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01-04-2011, 08:28 AM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by stlind Quote
first of all, thanks a lot for all your input. basically, i had already settled for the DA 35/2.4, but since my local pentax-partner had some shipping delay, i started thinking, and as all of you might have faced in real life: thats where the madness sets in haha.

I guess this one will be just fine for me, especially since the Sigma really seems like a bit of a brick around my neck.

IŽll give you an update as soon as i get my 35mm, and if necessary, i will blame you guys haha.
Good luck! I know, it is terrible to have to wait for a lens...

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QuoteOriginally posted by Douglas_of_Sweden Quote
Good luck! I know, it is terrible to have to wait for a lens...
I was waiting for my FA*24 for 30 odd months.... but finally got it earlier this year when all things came together just right.... finally!
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When you say a manual focussing workhorse I think of the K28/3.5 or Voigtlander 40/2.0
or better: both of them.
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I chose the Sigma 30/1.4 for it's speed and image quality. At f 1.4 it blew the FA 50 1.4 out of the water. It is in fact sharper in the center than the FA 31 and faster too.

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How is it for autofocus? I have the Sigma 50mm 1.4 and it's hit and miss on the K-x.
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So if you usually use manual focus, why not pick up a Pentax-A (or even pentax-M) manual focus prime for around $50 (M) to $100 (A)? The 50mm f1.7 is an amazing lens, so I hear.

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So if you usually use manual focus, why not pick up a Pentax-A (or even pentax-M) manual focus prime for around $50 (M) to $100 (A)? The 50mm f1.7 is an amazing lens, so I hear.

Charles.
well, i actually already own this lens, and i love it, but i want something wider for "everyday use".
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QuoteOriginally posted by stlind Quote
well, i actually already own this lens, and i love it, but i want something wider for "everyday use".
You're going to love that focal length. I went for a walk around my neighborhood with the DA 35 one overcast morning with nothing much in mind. It is amazing sometimes what you can find within a few blocks of home if you really look.









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Really not sure why some folks keep talking about the size and weight of the Sigma 30. It is absolutely not a brick and is actually quite light and small. It may seem large only when compared to some of the smaller Pentax primes. This is a lovable lens that is bleeding-edge sharp in most of the frame. Only in the extreme corners does softness come into play. That can actually be an asset on a fast lens when shooting at large apertures as it helps to isolate your subject and adds a bit of 3-Dness. Bokeh is also quite good. There are more than a few who prefer this lens to the FA31, and IMO, they're not crazy. It is also the only lens I have ever regretted selling.
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+1 to the above thoughts.
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QuoteOriginally posted by mattb123 Quote
If you don't need macro capability and you like a small lens, consider the da40 as well.
It's also cheaper than the 35 macro.

Mine is on my K-x most of the time these days!
figured i'd see you over in this place sooner or later.
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The "plastic wonder" 35/2.4 is my go-to workhorse along with my Sigma 10-20. I must confess that 35mm was a bit tight for many of my recent vacation shots. I simply could not back up far enough for proper composition.

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