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Old Sep 8, 2007, 5:35 PM   #81
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Having started this madness may I now bring some rationality to it. Since receiving the FA 35mm f2 and the FA 50mm f1.4 I have pared down my normal load to those two, the Sigma 24-135mm, the M 100mm f4 macro (with the hollowed-out Takumar converter as an extension tube)and the F 100-300mm f4.5-5.6. All SMC except for the Sigma of course. The F zoom is also the same "style" as the FA primes.

As for my "favoured" lens, the Sigma is still the walk-about winner but I find myself using the 35mm f2 more often all the time, it is so sharp, offers good DOF control and is a joy in low light. Combine that with the fact that I always liked a fast 50 on my film camera (the old Pentax M 50mm f1.7 and the Minolta Maxxum 50mm f1.7 lenses were always my favourites) this 35 is so close to the same field of view and maximum aperture that it is a natural replacement for the APS sensor DSLR.

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Old Nov 21, 2007, 1:55 PM   #82
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Alone at home for the evening and a bit bored an a bit ill (tic fever, the knowitalls say, going to see doc tomorrow), I started picking amongst my gear and ended arranging it on the kitchen table to take this shot. So to do something with the picture I bump this thread. Also for our newcomers who haven't seen it before.

I think I am approaching the end of the LBA avenue, since what I want but not have are in the 1000–2000 USD range (A*/FA* 200 mm Macro, A*/F*/FA* 300 mm, maybe an extreme WA ~10mm when such a lens is in the market). In the picture are those things I actually use, at least occasionally. DS body with DA16-45mm lens, A*600mm 5.6, A*200mm 2.8, A*85mm 1.4, FA50mm 1.4, FA35 2.0, FA28mm 2.8, M100mm 4.0 Macro, M28mm 3.5 Shift, F28-80mm 3.5-4.5 (not smc), 2XF70-210 4-5.6, Rear Converter A 2XS, AF Converter 1.7, Bellows A, Extension tubes (Vivitar!), 2XAF280T flashes and a cord.

I think I'll settle with this for a long time, except a new body every 3–4 years.

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Old Nov 21, 2007, 2:24 PM   #83
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Alone at home for the evening and a bit bored an a bit ill (tic fever, the knowitalls say, going to see doc tomorrow), I started picking amongst my gear and ended arranging it on the kitchen table to take this shot. So to do something with the picture I bump this thread. Also for our newcomers who haven't seen it before.
Kjell, I wish you hadn't done that, it is so hard to clean drool out of a laptop keyboard.

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Old Nov 21, 2007, 3:18 PM   #84
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Kjell

I am sorry to hear that you are not feeling well. I HOPE that by Tick fever, you do Not have what we here in the States call "Lyme disease". That can be very Nasty.

All i can say is Wow!!!! Nice Bunch of equipment you have there!!!!!!!!!!

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Old Nov 21, 2007, 3:32 PM   #85
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Ira's comment applies to me, too. I have such a modest collection compared to Kjell's wonderful lens collection.
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Old Nov 21, 2007, 5:57 PM   #86
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Nonsense, there's no such thing! :lol:

Have you seen images with the Kiron/Lester Dine/Vivitar 105mm macro?


Seriously, that is one impressive lineup Kjell! The A* 85mm f1.4 is one of my dream lenses, together with the FA* 80-200mm f2.8 both which I will probably not get for quite some years.



Here's my most recent lineup:

I'm liking MF more and more, as I notice now with the AF 28-70mm, most of the times I can do focussing better, and faster than the AF. (on the 3-point AF *ist DL)
I'm coming to a point where I actually prefer MF over AF, and find myself using my AF lenses in MF.

new ones in red

Cameras:

Nikon EM (film)

Panasonic FZ-3

Pentax *ist DL

Pentax K2 DMD

Lenses:

For the Nikon:
-- E-series 1.8 50mm. - Nice & sharp little lens.

-- E-series 100mm f2.8

-- a Tokina RMC 80-200mm f4. - One touch zoom, it's ok...


For the Pentax: (in order of preference)


-- Pentax SMC-A 50mm f1.7 - MF - my favourite lens...so sharp and fast...

-- Kiron 105mm f2.8 macro - MF - Legendary lens, razorsharp and even fast enough to use at concerts. (yes, I use a macro lens at concerts...)

-- Jupiter-9 85mm f2 - MF - famous M42 Russian portrait lens. Soft at f2, razor sharp at f2.8 and b e a utiful bokeh, thanks to the 15 aperture blades.

-- Tamron SP 60-300mm f3.8-5.6 - MF - affordable adaptall telelens. Surprisingly sharp at 300mm, although the prime SP 300mm 5.6 is a little better, but less convenient.

-- Sigma 28-70mm f2.8 EX Aspherical - AF - Wanted a fast AF zoom. Results have been acceptable, not great, but each time I use it they do get better, so I guess it's mostly my flaws instead of the lenses.


-- DA 18-55mm f3.-5.6 - AF - Kit lens we all know

-- Tamron 28-200mm f3.8-5.6 XR (not the Di version) - AF - My travel zoom, performs well enough for it's purpose.

