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Old Jun 4, 2012, 7:27 PM   #1
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So glad that you enjoyed the dragonfly with flowers in May! Thanks!!

Now for the June challenge...

You've heard the expression "The right tool for the right job." If the "job" is capturing the best possible digital image, of course a Pentax or Samsung DSLR is the best tool (!!). But which lens is best?

Some prefer the convenience of zoom lenses. Some say that prime lenses give higher quality images. But we each have certain lenses that we use for certain types of photos: a favorite portrait lens, the ideal lens for landscapes, our best lens for low light, etc etc.

Do you always have ALL your lenses with you? Are you ever in the midst of shooting and realize that you forgot to bring the ONE lens you really need? Do you take the photo anyway? And have you ever been pleasantly surprised with the results?

For this month's challenge, show us your best "wrong lens for the right job" photo. To make it more interesting, you might also tell us which lens you wish you had used, and which one you actually used.

Usual rules apply, taken within the last 3 months with a Pentax or Samsung D-SLRs
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Old Jun 4, 2012, 7:32 PM   #2
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Here's an example (and my entry).

Was out documenting some rare plants recently, so only brought along the DA 35 macro. A fine lens for plant portraits, but not the best for wildlife. Yes, it's a macro, but you have to get VERY CLOSE!

Noticed this fine Black Snake, and was wishing I had brought a longer lens - at least the Sigma 105 macro, or, better yet, the Tamron 90 plus 2X TC.

Took some photos anyway (snake just about licked the front of the lens!), and this one came out much better than I had expected.
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Old Jun 4, 2012, 8:30 PM   #3
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Okay, this is NOT an entry because it was shot a long time ago, but it fits the theme so it may make a good example for others. This should have been shot with a macro lens such as my old M 100mm f4 BUT it was shot with an FA 100-300mm f4.7-5.8 on a DL. Shot through a window from inside the house at 300mm and the minimum focus distance and wide open. All of the worst case situations for this lens, and look at how it came out!
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My entry. I knew immediately the shot I would use. I was assigned to shoot a readers theater group and arrived with my walk around Tamron 18-250, forgetting to throw my f2.8 prime in the bag. You have to make do, so I fired away in dreadful mixed lighting. Kx, ISO 4000, lots of post processing. Not bad, considering. It worked for the newspaper printing, but it sure won't win any contests. Thank goodness for the Kx great high ISO capabilities.
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Funny you should bring up this. I took this picture (also posted elsewhere) when I was in Colorado. I had the DA*50-135 on the camera and we were heading back to Estes Park. We spotted some elk through the falling snow, so I grabbed a shot quickly before changing lenses to the DA*300. I had planned on deleting this picture when I downloaded them, but after looking at it I kept it. It sure tells the story much better than a close-up of the elk itself.



One does not shoot wildlife with a 135mm lens!
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Old Jun 8, 2012, 8:19 AM   #6
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Shooting in the rain I took my DA 18-135 because of the weather sealing knowing it could be too short, and it was. Still I wouldn't have gotten this shot with out it. My grand son's (in red) soccer game was called after this shot.

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mtngal, your wrong lens shot is a hell of an expressive capture.
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This was a beautiful sunset and I wanted to get it all, but I had just my long lens on. Liked the red in the middle so took the shot anyway. DL 50-200, no pp which is unusual because the DL usually doesn't pick up sunsets quite this well.

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Strolling the beach in Hainan last week I had my DA*300 and had planned to look for birds, in the growth at the back of the beach, and people. I had brought my 77 Ltd and 15 Ltd too. However at the far end of the beach was a typical stormy/misty picture after/during a typhoon. Usually I take landscapes with my CZ 28mm but as that wasn't with me, since it was a grey and miserable day, I tried all of the others but liked this from the DA*300 best !

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