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02-14-2011, 07:07 PM   #16
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Probably it has to do with them having been one of the best deals in photography recently, and now there's the 35/2.4 for those not big on the portrait FOV.

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Amazon is currently having a huge sale on the DA 35 2.4. It normally retails for $219.95, but is currently on sale for $217.24. That's right, you can save a whopping $2.71.
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I was very frustrated with my FA50 for a while after I first got it - especially at wider than f2.8 - and basically shelved it for well over a year after I bought my DA35. But in recent months I've forced myself to use it in more situations, to learn how to "see" better with it, and it's a lens I'll probably never part with. It's really easy to get a shot with a 28mm or 35mm, but the challenge to frame subjects like landscapes with the FA50 can be very rewarding because it forces you to see things differently. My point: if there are so many available right now, hopefully it means that the price can be driven down and one can get one if they haven't already. I would say it's well worth it, at least in terms of challenging oneself as a photographer.
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I think it may have to do with the FA50 being a common "first prime", as it was for me. It's good enough to whet your appetite for a good prime, but not good enough to satisfy it. It ends up being a "gateway" lens that sets you up for years of LBA. Man, the FA50 is a bastard.

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QuoteOriginally posted by RioRico Quote
I sometimes live in a mile-high mining town on the Sonora border: Bisbee Arizona. When the copper minies petered-out in the 1960's and 1970's, locals left, abandoning their homes. House prices were very very low. Hippies started nosing around this incredibly quaint / scenic / dramatic locale, and buying said cheap shacks, refurbishing, improving... which, decades later, led to a boom. Common joke: A freak in 1975 asks, "Wow man, y'mean I can buy that for four grand?!?" In 2005 they asked, "Wow man, y'mean I can sell this for four hundred grand?!?"

When I bought my FA50/1.4 about 2.7 years ago, it was cheap, less than US$200. Then: "Wow man, y'mean I can buy that for under two hundred bucks?!?" Now: "Wow man, y'mean I can sell this for four hundred bucks?!?" All those lenses on the market now? I think we're seeing owners cashing-in. Maybe they're moved into a high-ISO body and don't so much feel the need for speed. And selling that Fifty now is a good way to pick up some change. That's my hypothesis.
I think you hit the nail on the head for most sellers...
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