Little piece on lenses

paul stenquist pnstenquist at
Sat Oct 17 18:10:33 EDT 2009

I never owned a zoom until a few years ago. For my first 30 years of  
photography, I got by with primes. Now I rarely use a prime. The new  
Pentax zooms are just too good and too fast to be ignored. With the  
12-24, 16-50, 50-135, and 60-250, I'm prepared for almost anything. I  
still use the FA 50/`1.4 from time to time in extremely low light, the  
Vivitar Series 1 90/2.5 for macro,  and the A 400/5.6 for reach, but  
the zooms are my most used lenses by far.
On Oct 17, 2009, at 5:53 PM, John Francis wrote:

> On Sat, Oct 17, 2009 at 01:58:59PM -0700, Larry Colen wrote:
>> I followed your link to and was amused by:
>> < 
>>  >
>> aka:
>> I think that I'm about 10% Purist, 70% Prime Fetishist and 20%
>> Lugger. Though I am willing to concede that there are some zooms as
>> sharp and fast as the primes available in the lengths that they
>> cover, such as the 16-50.
> I'm "none of the above".   My everyday carry kit is the K10D with
> the 16-50 mounted, and the 50-135 in the bag.  Depending on where
> and what I'll be shooting I may supplement it with one or more of
> the AF-540, the DA 10-17, and the old A50/1.4.  I've got a lot of
> other glass to pick from, but that stays at home unless there's a
> reason to throw it in the trunk.
> I've always used zooms, mostly because for a lot of what I did
> changing composition by moving shooting position just wasn't an
> option.  But Pentax have some great zooms; my workhorse lens for
> motorsports was the 80-200, and for long range there's the 250-600.
> Occasionally I do carry just camera and one lens, but it's rarely
> a prime.  Nowadays it's usually the 18-55 kit lens (on the *istD),
> but in the recent past it's been the 28-105 on the AF bodies,
> while thirty years ago it was the old M80-200 on the MX. So while
> today that puts me close to the "Kit Zoomer", I do at least check
> what shutter speed and/or aperture is selected, even if I do shoot
> a lot of the time in (hyper-)program.  And I'm not surprised to
> find that this often results in acceptably sharp and well-exposed
> photographs - experience leads me to trust the equipment I use.
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