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08-27-2010, 04:02 PM   #1
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Already own DA35mm. Keep FA50mm f1.4?

Hi

Would like to get some opinions here.

For some of you who have both the DA35 and FA50 (I am sure many of you do here), would you consider selling the FA50?

I have both of these lenses and I think I like the DA35 more but the FA50 is nevertheless a great lens. I am not sure if i will not regret if i do sell it. That being said, I would like to get some cash to finance a DA15.....

What do you think?

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08-27-2010, 04:19 PM   #2
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The 50mm is two stops faster, so I think your main question should be whether or not you take advantage of that. If not, then I would consider selling the lens.

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I've sold every FA50 I've ever owned (4). All were sold at a profit. All went to finance Other lenses (so did my FA35). No I don't regret if for one minute. I have manual focus options if I need an f1.4 in a full frame 50mm (also have an f1:1.2 option).

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FA50 to keep or not to keep?

That is the question?
Well it depends I have both as well and i bought the FA50 before prices rose not to lose the opportunity. I also have the M50 1.7.
First yes the FL of the 35 for me is also more useful day to day but the 50 has its uses the question is whether they are worth keeping. If for example you had the DA70 or another 50 selling could be justified. I would however test your FA50 again making sure you use a hood before you decide.
I have to say though it gets used less often that I thought. The bokeh can be quite nice and smooth but is it enough? The speed advantage is mainly at best f2.0 as by F2.8 it only equals the DA35 IMO so if you need a short tele for candids then the FA50 is great.

So I have pondered this many times and I am also discovering the joys of wider focal lengths. My 21 is great but sometimes not quite wide enough.

Remember once its gone ...its gone and you will probably need it ..

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Tough call, but i can give you one more reason to keep the F1.4. If you go to Depreview and look at the AF specifications for K10, K20, K7, the AF range is indicated as -1EV to +18EV range (BASED ON F1.4)

I don't ever use a F1.4 DOF, but when its really dark outside, there is not enough light to even use MF, and a F2.8 lens will not lock focus, then my FA 50 F1.4 will lock on a focus. In other words, your FA 50 will focus better than any other lens you have in low light, unless you have an F1.2.

If Low light is not that big of deal for you, go for the DA-15 and enjoy it!!! I wish i had it :-)

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QuoteOriginally posted by raider Quote
Hi

Would like to get some opinions here.

For some of you who have both the DA35 and FA50 (I am sure many of you do here), would you consider selling the FA50?

I have both of these lenses and I think I like the DA35 more but the FA50 is nevertheless a great lens. I am not sure if i will not regret if i do sell it. That being said, I would like to get some cash to finance a DA15.....

What do you think?

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If the lenses in your signature are current, wouldn't it make more sense to sell the DA 14 first if you're looking at a DA 15?

Looks like the FA 50 is your only lens faster than f/2.8, but if that's not something you need and you have the focal length covered by the Tamron 28-75, then you can probably do without it. There are thousands of them out there if you change your mind!
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Do you actually use the FA50? That's the question.

I had one and sold it. Occasionally I regret it but on those occasions when low light or nice bokeh is crucial the M50 1.4 serves me well and is a cheaper option.

I have the DA15. It is a wonderful lens but I use it less than I expected. To use it well is challenging and the DA21 is an easier length for general walkaround purposes, for me anyway. 15mm needs more deliberate creative effort.

I don't like selling lenses. If you can bear it just wait until you can afford the DA15 and keep both. But buy a dry box.
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Your mileage may vary, but I had the F 50 f1.4 (and multiple f1.7s) and have sold 'em all.

NOT because I didn't like the lens, but because the market is so high on them that I could buy other stuff I wanted with the moola, while I enjoyed the same results with a cheaper Pentax manual focus 50mm f1.4 (or f1.7). But then I'm "old school" and love MF lenses. If you ask me, the values on the two should be reversed.

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QuoteOriginally posted by cheekygeek Quote
Your mileage may vary, but I had the F 50 f1.4 (and multiple f1.7s) and have sold 'em all.

NOT because I didn't like the lens, but because the market is so high on them that I could buy other stuff I wanted with the moola, while I enjoyed the same results with a cheaper Pentax manual focus 50mm f1.4 (or f1.7). But then I'm "old school" and love MF lenses. If you ask me, the values on the two should be reversed.
Same here.
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Heh. Great minds think alike!

I also have the FA 35mm f2, but if I ever find a manual version of that lens I'll put the AF lens on the block also.
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I am not going to sell the DA14 to get the DA15. The DA14 will be given to my wife and I will "upgrade" to the DA15

Thanks for all the good points given. While I dont think the FA50 will be used that often now that I have the DA35, I still like the lens and having a fast f1.4 lens could be useful in some situations....thanks for all your comments again. I think I will keep the fast fifty for now.
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QuoteOriginally posted by raider Quote
I think I will keep the fast fifty for now.
You have chosen wisely, Grasshopper. The first lens for my K20D, along with the DA10-17 and DA18-250, was the FA50/1.4 (much cheaper then). I've since acquired three (3) more AF zooms and about seventyfive (75) manual lenses for the K20D, including nearly twenty (20) Fifty's, including some fine f/1.7's, but YOU'LL HAVE TO TEAR THE FA50/1.4 FROM MY COLD DEAD HANDS (possibly as soon as next month, warns my cardiologist).

I can't speak of the DA35/2.8 as I've never used it. I'm sure it's a fine lens, slow as it is. I like my Isco (pixie dust!) and Viv 35/2.8's, the SupTak 35/3.5, and especially the Mir-1 37/2.8. I tend to use an M28/2.8 more than any 35mm, but that's just me. However you expand your lens kit, an AF Faster Fifty belongs there. Unless you're Ira. But you're not. Whew.
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There is a saying of sorts that goes like this: "do not sell good lenses", which among other things also means that if you got a good copy of a lens, don't sell it, as you might have to work hard to get one back thereafter. Happened to me, by the way...
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In my opinion, the DA35 f/2.8 and 50 f/1.4 are lenses for very different purposes and situations.
So I'd recommend you keep it, providing you use it. Saying that, I only use an M50 f/1.4 (which I doubt I will ever sell) and I have a bias against plastic lenses and don't mind a bit of manual focus
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I have the FA 35mm and had the FA 50mm 1.4. the 50mm lens got very little use after I got the FA 35. So I sold it. Sometimes I see one in the marketplace and the LBA kick in. But after thinking when I am going to use it, I stop and do not buy it.
It all depends on your needs.
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