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03-08-2011, 03:42 PM   #1
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FA50mm 1.4 or DA35mm f2.4

Need help from someone who has used both hopefully. I have a K-x and a M 50mm f1.7; I love that lens but I would like to have a AF alternative. I like the idea of another 50mm in the FA f1.4 but I was think maybe save some money and just get the DA 35mm f2.4 since I already have the 50 coverage. Any suggestions??

Also I like outdoor portraits the most and plan to piece together a single strobe set up...if that helps.

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35mm might be too wide for portraits and will likely be fairly unflattering. I was in the same situation and went and got a FA 50. However now I'm lusting after something with a longer length as I find I have to be closer to people than I would like with the 50...
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That really depends on what you are shooting. Full body portrait with 35mm isn't unflattering. 50mm is about as wide as I would go for a torso and up. 70mm or higher for headshots.
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35mm might be too wide for portraits and will likely be fairly unflattering. I was in the same situation and went and got a FA 50. However now I'm lusting after something with a longer length as I find I have to be closer to people than I would like with the 50...
Sounds like you know where I'm coming from then. One thing I was considering is the fact that the FA 50 is getting harder to find new were the DA 35 f2.4 is something I could pick up later but then again later I would hope to be able to afford something better than the DA 35 f2.4.

I see you have both the M 50 and the FA 50, what is the comparison of the two?

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I like them both, but I'm not really qualified to make comparisons between the two. I mainly needed to get the FA because my children were far too fast to manually focus on. I loved the M lens because it made me consider my shots more carefully and it gave me the confidence to move off AV onto manual settings.

The 35 is a good lens, but if you're considering it for portraiture, not just full body, it can distort the features, which you don't really want unless you're going to that kind of look.
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I like them both, but I'm not really qualified to make comparisons between the two. I mainly needed to get the FA because my children were far too fast to manually focus on. I loved the M lens because it made me consider my shots more carefully and it gave me the confidence to move off AV onto manual settings.

The 35 is a good lens, but if you're considering it for portraiture, not just full body, it can distort the features, which you don't really want unless you're going to that kind of look.
I have kids as well and that is the main reason I got tired of MF with the M 50.

I'm mainly trying to get the most bang for the buck, sharp and nice bokeh. The 35 was just appealing because I already have a 50 and the price is less but I also don't want to waste the little budget I do have.
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I bought my FA second-hand in mint condition for $350. New it's from $500-$600 over here, I don't know what prices are like there. Maybe check out Keh.com? I bought my Tammy from them and it was in perfect condition.
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Here's a link to some of my practice shots with the FA 50mm, don't expect too much from them as it's mainly me playing with the camera, but it will give you some idea. http://www.facebook.com/album.php?id=810982845

Here's another link to a bunch of portraits I did for a friend of mine, again, I'm not a pro, so don't expect too much me of me. Jennifer 25th Feb 2011 | Facebook

It'll give you an idea at least whether you think it's capable for your needs or to keep looking at the 35


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Here's a link to some of my practice shots with the FA 50mm, don't expect too much from them as it's mainly me playing with the camera, but it will give you some idea. 50mm FA Practice | Facebook

Here's another link to a bunch of portraits I did for a friend of mine, again, I'm not a pro, so don't expect too much me of me. Jennifer 25th Feb 2011 | Facebook

It'll give you an idea at least whether you think it's capable for your needs or to keep looking at the 35
The FA new here is like $360ish USD. The 35 f2.4 is under $200.

I'll check out those links, thanks.
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I am still undecided.

For any fence sitters ready to make the jump, Tri-State has the FA 1.4 on Ebay for 360 with free shipping. I don't recall if they are one of our sponsors or not, you may be be able to click through from here and support the site.

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If you want bokeh, get the 50. I have the DA 40MM, and I am able to take nice portraits with it so long as I crop, but the depth of field is not super shallow, and the 35 is only half a stop faster so I don't suspect it will be as shallow as you might want.

With my M 50 1.7 it is quite shallow. If you already have a manual 50, focusing is SUPER easy on a target that doesn't move. The secret is using live view and zooming in to max zoom on live view to the place you want in focus, like their eyes, at that point you will always nail focus. I was ready to give up manual focusing till I figured that out. If you do it through the view finder than it's almost impossible.
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Every person with a Pentax SLR should own a FA 50/1.4 Using it is of course, optional.
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QuoteOriginally posted by selar Quote
Every person with a Pentax SLR should own a FA 50/1.4 Using it is of course, optional.
I'll stick with my K 50mm f/1.4, thank you very much.
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If you want bokeh, get the 50. I have the DA 40MM, and I am able to take nice portraits with it so long as I crop, but the depth of field is not super shallow, and the 35 is only half a stop faster so I don't suspect it will be as shallow as you might want.

With my M 50 1.7 it is quite shallow. If you already have a manual 50, focusing is SUPER easy on a target that doesn't move. The secret is using live view and zooming in to max zoom on live view to the place you want in focus, like their eyes, at that point you will always nail focus. I was ready to give up manual focusing till I figured that out. If you do it through the view finder than it's almost impossible.
Thanks for that tip, I never even thought about that as an option. My only concern with the FA 50 is the AF ratings, seems to be low. On the other hand sharpness and bokeh score well.
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For outside portraits, I would go with the FA 50 1.4 over the DA35 2.4. The 35mm is a little too wide for outdoors but indoors its pretty good. I personally have the 35 2.4 and a M50 1.4. Both I find really good depending on situation. If I remember corrrectly the FA50 1.4 is same design as the M50 1.4? If it is I find it really good in sharpness.
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