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11-07-2010, 08:18 AM   #16
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Nope, I think the 40mm is a better length than the 35mm. =/

just my opinion though.

11-07-2010, 01:45 PM   #17
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Well... maybe I'm off but it's not in the same class as say DA40 or Voigtlander 40...
Build wise, it is not. However, optically it may be as good or better.
11-07-2010, 02:16 PM   #18
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It's not so bad a FOV, actually, rather like my favorite Mamiya 645 lens, (A 110.)

It's kind of a nice thing about Pentax: it seems you can have a nice prime in just about any FOV you like, and since I usually prefer things a little tighter, it could all work out nicely.
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I have a 40, a 35 and a 37. I just love the FOV in that vicinity
The extra 5mm is useful at times. May not seem much but it be useful. I've found myself out with the 40 wishing I had the extra 5mm but never out with the 35 wanting the 40.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Peter Anson Quote
The extra 5mm is useful at times.
I've had this experience comparing 50mm to 55mm. I would think that the difference would be even more noticeable between 35 and 40! (I've used the 40 and a 35, but not back-to-back).
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QuoteOriginally posted by Blue Quote
Build wise, it is not. However, optically it may be as good or better.
The one comparison I've seen of the FA 43mm, DA 40mm, and Voigtlander 40mm is this one:

Voigtländer Ultron 40/2.0 vs Pentax FA 35/2.0
11-08-2010, 01:19 PM   #22
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If you keep using it you get used to it. After using the 40mm alot I actually find the 35mm kind of weird Never liked 50 as a prime in PAS-C.
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Feels a little awkward for me

I've been using the DA40 for a while and it feels a little awkward, but I've gotten used to it.

I often wish I could shoot wider or narrower than my 40. Obviously the solution is to go out and buy the 21 and the 70.

11-08-2010, 02:36 PM   #24
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Pentax released the M40/2.8 & the FA43/1.9 as “normal” lenses for film cameras.

These FLs were to bridge the gap between the wide angle 35mm focal length and the standard “normal” 50/55mm lenses.

They were both light weight and perfect for a one lens solution on a film camera. They were also the closest lenses to the actual true “normal” FL on film.

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So that makes 28mm kinda of a sweet spot for APS-C?
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I find I really, really like the 40 mm focal length. Obviously, there are time I wish it were wider. But that's not a problem with the focal length, just an issue you'll have with any prime unless you're in a very controlled situation like a studio or staged shoot. With my FA 35, I never felt I was tight enough to my subjects.
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So that makes 28mm kinda of a sweet spot for APS-C?
in theory yes, but I find even 31 bit too wide at times and it does suffer from perspective distortion, on the other side 40/43 are safe with this...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Eagle_Friends Quote
Nope, I think the 40mm is a better length than the 35mm. =/

just my opinion though.
I think the 43mm is a better length than either of those!!!
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QuoteOriginally posted by builttospill Quote
I think the 43mm is a better length than either of those!!!
But there is another thread on that one....

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