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04-19-2011, 12:27 PM   #31
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You make good points. I suppose that if I needed f1.4, I would be torn between the Sigma 30mm and 50mm.
I just use my old tried and true K50F1.4 MF does not bother me much in situations like this.

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You make good points. I suppose that if I needed f1.4, I would be torn between the Sigma 30mm and 50mm.
From that link above that I posted the Pro says Wide not Tele so I've been trying to buy the Sigma 30/1.4 locally this week (no stock due to the Earthquake in Japan). It's easily sharp enough to crop if necessary.
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That makes sense. The Sigma 30mm/1.4 is a lens I've had my eye on for a long time.
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Lenses received and tried

A brief update, the lenses (FA-50/1.4 and DA-L 35/2.4) came in the mail yesterday. We played with them for a while and I let the kids take a bunch of photos. It's neat what they find interesting. I took a bunch at f/1.4 just so I could see a "1.4" on the viewfinder and be impressed.

And I AM quite impressed with how fast the FA-50 is. I didn't think at first there was a huge difference between f/1.4 and f/2.8. I was wrong.

Today was TaeKwonDo where the kids had a test for their kicks. I managed to get some action shots I'm pleased with. I apologize in advance for my technique, I'm a newbie and the camera and lens are both also new to me. But overall I am really really happy with the FA-50.

I would welcome any pointers too. For the most part I used ISO 1250, 1/640th and f/2.0 to 2.8. I tried some combinations between 1.4 and 2.8 but seemed to settle there. Then I used Topaz to denoise.

I see a lot of room for improvement on these but for now I'm happy to report that the "martial arts lens for $300" is indeed possible and is named the FA-50 f/1.4 if you only have 300 bucks to spend.

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04-22-2011, 12:38 AM   #35
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wow they look good with a lot of potential. So go and praktice and have fun with them. Maybe some post processing to make the colours good.

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