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04-05-2011, 08:59 PM   #76
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QuoteOriginally posted by paperbag846 Quote
In other words, I think the FA limiteds are *special purpose* lenses. For most people, they can get the *same* satisfaction out of a MUCH LESS expensive lens.
I don't know pb, I'm having a hard time agreeing with this. I see the point you're making here, but I don't think most people here are the ones fitting your description. I don't think you're giving the forum members enough credit, they've done some amount of research which led them to this forum, they're probably not the ones to go and buy a big brand DSLR just to hang around their neck to look cool. Even most people who've only used a kit lens will notice an immediate difference when using a Limited lens, FA or DA. My first lens purchase after buying a Pentax digital (it had been a long time since I had bought a Pentax lens) was the 43. What a great lens to learn on!

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QuoteOriginally posted by DogLover Quote
First of all, I don't find the first statement insulting because it's a widely accepted truth. Ha! I said it! Secondly, you're confused. I said paperbag was a broken record, not Spotmatic. Though Spotmatic seems to be striving for that status now, too.
Well, it's a widely accepted opinion, which is my point (full disclosure, I own both types of Ltds). I don't favor one over the other, nor do I get insulted when somebody does

And my bad on the mixup with the broken record statement.
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QuoteOriginally posted by rparmar Quote
There are no better lenses than the FA Limited trio in (or near) their focal lengths.
I agree. Although the DA Ltds are equal.
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QuoteOriginally posted by DogLover Quote
....and here I thought we'd come so far. You're just back to making clueless statements now. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you.....the broken record!
Clearly you can't read very well.

If you would read and respond, I would not have to repeat myself. It's like talking to a wall.

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QuoteOriginally posted by builttospill Quote
Even most people who've only used a kit lens will notice an immediate difference when using a Limited lens, FA or DA.
I had the same experience going from the kit lens to a 50 dollar lens from the 1970s. Id wager that most people would have that feeling even if they just upgraded to the 16-45.

I think a lot of newbies stumble into this place. I learned everything I know about Pentax from this forum... it's one of the first things that pops up when you google Pentax.

Not a bad thing for someone to buy an FA limited if that is what they really want. But a lot of people don't know that zooms can be VERY satisfactory for way less money if they have only tried the kit, or that some of the non limited lenses are great! There are lots of options! Not just the FA / DA 8!

And most importantly, there are a LOT of ways to build a pretty respectable kit for the same price as ONE FA limited.
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Why do these discussions turn into running down either DA limited line, or the FA limited line? I will say once again that the number one reason to buy DA limiteds over FA limiteds is cost. Pure and simple. This is also the biggest problem with APS-C. On film, with the FA 31, you are paying a thousand dollars for a fast wide angle lens with character. On APS-C, you are paying a thousand dollars for a moderately fast normal lens. I guess I am just old enough to remember when normal lenses were the cheapest lenses available. Getting a 50mm f1.4 for your 35mm camera was sort of a rite of passage and it never was killer expensive like this.

This is not denigrating the FA limited line at all. Their focal lengths function very differently on APS-C than that which they were created for and if you liked the FA 31 on film, you will likely be frustrated with the field of view on APS-C. The same with the 43. It's a hard focal length for me to like -- not quite wide enough for inside shooting, not quite long enough for most other things.

Anyway, peace to all of you who are lucky enough to own FA limiteds. I am glad that you have them and for your sake, I hope that the prices continue to go up so that you can look at them and think about how much they are worth.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Rondec Quote
Why do these discussions turn into running down either DA limited line, or the FA limited line? I will say once again that the number one reason to buy DA limiteds over FA limiteds is cost. Pure and simple. This is also the biggest problem with APS-C. On film, with the FA 31, you are paying a thousand dollars for a fast wide angle lens with character. On APS-C, you are paying a thousand dollars for a moderately fast normal lens. I guess I am just old enough to remember when normal lenses were the cheapest lenses available. Getting a 50mm f1.4 for your 35mm camera was sort of a rite of passage and it never was killer expensive like this.

