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05-31-2011, 12:52 AM   #31
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Since I found the A 50 f/1.2, 50mm is perhaps my most used focal length on APS-C. I really like it I think I prefer it to the 35mm of the DA35/2.8 limited to be honest.

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Interesting opinions, even more interesting is that 55mm seems to be more preferred focal length compared to 50mm, just wondering is that a big difference?
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QuoteOriginally posted by yusuf Quote
just wondering is that a big difference?
Price, size, weight of the DA*? ;-)
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My Pentax-M 50mm f1.4 is on my K-x most of the time!

05-31-2011, 03:19 AM   #35
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No, I find it an awkward focal length on cropped. Much prefer my FA43
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I use a 50 f1.4 and a 50 f2 and I love them.
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Do you still shoot with 50mm prime on DSLR?
For me my SMC Pentax-A 50mm F1.2 is as I mentioned on my lens review, "It's my walk around lens and is on one of my bodies all the time."

Hence it's used daily for about 50% or so of my work.
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Not that much.

For walk around where the subject is people, I prefer 28mm and 35mm. A 28-75ish is of great use, but I usually find myself at the extremes, not in the middle.

For architectural, 12/15/21/28. For landscape 12/15/21/24. For sports I just use a 70-200mm.

But when I need an "art" piece it is invaluable. Things like hands, etc. Details and close-ups that allow me very thin DOF. Perfect. I'll always have a fast 50mm.


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Apart from that my kit hasn't changed since the new 35 came out, my FA 50 is still my favorite lens. Some got them just cause they were affordable and good and didn't like the crop factor, but FOV actually is a primary factor in what I do, On full-frame it'd actually be a 77 or an 85mm that was practically bolted on there. (And if I get hold of a 77, it's body cap of habit will be the film body I always carry. )

This 50 and I get along *great.* (I'd hope so: I pretty much built the system around this lens, though that was mostly on hopes it'd be like the M-series. But it's worked out well. ) This lens for the most part behaves just like I'd like at any given aperture, and cranking ISO, especially as newer bodies are capable of, can mean you don't have to be wide-open under many conditions when you'd rather not. I like the speed for precise focus and all, still, though.
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Interesting opinions, even more interesting is that 55mm seems to be more preferred focal length compared to 50mm, just wondering is that a big difference?
We may prefer specific lenses of specific lengths: a hot 31 or 37 or 40 or 43 or 50 or 55 or 58 or whatever. We may have acquired a specific lens, and love it. Each different focal length puts us in a different place. Where we stand with a 43 isn't far from where we stand with a 40 or 45; with a 55, not far from a 50 or 58. Yet 50/1.8's and 55/1.8's just don't taste the same, and neither do the others. I see (besides here) much love for various lenses of both 50mm and 55mm between f/1.2-f/2. My own faves include 50mm f/1.2-4 and 55mm f/1.4-2.8, as well as 45/2.8 and 60/2.8. Whatever.

Maybe we love a specific lens, and where it puts us, and we become accustomed to that. I try not to get stuck, hence my lens-of-the-day strategy. The Mir-1 37/2.8 and Kilfit Makro Kilar-E 40/3.5 and Chinon 45/2.8 and K50/1.2 and CZJ Tessar 50/2.8 (12 iris blades) and MacTak 50/4 (1:1) and Tomioka 55/1.4 and Petri CC 55/1.8 and Porst Color 55/2.8 and Schneider PC-Cinelux 60/2.8 and Eastman Anastigmat 65/3.5 all make me look at the world differently. I like that.

Few lens experiences ==> few and simple viewpoints.
Many lens choices ==> more decisions, more complexity.
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Just returned from four day of driving, walking and shooting. The A50 f2.8 was on the K-5 more than any other lens. The K28 f3.5 and Tamron 90 f2.5 followed.
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I have a M 50mm 1.7 and I really like the focal length but manual focus is just not for me. I am currently in the market for either a F or FA 50mm so when I get it I will be shooting 50mm much more, right now I'm a 28mm guy.
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I have more than 10 normal lenses :ugh: but I mostly use the 50mm 1.2 or 55mm 1.2, other times I use FA43, depends on my mood or bag size or the need for AF etc

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I prefer slightly longer glass and 50mm on an APS-C body is a good focal length for my work. Give me a 31mm, 50mm, 85mm, & 135mm and I would be pretty happy.
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I have a FA50mm 1.7 and a DA35mm LTD.
Since I got the LTD a few weeks ago, i havent put the 50mm back on my camera. The 35mm just fits so naturally indoors for a crop sensor. Of course, YMMV.

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