Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home
 

Reply
Show Printable Version Search this Thread
10-02-2010, 06:49 PM   #1
New Member




Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 4
I've been spoiled by the FA 43mm Ltd....

This was my first lens upgrade after 18-55mm and 50-200mm.... and boy, is this thing sharp!
From f/2.8 and on... the sharpness and clarity is unbelievable. This is like my wonder lens. It's small, light, yet it delivers! I whip it out when in doubt, and this thing really proves itself.

I've gotten DA 12-24 and Tamron 28-75mm afterwards, but they simply aren't as good as the 43mm. (Of course, I shouldn't be comparing a prime lens to zoom lenses in different focal lengths, but just saying...)

I'm planning to get the DA*50-135, and may be DFA 100mm Macro WR... MAY BE FA 31 Ltd (then I may have to part with the 43mm)

Anyone else in love with this lens?

10-02-2010, 06:50 PM   #2
Pentaxian
kyteflyer's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Newcastle, Australia
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 1,336
No. I *want* to be, but as always must wait until finances permit. Got some shots to show? Love to see some.
10-02-2010, 07:02 PM   #3
Veteran Member
Pentaxor's Avatar

Join Date: May 2009
Location: Vancouver, B.C.
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 6,513
QuoteOriginally posted by doppio Quote
This was my first lens upgrade after 18-55mm and 50-200mm.... and boy, is this thing sharp!
From f/2.8 and on... the sharpness and clarity is unbelievable. This is like my wonder lens. It's small, light, yet it delivers! I whip it out when in doubt, and this thing really proves itself.

I've gotten DA 12-24 and Tamron 28-75mm afterwards, but they simply aren't as good as the 43mm. (Of course, I shouldn't be comparing a prime lens to zoom lenses in different focal lengths, but just saying...)

I'm planning to get the DA*50-135, and may be DFA 100mm Macro WR... MAY BE FA 31 Ltd (then I may have to part with the 43mm)

Anyone else in love with this lens?
Yes, the FA43 is a really fantastic sharp lens. it's so sharp that they made something for the M-mount.

but it can't do 12mm shot, so it's not good as the zoom either.
10-03-2010, 12:36 AM   #4
axl
Veteran Member




Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Nove Zamky, Slovakia
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 7,181
QuoteOriginally posted by doppio Quote
This was my first lens upgrade after 18-55mm and 50-200mm.... and boy, is this thing sharp!
quite a jump, isn't it?

QuoteOriginally posted by doppio Quote
From f/2.8 and on... the sharpness and clarity is unbelievable. This is like my wonder lens. It's small, light, yet it delivers! I whip it out when in doubt, and this thing really proves itself.
don't be afraid to use it under f2.8 too, it'll prove itself very easily in that area too

QuoteOriginally posted by doppio Quote
I've gotten DA 12-24 and Tamron 28-75mm afterwards, but they simply aren't as good as the 43mm. (Of course, I shouldn't be comparing a prime lens to zoom lenses in different focal lengths, but just saying...)
there are very few lenses that are as good as FA43ltd...

QuoteOriginally posted by doppio Quote
I'm planning to get the DA*50-135, and may be DFA 100mm Macro WR... MAY BE FA 31 Ltd (then I may have to part with the 43mm)
31+50-135 is a great kit! used to have it but I stupidly sold the DA* (was afraid of SDM failure etc...) Anyway, keep the 43. There will be times when you won't be bothered to lug those two "bricks" (compared to 43 that is) around and then you 43 will come very handy.... truth to be said, 31 & 43 are bit too close indeed...

QuoteOriginally posted by doppio Quote
Anyone else in love with this lens?
and definitely count me in on that one....

10-03-2010, 02:16 AM   #5
Veteran Member




Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Sweden, Umea
Posts: 870
I was stupid enough to buy the Body only when I got my first DSLR, I got the K20D and the DA 35 Macro LTD. Boy was I stupid, no lens I have tried lives up to my expectations.
Sure, the DA*50-135 is good, but still miss something.
The DA*55/1.4 is sharp and wonderfull, but It cant realy do macro. But still my nr one lens when it rains.

The Voigtlander 180/4 is wonderfull. Butt not as sharp.

My LBA got destroyed when I got the best lens ever as my first lens...
10-03-2010, 02:26 AM   #6
Site Supporter




Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Israel
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 943
QuoteOriginally posted by doppio Quote
Anyone else in love with this lens?
I used to be in love with FA limited lenses in general and FA 43 in particular. I even sold FA 50/1.7 for its sake and I admit it was a mistake. I no longer think that FA limited lenses in general and FA 43 is particular are magical in any sense. They are excellent moderately fast prime lenses of excellent build quality and very special rendering qualities. I don't care all that much for mere sharpness any longer. My favorite lens in past two years has been A 50/1.2 which as of recently I tend to use exclusively at fully open aperture.
10-03-2010, 04:38 AM   #7
Ash
Community Manager
Loyal Site Supporter
Ash's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Toowoomba, Queensland
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 22,691
As reviews would have it, the FA 43 is loved by many and hated by some - and hence the dichotomy of views about the lens. I've noticed haters speak about the unusual bokeh and softness wide open, which to be honest has been difficult to prove on my copy - it's been sharp and rendering lovely bokeh for all my shots. I haven't yet ventured out into the wild with the lens, but in my home captures, it's been exceeding my expectations and I'm glad to have replaced my FA 50/1.4 with it:

10-03-2010, 05:02 AM   #8
Inactive Account




Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 1,972
I recently sold my 43, but only because I wasn't using it enough... I wanted someone else to enjoy it. If you really want to see it shine...take some pics of glass or metal - that's where this lens really stand out.

