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06-14-2012, 06:55 AM   #16
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As long as you are prepared for the size of the 55, I say go with it. It is my favorite lens. The sharpest lens I own (other than macro). I have no problem with the lovely creamy bokeh. Once you get to around f2, the bokeh is very nice and smooth. It can be a little busy at f1.4.

I don't find it particularly slow to focus either. Mine has been very accurate. I guess I have gotten a very good copy. (knock wood!) Good luck with your decision!
Some of my shots with the DA*55 can be viewed here, if interested... Pentax DA*55mm / f1.4 - a set on Flickr

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The DA*55 is definitely sharper than the 50/f1.4. I have zero doubt about this.

And compared to the 18-55 or 50-200 it will perform so well it's definitely a good purchase for you. It will also cover a FL your limited primes do not.

I'd sell the 18-55 to help with the purchase too if I were you. You'll never use it again if you get the DA*55 anyway. I'm pretty sure of that
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QuoteOriginally posted by loco Quote
As long as you are prepared for the size of the 55, I say go with it. It is my favorite lens. The sharpest lens I own (other than macro).
Really? Sharper than your FA77?
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QuoteOriginally posted by FrancisK7 Quote
Really? Sharper than your FA77?
I think they are at least even in sharpness, but my 55 focuses more accurately.

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You all realize that this thread is two years old?

My DA *55 is quite sharp, but did require focus adjustment on both of my cameras.
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No, I didn't realize that. Hate it when that happens.
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I always bring my DA*55 when I know im gona encounter low light, bad weather or if I know that I need a razor thin dof.

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Old thread or not, the DA*55 is a bloody impressive lens.

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QuoteOriginally posted by top-quark Quote
@ledohung55

It strikes me that you're managing portraiture just fine with the 40mm. Maybe you have to get a bit closer in than you might otherwise want to, but the 40 is not a big, intimidating piece of glass.

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You have two highly prized lenses: the 21mm and the 40mm. Together they can handle most situations. I wouldn't trade them for a single lens, even if it does go up to F1.8 or F1.4. Have you tried using the 50-200 for initimate, head-and-shoulders style portraiture? I don't have that particular lens but I do have the 55-300 and it is excellent:
I agree. You'll take good pictures with either just as you clearly have in the past. I considered your same questions and ended up getting a DA70. But you could get away with the 40. The 21 is a keeper, it's just so tiny and unique.
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