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    Posted: 22 January 2021 at 01:02
Do you ever reach that point where you think your lens line-up can't really be improved upon for what you shoot?

After selling (most) of a nice collection of G and classic Minolta lenses, and getting into the E-mount, my enthusiasm for searching for 2nd hand bargains and sales in camera stores has waned to mild curiousity. Nothing really interests me.

I did reach that with my A-mount lineup but it took a lot longer (and even then, would have probably been happy to upgrade the 300/4 G for a 400/4.5 or 300/2.8).

This time, it's happened a lot faster. The sudden loss of GAS is ... intriguing
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Post Options Post Options   Quote LAbernethy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 January 2021 at 02:36
That's not really surprising. You've been there and done that. You know where you want go and how to get there. I still have an extensive collections of lenses where I really only use 4 or 5 regularly. The rest were buy to try and side by side comparisons to see which delivered. If the whole lot burned down tomorrow I could settle on 1 body and 5 lenses pretty quickly.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote mambo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 January 2021 at 02:49
I do envy you. Congrats on this achievement.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Wētāpunga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 January 2021 at 03:24
@LAbernethy- very good points. I had a much better idea of what I needed for the subjects I photographed this time round, than when I got into DSLR photography in 2007. Knowing exactly what attributes I wanted the lenses to have, made it easier to select lenses.

a7riii- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jonas A-R Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 January 2021 at 08:05
No, I don’t think I’ll ever reach this point. Although I do try to keep the collection manageable by selling off lenses when I crave a new one
The new 35GM looks pretty sweet to me
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We can help you in getting your GAS at a proper level, if you want to
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oooooh, a "my lens line-up is complete" thread

Congrats - and yes, this is a lovely feeling. One I've felt temporarily (1-2 years) - and also 'on paper' - a few times. Also one that I've strived for many many more times.

I could design a 3-4-5 lens line-up today that I'm sure I'd be very happy with. For a few years. My ultimate goal is to find a 1-2 camera and 1-3 lens solution that fits my needs in the very long term. Then you kinda forgot about the kit and get on with shooting/editing.

My ultimate goal would be to have one lens for the street and one for the studio. I have ideas already for which would be suitable.

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Originally posted by Wētāpunga Wētāpunga wrote:

Do you ever reach that point where you think your lens line-up can't really be improved upon for what you shoot?


Yes and no. Or rather, no and yes.
I have way too many lenses and multiple examples which meet every (A-mount) need, so after moving to E-mount APS-C and getting some more, I'm moving to FE to avoid the hellish 'lens collection complete' prospect. Phew!

Part of the trouble is that I tend to go to the same places a lot, so I need a change of lens to make photographic trips enjoyable...
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I'm there with two different systems.

Empirical evidence suggests it will be short-lived.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Wētāpunga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 January 2021 at 05:21
@mambo It does seem an odd feeling. It helped I think I knew I wanted to prioritise my landscape collection, whilst keeping open options for macro, and events/portraits. The Zeiss Loxias are really hard to beat for landscapes so a set of those kills off any yearning for going to the next level.

@Jonas A-R You've got a nice set of lenses, I guess you know though what you want to try that new. The options we have now, compared to when I got my a100, are vastly different. We had for example, just 3 Zeiss lenses then.

@addy landzaat Unless Zeiss makes a 135mm Loxia I think my GAS is pretty sated...

@dCap It does seem to help having a much clearer idea of what I want to photograph. I think also, that years of travel photography and a lot more experience, has made me appreciate you don't need a lens for all eventualities. Often it is just figuring out how to take a good photo with what you've got.

