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    So far I'm trying to figure out what I really need and have been establishing it each time I go on a photograhic session with the family.
    Was wondering, if you can choose 3 final lenses for your camera, which would they be?
    Give some explanation as to why you made that choice.

    1. Between 24-28mm and between F/1.4 to f/2.8 (prime lens with the P&S view for general use) Still deciding!
    2. Tamron 18-250mm (Best compromise of wide angle and high zoom) - more zoom than my current sigma 18-200!
    3. Sigma 18-50 F/2.8 (small kit lens for when zoom not critical)

    What about your ideal trio?

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    @Alvin

    How much did you got your Tamron 18-250mm ! that is all in one lens!

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    @TrailSeeker (Alvin)

    Huh, I'm confused again If you are referring to me (username alvinsclee), then I must clarify that I do not own any Tamron zoom lens. The Pentax kit lens 18-55mm is currently my ONLY zoom lens.

    If you are referring to airconvent, his name is not Alvin. Airconvent and Alvinsclee are two different persons, and we have met in person a number of times too Nice chap!

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    Quote Originally Posted by airconvent View Post
    So far I'm trying to figure out what I really need and have been establishing it each time I go on a photograhic session with the family.
    Was wondering, if you can choose 3 final lenses for your camera, which would they be?
    Give some explanation as to why you made that choice.

    1. Between 24-28mm and between F/1.4 to f/2.8 (prime lens with the P&S view for general use) Still deciding!
    2. Tamron 18-250mm (Best compromise of wide angle and high zoom) - more zoom than my current sigma 18-200!
    3. Sigma 18-50 F/2.8 (small kit lens for when zoom not critical)

    What about your ideal trio?
    U already hav 50 f/1.4 rite?
    Keep your sigma,.

    I recommend another wide and fast prime... I'm not sure about K-mount offering, but it might be costly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alvinsclee View Post
    @TrailSeeker (Alvin)

    Huh, I'm confused again If you are referring to me (username alvinsclee), then I must clarify that I do not own any Tamron zoom lens. The Pentax kit lens 18-55mm is my ONLY zoom lens.

    If you are referring to airconvent, his name is not Alvin. Airconvent and Alvinsclee are two different persons, and we have met in person a number of times too Nice chap!

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    haha...thanks alvin. a coincidence both our engines powered by astronomy and photography also! .
    Actually I have the Sigma 18-200. Purchased for around $700+. That was before the 18-250 came out. Dnaxe told me he was thinking of getting that lens as it is 50mm longer than the 18-200, yielding a magnification of x14 as compared with x11 for my 18-200.
    That's even higher than my PNS lumix FZ7 @ x12 and both have image stablisation too!

    yes cyrn, I also have the 50mm f/1.4 but looking at another wider prime lens for more general use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by airconvent View Post

    yes cyrn, I also have the 50mm f/1.4 but looking at another wider prime lens for more general use.
    Image Quality would suffer more if you switch to that 14x lens. 24mm or 35mm for "standard" wide. Have you considered 17mm or wider primes?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CYRN View Post
    Image Quality would suffer more if you switch to that 14x lens. 24mm or 35mm for "standard" wide. Have you considered 17mm or wider primes?
    I think 17mm would have been the techncial limit before the views become a "fish eye" view?

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    Quote Originally Posted by airconvent View Post
    I think 17mm would have been the techncial limit before the views become a "fish eye" view?
    The limit is probably lower. Pentax has DA 14mm f2.8, K/A 15mm f3.5. There is 12mm f5.6, I think from Nikon and Voigtlander, all non-fisheye.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CY_OH View Post
    The limit is probably lower. Pentax has DA 14mm f2.8, K/A 15mm f3.5. There is 12mm f5.6, I think from Nikon and Voigtlander, all non-fisheye.
    I'm not surprised. Do you know Pentax makes very good telescope eyepieces and they are compared to Televue ones? But back to topic, I think 12-14mm would have been too wide for normal use. More like for wedding dinners?

