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10-26-2011, 09:01 PM   #16
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wow, there are some ridiculously gorgeous pics in those links

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not a bad choice either way really, both wonderful lenses. I started with the 70 and it was super sharp, great contrast and loved the quick shift...only limitation for me was that wide open DOF of the 70 wasnt shallow enough for my head/shoulders portraits. I bought the 77 and it is everything they say and more, easily my favorite lens ever!! well worth the extra couple hundred bucks, imo. good luck!


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Both have their strengths.

DA 70: Faster AF, quickshift, less CA, more contrast, less flare, more flexible focal length on digital, and (IMHO) better colour, but that last one is completely subjective.

FA77: DOF control / light gathering, much, much better on film, sharper stopped down, the better portrait lens.

I think they both have their strong proponents for a reason - the are each better suited to certain tasks.
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I wanted 77, because of 1.8, but I've got 70, because of budget reasons.
So I felt in love with my 70/2,4, when I got used to the aperture values.

Here my 2 cents:

Flickr: Svetlana Bekyarova / freesoul's stuff tagged with 7024

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QuoteOriginally posted by Free Soul Quote
I wanted 77, because of 1.8, but I've got 70, because of budget reasons.
So I felt in love with my 70/2,4, when I got used to the aperture values.

Here my 2 cents:

Flickr: Svetlana Bekyarova / freesoul's stuff tagged with 7024
This is the same reason I ended up with the DA 70 over the FA 77.

I saved three hundred-ish dollars at the time buying the DA 70 and I just really couldn't budget the price of the FA 77. I find the DA 70 to probably be 90 percent of the lens that the FA 77 is, which with my skills is probably adequate.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Free Soul Quote
I wanted 77, because of 1.8, but I've got 70, because of budget reasons.
So I felt in love with my 70/2,4, when I got used to the aperture values.

Here my 2 cents:

Flickr: Svetlana Bekyarova / freesoul's stuff tagged with 7024
Svetlana, I'm afraid your link is irrelevant. We were discussing lenses, not talent. Your pics are so good that one may suspect you could have used the kit lens. What we need here is comparative pics, taken at all apertures, of some mundane object
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agreed, Svetlana, fantastic photos!! you are incredibly talented.
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QuoteOriginally posted by causey Quote
Svetlana, I'm afraid your link is irrelevant. We were discussing lenses, not talent. Your pics are so good that one may suspect you could have used the kit lens. What we need here is comparative pics, taken at all apertures, of some mundane object
Causey, on contrary I believe Svetlana's link is more then relevant - it clearly demonstrates that DA70 can do everything FA77 can

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Causey, on contrary I believe Svetlana's link is more then relevant - it clearly demonstrates that DA70 can do everything FA77 can
doesn't it also suggest the kit lens might do just fine? hence the danger joking, of course. still...)
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QuoteOriginally posted by creampuff Quote

Optically, the FA77 is definitely sharper in the center while the DA70 gives more even center to corner sharpness. AF speed difference is negligible in most situations. Color rendition is much punchier with the FA77 while the DA70 like most DA lenses gives good overall contrast but more neutral color. If I had to choose, it would be the FA77 because the micro contrast is just that bit different.
Nice summarization creampuff, but I can't agree in this point based on my experience. I had both lenses and I definitely find DA70 sharper in the centre. Maybe just my copy of FA77 wasn't that good - it may be possibility.


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There is no contest in build quality between the two. The FA77 oozes quality while the DA70 appears cheap in comparison, the former is twice the weight of the former. The chrome/anodization on the barrel is a lot thicker on the FA than the DA. Both lenses have ridiculously short hoods that may work well for film but seem too short for digital. I find the FA77 does well without any filters in front due to the larger amount of glass. My conclusion... FA77 first, DA70 second.
I had it just opposite. My DA70 looks to be very precisely assembled, focusing ring is much more smoother, definitely a step above FA77 I had. Both again it is nitpicking, both lenses are higher quality then rest of pentax AF lenses.
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QuoteOriginally posted by causey Quote
doesn't it also suggest the kit lens might do just fine? hence the danger joking, of course. still...)
Well actually I saw some landscape photos taken with kit lens that were better then stuff some people (incl. me) publish with their FA31 limited. No joking of course.
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Guys, thank you for commenting on my photos . I just wanted to show the sharpness, DoF, bokeh, colours and Image quality of the 70/2.4. That's why they are some SOOC shots.
I am pretty sure I would be happy with 77/1.4 but for now 70 makes me love photography more (if "more" is possible)...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Free Soul Quote
Guys, thank you for commenting on my photos . I just wanted to show the sharpness, DoF, bokeh, colours and Image quality of the 70/2.4. That's why they are some SOOC shots.
I am pretty sure I would be happy with 77/1.4 but for now 70 makes me love photography more (if "more" is possible)...
I have to also chime-in and let you know how much I enjoyed looking at your photos. Actually, your entire photostream. Your stye is exactly the direction I would love to take in my own photography.

You certainly make the case for the DA70, however, as others are pointing out, there is a lot to be said about what the person behind the camera is able to bring out of the lens.
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I own both lenses. I bought the 70 because the 77 was just a bit too long in my studio for full lengths, but I was able to make the 70 work. Overall, I think the 77 has an edge over the 70, but both are very good lenses indeed.
The 77's OOF rendering is somewhat smoother than the 70s, but it's getting pretty nit picky to see it.
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