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11-29-2010, 01:28 PM   #1
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landscapes with 50mm macro?

I'm considering which prime to buy for my new K-r. something between 28mm and 50mm.

I will primarily be using it for traveling, street, and landscape. Macro seems fun as well.

is the 50mm too slow for street photog? Coming from film, i generally take my time to compose, so i feel like a macro AF wont be too bad. what are your thoughts?

What about the 35mm macro vs 50mm macro? is one's AF faster ?


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11-29-2010, 03:48 PM   #2
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The advantage to the 35 macro is that it is a nice normal field of view that focuses really closely. The lens, by all reports, is nothing short of superb. I think you might find the 50mm focal length too long for landscapes, or too short for landscape detail extracts. Where the 50 might be useful is for panoramas. You want as little distortion as can be found to stitch the images together. Even there, I think the 35 would be a better choice.

My personal preferences for landscape show in my lens list. I have the DA 12-24 and the DA* 16-50. Both are excellent landscape lenses in my book.
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I think you will find the 50mm macro too long for landscapes or even panos. I do a bit of both, and I find that I use my 12-24mm the most.

The 50 macro does make an all around great lens for casual shooting and closeups when you don't need to go wide. I don't have any problems with auto focus on a macro as long as you are not expecting SDM-like performance. It's good enough for most subjects.

Maybe the 35mm macro would be a good compromise?
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I find the DA 35 ltd macro to be an excellent lens for general purpose landscapes (unless you want some very wide vistas). I'm pretty sure you would find 50mm to be too restrictive for most landscapes, either being too long or too short. 35mm is a good all purpose focal length.

The 35 does have a long focus throw, but most of it is in the close to macro range. For anything at medium range to infinity, it focuses very fast.

I shot all these with the DA 35 ltd (single shot, no stitching):








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11-29-2010, 06:26 PM   #5
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the 35mm macro is a monster lens! it is just incredible

but if you want something more compact with quicker AF speed.

consider the DA 40mm. Razor Sharp in a small package.
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