending on how they work out for you with your DSLR's.


Goldwinger Jul 26, 2008 7:20 PM

Hey Bowenp,
Forget what these other guys say, I think you should ship it all over to me and let me check it all out to see if it's worth keeping. Then I'll send those pieces back to you. I'll do this free of charge out of the goodness of my heart and for my trouble I'll just keep the worthless ones!:lol::lol::lol:

Bowenp Jul 26, 2008 10:03 PM

Okay ennacac -

I will stop posting in white, but how do I get rid of the black background so I can read what I am writing? I assume I would go to a white background with black lettering (refuse to go Packer Green since I am from Minnesota) but how do I do it?

Thanks for your help

Goldwinger Jul 26, 2008 11:34 PM

Hey Bowen,
No big deal. Just click on the home page then click your

Then put a check in the forth box for default 2. And save and your done

thekman620 Jul 27, 2008 9:24 AM

Rickst wrote:

I would keep the 50mm f/1.7 and 28mm f/2.8 for sure. The 50mm f/1.7 is a fabulous lens, and I love my 28mm f/2.8, too. I think you'll find you will really use the 50-200mm. These are the ones I have experience with (and the 18-55, too).

Might keep the 320 zoom too. You never know when you might want a little more length, and it's not tying up a lot of money hanging on to it.

NonEntity1 Jul 27, 2008 1:09 PM

This is always a timely topic as I think we forum members tend to enable each other in our gear acquisitions! I started out buying any manual focus "sleeper" lens with a good reputation and ended up with quite a bit of duplication. Four 50mm primes, three 135mm primes, two 28mm primes, two AF 70-300mm lens plus a MF 100-300 f/4, and the list went on. I ended up selling about ten lenses that were surplus to my needs but I still have a couple of lenses I have barely used or not used at all. I also kept some duplication as my wife and I are now both shooting with Pentax cameras.

On the flip side, I find myself sometime reaching for lenses that I may have previously placed on the "sell" list. We are currently on vacation at the beach and I have found that the Sigma 24-135mm lens hastheperfect zoom range for shots of the kids at the beach, but I have not used this lens for the better part of a year (though my wife uses it regularly).

Before you get rid of anything I would spend some time with each lens and see if it has a niche in which it is superior to anything else in your kit. If the lens is totally eclipsed by other lenses, than sell it. But if it has its niche and you get rid of it, you will probably find a need for it three days after you sell it.


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