18 – G.A.S.

The past few weeks, I have been suffering from GAS – Gear Acquisition Syndrome – which has kept my Pentax kit in a state of constant flux.

Anyway, it all started when I sold the DA* 16-50/2.8, which left me with just a single DA 50/1.8 lens. The proceeds from that sale went to purchase a DA 10-17/3.5-4.5 zoom, which went with me on a business trip to France.

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I have owned a fisheye lens in every format, and sure enough, once the honeymoon is over, the marriage doesn’t last. I mean, it did take amazing shots up close to capture a lot of context:

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But at the end of the day, a fisheye zoom isn’t really all that useful.

While I was in France, having only an uber-wide lens and a short telephoto had me yearning for a convenient ‘do-it-all’ lens, so I picked up a Tamron 18-200/3.5-6.3 superzoom lens (amazingly cheap from Adorama’s used photo department). This lens, when used properly, can yield some really good shots, especially from far away.

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Obviously, all of these taken indoors, but processed in-camera with the K3’s B&W filters. I’m really digging the look the filter provides.

Anyway, what I was really missing was a macro lens which provided 1:1 magnification. I had been using the DA 50/1.8 with the Raynox DCR-250 attached for a quasi-macro. I even tried the Raynox with the Tamron 18-200, at the long end, and that yielded some ok results.

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But a deal for a Sigma 50/2.8 macro lens showed up on KEH’s eBay outlet store, so I picked that up…and once again, I have a 1:1 macro lens at around 75mm FoV (similar to my favorite ZD 35/3.5 macro). With screw-drive focusing, the Sigma lens focuses FAST…and thanks to a focus limiter switch, even faster when using the lens for non-macro use.

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Yes, we went to the OC International Auto Show today…and unfortunately, the new Mazda MX-5 RF was behind a velvet rope and was off-limits…but I was ogling it and totally drooling uncontrollably.

Anyway, the Sigma 50/2.8 is also an awesome macro lens:

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Obligatory selfies – the bottom one taken by my daughter with the ring light (the catch light perfectly lines up with my iris).

I haven’t finished suffering from GAS yet. I have the DA 35/2.4 inbound. It should arrive sometime next week.

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