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05-31-2010, 05:32 PM   #16
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I've never used the DA35, but I love my FA35 to bits. The extra stop of brightness of the FA is much more useful to me than the macro capability of the DA.

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QuoteOriginally posted by kuau Quote
Since I was not really concerned about macro performance anyways, I was looking at the corner numbers at f5.6 when comparing the 2 lenses, The FA corners are rater "excellent" where as the DA corners are rated as "very good"
Any thoughts on what the difference is?
I really can't say why the got the differences in the corner sharpness. However, the data on the DA that they show isn't bad. However, I would like to see them do another test on a different lens. I don't expect that to happen due to the time it takes to do those analyses.

The real reason I've considered getting either a FA 35mm or F 28mm is because I could use it with my MZ-3. However, I am keeping my DA 35mm. It will be the last AF lens I give up all though the 77 is very close.
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QuoteOriginally posted by kuau Quote
Thanks everyone,
well lets see, besides Adam favoring the FA 35mm everyone else feels the DA 35mm is the way to go.
Used FA's are gong for 350 and up where as the DA is $539.00 at B&H hmmm.
Ouch. :/ Too bad you weren't making this decision last year.
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OK so just to make sure, before I pull the trigger on a 35mm lens, shooting at f 5.6, the da 35mm limited should perform as well as the FA 35mm???
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QuoteOriginally posted by RBellavance Quote
I've never used the DA35, but I love my FA35 to bits. The extra stop of brightness of the FA is much more useful to me than the macro capability of the DA.
I have owned the DA35 and the macro rocked. If the working distance issue bugs you, think of it instead as "infinitely close focus" and you get some idea of its usefulness. Everything from landscapes to portraits to flowers with one lens.

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OK so just to make sure, before I pull the trigger on a 35mm lens, shooting at f 5.6, the da 35mm limited should perform as well as the FA 35mm?
Yep. But then again pretty well any lens is decently sharp at f/5.6. The DA35 has this insanely good micro-contrast and smooth rendering that doesn't tend to show up on tests but is obvious in photos. It also has a build I much prefer to the FA series.

But it is a stop slower.
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OK so just to make sure, before I pull the trigger on a 35mm lens, shooting at f 5.6, the da 35mm limited should perform as well as the FA 35mm???
Thanks
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Since your stated purpose (one of them) is landscape, this is the only shot of that type I have to offer at f5.6 with the DA35..

http://www.rolleiman.com/help/louisvilleDA35aF56.jpg

It's a nearly 10Mb file which is why I didn't embed the photo..

Not a landscape but here's one from the FA35 at f5.6. Keep in mind this dog never stops moving when the camera is out.



The only thing the FA has over the DA (IMO) is that it's a full frame lens and can be used on a film camera (or a FF digital if it ever materializes).

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I don't have any landscapes from the FA35 around f/5.6, but here are some flower shots at f/5.0 and f/6.3 taken with the FA35.

For what it's worth, I really love the FA35. Even though I recently picked up the FA31 with the intention of replacing the FA35, I still haven't been able to part with it



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wow, nice samples from the FA 35...
Such a hard decision.
500.00 for a Da 35 or
470.00 for a FA 35 .....

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I talk-up the DA 35ltd every chance I get, but I did own the FA 35 for a period of time, and it was very good also. As an indoor lens, it's hard to beat - good focal length, fast at f/2 and fully usable at that aperture.

As an outdoor lens, it has good performance at infinity and pretty good flare control.

Some shots from my time with it:


f/2.5, ISO 500:

Crop:


f/2.4, 30% crop:


f/2 wide open:


f/8:




Crop:





Of course, this is what I bought it for:





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QuoteOriginally posted by Blue Quote
My primary use for it is closeup and macro. However, I have no reservations about using it for things like this.
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This is a really great shot blue, I hadn't seen that one before...


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Thanks for posting those fa 35 mm samples
I think you asked the question I should have first asked
Performance at infinity focus which I use a lot of the time or hyper focus which is usually close to infinity at f5.6-8
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QuoteOriginally posted by kuau Quote
Such a hard decision.
500.00 for a Da 35 or
470.00 for a FA 35 .....
Is that the difference? Jeez, man, just buy the DA35. If the FA35 was half the price I'd consider it instead, but not at those prices.

(Personally I dislike 35mm on APS-C, so I now own neither.)
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The DA 35 price was inflated too much, considering that it is still in production. It used to be less than $400. I guess it will drop back to its true value, which should be around $350.

The FA 35 price was increased, too. But the point is that the lens was discontinued. The price won't go back.
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Some DA35 landscape shots:





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QuoteOriginally posted by jsherman999 Quote
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This is a really great shot blue, I hadn't seen that one before...


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Thanks J. That's one of my boys and his best friend from high school. I started out taking pics of him a long time ago with a k1000. I have to stay in practice.
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