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07-24-2011, 07:08 PM   #16
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I tried 2 DA* 55mm lenses before going with the Sigma 50mm f/1.4. It really depends on what you are doing. If you are a landscape guy then the 55mm might be better as it is sharper from f/4 and up. I was interested in the performance at f/1.4-f/4 and the Sigma gave me better results. I wanted to like the DA* 55mm more. The 55mm is smaller and weather sealed. The extra $200.00 was not a major issue. Sigma is bigger and heaver, but it is faster, cheaper, & sharper at wider apertures.

I actually like the bokeh of the Sigma better, but is does give a warmer tone which has never been an issue. While people claim Sigma has AF issues I had more AF issues with the two 55mm that I tested than with the Sigma.

I would look at the 43mm Ltd as well as the 50mm and the 55mm.

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Thanks for the advice on different lenses. I'll probably spend about 10hours looking at reviews and where i can get the best buy!! If i had enough money I'd buy all of the lenses mentioned . !!
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OP - Just curious: Why 50mm? It's kind of an odd focal distance for me to use. Is this a gap in your lens lineup? Or a favorite focal length?

I picked up my 2nd 50 recently (M50/2). A really cheap, good 50 for shooting landscapes stopped down. But there will be more...
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QuoteOriginally posted by abacus07 Quote
Or a favorite focal length?
I suppose you could call it a favorite focal length! I just like working around 50mm, and i personally think 50mm is a good general focal length.

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QuoteOriginally posted by RioRico Quote
I have nearly 50, which is a good start.
... and here being a newbie I felt silly for having 2 and considering a 3rd.

Quit hoarding and share the wealth!
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QuoteOriginally posted by HockeyDad Quote
... and here being a newbie I felt silly for having 2 and considering a 3rd.
One can never have too many Fiftys. And all Fiftys are not created equal, not by any means. Hay, they all (mostly) have different characters and feels. And only one is AF. [rhapsody to fiftys omitted]

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Oh, I intend to. About five of those are on my sell list. Gotta make room for more, eh?
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QuoteOriginally posted by mika. Quote
I think the top choice for me would have to be the Leica Summicron 50/2, followed by the Voigtlander Ultron 40/2, followed by Pentax-K 50/1.4 and the Pentax-K 55/1.8.
Hello Mika. I am very interested in your Leica suggestion. Could you elaborate a little bit and discuss your experience? I assume you have one with a Leitax adapter?


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QuoteOriginally posted by hcc Quote
Another one for the Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f1.4.

A great lens with outstanding IQ, very sturdy (built like a tank).
Agreed, but I have a feeling that the OP is looking for an AF lens. The Nokton is also no longer being produced and I think it's hard to find new.

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Thanks for the help everyone, I think I'll go with the 40mm 2.8 LTD (not a 50mm but doesn't really matter) because of it's brilliant reviews and good price. Although coupled with my K5 it may look a bit strange...
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QuoteOriginally posted by guppy350 Quote
Thanks for the help everyone, I think I'll go with the 40mm 2.8 LTD (not a 50mm but doesn't really matter) because of it's brilliant reviews and good price. Although coupled with my K5 it may look a bit strange...
You won‘t go wrong with the 40mm, it is unbelievable sharp, and yes, it looks a bit strange on a K5 ;-)
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QuoteOriginally posted by guppy350 Quote
Thanks for the help everyone, I think I'll go with the 40mm 2.8 LTD (not a 50mm but doesn't really matter) because of it's brilliant reviews and good price. Although coupled with my K5 it may look a bit strange...
Just to let you know (I used to have the DA 40):

DA 40 has better colour, contrast, flare resistance, and corner sharpness.

FA 50 has better depth of field control, manual focus, and center sharpness.

That's right, the 50 is sharper in the centre at f5.6!

The 40 is an idiot-proof lens... it's impossible to set it wrong and take a bad photo. The 50 requires a lot more babying to get nice photos out of it, but I find it infinitely more versatile.

Of course, the 50 requires a hood, so all in, it's about 4 times longer than the 40. And the 40 has that sexy limited feel... but that's all smoke and mirrors to be honest .

Both great lenses. Good luck deciding!
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QuoteOriginally posted by dgaies Quote
If you would consider a used lens, the F/FA50/1.7 would also be good AF options as well.
I agree. The F50 f1,7 (I currently own two, one will be sold) is an amazing lens, almost as sharp as the FA50 macro, lightning fast to focus, super small. And it's much less expensive than the other lenses mentionned.

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My biggest priority would be image quality, and good ergonomics.
Any 50 would fit that bill, we're really splitting hairs when comparing the quality of the various 50s available (to the exclusion of the cheaper f2 versions, on the "worse" end" and the FA50 macro on the "better" end)...
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we're really splitting hairs when comparing the quality of the various 50s available (to the exclusion of the cheaper f2 versions, on the "worse" end" and the FA50 macro on the "better" end)...
Quite. Worse Fifty's exist than the M or A 50/2; can anyone say Domiplan? Better ones also; let's say K or A 50/1.2. All depending on what's meant by better|worse.

Some will say their sharpest lens is a MacroTakumar 50/4 or a Petri CC 55/1.8 or a Zeiss Planar 50.1.4 (I only have the Yashica ML version of that) but the differences may only be apparent at pixel-peeping levels. Some judge rendering, colors, bokeh, other qualities, and prefer something else. I'll swear I get a unique 'feel' from each of those I've mentioned, and my K50/1.2 and CZJ Tessar 50/1.8 (12 iris blades) and Tomioka 55/1.4 and SuperTakumar 55/1.8 and all the others. I don't call them better|worse, just different.
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QuoteOriginally posted by northcoastgreg Quote
Probably the K or A 50/1.2
+1 easily the Best Super speed 50 ever made for an SLR - and that is my qualified opinion, I own 178 50mm lenses.
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QuoteOriginally posted by RioRico Quote
Worse Fifty's exist than the M or A 50/2; can anyone say Domiplan?
I was sticking to Pentax for my analysis, but I quite agree, the f2s are quite good by themselves, just not as good.
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