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06-17-2011, 11:58 AM   #16
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Straight from the box, bit of on board cross processing 35mm F2.8.

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06-17-2011, 12:03 PM   #17
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No processing, right out of the box, outside my office.

06-17-2011, 04:05 PM   #18
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Go for the FA43.
You will feel it every time you check pics on your computer.

A day without FA43 is like, you know, night...

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The fell siren call of the 43 too reaches my ears as I ponder abandoning the 35Ltd for the smallest of The Three.

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Having just sold everything, *including* my DA 35 2.4, to get my FA43 (and K-5) I say DON'T HESITATE. The FA43 blows the 35 2.4 out of the water, there's just no comparison.

There - easy, innit?
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Rob,

Let me throw in my two cents. I own all three of the limiteds. The 43 has become my favourite. (Least used is the 31 ltd.) It all comes down to the kind of shooting you do. The 43 is a great portrait lens (especially indoors). And it is a great street lens.

I own numerous Pentax, Zeiss and Voigtlander lenses. (I've had a serious case of LBA the past couple years.) And if I had to choose just one of these lenses as my only lens, it would be the 43 ltd.

If you discover that the 43 is not to your taste (I would be surprised), then there is a strong demand in the used market.
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ETA: Move fast, there's a 43 for sale in the market place for an amazing $450 - wow!

QuoteOriginally posted by Byrd-2020 Quote
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If you discover that the 43 is not to your taste (I would be surprised), then there is a strong demand in the used market.
Byrd, it's hardly fair to set the poor guy up for the slavering wild-eyed hordes that will descend upon him if he ever puts his 43 up for sale I know I nabbed mine within moments of it hitting the Pentax Marketplace - the ink wasn't even dry on the pixels of the ad!

Seconding what Byrd said, though, the 43 is my favorite all-around lens I've yet had....and I've tried a lot of lenses :P I expected to love it, but I didn't expect it to be so darned USEFUL. I have yet to find anything that I can't shoot, indoors or out. And it doesn't hurt that it makes everything look flippin' amazing. Even sunset shots are better with the 43


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Another vote for the 43mm ..... I thought about the 31mm but ended up with the Sigma 30/1.4 and that's a cracking lense too (unintentional pun) !

We know how good the 43 is at street, portraits and just about anything but I didn't realise just how superb the definition was until I cropped 100% and it still came out good enough to print at 8x10.





This is the 100% crop.



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QuoteOriginally posted by Frogfish Quote
Another vote for the 43mm ..... I thought about the 31mm but ended up with the Sigma 30/1.4 and that's a cracking lense too (unintentional pun) !

We know how good the 43 is at street, portraits and just about anything but I didn't realise just how superb the definition was until I cropped 100% and it still came out good enough to print at 8x10.





This is the 100% crop.
Be careful showing those photos Frogfish - you might cut someone with something that sharp!
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Stop making me want the 43 !!! My initial idea was the 43 but when I realised I could for the same outlay (Plus selling the 35 2.4) get the 35mm limited macro AND a fast fifty I decided that would give me a much broader range of photography at my disposal.
So sadly the 43 is not bound for my bag. However, today I swapped the Sigma for the FA50mm 1.4 and bagged a nice tripod due to the price drop and either A: It's a truly great lens or B: That Sigma was a really REALLY bad copy.
It's accepted it's softer at 1.4 but comparing like for like images it it trounces the Sigma which I take to indicate just how huge it's front focussing issue was.

So we are done, a 35 limited and a works first time out of the box FA50 for a little less than an FA43. A good weeks business I think........
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