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    Walkabout Lens: Sigma 18-50 F/2.8 Macro or Sigma 17-70 F/2.8-4.5 Macro
    Zoom Lens: Sigma 70-200 F/2.8 Macro
    Wide Angle Lens: Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6


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    Quote Originally Posted by airconvent View Post
    I'm not surprised. Do you know Pentax makes very good telescope eyepieces and they are compared to Televue ones? But back to topic, I think 12-14mm would have been too wide for normal use. More like for wedding dinners?
    Haha... don't tempt me to buy more telescopes / eyepieces... We are strong Pentax supporters, aren't we?

    Due to 1.5x crop factor, even a 16mm fish eye lens will lose its effect somewhat. For really fish eye effect, we need to go below 12mm. I just bought a new Peleng 8mm FE lens (M42 version) from another CSer called "ullyss" (nice seller )... wonderful lens for ultra-wide perspective (some cropping may be necessary for balance between fisheye distortion and good composition).
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    Quote Originally Posted by alvinsclee View Post
    Haha... don't tempt me to buy more telescopes / eyepieces... We are strong Pentax supporters, aren't we?

    Due to 1.5x crop factor, even a 16mm fish eye lens will lose its effect somewhat. For really fish eye effect, we need to go below 12mm. I just bought a new Peleng 8mm FE lens (M42 version) from another CSer called "ullyss" (nice seller )... wonderful lens for ultra-wide perspective (some cropping may be necessary for balance between fisheye distortion and good composition).
    Hi Alvin
    That is why must tempt you to make you more pentax-embedded..
    For example, this precious Pentax baby... http://www.singastro.org/viewtopic.php?t=4307
    Maybe you can try it on the WO66...once the clouds clear.

    As for the wide view. Its ironical that people want great optics and yet now they will pay through their noses for a distorted view! But the fish eye does have its atractiveness but its not something you will use all the time, so I don't think I will go for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by airconvent View Post

    What about your ideal trio?
    Given the budget

    1. DA 14
    2. Upcoming Pentax DA * 16-50/2.8
    3. Upcoming Pentax DA * 60-250/4

    No Budget

    1. DA 21/3.2 (Even this mayb slightly above budget for now)
    2. Upcoming Pentax 17-70
    3. Tamron 70-300 Di LD
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    Quote Originally Posted by phantasmal View Post
    Given the budget

    1. DA 14
    2. Upcoming Pentax DA * 16-50/2.8
    3. Upcoming Pentax DA * 60-250/4

    No Budget

    1. DA 21/3.2 (Even this mayb slightly above budget for now)
    2. Upcoming Pentax 17-70
    3. Tamron 70-300 Di LD
    anyone dare to hazard a guess how much the 16-50/2.8 will cost?
    I am trying to compare this to the Sigma 18-50 f/2.8 macro @ 850...

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    Any comments on the Sigma 18-50 f/2.8 macro vs non-macro version ?
    Besides the macro feature, are the results similar or is the marcro version much better ?
    Thanks...

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    Ideal trio:

    1. tamron 18-250 - will probably be at least as good as a kit, and for travel it's REALLY nice to have an all-in-one. (haven't got this yet, my only wide lens currently is the kit.)
    2. 50 1.4 - cheap, sharp, excellent.
    3. sigma 70-300 - for the 1:2 macro, although the focal length makes it a little painful. Also a good lens as long as there is a little direct illumination.\

    --
    The position of the 70-300, if I get the 18-250, is in doubt, but I can't think of what else I would use. The 10-17 fisheye is very tempting, but it's very very situational, and there's only one time in recent memory when it would have been excellent to have.

    The DA* 16-50 is also interesting, of course, but it's range is not so hot, and i wonder if it's quite fast enough for dim indoor situations.

    Whatever the case is, I'm not likely to change from my current setup for awhile (kit, 50, 70-300) as i've recently heard a rumour regarding (the rapidly plummeting cost of) full frame sensors, and until that is demonstrably wrong (when the D2X and/or D200 sucessor is released), I'll probably be able to persuade myself that additional lenses are unnecessary.

    TBH, even the kit is pretty sharp as long as there is sufficient light.

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