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07-15-2010, 06:47 AM   #1
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going from 40mm lim to 35mm macro - miss much?

So I really do like my 40mm lim pancake as my general walk around lens, but it doesn't focus as close as I'd like sometimes. So I've been thinking of replacing it with the 35mm macro (I try to keep my kit light & strapped for cash more often than not). So, I'd like to hear from people who have had both - do you notice a change between them? Anything that I would loose / gain by the swap? Any other info I should know? Thanks ahead of time.

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I think you'll find that the 35 macro does a lot of focus-hunting in moderately low light (open shade, late afternoon) and certain contrast situations... I love mine but that's enough of a problem to make me avoid it when dealing with rapidly changing situations. It's been a hassle in environmental portrait situations.
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I had both in the past and what I can say is that the DA40 is much faster focusing due to the very short throw (critical especially in street shooting). If you need macro capability though, and ready to sacrifice the fast focus, the size and the bokeh (better IMO for the 40mm) the DA 35mm is a no-brainer.
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I do like the speed of the da40 - but I guess I really don't take pictures of people (deal with them too much at work). I appreciated the insight, one more thing to consider.

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I'd be inclined to keep the DA 40 and buy a good quality close-up filter. (Raynox, Canon, and Sony come to mind).
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Huh, hadn't thought of using the DA40 + a raynox 250 - anyone seen any pics from this combo. Neat though. Certainly alot cheaper! (which I like!)
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I'm considering this as well. I haven't tried the DA35, but the speediest focusing prime for me in this range is the FA35/2. It also is quieter than the DA40, which is an excellent lens. The amount of hunting done by the FA50/2.8 macro makes the focus speed a bit of a concern to me for any macro.

On the other hand, it seems that no one who has the DA35 fails to love it.
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See the Raynox Club thread in the Lens forum - I'm pretty sure there are DA40 examples there.

BTW, the Lens forum is the more appopriate place for this thread too, so I'm moving it there.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Marc Sabatella Quote

BTW, the Lens forum is the more appropriate place for this thread too, so I'm moving it there.
Ooops. My apologies.
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I was in the same position and I got the 40 because of the lower price. When I use it in combination with a Vivitar PK-A/R-PK it makes a pretty sweet 80mm macro. You can get those Vivitars on eBay regularly. I think mine was about $70. That TC passes aperture control but not AF which for macro isn't a problem.

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That is spectacular! One of the best macro's I've ever seen. And you did that with a DA40... unbelievable, amazing and everything else that says wow!
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Why not close-up filter!!
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i use my DA40 like most of the time
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QuoteOriginally posted by JHD Quote
That is spectacular! One of the best macro's I've ever seen. And you did that with a DA40... unbelievable, amazing and everything else that says wow!
Hey, thanks but if that's the best you've seen you need to get out more! I like it but have certainly seen better.
I do really like that the vivid color rendering of the 40 still shows through the TC really nicely. Minimal PP on this by the way.
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I have a raynox 150 on my DA40. it fits perfectly and gives very good pics.
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