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03-19-2011, 11:57 PM   #16
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me too

Mine back-focuses too. I thought that you have microadjust focusing on K-5 or K-7, am I correct?

QuoteOriginally posted by robgo2 Quote
I recently tested 5 (yes, 5) different copies of the DA* 55/1.4 on a K-7 and one of them on a k-5 as well, and I could not get any of them to focus accurately or consistently. I wanted to use this lens for portraiture but found that I could not trust it. None of my other lenses have any such problems, so I doubt that the problem lies with the cameras. My advice is to test this lens very carefully, if you do get it.

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QuoteOriginally posted by yyyzzz Quote
FA43 image quality is not much superior to F50/1.7 IMHO. I normally avoid AF when taking photos of kids especially indoors. Rarely work precisely. MF most of the time. In that case A50 f1.7 or f1.7 is an alternative. DA*55 is over priced IMHO. The biggest advantages are quiet focusing and weatherproof which are not critical shooting indoors.
I agree on all accounts.
43 is better than 50/1.7 but not by huge margin (wide open that is, stopped down the diferences show pretty quick). MF for kids is very doable but since OP was enquiring about 2 AF lenses, I offered AF alternative. I'd only recommend MF lens if OP is any good at MFing, otherwise he'll loose many more shots than he'll gain IMO
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I would avoid MF for babies. I use either my sigma 30 (close up), or my sigma 50-150 (@50/2.8) if I have some distance. My voigtlander I use for my older child but my baby moves too much.

This was shot with the 50-150:



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Gareth, that example shot really wouldn't be problem with MF.

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QuoteOriginally posted by axl Quote
Gareth, that example shot really wouldn't be problem with MF.
For me, personally, MF would be easier. I know where the point of focus is.
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I have 5 limited primes, my "go to" lens for indoors is the FA31 for reasons of focal length, speed, and image quality It's a lens with only 1 real downside; price.
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I use my MF lenses to focus on the eyes which are not always easy for f1.2 or f1.4 lenses. I use split focusing screen and a Pentax O-ME53 Magnifying eyepiece. K-5 and K-7 are superior to K-x or K-r in terms of the brightness of the viewfinder. The brightness is critical to MF.
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QuoteOriginally posted by axl Quote
Gareth, that example shot really wouldn't be problem with MF.
MF takes too much time for me: I am short sighted just beyond correctable by the dioptors so have to think and correct every time I MF a shot. A wriggling baby who doesn't want to stay still makes AF better for me.

Although completely accept that those that are good at MF will get better shots than I will.

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I personally prefer a 28mm for indoor photos. I have the F 28 2.8 and think it is almost perfect for most indoor shots and most of my indoor shots are of friends and family. Just my two cents.
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