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    How the 35mm f2? heard it quite good maybe can "replace" the 31 ltd for awhile . anyway how do you guys find thoes 15,21 or older lenses , shops like slr revo and CP dont carry them and still wondering where this Mr quek is [btw my surname is also quek].

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    Quote Originally Posted by Recoil3d View Post
    How the 35mm f2? heard it quite good maybe can "replace" the 31 ltd for awhile . anyway how do you guys find thoes 15,21 or older lenses , shops like slr revo and CP dont carry them and still wondering where this Mr quek is [btw my surname is also quek].
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    Quote Originally Posted by creampuff View Post
    If I were to do it all again and start off fresh, I'd seriously look at the following combos:

    Basic zoom option: DA 18-55 WR + DA 50-200 WR / DA 55-300
    Single zoom walkabout/travel option: DA 17-70
    Quality zoom option: DA 12-24 / DA* 16-50 + DA* 50-135 / DA* 60-250
    Single quality zoom option: DA* 16-50
    Prime only option: DA 15 or DA 21 / DA 35 Ltd Macro / DFA 100 Macro WR
    Single prime only option: DA 35 Ltd Macro / FA 35
    Money no object prime option: DA 15 / FA 31 / FA 43 / FA 77 / DFA 100 WR / DA* 300
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    Quote Originally Posted by creampuff View Post

    If I were to do it all again and start off fresh, I'd seriously look at the following combos:

    Basic zoom option: DA 18-55 WR + DA 50-200 WR / DA 55-300
    Single zoom walkabout/travel option: DA 17-70
    Quality zoom option: DA 12-24 / DA* 16-50 + DA* 50-135 / DA* 60-250
    Single quality zoom option: DA* 16-50
    Prime only option: DA 15 or DA 21 / DA 35 Ltd Macro / DFA 100 Macro WR
    Single prime only option: DA 35 Ltd Macro / FA 35
    Money no object prime option: DA 15 / FA 31 / FA 43 / FA 77 / DFA 100 WR / DA* 300

    All are AF lenses because I like to shoot fast and be able to shoot one handed ala John Woo action hero style (ie. without always having to bring the camera up to my eye to focus).
    Wow Dennis, can see that your prime combos MUST have the DA35, any reason why? I've just started another thread about my dilemma of getting this lens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brianskivvy View Post
    Wow Dennis, can see that your prime combos MUST have the DA35, any reason why? I've just started another thread about my dilemma of getting this lens.
    On the 1.5x crop, the 35mm have a standard FOV and with the macro features, it is actually a very versatile lens. During one of the monthly outing at Bugis he has desmontrated and explained to some guys why such lens are useful to have. You can check out here also for the same reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by istDeS View Post
    On the 1.5x crop, the 35mm have a standard FOV and with the macro features, it is actually a very versatile lens. During one of the monthly outing at Bugis he has desmontrated and explained to some guys why such lens are useful to have. You can check out here also for the same reason.
    Oh it seems that I've missed out that demo. I was there when he demo on the DA21 on portraits instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by creampuff View Post
    If I were to do it all again and start off fresh, I'd seriously look at the following combos:

    Basic zoom option: DA 18-55 WR + DA 50-200 WR / DA 55-300
    Single zoom walkabout/travel option: DA 17-70
    Quality zoom option: DA 12-24 / DA* 16-50 + DA* 50-135 / DA* 60-250
    Single quality zoom option: DA* 16-50
    Prime only option: DA 15 or DA 21 / DA 35 Ltd Macro / DFA 100 Macro WR
    Single prime only option: DA 35 Ltd Macro / FA 35
    Money no object prime option: DA 15 / FA 31 / FA 43 / FA 77 / DFA 100 WR / DA* 300

    All are AF lenses because I like to shoot fast and be able to shoot one handed ala John Woo action hero style (ie. without always having to bring the camera up to my eye to focus).
    Wise suggestions I went for the last option although money is a HUGE problem for me (two money-eating kids, car and house mortgages ...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brianskivvy View Post
    Wow Dennis, can see that your prime combos MUST have the DA35, any reason why? I've just started another thread about my dilemma of getting this lens.
    Like istDes said... VERSATILITY... one lens that can shoot both subjects in the distance and a close-up the next and everything in between. So if you're doing a walkabout/travel/street you can shoot the general scene one moment and get up close to say a shop window/flower/plate of food or anything/anyone that you see and shoot with the same lens. As the angle of view is wider, just move your shooting position a little and you change the composition. Forces you to get closer and allows you to fill the frame, which is a great tip to improving your shots. Plus it's got Quick Shift, which I like a lot...
    Last edited by creampuff; 20th April 2010 at 12:09 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Recoil3d View Post
    I removed the locking pin on my adapter so when i twist the lens the adapter comes off with it ... but my lenses used with the adapter dosent face up so it a real pain to change apertures[need to turn the camera to see it] . Also want to sell my vivitar 35mm f2.8 as i hardly use it ,glass clean with a few dust inside , the focus throw for this lens is almost 360 degrees ! the "space" that cannot be turn to is only about 3/4 cm , good for manual focus ?
    Yes, it doesn't jive, and may eventually put you off the whole experience of using other prime lenses. I use M42 mounts in 3 ways :
    1. As a 1 lens walkabout (ie. 28mm, 35mm, 50mm)
    2. Alternative mount option (in which I will take all M42s and leave on the adapter on the camera)
    3. As a supplement that is used less often (landscape or tele)

    I've no experience with the Vivitar 35/2.8 but I have a Vivitar 28/2 which is rather good. I'd suggest you keep it and practice more with it before making a decision.

