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06-30-2011, 11:02 PM   #16
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Agreed, the da* being 899 is a travesty. The tokina version is over 300 cheaper. If I had the money I would happily fork it over for the 31 though, with no regrets.

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Yeah, I was surprised as well when I had to retouch environmental portraits done with FA31 due to the sharpness of the lens.
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Yep, this certainly doesn't help with the FA31 lust that I am feeling right now :/
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Man,

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Yep, this certainly doesn't help with the FA31 lust that I am feeling right now :/
I see 35 ltd in your lens lineup.....cannot cheat on that lens with FA31 - Think about family

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QuoteOriginally posted by vrrattko Quote
I see 35 ltd in your lens lineup.....cannot cheat on that lens with FA31 - Think about family
Yeah... I know... But I am tempted to sell 35 ltd and some others for the 31!
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i know...

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Yeah... I know... But I am tempted to sell 35 ltd and some others for the 31!
I did the same with selling FA43 for FA31.....i'm stilll not sure if it was good choice...31 is more versatile, but i liked my photos taken with 43 better.
btw. you have pentax 20/4? I have K version and I find this lens is a hidden treasure.
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Henry, keep posting such images from FA31....because i need to resist my sudden urges to sell this lens and return back to FA43
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QuoteOriginally posted by vrrattko Quote
I did the same with selling FA43 for FA31.....i'm stilll not sure if it was good choice...31 is more versatile, but i liked my photos taken with 43 better.
btw. you have pentax 20/4? I have K version and I find this lens is a hidden treasure.
Yes, I have the Pentax-M 20/4 A nice little lens, works really well on film. I really need to play with it more on digital though. Not sure how the K and M versions compare, but the M is very small in size.

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QuoteOriginally posted by vrrattko Quote
I did the same with selling FA43 for FA31.....i'm stilll not sure if it was good choice...31 is more versatile, but i liked my photos taken with 43 better.
btw. you have pentax 20/4? I have K version and I find this lens is a hidden treasure.
That's how I feel as well. My FA31 is more useful as a general purpose, walk-around lens, but I tend to prefer the rendering from my FA43, although it is a close call. I'm lucky to have both. The FA43 is my main portrait lens. I am partial to environmental and upper body portraits, for which it is an ideal focal length.

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QuoteOriginally posted by robgo2 Quote
That's how I feel as well. My FA31 is more useful as a general purpose, walk-around lens, but I tend to prefer the rendering from my FA43, although it is a close call. I'm lucky to have both. The FA43 is my main portrait lens. I am partial to environmental and upper body portraits, for which it is an ideal focal length.

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Hi Rob, nice to see somebody understanding....well as soon as my financial situation allows it i foresee buying FA43 again.....this time black one . But I'll keep 31 as well. Btw. somebody in this forum was using FA 43 as a landscape lens and posted some pretty impressive landscape photos here, unfortunately i couldn't remember who it was.
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Keep them both. Some say that FA43 is sharper on f/4 and f/5.6.


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Henry, keep posting such images from FA31....because i need to resist my sudden urges to sell this lens and return back to FA43
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No, it isn't discontinued.

Woah, $999 right now! Anyone who has been an enthusiast photographer knows camera lens prices fluctuate. In a few weeks that price will probably go up a hundred as they sell their stock. They must have had a big shipment come in.

I love my 31mm. On APS-C its the perfect all-rounder lens.
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No, it isn't discontinued.

Woah, $999 right now! Anyone who has been an enthusiast photographer knows camera lens prices fluctuate. In a few weeks that price will probably go up a hundred as they sell their stock. They must have had a big shipment come in.

I love my 31mm. On APS-C its the perfect all-rounder lens.
It's been that price at B&H for several months now. Was $965 for many months before that. B&H didn't spike their prices (more than $35, anyway) a few months back like everybody else did.
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The "Wild Card" now is the Ricoh acquisition of Pentax. Who the hell knows what will or won't be available in the future or the quality.
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The "Wild Card" now is the Ricoh acquisition of Pentax. Who the hell knows what will or won't be available in the future or the quality.
True. On one hand I'm glad I've already got all the currently available K-mount lenses I want. On the other, I have a major investment in K-mount and need someone to shepherd it well and continue bringing out up-to-date, desirable bodies.
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