This is not denigrating the FA limited line at all. Their focal lengths function very differently on APS-C than that which they were created for and if you liked the FA 31 on film, you will likely be frustrated with the field of view on APS-C. The same with the 43. It's a hard focal length for me to like -- not quite wide enough for inside shooting, not quite long enough for most other things.

Anyway, peace to all of you who are lucky enough to own FA limiteds. I am glad that you have them and for your sake, I hope that the prices continue to go up so that you can look at them and think about how much they are worth.
I agree. $1000 for a normal lens...is not normal. The FA limiteds are fine lenses and if Pentax had a full frame camera I would own them all.
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The FA31 is not a normal lens, if your want a normal lens go and spend
$250 on the DA 35 f/2.4 now thats a normal lens, the FA LTD's are something else

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QuoteOriginally posted by TOUGEFC Quote
The FA31 is not a normal lens, if your want a normal lens go and spend
$250 on the DA 35 f/2.4 now thats a normal lens, the FA LTD's are something else
Well, it certainly is well made and has great out of focus rendering, but it sure seems a lot like the 50 f2's of the past with regard to field of view and depth of field to me.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Rondec Quote
I guess I am just old enough to remember when normal lenses were the cheapest lenses available.
You don't have to be very old, just back in 2007 the FA 50/1,4 was the cheapest pentax lens you could buy. I should have bought half a dozen.
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I will say once again that the number one reason to buy DA limiteds over FA limiteds is cost. Pure and simple.
Yeah, but quite obviously a number of people do not want to hear the truth. Like others, I wish the FA Limiteds cost half the price. But economic considerations do not change the reality of the optical design.

This thread has run its course.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Rondec Quote
Why do these discussions turn into running down either DA limited line, or the FA limited line? I will say once again that the number one reason to buy DA limiteds over FA limiteds is cost. Pure and simple. This is also the biggest problem with APS-C. On film, with the FA 31, you are paying a thousand dollars for a fast wide angle lens with character. On APS-C, you are paying a thousand dollars for a moderately fast normal lens. I guess I am just old enough to remember when normal lenses were the cheapest lenses available. Getting a 50mm f1.4 for your 35mm camera was sort of a rite of passage and it never was killer expensive like this.

This is not denigrating the FA limited line at all. Their focal lengths function very differently on APS-C than that which they were created for and if you liked the FA 31 on film, you will likely be frustrated with the field of view on APS-C. The same with the 43. It's a hard focal length for me to like -- not quite wide enough for inside shooting, not quite long enough for most other things.

Anyway, peace to all of you who are lucky enough to own FA limiteds. I am glad that you have them and for your sake, I hope that the prices continue to go up so that you can look at them and think about how much they are worth.
Compared to the prices of Leica and Zeiss normal lenses, the FA Limiteds look like bargains, given the similar quality.

Rob

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There is a reason why I don't own leica or zeiss lenses (or a Leica camera body for that matter).
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There is a reason why I don't own leica or zeiss lenses (or a Leica camera body for that matter).
Same here, but you see my point. Actually, I do own several superb Zeiss Contax G lenses, which were reasonably priced when I bought them in the late 1990s and early 2000s. I would say that my FA Limiteds are in the same class, although it is very hard to compare lens quality when one is used on a film camera and the other on a digital camera.

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Obnoxious of me to bump the thread after so long, but in all the talk about "optimized for digital" I don't think anybody mentioned the humble but essential element called the lens hood.

I have a DA40 and an FA31, and while I prefer the 31, the 40 does seem to have much better contrast and flare resistance, and I think some part of that must be owing to the very clever hood of the DA40. There's enough "optimized for digital" for me. The built-in hood on the 31 is pitiful on a small sensor, and even though I've extended mine quite a bit, it's still too short, I think. I know zilch about optics, but I think hoods are too often neglected.
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