@Miranda F - ah, yes, you have a very clever strategy to escape ever owning enough lenses. Looking forward to seeing how you make out with your FE lineup

@Brownie - I'm willing to concede that if something turns up at a bargain price I might still add to the lineup. Maybe a Loxia 25mm or a Batis 135mm. But I'm not really actively looking and the price would have to be very...persuasive
a7riii- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF
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A fascinating discussion, and most interesting to read.
In my earliest days of 35mm SLR photography and for many, many decades I was more than happy with a kit comprising a 'standard' 50mm prime, a 28mm wide angle prime, and a medium 70-200mm tele-zoom.
Over more recent times, at the height of my professional career, I did expand into specialist lenses including 100mm macro, a couple of 'walkabout' 24-70mm and 16-35mm zooms, a longer reach 70-400mm zoom for wildlife, a 500mm mirror lens, a 15mm fisheye and a big 300mm prime. Then most recently medium tele 85mm and 135mm primes for portraiture and their beautiful bokeh, and finally the specialist manual 24mm tilt/shift for its creative focal effects and for architecture.
I feel I could rationalise down to a much smaller core collection, but there are occasions when any one or more of these lenses is the best fit for purpose tool for a particular shoot, and their second hand value isn't any incentive to sell off.
During various Dyxum competitions and challenges some less often used combinations come out of hiding and provide me with the pleasure of using them to best effect.
All a-mount, and with a new LA-EA5 adaptor on order I have the future proof insurance of being able to segue these lenses onto a future e-mount camera when/if my a-mount cameras die.
So I think I can safely say my lens contentment stage is well and truly reached.
Not that I don't get the odd twinges when I see what the best and newest e-mount (eg 200-600mm) lenses are capable of, but those are not too hard to subdue.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 January 2021 at 08:22
Originally posted by Wētāpunga Wētāpunga wrote:

@addy landzaat Unless Zeiss makes a 135mm Loxia I think my GAS is pretty sated...

Originally posted by Wētāpunga Wētāpunga wrote:

@Brownie - I'm willing to concede that if something turns up at a bargain price I might still add to the lineup. Maybe a Loxia 25mm or a Batis 135mm. But I'm not really actively looking and the price would have to be very...persuasive

It sounds we can cure you from your contentment. That Batis 135/2.8 is a must have lens. Looking at your line-up, there is a HUGE gap around 135mm. Yes, the voigtländer is close, but it is not 135mm and it is not a Zeiss. You NEED a lens with the Zeiss-look in this focalrange. Also, the Zeiss is MUCH lighter, about 25%. Your contentment is ill advised! Do not fall for it!

And whatever you do, do not read the remarks on the Batis 135mm in the Voigtländer 110mm review.




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Back in a previous (and unknown to me) system I considered getting all of the native AF primes. Fujifilm's own 14mm through 56mm ... I was considering hunting them all down used and getting them all. One at a time. Using each lens either solo for 3 months before swapping out to the next one. Reselling each time to fund the next example. Using the used market to replace each one.

As part challenge and part experience. It is something I considered doing a few times. Same too in Panasonic. Having already tried most of the Olympus primes (not the 1.2s). It helps that I don't need/want anything longer than a '50mm'.

Thankfully I crossed this idea out as just silly. It is part of the search for one focal length. In reality I think I need two. And matching pairs of lenses is a lot more interesting to me (e.g. 28mm & 50mm macro ... or 20mm and 35mm).

I'd still prefer to get to just one long term lens. Longest I've done this is 12 months owning just one lens and nothing else (a '24-70' zoom back in 2019). As a big prime fan it was fun to have a zoom. For a year.
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Originally posted by Wētāpunga Wētāpunga wrote:


@Jonas A-R You've got a nice set of lenses, I guess you know though what you want to try that new. The options we have now, compared to when I got my a100, are vastly different. We had for example, just 3 Zeiss lenses then.


I know! A bit obsesssive and not really needed in any way.
But, it brings be joy and I have been fortunate to be able to afford them.
It got started when I purchased the a700 kit and soon stumbled on a 50/1.7 and the beercan very cheaply. I was hooked
I think the days are over with new Zeiss branded lenses btw. Not really needed anymore.
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