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05-16-2010, 08:31 AM   #16
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I bought the DA 40 strictly for its size. I already had an FA 35 and FA 50, so the FL was not a factor, nor was IQ which is great in all three.

The size of the K-x cries out for a pancake lens, and the the excellent high ISO performance makes up for the 40mm's marginal 2.8 aperture. I convinced myself that having all three lenses made sense because I keep the FA's in the main kit with the K20 and the 40mm stays with the K-x and DA 18-250. I chose the 40mm over the other DA Limited pancakes for its all-purpose focal length. In retrospect, it was the right choice.

I had had the DA 40 in online shopping carts on several occasions, but I never closed the deal because of some other priority. I pulled the trigger finally because of the Pentax Canada rebate had just ended and I had lost my opportunity. Then I saw Don's Photo was still advertising $350. I figured I'd never see that price again, so I bit.

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I do love my DA 70 to bits... tempted to get the 40 even though i dont really care for the focal length.
How's this for DOF and sharpness motivation:



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05-16-2010, 02:34 PM   #18
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Its reviews have been read 41,305 times- that's several thousand more than those of the DA* 50-135mm, which I think is next in line.
Total speculation, but perhaps part of why the DA40 review has been read the most is because if you are reading reviews in an effort to try and decide what lens to buy, there's a good chance you'd read the DA40 review if you were also considering an FA35, DA35, FA43, FA50 (all popular lenses as well). The DA40 kind of sits in the sweet spot of focal lengths (and is pretty well priced) such that it would be a likely candidate when comparing against any of the mentioned lenses.
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QuoteOriginally posted by dgaies Quote
Total speculation, but perhaps part of why the DA40 review has been read the most is...
There isn't anything quite like it. Out of all my lenses...

Sigma 10~20
Sigma 17~70
Sigma 30 1.4 forthcoming
DA 40 Limited
FA 50 1.4
Tamron 90 2.8
DA 55~300

the DA 40 is the one I am most fond of.

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that is some impressive bokeh there, no double lining anywhere.That kind of background is murder on some lenses.
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There isn't anything quite like it. Out of all my lenses...

the DA 40 is the one I am most fond of.
I agree the DA40 is a fantastic lens, especially for its size and cost. I actually recently sold my DA40 after I bought the FA43 and have already have a few second thoughts about that decision.
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that is some impressive bokeh there, no double lining anywhere.That kind of background is murder on some lenses.
Yeah, I was quite impressed myself, especially considering that this was just a snapshot. It was among the first photos I took with the lens, using the *ist DS2.


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I grabbed my copy as well when the prices were a little friendlier.

What I like about the DA 40mm is the ability to focus a little closer than its siblings (the 43mm and 50mm) which gives some nice results shooting close up and a little wider.

QuoteOriginally posted by audiobomber Quote
I had had the DA 40 in online shopping carts on several occasions, but I never closed the deal because of some other priority. I pulled the trigger finally because of the Pentax Canada rebate had just ended and I had lost my opportunity. Then I saw Don's Photo was still advertising $350. I figured I'd never see that price again, so I bit.
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I grabbed my copy as well when the prices were a little friendlier.

What I like about the DA 40mm is the ability to focus a little closer than its siblings (the 43mm and 50mm) which gives some nice results shooting close up and a little wider.
I remember just over a year ago seeing it advertised for $214.

Which 50mm do you mean? The FA 50mm 1.4 has slightly better magnification (.15 vs .13X). I'm a bit frustrated with the inability to focus on a single blossom, but adding a Raynox 250 fixes it.
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I remember just over a year ago seeing it advertised for $214.

Which 50mm do you mean? The FA 50mm 1.4 has slightly better magnification (.15 vs .13X). I'm a bit frustrated with the inability to focus on a single blossom, but adding a Raynox 250 fixes it.
And nowadays you can't even find a used one for $300!
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i just sold my FA 50 to fund a Sigma 50mm got $350, which is pretty good for me :P
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DA 15 limited is becoming more and more popular, too. Many pentaxians are in urgent need of compact-size wide angle.

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My DA40s SN is 0000662.
Chose it after finding f/2.8 a decent speed, and 50mm too narrow, and other primes too pricey. Bought it used from a long-time Pentax user a couple of years ago.
I'm right behind you guys. Mine is #0018799. IIRC, I paid $325 last November.
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