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Old Oct 16, 2010, 11:40 PM   #11
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My Pentax 12-24mm lives on my K10D.

On my KM...it's more of a selection...most common are my 55-300 and 10-17 Fisheye...then the 16-45mm.

Although I find my 50mm Macro F 2.8 is becoming increasingly used.
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Old Oct 17, 2010, 2:21 AM   #12
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Probably no surprise that my choices are quite different than most. The FA* 300/4.5 and Sigma EX 180 f3.5 Macro, both with F 1.7x AFAs are the lenses that get the most camera time.

If I'm strictly birding, it's the FA*300/2.8 + one or more TCs on the tripod, and another body with the FA* 300/4.5 with or without the 1.7x AFA on another body, handheld.

For general photography, walking around, the DA 18-250 f3.5-6.3 is hard to beat, but I can get a little more lens speed in a small two lens set with the Sigma 17-70 f2.8-4.5 and the DA 50-200, and I always seem to find a pocket to keep the DA 10-14 FE in.

For events, it's the Tamron 28-75 f2.8, FA 50 f1.4, and the DA* 50-135 f2.8 plus the AF 540 FGZ flash, and for the zoo, I'll usually grab the Sigma 17-70, Tokina 80-200 f2.8 AT-X Pro AF 2, and D FA 100 f2.8 Macro.

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Old Oct 17, 2010, 9:10 PM   #13
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Because my Tokina 80-400 is physically the longest lens I own, in order to carry it in my backpack it is always on my K-7 when I take it out of my bag. For this reason it gets a lot of use. I also like to take wildlife photos and it is my go to lens for that type of shooting. I also feel I have a good copy of the lens.

The lens that gets the most use is the Tamron 18-250. This lens when I travel is always on the camera and can be coupled with my Tamron 1.4 TC for longer reach when necessary so it gives me a lot of range with little to carry. Image quality although not as fine as a prime is fine for my needs.

My recently acquired Sigma 10-20 is now seeing more and more use. It is my go to lens for architecture and landscapes.

The only low light lens I have is the SMC A 50mm 1.7. I use this and the DA 18-50 for IR with my K100D and a Hoya R72 filter. I also use it for shooting indoors in situations where flash is not allowed. I can also expand its focal length with the 1.4 TC.

I have recently begun keeping my K100D and the two kit lenses in a small Tamrac bag in whatever vehicle I am using so that I will not be caught without a camera for those rare moments when I see something and want to capture it.

My Viv 100mm 2.8 macro is a lens that I only put in my bag when I know I am going to shoot macro.

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Old Oct 18, 2010, 12:12 AM   #14
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i swap between my da*300mm f4 and the 10-17 fisheye
and i seem to tailor my shooting to those lenses
i dont have a macro (still) so i use my Pentax 80-320 with a glassless 2x convertor if i need one
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Old Oct 18, 2010, 6:47 AM   #15
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Lately it seems that my Pentax A 35-105 F3.5 has been on the K-M more than any other lens, unless I'm out on a specific "mission" for a specific subject...
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I've got the habbit to make a comparison on what lens I use most and what I would want to change.

For this year the ratio is.
  • 48% tamron diII 18-200
  • 21% kiron 105mm
  • 17% sigma 10-20mm
  • 06% pentax smc 50mmx
  • 05% sigma 100-300 f4 ex
  • 03% (the rest)
The rest are some oldies that I really need to sell because they only take up space.

Last years the ratio have changed a bit but never enough to get the 18-200 of it's first place. So I've been searching for an upgrade and the new Pentax 18-135 lens is a great contender, especially because I might get it in a kit with the k-5.
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Old Oct 18, 2010, 4:48 PM   #17
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The lens that I use the most is the Sigma 24-135mm f2.8-4.5 that I bought way back when I got my *istDL. Been a pretty decent lens with a nice zoom range and a pretty nice wide angle for the amount that I paid for it. Hasn't failed me yet. It's a heavy beast. My 55-300mm also gets a good amount of usage if I am shooting action from a distance like the auto races. I've broken out my A 50mm F2 every once in a while as well.
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The lens that I use the most is the Sigma 24-135mm f2.8-4.5 that I bought way back when I got my *istDL. Been a pretty decent lens with a nice zoom range and a pretty nice wide angle for the amount that I paid for it. Hasn't failed me yet. It's a heavy beast. My 55-300mm also gets a good amount of usage if I am shooting action from a distance like the auto races. I've broken out my A 50mm F2 every once in a while as well.
I also have the Sigma 24-135mm f2.8-4.5 but I don't have it with me. I bought my new when I had the DL as well. I still use it whenever I don't want to change lenses much. Despite its size and zoom creep it is an excellent lens.
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Probably 75% or more of my photos are taken with the DA 16-45 f/4. The second most frequently used lens is probably the Sigma 70-300 APO DG, but I recently bought a used copy of the SMC 28-105 f/4-5.6, and I'm really liking that lens. There's a good chance that it will soon surpass the Sigma.
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I'm another one with the Sigma 24-135mm. It spends more time on my *istD than anything else. Mine will creep, but not from the 24mm position. I can carry it lens down at that focal length without it moving. Tends to flare a bit when shooting into the sun. Beautiful bokeh, due mostly to the 9 leaf iris.

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