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11-28-2010, 05:14 PM   #16
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DA35/2.4 for speed. focal length and price, DA40 for size and built.

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I just realized you asked about the DA and not the FA Sorry about that. Imho f2.8 and f/2.4 is not much difference, and both lenses are quite the performer wide open. There's no reviews out yet on the resolution curves for DA 35, but if it really is based on FA 35, you can expect a liiiittle more resolution and sharpness than the DA 40. Optical and value wise I'd say the DA 35 wins hands down, but the DA 40 is superior in size and built. If you travel this might be a big deal, otherwise I'd say go with DA 35
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That's OK Andi, it's still good information and I appreciate it. I think I'm leaning towards the 35. Price is a big consideration and I'm a little more comfortable with 35 rather than 40, it's not much but a little. And I do have a 49mm rubber hood. I'll sleep on it tonight and hope to pull the trigger tomorrow, or maybe the next day. I'm remodeling a bathroom and don't have time to do much anyway!

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I have the same problem. I can't figure out which to get next.

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QuoteOriginally posted by photapioca Quote
I have the same problem. I can't figure out which to get next.
I too was in the same situation. I am moving away from fast autofocus lenses to replace them with small primes. Since I am on a tight budget, I bought the 35 (still waiting for it!). I really wanted to own a limited lens though and that thought alone almost made me purchased the 40mm. The 35mm is better suited for my needs though cause it's gonna be my fast and small indoor candid lens where wider is better! I will complement my kit with manual primes and start to save for the 15mm limited. I have a feeling that it will be my first limited despite the price.
Good luck with your decision.
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The fact is, not of the 3 or 4 35mm offerings from Nikon are 1:1 and can touch it, especially for the money given the one that can is over $1K.
Isn't the DA 35mm ltd the Tokina 35mm macro, which is available in Nikon mount? Not an offering from Nikon, still, available to Nikon users...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Andi Lo Quote
Optical and value wise I'd say the DA 35 wins hands down, but the DA 40 is superior in size and built. If you travel this might be a big deal, otherwise I'd say go with DA 35
Really? Is the DA 35mm better than the DA 40mm? What about corners? It seems I put too much trust in the Photozone review. Also, it's not easy to imagine something being visibly better than the DA 40mm...
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QuoteOriginally posted by photapioca Quote
I have the same problem. I can't figure out which to get next.
To make your live more difficult, add a little more choice to the list with the FA31Ltd and the FA43Ltd

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To make your live more difficult, add a little more choice to the list with the FA31Ltd and the FA43Ltd
hmmm well speaking of price range. Those two are out.
I can justify spending 220-340 for a lens, but not more.
As a college student, I can't spend $600-1300.
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Really? Is the DA 35mm better than the DA 40mm? What about corners? It seems I put too much trust in the Photozone review. Also, it's not easy to imagine something being visibly better than the DA 40mm...
Sorry if it's confusing, I should have put DA 35/2.4... I don't own the DA 35 ltd And yes resolution wise FA 35 (which is reportedly the same lens as DA 35/2.4) is better than DA 40 on my copies. I like the DA colors and DA 40 bokeh a little better though.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Andi Lo Quote
DA 40 bokeh
IMHO, the 35 wins in a lot of areas, but the 40 has the better bokeh.

While the 35mm is a great normal lens... it is a macro. It's optimized for close up. Like any marco, bokeh isn't as good for long focusing distances as it is for short ones.

To make it simpler though, I think it's wise to simply ask: do I want to shoot macro? If not, the 35mm is not really that good a deal when you have the DA 40 available.
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Andi Lo and paperbag, thank you for the clarifying lines. I think I'll go for the DA 40mm and later the DA L 35mm. I expect the price of the latter to go down a bit. Together they cost as much as the DA 35mm ltd alone, and I think two lenses are better than one.

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I think I'll go for the DA 40mm and the DA L 35mm
I'm worried I might have confused you - I really would suggest only one of them. They are much more similar than they are different, and I don't see much use in owning both.

The major advantage of the DA 40 over the DAL 35mm is the 9 aperture blades, and it's size. They are both small, though, so let's focus on the photos. The DA 40 renders a nice and smooth out of focus area when you stop the lens down.

The advantages of the DAL 35mm is that it is a half-stop faster, and a little wider (for your purposes). Really, though, 40mm is not very different from the 35mm, so unless space is incredibly limited, 35mm is not going to really save you. Same goes for f2.4 vs. 2.8.

Hexagonal OOF highlights aren't really a big deal - it really is up to you how much it is worth it to you.

When I was deciding I went with the 40 because no lens I have has a 9 bladed aperture and I wanted to try out a limited. I'm glad I did. However, if you re trying to save a buck, the DAL 35 is an absurd deal. Now that have a 40, I wouldn't bother with a 35mm, it's just too close.
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QuoteOriginally posted by paperbag846 Quote
I'm worried I might have confused you - I really would suggest only one of them. They are much more similar than they are different, and I don't see much use in owning both.

The major advantage of the DA 40 over the DAL 35mm is the 9 aperture blades, and it's size. They are both small, though, so let's focus on the photos. The DA 40 renders a nice and smooth out of focus area when you stop the lens down.

The advantages of the DAL 35mm is that it is a half-stop faster, and a little wider (for your purposes). Really, though, 40mm is not very different from the 35mm, so unless space is incredibly limited, 35mm is not going to really save you. Same goes for f2.4 vs. 2.8.

Hexagonal OOF highlights aren't really a big deal - it really is up to you how much it is worth it to you.

When I was deciding I went with the 40 because no lens I have has a 9 bladed aperture and I wanted to try out a limited. I'm glad I did. However, if you re trying to save a buck, the DAL 35 is an absurd deal. Now that have a 40, I wouldn't bother with a 35mm, it's just too close.

I had the 40mm, and I plan to get it again. It's a wonderful lens, tiny and relatively inexpensive. I know its bokeh is better than that of the DA L 35mm. However, I find the 40mm to be a bit too long in many everyday/street contexts. It's too nice a lens not to have (and I'm not interested in macro, so I don't need to spend $500+ to get the DA ltd.). I suppose the DA L 35mm will be around $170 in less than a year, which is cheap enough to get it for the situations in which the 40mm becomes restrictive (although I use a Tak 35mm, and I find it very nice). The DA L is 'optional for me--it depends on how cheap it can get.
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is those 5mm doing so much difference in specs of focal length to have them both (da 40mm and da 35mm) ?
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