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11-11-2010, 04:27 AM   #1
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DA40mm difficult to handle

In the reccommended list of Pentax equipment the following statement is made:
more advanced users would find this lens difficult to handle,

Read more at: https://www.pentaxforums.com/recommendedgear.php#ixzz14yKJtL8g
Why is this so? Can anyone shed some light on why this lens might confound advanced users?


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I don't know what it takes to be characterized as an 'advanced' user, but I've been using one for four years and do not find it difficult at all. In fact, I loved it so much that I wanted to get the rest of the DA Limited series.

If you get one, I'll be very surprised to hear that it disappoints.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Peter Anson Quote
In the reccommended list of Pentax equipment the following statement is made:
more advanced users would find this lens difficult to handle,

Read more at: https://www.pentaxforums.com/recommendedgear.php#ixzz14yKJtL8g
Why is this so? Can anyone shed some light on why this lens might confound advanced users?
Perhaps because manual focus is a little difficult with that small ring?
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I've had one for 2 years, and agree with your statements about it and would also love to have the others. What do I need to learn so that the lens becomes difficult to use?

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Nothing difficult about it, but many of Pentax's users are used to lenses with long focus throws and wide focus rings, the opposite of the DA 40. It makes it a really fast auto focus lens, but a completely lousy manual focus one.
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Thanks gazonk. I've only ever used manual focus on manual focus lenses. I will try manual with the DA 40.
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I have this lens and absolutely love it. Sharp, small, discrete.

I have no idea why it would be characterised as difficult to handle though. Perhaps the author means there is no lens to hold on to to balance the body.
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OK thanks. I've just tried the manual focus and it is particularly annoying.

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If you have delicate hands, the MF of the 40 isn't so bad. I've been playing instruments all my life, and don't mind the fact that my hand has to grab something thin and move it less. It would certainly bother someone who like a nice meaty focus ring like one of the K series. I've played around with the quick shift on the 40 and it is possible to correct and AF mistake at the last moment before you hit the shutter.
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What a poor attempt of a write-up with a glaring typo...
Why would advanced users find it difficult to handle? or for that matter beginners being frustrated? Why even make such a classification or generalization? Sorry but thumbs down from me.

Recommended for intermediate photograhpers that need a compact camera travel/event setup; more advanced users would find this lens difficult to handle, while beginners might be frustrated that it's not a wide-angle.
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the basis behind the classification is rather dubious to me - and rather haphazard. why is a k-x Beginner and a k-r Intermediate? what makes a k-5 any more Advanced than a k-7? what makes a battery grip Advanced? can i not be a beginner and use a DFA 100mm Macro?

as a ranking system to assess a person based on his gear, hmmmm that MIGHT just cut it. but i doubt that is what they are doing. classifying gear in such a way, on the other hand, is not really logical. i'd ignore it if i were you. =p
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One does wonder about the marketing assumptions behind that page. In addition to the handling question, I think the bigger disappointment for beginners is not that it is not a wide angle, but that it is not a zoom. The first thing that a beginner does when he/she picks up one of my cameras with a prime is look for the zoom ring.

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Well it's not a lence for dumb or dumber. The only lens where I had a few times my fingers in the picture. Lovely lens.
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That whole page is some pretty badly written marketing for B&H, really...
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some users just like to just their left hand to hold on to their lens for stability. but i find the 40mm and the K-x such a perfect match.
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