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07-14-2011, 04:09 AM   #31
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QuoteOriginally posted by heasley Quote
1 4 5 6 10 are with 43? And the remainder with the 55?
you have 2 correct sir

any other guesses?

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I don't own both but I used to...
Now I just have 55. I do miss the rendering qualities of 43 but I'm much more comfortable with focal length of 55. If you have and love 77 then 43 would make a good sense, that is however if you are comfortable with the focal length. But it's a nice spread 43+77, 55 is touch close to 77.

Now to the 2 lenses...
43 is much smaller, uses smaller (49mm as on FA77) filters is lighter and focuses faster (not fast, but faster than 55).
On the other side, 55 is quiet, is WR and has better hood and hood attachment arrangement (the DA*55 hood offers much more protection to the front element from elements, hits and debris than any FA ltd hood).

IQ wise? FA43 is incredibly sharp at any f stop, has excellent contrast and great colours. DA*55 is usably sharp at f1.4 just about as sharp at f1.8-2 as 43ltd and sharp from there onwards (43 edges it in this respect though). Contrast is very high from f1.6 and usable at f1.4. 55 has less CAs than 43 and I'd say touch less PF too. 43 has bit better flare resistance IMO and touch better colours. OOF? well, both lenses can be busy. 55 more so in "right conditions" but also because of extra 12mm 55 smooths background more in most occasions.

At the end few shots from both, you tell me which is which





















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QuoteOriginally posted by axl Quote
you have 2 correct sir

any other guesses?
Yikes. 2 out of 10? And I thought I new the FA43.
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Yikes. 2 out of 10? And I thought I new the FA43.
Sorry...

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QuoteOriginally posted by TOUGEFC Quote
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Simon says.... And Simon is nearly right. The last 4 are wrong. Rest is correct...

Correct order is: odds are 43, evens are 55

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QuoteOriginally posted by heasley Quote
Yikes. 2 out of 10? And I thought I new the FA43.
You had 2 out of 5 (or four out of 10).

QuoteOriginally posted by axl Quote
The last 4 are wrong. Rest is correct...
Of the last four only two (7 & 10) were wrong.

I would have had 3 & 6 wrong.
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so i got 8/10 correct? Still I think they do have similar characteristics
Cant wait to add the 55 to my collection.
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Congratulations. In my mind, the FA43 is probably the finest lens that I have ever used. I tried the DA*55 but was unable to find a copy that could focus accurately, and I am not alone in that regard. I don't think that you will have buyer's remorse once you get the 43 in your hands and then see the images that it can produce with your own eyes.

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I had the same problem with the FA43ltd. Interesting.

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so i got 8/10 correct? Still I think they do have similar characteristics
Cant wait to add the 55 to my collection.
Yes indeed. Seems you know your glass...
Anything in particular that made you guess the way you did?
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I had the same problem with the FA43ltd. Interesting.
That is interesting. I calibrate all of my lenses with the LensAlign system, and the FA43 is very precise and consistent on my K-7. In contrast, the DA*55 was all over the map. I tested and returned 5 copies, which is probably some sort of record.

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That is interesting. I calibrate all of my lenses with the LensAlign system, and the FA43 is very precise and consistent on my K-7. In contrast, the DA*55 was all over the map. I tested and returned 5 copies, which is probably some sort of record.

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i calibrate my lenses by guess and by gosh...LOL. No, I'm a little more careful than that, but the 43 wasn't having any of it. I dialed in my FA35, my Sigma 30, my FA 50, my FA100 (D-Xenon 100, actually), and they all focus pin sharp. The FA 43 (two copies) just missed, and more regularly than I was comfortable with. I only use the center spot, usually, and manually focus anything off-axis. It wasn't consistent front or back focus. I would swear it was the camera if I didn't have so many lenses that work fine.
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Well, my 43 arrived in the mail today.

But I wasn't here to sign for it...
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