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    guys....since we r on the topic of lenses under $500.....
    i hv the dual kit lens when i bought the k-x. 18-55mm & 55-200mm.
    now having some itchy backside syndrome......what would a reasonable prime lens to look at? i do mostly portraits.....i suck at landscape. dunno why.....i cant seem to frame it properly to my liking.....

    should i consider the pentax 50mm 1.4 or a 100mm prime?

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    Quote Originally Posted by af2373 View Post
    guys....since we r on the topic of lenses under $500.....
    i hv the dual kit lens when i bought the k-x. 18-55mm & 55-200mm.
    now having some itchy backside syndrome......what would a reasonable prime lens to look at? i do mostly portraits.....i suck at landscape. dunno why.....i cant seem to frame it properly to my liking.....

    should i consider the pentax 50mm 1.4 or a 100mm prime?
    I too do portraits and Candids. Here are some ideas . . .

    DA*16-50mm F2.8
    DA 70mm F2.4
    DA 40mm F2.8
    FA*85mm F1.4
    FA 77mm F1.8 Limited
    FA 43mm F1.9 Limited
    FA 50mm F1.4
    A 50mm F1.2
    A 50mm F1.4

    A*135mm F1.8
    K 135mm F2.5
    K85mm F1.8

    and many many more . . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by af2373 View Post
    guys....since we r on the topic of lenses under $500.....
    what would a reasonable prime lens to look at? i do mostly portraits.....i suck at landscape. dunno why.....i cant seem to frame it properly to my liking.....

    should i consider the pentax 50mm 1.4 or a 100mm prime?
    Quote Originally Posted by felixcat8888 View Post
    I too do portraits and Candids. Here are some ideas . . .

    DA*16-50mm F2.8
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    K85mm F1.8

    and many many more . . .
    Below $500 lah bro..

    The cheap 50mm manual lenses are good enough, but if you want AF, there's only the FA50 left. (the FA35 went >$500 I think) But even the 50-200mm kit lens is commendable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by felixcat8888 View Post
    I too do portraits and Candids. Here are some ideas . . .

    DA*16-50mm F2.8
    DA 70mm F2.4
    DA 40mm F2.8
    FA*85mm F1.4
    FA 77mm F1.8 Limited
    FA 43mm F1.9 Limited
    FA 50mm F1.4
    A 50mm F1.2
    A 50mm F1.4

    A*135mm F1.8
    K 135mm F2.5
    K85mm F1.8

    and many many more . . .
    Wow !! You have these all lens ? I imagine that yr house is the "Pentax Museum" ...

    Btw , which of these lens ( portraits and Candids ) is the best of all and which one is the budget lens ?

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    Hi all the shifus..
    OT abit..
    I got the DA 70mm ltd already but now lusting for the FA 77mm.
    Would my DA 70mm be redundant if i got the FA 77mm?
    Thank you.
    K5, Tam 17-50, DA 50-200, FA 31, DA 70, DA 14

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    Quote Originally Posted by felixcat8888 View Post
    I too do portraits and Candids. Here are some ideas . . .

    DA*16-50mm F2.8
    DA 70mm F2.4
    DA 40mm F2.8
    FA*85mm F1.4
    FA 77mm F1.8 Limited
    FA 43mm F1.9 Limited
    FA 50mm F1.4
    A 50mm F1.2
    A 50mm F1.4

    A*135mm F1.8
    K 135mm F2.5
    K85mm F1.8

    and many many more . . .

    errr......to hv them i think i would need 500 $500

    too much poison to digest......
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    Quote Originally Posted by Baracus View Post
    Below $500 lah bro..

    The cheap 50mm manual lenses are good enough, but if you want AF, there's only the FA50 left. (the FA35 went >$500 I think) But even the 50-200mm kit lens is commendable.
    the FA 50mm f1.4 has been out of stock for ages! its so frustrating!

    i guess if there's an urgent need, the sigma 30mm f1.4 is a viable alternative as it is currently in stock... its more than $500 though...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nanoo View Post
    Hi all the shifus..
    OT abit..
    I got the DA 70mm ltd already but now lusting for the FA 77mm.
    Would my DA 70mm be redundant if i got the FA 77mm?
    Thank you.
    Yes. It can get redundant but I am still keeping the 70. Well, sentimental reasons...
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    Quote Originally Posted by af2373 View Post
    guys....since we r on the topic of lenses under $500.....
    i hv the dual kit lens when i bought the k-x. 18-55mm & 55-200mm.
    now having some itchy backside syndrome......what would a reasonable prime lens to look at? i do mostly portraits.....i suck at landscape. dunno why.....i cant seem to frame it properly to my liking.....

    should i consider the pentax 50mm 1.4 or a 100mm prime?

    Can't do landscape? Read up more about it.
    Or... let the helpful ppl in C&C the knowledge into you

    Portrait lens (in the traditional FLs) and under $500?
    1. Any 50mm (the most value for money, good performing, all round lens)
    2. M85/2 (it will give a 77ltd a run for its $$)
    3. SMC K135/2.5 (mainly outdoors)

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    Quote Originally Posted by scorpioh View Post
    Yes. It can get redundant but I am still keeping the 70. Well, sentimental reasons...
    Thanks. I guess i will have to curb the lust for 77mm.
    K5, Tam 17-50, DA 50-200, FA 31, DA 70, DA 14

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