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02-13-2011, 03:12 PM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by Metalwizards Quote
The reason I say the DA 40mm is an entry level prime is that it is the cheapest DA prime aside from the 35, and while it is a bit more expensive, it's not THAT much more expensive at $340 from Adorama. The only other prime in that range is the FA 50mm, which goes for around the same price. Is this too expensive for entry level? It would seem in that case then only the DAL 35mm would be entry level, along with older manual focus lenses.

No one has used both lenses extensively?
That's a good point. Back three years ago (or was it four - can't remember), I picked up the DA 40 limited for 230 US. New. The FA was 180 Dollars new at that point, and the FA 35 a little more.

It was perceived that the 40mm was priced at that level as it is a 60mm equiv focal length, and not as useful as some other ranges.

But then again, it could just go to show that Pentax is a value king.

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I find it interesting that some posters here can come to a conclusion that the DA 40mm is superior to the DA 35mm f/2.4 without even using the lens in question! While the DA 40mm does have the edge in compactness and build quality and having Quick Shift, the new DA 35mm is actually very, very good especially when you consider the price. Don't come to a snap conclusion without first trying the lens. You'll be pleasantly surprised how good the new 35mm actually is.
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QuoteOriginally posted by acrollet Quote
I'm going to throw out a curveball and recommend the Pentax-F 50mm f/1.7 - they pop up on the marketplace fairly often, and tend to go for about $200. If you're ok with the increased focal length, it's an amazing lens, makes magical pics especially for portraits/candids. I've shot with a 43mm limited, and honestly like the F50 better. (just my subjective opinion before people jump all over me
This is an interesting point. You could get a 35 and 50 f1.7 for just a bit more than the price of the da40...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Metalwizards Quote
You could get a 35 and 50 f1.7 for just a bit more than the price of the da40...
This would be flexible. A good set up. But can you actually get them for the same price? The 50 1.7 goes for 200, the 35 goes for 200 + tax (good luck finding a used copy).

The DA 40 goes for just under 300 if you buy used. If speed is important, though, it's not really going to replace the 50.

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I just saw a DA 35mm 2.4 for sale in the marketplace for $180...
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