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06-02-2011, 11:52 AM   #46
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the 50mm will always be my most preferred focal length. the 35mm would be next to it.

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Yes: 50mm (M)
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Rikenon P 50mm 1.7 (stellar, stellar lens), my 50mm (1.4) and 55mm (1.8) Taks really never leave the bag. Call me insane, but I can find a good workout for all three of these when I go out shooting, sometimes I will shoot the same subject with all three...
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I am a a film only user. Like most I started with a 50mm lens.
Soon after trying the 35mm focal length I realized it far better portrays how I see things.
Though I have owned a number of 50mm lenses in the years since I seldom use one.

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06-02-2011, 07:59 PM   #50
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The FA 35mm has mostly replaced my FA 50 1.4 for general indoors shooting. The FA 50 is still my short portrait lens, the D FA 100mm is my long portrait lens (among other things).

I don't understand people saying 50mm is too short for portraits, when so many people use the 43mm for portraits. The FA 77 Ltd was designed as a portrait lens for film cameras and it's the same fov as a 50 on APS-C (actual FL is 52mm X 1.5 = 78mm).

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QuoteOriginally posted by audiobomber Quote
I don't understand people saying 50mm is too short for portraits, when so many people use the 43mm for portraits. The FA 77 Ltd was designed as a portrait lens for film cameras and it's the same fov as a 50 on APS-C.
People are good at believing two opposite things at the same time.

1) Portraits must be 85mm (or whatever).
2) The limiteds can do no wrong.

/divide by zero
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QuoteOriginally posted by audiobomber Quote

I don't understand people saying 50mm is too short for portraits
that's a new one. even in fullframe, it's a typical portrait focal length.
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FWIW, I don't get 77mm on FF for portraits any more than I get 50mm on APS-C. It just seems to put you too close for my tastes. Fine for an "environmental portrait" where you specifically don't want the head to dominate the frame, but not my favorite for your basic head-and-shoulders portrait.

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50 is too short for me for portraits, generally, but I think some people make it work nicely. And I am a tele-holic, but even I will go wide sometimes. Here's one from last week with the DA15:

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QuoteOriginally posted by paperbag846 Quote
1) Portraits must be 85mm (or whatever).
2) The limiteds can do no wrong.
/divide by zero
LOL!

QuoteOriginally posted by Marc Sabatella Quote
FWIW, I don't get 77mm on FF for portraits any more than I get 50mm on APS-C. It just seems to put you too close for my tastes.
QuoteOriginally posted by Todd Adamson Quote
50 is too short for me for portraits, generally
I have no quarrel with the above. It's the definitive "too short for portraits" that irks me. It is a mild telephoto lens, so I don't see why it should be categorically excluded.

Todd, your musician friend has a large head.
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Love my K50/1.2 and Super Tak 55/1.8. Use them alot. And a Planar 50/1.4 on the Contax AX.
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QuoteOriginally posted by audiobomber Quote

Todd, your musician friend has a large head.




they are not related, are they?
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My favorite focal length - I have three 50's and a 55. They are on the camera 60-70% of the time.
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Not since I got the DA 35/2,4. I sold my Super Tak 50/1,4 because I just didn't use it enough, I don't really shoot portraits and find an awkward length for what I do. But if I find a good deal on an A50/1,7 or F or FA 50 I'll probably jump on it.
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Another vote for "no-kinda"

I've got a wad of 50mms, from Taks, to A series to D-FA 50 macros.

I will always grab my FA 43 first when I want to shoot normal. It just looks and feels normal to me, and this limited just adds something interesting in the rendering.

I was just shooting with my SMC 55mm 1.8, and it's a fine lens, somewhere between normal and short-tele... but it's neither, really. Maybe if there's a FF Pentax DSLR someday, these fast fifties will have a new life. But for now, slide me my FA43, please.
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