-- Pentacon 200mm f4 - MF- an M42 lens, surprisingly good quality. Sharp and almost no CA. Even more blades than the J-9, so bokeh is amazing. A little unhandy because of the FOV on a crop sensor and the fact that it doesn't cover the AF contacts. And that's why it doesn't get much use.

-- Pentax-A 35-135mm f3.5-4.5 - MF - Surprising results from this (at first) cheap looking zoom. It actually is sharp from f5.6 on and has very nice color rendition.

-- Ricoh Rikenon 28mm f2.8 - MF - This one was a freebie, got it from a forum member that had no use for it. Performs good, nothing special. I don't use this FOV that much.

-- Cosinon 35mm f2.8 - MF - M42, not very sharp, I like the FOV, but rarely use it because of the lower optical quality...

-- Vivitar 400mm f5.6 - MF- long lens I picked up for next to nothing. Terrible CA problems, Doesn't get much use now that I have the 60-300mm.

-- Pentacon 50mm f1.8 - MF - M42, another freebie. The aperture was a little off when I got it, repaired it myself. Results aren't spectacular. Especially since most others in this range do have good results. Only reason I still have it is because of the 0 resell value.

-- 2 set of macro extension rings, 1 K mount, 1 M42, fully manual

-- Soligor M42 2x teleconverter - horrible quality, never use it.

I throw all that in a Crumpler Shrinkle backpack, very pleased with it. For one-lens stuff I use a Lowepro Topload Zoom II.

+ A small crappy SLIK tripod and a cheap ebay monopod.

Wishlist:

- K10D + grip

- a PTTL compatible flash.


(- DA* 50-135mm f2.8 to have a wheatherproof concert-combo, but it's over my budget to spend 700 euros on a single lens now...)

- Tamron SP 80-200mm f2.8.

- A Tamron KA adaptall mount. Got a regular K-mount and a M42 now.

- maybe if I get a good oppurtunity a Pentax-A 50mm f1.4. IF I get this it'll replace the 1.7.




The K2:




The Nikon EM:



Some of my MF lenses:




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I think I am approaching the end of the LBA avenue,
Tom said it well: "Nonsense! There's no such thing! :lol: although my wife would disagree. She has decided that I am cured of the LBA.....so I set up a separate checking account for lenses, lol.

I never figured I would wind up with so many lenses in such a short time (since May) but I took a shot of my AF lenses for a challenge (More Bars) in the Biweekly Challenge forum, and they're shown below.

AF: (from left) FA-50, 18-55 kit lens, Vivitar Series 1 28-200, Tamron 70-300, Phoenix (Cosina) 100-400. I also have a Sigma 28-200...going to give either the Vivitar or the Sigma to my son for his K100...haven't decided which.

MF: Vivitar Series 1 35-85, Series 1 70-210, Takuar 135 f.2.5, Takumar 135 f2.8

TC: Cheap no brand 2.0X that is garbage and a Sony HGD-1750 1.7X that is a front end converter with 58mm threads that I bought for my Fuji (really nice converter, by the way...have also used it successfully on the end of my Tamron with a 58-62 adapter ring)

Cameras: Pentax Optio S50, Fujifilm S6000fd, Pentax K10d

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I think I am approaching the end of the LBA avenue, since what I want but not have are in the 1000–2000 USD range (A*/FA* 200 mm Macro, A*/F*/FA* 300 mm, maybe an extreme WA ~10mm when such a lens is in the market). In the picture are those things I actually use, at least occasionally. DS body with DA16-45mm lens, A*600mm 5.6, A*200mm 2.8, A*85mm 1.4, FA50mm 1.4, FA35 2.0, FA28mm 2.8, M100mm 4.0 Macro, M28mm 3.5 Shift, F28-80mm 3.5-4.5 (not smc), 2XF70-210 4-5.6, Rear Converter A 2XS, AF Converter 1.7, Bellows A, Extension tubes (Vivitar!), 2XAF280T flashes and a cord.

I think I'll settle with this for a long time, except a new body every 3–4 years.

Kjell*
Kjell,

Gee I know a fellow in Toronto who has a pristine A*200mm F4 macro. He is no longer my friend as I cannot deal with the temptation particularly when he has just switched to the dark side. One of it went for US$2200 a month ago in Henry , Toronto after 16 bids I believe.

Anyway this is my tiny list: SP1000, SF1 ,K100D & DL, Zenitar 16mm 2.8, Sigma 24-60mmF2.8 EX DG, FA28mm F2.8, F 50mm F1.7, FA100mm 2.8 Macro, FA135mm 2.8 , A* 300mm F4, Kenko 1.5X, Sigma 500ST & AF360 Flash , Manfrotto 680B Monopod & 234RC head

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I am definitely going to have to take a picture of my complete collection, modest though it is compared with some of these. It is cool seeing these impressive lineups. Here is the only recent picture of my "regular" kit (the FA50, on camera, the Sigma 24-135, the FA35 and the F100-300). I have metal lens hoods on all of my regular lenses now.





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Old Nov 22, 2007, 7:41 AM   #90
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Hey, looks like the thread is sort of reborn! Nice, keep on everyone.

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Nonsense, there's no such thing! :lol:
Tom: I'm not there yet, just approaching. Who the h*ck is in a hurry?:-)


This is what I got as a memory from Africa:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/en...indexed=google

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