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01-13-2011, 10:17 PM   #1
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Soon to be K-5 owner, what limiteds?

Great to have a resource like this forum! I have sold most of my Nikon gear to 'go small' with Leica. Used M8 with an older 35mm prime. Reignited my passion for photography with the manual focus and thinking of the composition.....no spray and pray anymore! With that said, I have found a need/want/desire to also have a dSLR in the bag for those times that I need/want/desire autofocus/having the wife shoot also. I have eyed Pentax for a number of years and almost pulled the trigger for a k-x at least a dozen times! With the release of the K-5 and the upgrades from the K-7, it is time..... I have found that most of my photography is of my young kids, vacations and overall casual street. Nothing wider than 30 on an APS-C sensor. Lean towards 50 and 90 on APS-C. Question:
If starting new to Pentax and planning on the FA 31, which of the other limiteds (40/43 and 70/77) would be 'the' lineup? Eventually I envision the 31/40/70 or the 31/43/77, but have no idea whether to go FA or DA. Any push either way???? Does anyone have (or can point to) pictures of the DA's next to the FA's so I can see size comparison?

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If you got the money, I would go DA 15, FA 31, and FA77

If not, do DA 15, DA 35, and DA70

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If you want to stick by primes, the DA 15/4. FA 31/1.8, DA* 55/1.4 and FA* 85/1.4

There is no question that the DA limited lenses are smaller though, especially considering that you can fit them all in a single carrying case, but you wont get the same wide aperture capabilities of the 31 and 85 (or the DA* 55). Worth checking out in any event: PentaxWebstore DA Limited Lens Case
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but ?budget.
Consider 31/1.8, 50/1.2 and 77/1.8 if you don't mind an MF lens in the mix - otherwise Clinton's suggestion is top notch.
Nevertheless you can't go wrong with any or all of the FA/DA ltds.

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You already received some good advice. Pentax has some very nice primes and there are also some nice 3rd party primes.

Assuming that your budget is not an issue (eg you invest over the next few months), let me share my own experience.

I bought my K-7 with the DA18-250mm, the best all-around zoom lens in my opinion across all brands. It is my workhorse and I use it for nearly 3/4 of my shots.

However my best shots are done with primes lenses and I have 3 complementary lense. Each one complements the others as well as the DA18-250mm. I have (1) a fast prime for low light conditions, a known weakness of the DA18-250mm; (2) a macro lens about 100mm,and (3) a relatively wide lens with large aperture:

* the FA31mm Ltd
A classic. Beautiful IQ. AF. Relatively large aperture. Highly recommended.

*the Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f1.4
A fast prime. MF. Large aperture (f1.4). Excellent for low light. Beautiful IQ. Highly recommended even if it is not a Pentax

* the Tamron 90 mm SP macro
Macro lens. AF. medium aperture (f2.8). Good value for money.
NB: I wanted a macro lens and there are several excellent primes about 100mm: Pentax 100 mm WR, Pentax 100 mm, Sigma 105 mm, Tamron 90mm. All are highly recommended by users and independent reviews. I chose the Tamron because it was cheaper and fitted my budget.


Overall and after one year: I recommend highly the FA31mm and the Voigtlander 58mm. (In fact I consider the Voigtlander 58mm as possibly my best prime.) A macro is useful and there are penty of good choices.

Hope that the info will help....
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Size difference between the 40/43 and 70/77 is not a big enough deal to consider really.

If you can afford the FA trio and have seen samples you like, you should probably stick with that plan.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Jac0224 Quote
Question: If starting new to Pentax and planning on the FA 31, which of the other limiteds (40/43 and 70/77) would be 'the' lineup? Eventually I envision the 31/40/70 or the 31/43/77, but have no idea whether to go FA or DA. Any push either way???? Does anyone have (or can point to) pictures of the DA's next to the FA's so I can see size comparison?
No pictures of the DAs and FAs side-by-side, but I just got rid of all of my Canon gear to go fully with Pentax gear, and I went with the FA trio (31/43/77). Very pleased with them so far... Obviously, they're a bit bigger than the DA pancakes, but the 43mm is pretty small, and compared to the L-lenses I had, all three are tiny! Great build quality, excellent IQ, small, light... What's not to like?
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Just got the 43 today to finish off my line up of 31, 43, 77, 100WR.
First shots with the 43 are great.

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My personal inclination is towards the DA limiteds because I like their look better.

Look through the FA limited club, and the DA limited club. The differences are pretty easy to spot.
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