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02-03-2011, 05:30 AM   #31
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QuoteOriginally posted by sterretje Quote
So axl, towho are you replying
To OP on his original question.
Now that he declared he owns Tammy 28-75/2.8 I see no point in getting DA70. The Tamron is well regarded and half stop is not worth it even with the size difference. Besides, 50 is much better for indoors then suggested 70. For low light indoors 30+50 is a great combo IMO. For outdoors 70 could be better but it depends on personal preferences. I, for one, despite having 43 and 77 ltds love the FOV of 50 on APSC, it gives roughly what 77 would on film, very usable for half body shots and you don't have to stand too far, the softness of the 50s wide open is hugely exagorated IMO and with good PPing, knowing your lens + camera combo and decent focusing and exposure techniques 50s will give you many shots that will leave 70 in shame...

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To OP, Since you already have a zoom, what about DA*50-135? and just keep the tamron you have. 50-135 is my mostly used lens for portrait. Cons:size.

Regarding primes/ltd lenses, how often do you enlarge your print? and how large? 3x5 feet close view distance? My largest double-page photo book looks just fine with a zoom.

Back to original topic, if you don't mind, get M50/A50 1.7 or 1.4 and a split screen. I prefer 1.7.
Me too, I love primes, but may be it's just my LBA.
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Buy one of everything. One can never have too many Fifty's. I only have 45 of them, which is a good start.

Don't fetishize aboput spread or coverage. If coverage was my only criteria, I'd have stopped with my original kit of DA10-17, DA18-250, and FA50/1.4. Hey, for coverage alone, I could have skipped the 50. And maybe I'd throw in the Tamron 10-24. OK, everything's covered.

Or if I considered coverage plus a spread of faster primes, I'd be happy with the Zenitar 16/2.8, Vivitar-Komine 24/2, Nikkor 35/2, FA50/1.4, Nikkor 85/2, SuperTak 105/2.8, Tak-B 135/2.5, Vivitar-Komine 200/3.5, etc. Hey, that's a good spread! Except for the holes at 70 and 160...

But there's more to optics than focal length and aperture, an ineffable something: character. MY SMC-FA, SuperTak, and Yashinon-ML 50/1.4's all have rather different characters, as do my Chinon, Mamiya, SuperTak and Petri 55/1.8's. None is 'best'. Those and others all have their points. I see the biggest difference in two lenses from the same maker, with the same optics but different construction: CZJ 50/2.8, a big black one (M42) with 5 iris blades, and a small aluminium one (Exakta mount) with 12 iris blades. Radically different bokeh!
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QuoteOriginally posted by rparmar Quote
People have used primes in the rain for decades; it's all about being sensible.

As for the DA* being "better optically than the FA"... no way. I have not had the pleasure of using the DA*55, which I am sure is an excellent lens. But none of the hundreds of shots I have inspected look anything like what is (sometimes) achievable with the FA Limiteds. That set were simply designed to different optical objectives.
Well, that's what I mean. With a sealed lens you don't have to be sensible.

I assume by calling the DA* faster than the FA and calling it an FA Limited you assume I was talking about another lens? I was referring to the OPs interest in the FA 50 1.4. I own both and find 1.4 much more pleasing on the DA*.

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