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03-09-2011, 01:46 AM   #16
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Yes, I know the lens 35/2. I had it but on my K10 it had a severe front focus and I sold it.
Now I have K5 and can adjust several focus distances.

Pentax 35/2 or Sigma 30/1.4 - the next dilema? :-))))


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I've purchased Sigma 30 f/1.4 for indoors low light shooting and absolutely love it. Soft extreme corners doesn't matter in portraiture. I even used it outdoors for non-portraiture, at web or the regular small print sizes you don't notice the extreme borders and corners being softer, in worst case you can crop and eliminate them from the pic.
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I love my DA35 2.4 ! K-x iso800 f2.4:



it has wonderful colors: K200d: (ok this is not low light)



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QuoteOriginally posted by Free Soul Quote
Thank you all!

So, no one adviced me for 35/2.8 macro? OK, it's not on the list anymore.

Sigma 28/1.8 is as expensive as Sigma 30/1.4 here, in Bulgaria. I don't know why...But if it is no better than 30/1.4 it is not in my mind anymore.

Vivitars are very difficult to be find in my country - it is a small second hand marketplace. I will have an eye on European suggestions...It will take time...

Samyang 35/1.4? Sounds good...But have to wait for more reviews and to have it here for sale...

I know 31/1.8 is the best...Believe it or not, here in Bulgaria (Europe), it costs 1570 USD!... And the avarage salary for the country is around 400-500 USD.

So, it is only for the hobby, I should listen to my mind, not my heart, and go for the Sigma.
I know that you are in a vastly different market than those of us in the U.S., but you are talented enough that you could get paid for your portraits here. Is this not possible where you live? Maybe just enough to subsidize your hobby?

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If you don't think it too long, how about the FA 43 f/1.8 ltd? I'm at work so unable to post some indoor shots, but it's a great lens, sharp corner to corner and great bokeh.
Another one to think about is the Sigma 24mm f/1.8 EX DG. I also own this lens and don't use it nearly enough.

NaCl(two more to think about)H2O

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QuoteOriginally posted by NaClH2O Quote
If you don't think it too long, how about the FA 43 f/1.8 ltd? I'm at work so unable to post some indoor shots, but it's a great lens, sharp corner to corner and great bokeh.
Another one to think about is the Sigma 24mm f/1.8 EX DG. I also own this lens and don't use it nearly enough.

NaCl(two more to think about)H2O
The FA43 is actually a really good suggestion. Don't know how much it sells for in your area, but here it is approx. 25% more than the Sigma 30. Though it is longer, I actually find it to be about perfect for indoor use and, in fact, it's actually my most used lens, indoors or out. With this lens, you are getting the same quality of the 31, some say even better. It's a forever lens and a genuine classic, the only Pentax lens ever that Leica asked for a version of! If your budget can stretch that far, you wouldn't regret it.
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If you really are limited by budget, then I second planedriver's suggestion for the focal lengths you are looking at.

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I love my DA35 2.4 ! K-x iso800 f2.4
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Lovely gallery, Free Soul! Those are the type of pictures I take, or would like to take, rather, mostly of my own kids. Very well done!

I can't comment too much about the lenses in play, but I would definitely recommend an FA43 over a DA35 macro for these kind of shots. Although the latter will take nice close-ups, I don't really like how it does faces. The 43 is, I think, even nicer than the FA31, just not quite as wide. The DA40 is also quite nice for this sort of thing, it is obviously less fast but is so sharp wide open that is certainly can be used in low light.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Free Soul Quote
Hi everyone.

Please help me to choose wideangle prime lens for indoor photography.
I have Pentax 50/1.4, and often find it too long for home shots...
I like sharp and bright lenses, and the price is a matter, of course. Otherwise I would buy 31 Limited, but too expensive for me.
I'd say anything 28 to 35mm should do just fine.
Not clue if AF is a must or not, but if you can find some pretty decent f/2 35mm MF lenses for a decent price on eBay. Otherwise, I'd recommend looking at the Sigma 35(as you mentioned) or the Pentax 31mm lenses.
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QuoteOriginally posted by JohnBee Quote
I'd say anything 28 to 35mm should do just fine.
Not clue if AF is a must or not, but if you can find some pretty decent f/2 35mm MF lenses for a decent price on eBay. Otherwise, I'd recommend looking at the Sigma 35(as you mentioned) or the Pentax 31mm lenses.

It's a Sigma 30 and she's already said she can't afford the 31 in the very post that you quoted.

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I too am in the same boat, i really would love the 31LTD and i will have it one day but for now the sigma 30mm 1.4 at the fraction of the price looks very very tempting...
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Thank you all for the kind answers and advices! :-)

I haven't yet decided, may be it will be Sigma 30 1.4, I have to try it first.

Thank you for posted photos! Very helpful :-)
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Free Soul ... ditto on the praises of you wonderful gallery...I am book marking your site!
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