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09-09-2011, 04:48 AM   #1
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Switch from Sigma 30mm to 43mm limited?

The Sigma 30mm f1.4 was the first lens I owned. It came with the used K10D I bought.

I've used it quite a lot and it's still a good lens, but lately the 43mm limited has been tempting me.

I've been thinking about getting the 43mm and getting rid of the 30mm Sigma and pentax-A 50mm f1.7

Have any of you made the switch before?

I'm not really worried about loosing the wide angle of the 30mm, I can still use my 35-105mm or 20mm prime

I guess the main thing I would be losing is a super fast prime. No more f1.4



The one bad thing about Pentax is that none of my friends have one, so it's tough to get my hands one to try out.

09-09-2011, 04:52 AM   #2
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I havent made a switch between them, but I do own both of them.

The FA43 is the better lens (obvious) but the Sigma 30mm is still one heck of an impressive lens. Keep them both.

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09-09-2011, 09:30 AM   #3
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Why 'switch' ?? Keep them all!! Those are very different lenses of varied characteristics. I don't give up my 35's just because I have 24-28-40-45-50mm lenses. Each does its own thing.
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I agree with you, give me the Sigma and buy the FA43

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If...

If I had all the money I have lost over the years selling one lens to buy another I would have enough money to buy anything you might want (including a Leica M9 to go with my Leica lenses). People get so caught up with equipment that they sometimes loose sight of the pleasure and satisfaction derived by simply making photographs. I l love a beautifully made tool and take great pleasure in owning the best I can afford. Your Sigma 30 is a beautiful tool as is the Pentax 43, but I would not sell the Sigma just to get the Pentax. I would save my pennies until I could have them both.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jeverettfine Quote
If I had all the money I have lost over the years selling one lens to buy another I would have enough money to buy anything you might want (including a Leica M9 to go with my Leica lenses).
This is exactly what I think sometimes, but I think I'd go with 645D instead of Leica

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People get so caught up with equipment that they sometimes loose sight of the pleasure and satisfaction derived by simply making photographs.
Totally agree on this one!
I've been through some of the finest glass Pentax has ever made (including all 3 FA ltds, some DA ltds, some FA* And DA* lenses and 50/1.2) but in the end I trimmed it down to essential kit. Kit I don't have to think about, kit that doesn't force me to make choices and it doesn't make me regret I'd brought this or that lens with me. Kit that comes very natuaraly in terms of FOV of the lenses...


To OP:
Choice is yours, 43 can easily replace 50+30 and despite being 1 stop slower with modern cameras you wouldn't be loosing all that much. Personally I think 30+43 is too close for comfort (but then hey, I have 24+31 ).
You have to know whether you'd be happy with FOV between your Sigma and 50. If yes, go for it. I don't think you'll regret!
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I forgot to mention, these days I shoot 50/50 digital and film, so the big bonus is that I can use the 43mm on both.

I supposed the main function my 30mm serves now is I use it as a walk around lens for my K10D, when I want to shoot with only one lens digitally. It's also my go to low-light/night lens and my only auto-focus lens.

I agree, that the ideal is to wait and simple buy the 43mm without any trades. But you know how it is... Want now!! Desires sucks ^ ^

Also on my wishlist (Voigtlander 180mm if I can ever find one! and 77mm limited)
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The 43mm would be awesome with a film (or full frame) camera so it's not a bad idea for you. It's probably awesome on digital but it's an awkward focal length for me. Perhaps you add a relatively cheap MF 28mm along with the 43?

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If you think that the 43mm focal length will suit your shooting style, then this is a no-brainer. Get the FA43. It is splendid.

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smart move
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