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04-21-2011, 10:09 AM   #1
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FA35mm/2 or FA43mm/1.9 limited

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I am rearranging my kit so I sold DA35 and FA50/1.4 and bought Tamron 17-50 for landscapes and cityscapes, and FA77/1.8 for portraits. But now I realized that really miss a lens that can stay on my camera all the time. I am carrying camera with me all the time coz there is always a possibility to make some shoots and was using 50/1.4 as everyday lens. For some reasons DA35 was not very convenient for me as a everyday lens, maybe due to slow autofocus I can not explain this even to myself. So, I was thinking to buy FA43 to replace FA50, but than B&H listed FA35/2 that appears to be quite interesting as walk-around lens. So, what would be your choice? Highly appreciate your opinion.
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Personally I would get the 31mm if I had my choice of any prime as a single standard lens. I find the 40-55mm range is too tight for everyday use, so personally I would go with 35mm. I'm using my 35mm f2.4 99% of the time now, and I often wish it was a bit faster and wider.
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43mm limited over fa 35mm.

-Better build
-Better rendering (personal preference)
-limited
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yurko_yr, why can't the Tammy live on your camera all the time?

My day to day lens is the FA31Ltd, by the way. Not so much because of its qualities, but because of its field of view. Wide enough AND long enough; absolutely perfect for me. I'm not familiar with the FA43Ltd and FA35, but would prefer the wider one from a FOV perspective

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Thanks a lot for your responses.
So, unfortunately, I can not afford FA31 for now, but can get a good deal on one of these two – 35 or 43. I was almost ready to buy 43 when FA35 appeared at B&H. So that was stopped me and made me consider this lens too. I do not think that I would like to buy DAL 35/2.4 – it is a bit slower and a bit too plastic.
Tamron is great lens but too big to carry in my everyday bag and I really like prime lenses.
So – I am looking lets say for “universal” everyday prime lens that could be used almost at every situation – rapid portraits, street photography, and some events photography.
I am leaning toward FA43, coz as I said FA50/1.4 was such lens for me before, but it had some limitations.
But, I read that FA35 is also a very good lens. So, I stuck in decision between these two and looking for your advices and opinions.
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If you get the fa 43 you'll never regret it. Or if you ever do, then send it to me.
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I love both the 31ltd and the 43 ltd.
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I love them both too, and the 31 has a nice all around range, but it's big! The 43 stays on the body more often and I swap out for the 31 when I need it - No expereince with the new 35, but the 43 is a joy to use.

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Take your 17-50 zoom lens, set it at around 40-45mm and walk around trying to take portraits, street images, etc. Really experiment with different scenarios and see if that is a focal length you want a prime lens in. If so, then the 43mm is a great lens. I will never buy the 40mm or 43mm because I don't use that focal length very often. Even 35mm isn't wide enough for me on a regular basis. The nice thing about the 35mm is that it does macro for close up detail. Since you can't afford the 31mm, have you considered the 21mm or FA 28mm?
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By most accounts, the FA 43 is a superior lens, and I can personally attest that it is absolutely splendid, but the focal length may be a bit too long for general purpose shooting. As others have suggested, the FA 31 is perhaps better suited to your purposes, but if it is unaffordable to you at this time, I should think that the 35 may serve you better. Perhaps you can raise funds for the 31 by selling something, e.g. A small child.

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Few people will argue that the FA 43 is a better investment and will produce richer, more brilliant results. Indeed it comes down to focal length choice, and the FA 31 will of course be the ultimate in portability and IQ. Many alternatives of this lens have been postulated in a number of threads in this forum, but in general perhaps you can consider the DA 35/2.4 or DA 35/2.8 macro Ltd, or perhaps even a 28mm prime, but most will be at f/2.8 also. Any faster than these lenses and you are going to have to fork out more money.
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QuoteOriginally posted by robgo2 Quote
By most accounts, the FA 43 is a superior lens, and I can personally attest that it is absolutely splendid, but the focal length may be a bit too long for general purpose shooting. As others have suggested, the FA 31 is perhaps better suited to your purposes, but if it is unaffordable to you at this time, I should think that the 35 may serve you better. Perhaps you can raise funds for the 31 by selling something, e.g. A small child.

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Having re-read what the OP has written, I now think that the FA 43 is the best choice, given that it is in his price range. I base this on the fact that he was previously happy using the 50/1.4 as a walk-around lens. The FA 43 is slightly wider and should be even more usable. It is certainly a step up in quality.

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If you want a 35mm lens... consider the DA L 35mm 2.4. It's not that much slower than the much more expensive 2.0 and equal in pretty much every other way. With the money you save on that purchase, you can look at investing in another limited. Only buy the FA 43 if you want extreme sharpness. 35mm would be good for most things. I think you would be better off with a 35 + 15, 70 or 77 for general versatility (two primes are always better than one).
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I've had the FA 35mm for a while now. I like a normal lens, so this works just fine for me. It is quite sharp and I like it. I can't afford the 31mm or I'd have it. I just don't know about that 43mm, seems a little tight. Set your zoom to that focal length and try it, as was said above.
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I've never tried FA35 but have the 43.
If you didn't like DA35, chances are you won't like FA35. Especially if you can't point your finger at the reason.
On the other side, 43 is closer to 50 in terms of FOV but still noticeably wider. I'd say it's just about the right walkaround lens. It's very well built and renders really well. I definitelly wouldn't hesitate to recommend it as walkaround lens...
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