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09-29-2011, 09:09 AM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by Emacs Quote
Looks sharp actually. In order to see what the sharp is take a look at any of FA ltds or CZs. Colors are very specific. Very saturated and greens looks just poor sometimes (blues are great though).
About the DA70: it's more a universal purpose lens. Again, it looks sharp, but details are worse than on 77Ltd. The skintones are much worse than on 77Ltd and the portraits taken with this lens will need deeper PP.
As you can see from my signature I have the 43 and two CZs (plus the *300, VL 50 and the 30/1.4) so I do know what sharp is ! However I was still amazed at the sharpness of the 15 Ltd when I did a 1:1 crop, I didn't expect to see that level of sharpness. Excellent.

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Why not a DA 12-24?

If you want to cover wide angle, why not go for a DA 12-24? Of all the lens I have, if I had to keep only 3, it would be the DA 12-24, the FA 31 Ltd and the DA* 300. I would miss the DA* 50-135 a lot, but considering my style, I would keep the DA 12-24 instead.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Emacs Quote
Looks sharp actually. In order to see what the sharp is take a look at any of FA ltds or CZs. Colors are very specific. Very saturated and greens looks just poor sometimes (blues are great though).
About the DA70: it's more a universal purpose lens. Again, it looks sharp, but details are worse than on 77Ltd. The skintones are much worse than on 77Ltd and the portraits taken with this lens will need deeper PP.
With all respect, I disagree....I had all 3 fa limiteds and two old contax/yashica zeiss lenses, which outperformed fa lenses in terms of pure sharpness. Now I own da70 and I find it superior to FA77 when it comes to sharpness - it is able to resolve amazing details. 77 is better with its bokeh and maybe less contrast. Colours, frankly i don't know.
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SylBer, I do own the 12-24, but Karen uses it mostly. It has great optics but I really don't like the 8 bladed aperture, I prefer 7 or 9 for the stars they make, so the 15 makes more sense for me.

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Hi everyone. If you read my earlier thread on trying to get a good copy of the DA* 16-50 Pentax lens(tried one more time for a total of 4 copies) I am now going with primes, and using a 18-55WR or 18-135WR for rainy days. I have the DA* 300 and it is exceptional, darn near perfect. I just bought the FA 31 today, so it will be here in a couple of days(wife uses the DA 35 f2.4, a really sharp lens!). I have decided on the DA*55, and the 100 macro WR for the tele end(I MIGHT get a DA*200, but I have the Tamron 70-200 F2.8 already...). What do you all think would be good to fill in the below 31mm primes? I was thinking DA15 and DA21, but if you have other ideas lets hear them!

David
I think you already know what you want (noting your preference for WR). and you have the pretty much everything covered.

The basics
WA - DA15 (and the 12-24 zoom)
normal - FA31
portrait - DA*55
telephoto macro - DFA 100 macro
long telephoto - DA*300
multipurpose WR zoom - 18-55 and 18-135

That's an outstanding lens lineup. What I think:

1. Is WR more important than selecting a lens based on preferred focal length for portraits? Despite the arguments above, you can't really go wrong with the FA50, DA*55, DA70, FA77 or FA85. For me preferred focal length would be the deciding factor and not WR (you're in New Mexico?).

2. You will also have a fairly heavy lens lineup. Maybe you want to add in a compact prime or two like the DA40 and DA70. Or replace the DA*55 with them.

3. I'm not sure you ever said what you want to take pictures of. I do landscapes and because of that my portrait and macro lens selection is pretty small. But I have a lot of good landscape options.
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Hi abacus! I do live in New Mexico, but go to Europe twice a year(doing the last images for a book I am working on). The reason for the WR's is we have a real dust issue in NM and the rain that always seems to show up in Europe. It just makes my life easier. I will not be taking the DA*300 to europe, I rarely go to that length, and that was a purchase Karen wanted for her pics of the Antelope on our ranch. I use the Tamron 70-200 or the WR 50-200(stopped down to F11) for distance. BUT, if I get the DA*55 and 100 WR they would be going. Also, I think I will get a DA21 for the small size to walk around with. The FA31 is a real shocker for me, really shows what the K5 is capable of.

David
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