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01-15-2012, 12:53 PM   #1
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FA 43 1.9 vs FA 50 1.4

I know, I know. It's all about preference. So I'm asking you guys which one would you prefer and why?

I have the M 50 1.7 and I love it. what I love about is it's sharpness and it's DOF, it's just so fun to use. So I'm asking this question, would it be a waste for me to get a FA 50 1.4 because I already have my m50 1.7? And I would really also want to get the 43, but right now my budget will only allow me to get the FA50 1.4, should I wait for the awesome 43? or go ahead with the FA 50?

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I say wait. You already have a fast lens. The FA 50mm is a good lens but not great,(I'm talking about at f/1.4 which is why you would buy this lens) while the FA 43mm is one of Pentax's better lenses straight from max aperture. And I'm not even talking about build quality. If you're not that concerned with speed, I would suggest you also look at the DA 40mm.

I had the F 50mm f/1.7. I recently got the Vivitar 85mm f/1.4. As far as I'm concerned the 85mm fulfills the need for a fast lens for me so the 50mm became redundant. With a couple of lenses around the same focal length, and the fact that 50mm isn't all that special on APS-C, I decided to sell the 50mm.
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I didn't have FA 50/1.4 but I did own FA 50/1.7 which is a very good lens, but I would still go with FA43/1.9 for its character...
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Probably not worth it to get the FA 1.4 unless you want it to auto focus. I have the 1.4 and am always on the look out for the 43mm myself. I guess you could also consider the Sigma 50mm f1.4?

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I have used both lenses thousands of times. The fa43 is vastly superior in every regard except raw speed.
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QuoteOriginally posted by heasley Quote
I have used both lenses thousands of times. The fa43 is vastly superior in every regard except raw speed.
And also except price and bokeh rendering. That's why I went with FA 1.4/50.
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As good as the FA43 is (really good) spend that on a DA*55 f/1.4 instead, it's even better than the FA43
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I used to have both, and while I think FA50/1.4 is heavily underestimated lens capable of great results, FA43 is, simply put, one of the best lenses I have ever shot. I'd even say, looking at it retrospectively, after K50/1.2 it was the 2nd best! Many of my favourite shots came from my first copy, and my last two copies delivered some stunning shots too. 2nd copy wasn't the best (yes, I've gone through 4 copies, all MIJ, silver, black, silver and silver, 1st and 3rd were from the very first batch produced, supposedly containing leaded glass).

Bottom line is if you'll get a good copy, that lens has just so much character that it's almost unbelievable, simply fantastic lens and while there might be better lenses from technical or numerical point of view, very few lenses will beat 43ltd in character...

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QuoteOriginally posted by TOUGEFC Quote
As good as the FA43 is (really good) spend that on a DA*55 f/1.4 instead, it's even better than the FA43
after looking back at it, I will disagree with you on this one Simon. While 55/1.4 offers a lot more in terms of the subject separation and perhaps better out of focus highlights due to rounded aperture blades, looking at my shots, if'll be coming back to Pentax, 43 will be the first lens I'll be buying...
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Thanks guys, I guess I will go with your opinions and with my gutt feeling, I really would like to get the 43. at first it was the 40 but I've decided to get the 43, and then the FA 50 1.4 came in mind, but I guess I'm sticking on trying to get the 43, maybe I can save-up the extra money needed in a month, I can't wait. As for the 55 suggestion, to be honest I think the 50 is too tight so I'm guessing that the 55 is really tight, My main lens are the 50 and a 35 and I think the 50 is too tight while the 35 is wide, so the 43 would be just right (:

And good to see you're still around Axl (: I was wondering if it's MIJ does it automatically contain leaded glasses?
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QuoteOriginally posted by kaiserz Quote
I was wondering if it's MIJ does it automatically contain leaded glasses?
No it was only the very first series which is easy to tell by serial numbers...
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<1000 serial? I guess I won't be getting those babies.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Sol Invictus Quote
The FA 50mm is a good lens but not great,(I'm talking about at f/1.4 which is why you would buy this lens)
Out of curiosity, what Fifties do you think are better than the FA50/1.4, and at what cost?
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I sold my FA50 1.4 within a few months of getting it, without a qualm. As long as I shoot Pentax, you'll pry my FA43 from my cold dead fingers

The character of the lens is unbeatable. But it doesn't hurt that the 43 has fantastic center sharpness, and contrast.
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QuoteOriginally posted by RioRico Quote
Out of curiosity, what Fifties do you think are better than the FA50/1.4, and at what cost?
I preferred the F and FA 50 1,7 over the 1.4, just seem to have more contrast and a tad sharper at f/2 and higher.

I paid $100 for an F 50 1.7, something similar for the FA 50 1.7, but they usually go for around $180 - $220.
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