77 is my fav lens...its going to be hard to see it go.

10-03-2010, 01:03 PM   #9
Ash
Community Manager
Loyal Site Supporter
Ash's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Toowoomba, Queensland
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 22,691
A few more examples of this lens's sharpness on the K20D:





And a 100% crop - one pass of light lens blur sharpening:




100% crop - no sharpening:
10-03-2010, 01:10 PM   #10
TKH
Veteran Member
TKH's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Germany
Posts: 371
QuoteOriginally posted by Ash Quote
A few more examples of this lens's sharpness on the K20D:
I have no childs, but the view on pic number one must make a father "helpless"...
What ever she want, you will give to her.

Congrats to lens and (first) daughter,
Rainer
10-03-2010, 01:24 PM   #11
Ash
Community Manager
Loyal Site Supporter
Ash's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Toowoomba, Queensland
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 22,691
QuoteOriginally posted by TKH Quote
I have no childs, but the view on pic number one must make a father "helpless"...
What ever she want, you will give to her.

Congrats to lens and (first) daughter,
Rainer


I'm sure every dad feels the same way.
But that doesn't mean we should spoil them.
It should be even harder for the man who wants to take the first daughter away from the parents.
10-03-2010, 01:27 PM   #12
Veteran Member
Pentaxor's Avatar

Join Date: May 2009
Location: Vancouver, B.C.
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 6,513
QuoteOriginally posted by Ash Quote
As reviews would have it, the FA 43 is loved by many and hated by some - and hence the dichotomy of views about the lens. I've noticed haters speak about the unusual bokeh and softness wide open, which to be honest has been difficult to prove on my copy - it's been sharp and rendering lovely bokeh for all my shots. I haven't yet ventured out into the wild with the lens, but in my home captures, it's been exceeding my expectations and I'm glad to have replaced my FA 50/1.4 with it:
from what it appears, the FA43 is more of a midrange FA31. the FA43 honestly is very tempting for it's price. it does beat the FA31 at stop down or middle apertures and feel as is by looking at the samples coming from both lenses. it's kinda true that the bokeh might not be as consistently smooth everytime like the FA31, but atleast close enough or smooth enough to get some good portraits. personally, the bokeh is better compared to the FA35, although the increased focal length made people to think twice.

basically, the focal length difference between the FA31 and FA43 is one of the dealbreakers going against the FA43. the FA31 on the otherhand, is it's price. so it's a matter of choosing one's poison.
10-03-2010, 06:24 PM   #13
Veteran Member




Join Date: Feb 2010
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 971
The 100mm WR will just be as sharp.

trust me
10-03-2010, 08:48 PM   #14
Ash
Community Manager
Loyal Site Supporter
Ash's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Toowoomba, Queensland
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 22,691
QuoteOriginally posted by Pentaxor Quote
from what it appears, the FA43 is more of a midrange FA31. the FA43 honestly is very tempting for it's price. it does beat the FA31 at stop down or middle apertures and feel as is by looking at the samples coming from both lenses. it's kinda true that the bokeh might not be as consistently smooth everytime like the FA31, but atleast close enough or smooth enough to get some good portraits. personally, the bokeh is better compared to the FA35, although the increased focal length made people to think twice.

basically, the focal length difference between the FA31 and FA43 is one of the dealbreakers going against the FA43. the FA31 on the otherhand, is it's price. so it's a matter of choosing one's poison.
There would be a few of us around who have both, and would prefer to have both for the ability to capture closer-up portraits without the typical wide-angle distortions that can come out in a 31mm shot. Then there's the need at times to get a more full-body or 3/4 portrait, where the 31 is well-suited and the 43 is just too long. They're both so good, you could have either or both and be blissfully happy.

QuoteOriginally posted by Eagle_Friends Quote
The 100mm WR will just be as sharp.

trust me
I'd have no doubt of this - my old FA 100/2.8 macro is amazingly sharp and can be used effectively as a portrait lens too. But there's more to it than that - I do prefer the FA ltd colour and contrast rendition, even if slightly more, than that of the FA 100.
10-03-2010, 09:07 PM   #15
Pentaxian




Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Texas
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 3,430
QuoteOriginally posted by Eagle_Friends Quote
The 100mm WR will just be as sharp.

trust me
I can agree that this is true.
Reply

Bookmarks
  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
43mm, fa, fa 43mm, k-mount, lens, pentax lens, slr lens
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
About Fa 43mm ltd David Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 430 10-16-2013 07:35 PM
Freakin Fungus Spoiled My Party! magkelly Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 16 05-30-2010 06:54 AM
Spoiled by old SMC glass! Unhappy with new zoom. JasonS Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 28 10-01-2007 12:24 AM
Aren't we all spoiled brats? ebooks4pentax Pentax DSLR Discussion 16 06-11-2007 01:20 AM
40 or 43mm chals Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 8 05-15-2007 02:37 PM



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 02:59 PM. | See also: NikonForums.com, CanonForums.com part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
register
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]
Top