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05-12-2010, 07:35 AM   #1
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Which FA Limited First.....

I'm preparing my first dive into the FA limited world shortly, and was wondering which of the three I should get first.

I already own a DA 40mm, which I love! So perhaps the 43mm Ltd will have to wait, unless someone can give me a great reason to switch...

I'm currently leaning toward the FA 77mm but I want to know what everyone else thinks.

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What do you want to use them for? I ask because that would dictate the direction I would be leaning. I think the obvious answer would be the FA31 because, it isn't going to get any less expensive. That is, if you are Going to buy all 3. The FA77 is a great lens but I find it kind of limited (no pun intended) in every day use.



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Get the FA 77mm to get the feel of the great FA Limiteds. Then, when funds allow buy the FA 43mm to compare the difference with DA 40mm. This will make you sell the DA 40mm (unless you can afford to keep both). Final stage is to get the 31mm Limited.
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I picked up the FA 77 first myself and have never regretted it! It's so high quality and so small that I never go anywhere without it. (I also have the DA 40 which fits nicely in my kit with the 77 because of the same filter size). The FA 77 is my favorite lens, period. I find the medium telephoto is very useful, where as I have a number of lenses that are close or overlap in the 28-50 range.

That said, I only just picked up the FA 31 and it hasn't arrived yet, so who knows, maybe my opinion will change... but I doubt it.

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FA31 first ! It covers all the needs of a "normal" lens in APS-C (focal length = 31 x 1.5 = 46.6). By some kind of mystery this is exactly the mean value of the standard accepted "normal" lens (50 mm) and of Pentax proposed "normal" lens (43 mm). Check : (50+43)/2 = 46.5 mm !
It is a lens once mounted to your camera and it can stay there for ever !
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FA77mm was my first, FA31mm gets used the most.

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QuoteOriginally posted by pkaliaf1 Quote
FA31 first ! It covers all the needs of a "normal" lens in APS-C (focal length = 31 x 1.5 = 46.6).
That was my motivation as well. I only need one fast lens and that is the one that made most sense (coming from the 135 film world).

If you don't have anything covering the focal range about 55mm, the 77mm can make sense as it offers you another focal length. That is, if you really plan to buy the whole range.

Good luck in the decision; my choice would still be the FA31 first.

PS Doesn't this fit better in the lenses subforum?

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QuoteOriginally posted by Voe Quote
Get the FA 77mm to get the feel of the great FA Limiteds. Then, when funds allow buy the FA 43mm to compare the difference with DA 40mm. This will make you sell the DA 40mm (unless you can afford to keep both). Final stage is to get the 31mm Limited.
+1 on this strategy.

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I agree with this also although in my case, I got the DA40 after I first got the FA77 followed by FA43.

The FA31 has been elusive though, and probably will be for a while.

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Get the FA 77mm to get the feel of the great FA Limiteds. Then, when funds allow buy the FA 43mm to compare the difference with DA 40mm. This will make you sell the DA 40mm (unless you can afford to keep both). Final stage is to get the 31mm Limited.
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Yea, i intended this to go into the lens forum, i must have mis-read the title

anyhow, i'm also quite intrigued by the DFA 100mm WR, how does that compare to the 77mm?
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I would start with a focal length you don't have anything close to.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Eagle_Friends Quote
Yea, i intended this to go into the lens forum, i must have mis-read the title

anyhow, i'm also quite intrigued by the DFA 100mm WR, how does that compare to the 77mm?
2 completely different lenses.

Pentax DFA 100mm f2.8 WR - a set on Flickr

FA77mm Ltd - a set on Flickr

Both provide very nice detail and color. The added bonus of the 1:1 macro on the DFA100 makes it a more specialized lens (IMO). It also lacks an Aperture ring, if that matters to you.

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2 completely different lenses.

Pentax DFA 100mm f2.8 WR - a set on Flickr

FA77mm Ltd - a set on Flickr

Both provide very nice detail and color. The added bonus of the 1:1 macro on the DFA100 makes it a more specialized lens (IMO). It also lacks an Aperture ring, if that matters to you.

I remember someone mentioning the DFA macro has a taller bigger 77mm, aesthetic wise at least if I remembered correctly. It would be nice to have 1:1 macro feature on a lens if the IQ quality is near to par with the 77mm. Just a thought
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QuoteOriginally posted by Eagle_Friends Quote
I remember someone mentioning the DFA macro has a taller bigger 77mm, aesthetic wise at least if I remembered correctly. It would be nice to have 1:1 macro feature on a lens if the IQ quality is near to par with the 77mm. Just a thought
Oh, it's more than on par. The DFA100 WR is actually a very compact lens. It's about twice the length of the FA77 and may even be slightly smaller in diameter. I suspect due in part to the lack of an aperture ring. I don't know what lenses you are familiar with or I could give you a direct compare. If you're familiar with the typical 18-55 kit lens, the DFA100f2.8 WR is smaller in actual size.

Both lenses extend the front element when focusing. The 77 has a built in hood while the 100 has a separate hood. The 77 is slightly faster in terms of f-stop. The 100 is silly sharp even at f2.8. The 77 focuses relativly fast on my current bodies. At 1:1 macro, the 100 hunts like crazy and even in some telephoto situations. The 77 lacks quick shift focusing but I find it marginally useful on the 100. Both are prone to CA, the 77 is worse than the 100. Both are controllable with proper exposure.

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I haven't tried the 31 yet, but the 43 was purchased less than a month after I bought the K10D (my first lens besides the kit). Once it arrived I never used the kit again. I even owned the 40 for a while and sold it because it didn't compare to the 43.

The 40 was really nice, but the only advantage was quick-shift, which was difficult to use due to the small size of the lens. I also bet you'll sell the 40 once you get used to the 43. My next purchase will be the 77.
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