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11-16-2011, 04:54 AM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by eigelb Quote
nope, 2 F stops difference
No he is right, its still four times more light (2 stops)

example of 4 times faster shutter speed (2 stops)-

Start with say 1/250 go up one stop (twice faster) = 1/500, go up another stop = 1/1000 (twice faster again)

1/250 vs 1/1000 = 4 times faster (2 stops)


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QuoteOriginally posted by TOUGEFC Quote
No he is right, its still four times more light (2 stops)
lol. I wonder how many people make mistakes like this. If two stops meant only twice the light, then one stop would mean no change at all... :ugh:
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naa i know it was more a psychological post for me ..when you hear 4 times more, this lba thing wakes up, "2stops sounds ok", i have also the 3 limiteds, they are great. they do not have the extra speed, but they are small light and sharp.
I have also a 50mm f1.7 but since i got the 40mm i doesn't use it so often
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QuoteOriginally posted by pentup Quote
lol. I wonder how many people make mistakes like this. If two stops meant only twice the light, then one stop would mean no change at all... :ugh:
Well, there is a (small) difference between T-stops (i.e. transmission) versus F-stops.


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This is my most-bought and sold focal length range.

I first bought the K55 1.8. Then I got a A 50 1.7 with a film camera. I became obsessed with 50s. Then I wanted to try a limited and bought the DA 40. I noticed immediately that 40 just had this pop and shine to it that the 50s did not have. I think it mostly has to do with contrast retention.

I also get a little frustrated with focusing the manual 50s, so I bought an FA 50. Then I sold the A 50 1.7. Then I sold the FA 50 1.4, preferring the DA 40. Then I started to miss the "less perfect" look the 50 1.4 gave. Sure, the 40 has pop, but the 50 has character (resembling an older, more organic look). The DA 40 paints the sky bluer than you will ever see it with your own eyes (for example).

Eventually, the DA 40, and K 55 went. I just have the FA 50 right now. I don't love the focal length of the 50, but it works. I would prefer it a little longer (55), or closer to 40, but for the price, you can't beat the 50 1.4. Just don't be one of those people who obsesses over sharpness. This lens is better than that! Its about character!

That said, I got a lot of great photos with the DA 40 just because it makes for fool-proof photography. Not a single bad aperture, and ultra-fast autofocus. You also basically never need to worry about bumping the lens, either. In the end, I picked the FA 50 not because it was better, but because I liked it better from the options in my price range. Happy shooting!
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QuoteOriginally posted by paperbag846 Quote
You also basically never need to worry about bumping the lens, either.
I know. I find I have to worry more about scraping my knuckles on stuff, rather than bumping the lens.
I don't mind the extra vibrant skies; other lenses seem to drain color from the sky. Something I really appreciate with the DA 40 is that it almost magically seems to cut through murky, smoky air; maybe I'm imagining things, but it really seems to have a "pollution filtering" quality to it. Nice city lens.
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QuoteOriginally posted by kent Quote
I bought DA40 and sold it after a week or so. It was great lens, produced sharp images, but 40mm FOV did not suit my shooting style. Neither for portraits, nor for landscapes. It's okay for street photography, but i prefer classic 50mm.
But on K5/K-x etc. sensor it's not classic FOV. It's like a 75mm lens in old reckoning. DA35 is more classic.

I have an FA50/1.7; used to have a 1.4; have various M50s. But they are mild telephoto lenses really. Useful in certain circumstances, but really my M28/3.5 is a more useful walkaround lens, and closer to the 'classic' 50. The DA40's a great little lens, but I find even that just a tad too long for general purposes.

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QuoteOriginally posted by timo Quote
But on K5/K-x etc. sensor it's not classic FOV. It's like a 75mm lens in old reckoning.
The actual focal length of the FA 50mm 1.4 is 52mm. With a 1.5X crop, it is 78mm. Not classic but pretty close to the Pentax 77mm on film.

DA 40 photos look very punchy due to high contrast, but the FA 50mm is more realistic. Which look I prefer depends on what I'm after. I can get along with f/2.8 maximum aperture with the K-x, but I want f/2 with the K20D. 40mm focal length is a bit of no-man's land, not really a normal, too short for classic portraits. I like it though, as an all-round focal length.


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QuoteOriginally posted by timo Quote
But on K5/K-x etc. sensor it's not classic FOV. It's like a 75mm lens in old reckoning.
Which makes it much more interesting to use on APS sensors. I chat with a lot of people that use FF and for them, 50mm is a "meh" focal length. On APS it becomes a fast and compact lens providing 75mm FOV. And you can use one as a walkaround lens very well. What focal length you prefer for general purposes is a matter of personal preference.
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Good deal on an outstanding landscape lens IMO:

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I've had the DA40 for a few weeks and I use it as my walk around lens since it's the only AF prime that I have. But I think I like my A50/1.7 better. Maybe my answer will change next time you ask though.
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QuoteOriginally posted by timo Quote
But on K5/K-x etc. sensor it's not classic FOV. It's like a 75mm lens in old reckoning. DA35 is more classic.

I have an FA50/1.7; used to have a 1.4; have various M50s. But they are mild telephoto lenses really. Useful in certain circumstances, but really my M28/3.5 is a more useful walkaround lens, and closer to the 'classic' 50. The DA40's a great little lens, but I find even that just a tad too long for general purposes.

Tim
I have A28/2.8.
but the FA35/2 will provide a closer 'classic' fifty look.
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QuoteOriginally posted by abacus07 Quote
I've had the DA40 for a few weeks and I use it as my walk around lens since it's the only AF prime that I have. But I think I like my A50/1.7 better. Maybe my answer will change next time you ask though.
The A50 f/1.7 is superb, it produces the most saturated, vibrant colours of any lens I've used.

The draw of the 40mm ltd hasn't abated much since I go the 35mm ltd...
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The draw of the 40mm ltd hasn't abated much since I go the 35mm ltd...
That's funny; I have the DA 40 and all I can think about is the 35mm ltd. :ugh:
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That's funny; I have the DA 40 and all I can think about is the 35mm ltd. :ugh:
Ha ha!! I do love the DA35 though, so I won't suggest a swap
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