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03-14-2012, 08:49 AM   #1
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Picking up a K-5 and need a Prime

Finally have decided to add a K-5 to my collection and move the K-7 to a backup body. I was set to get the silver edition that is coming out at the end of the month however I think my money will be more well spent on a black K-5 and pick up a nice prime lens. Not wanting to start another which is better war on Lenses but trying to keep the body and lens price under $1700. Keep in mind this will not be my only Prime but I want to pick up a nice LTD to start. I have it narrowed down to three and will be doing mostly close up shots. I have several zooms and a fast 50 so here are the lenses I am kicking around.

DA 40
FA 43
FA 77

I am aware that their are those that love the 15 and its on my list for later but for now want to get started and am leaning towards the FA 77.


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If you already have a 50 I wouldn't worry about the 40 or 43 at this stage. Go for the DA 70 or FA 77
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QuoteOriginally posted by jerryleejr Quote
will be doing mostly close up shots.
Maybe the D FA 100? Depends on your definition of closeup, but if you are doing product shots or close ups you might take a look at it. Excellent build quality, just fine for portraits, plus close focusing ability.
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I would get the FA 43 first. That is the lens I use the most. It is only a tiny bit better than the DA 40, if at all, but the extra stop is nice.

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QuoteOriginally posted by jerryleejr Quote
mostly close up shots.
Rules out the 40, which has a pretty long MFD.
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FA77 is deemed "legendary" by many users on this forum.
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FA77 is excellent for close up shots.
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If you didn't have the 43mm FL covered then I'd say the 43 Ltd as it's a superb FL that covers many possibilities. However you have, so the 77 Ltd.

Maybe this will help : sm-02-05-02

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You won't go wrong with the FA 77, or any of the FA limiteds for that matter. Pick the focal length you'd use the most and pick up the corresponding lens. You'll enjoy the advantage over your current fast fifty.
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Neither the 70 or 77 focus that close 0.7m and only offer about x0.13 magnification. So if close up is your prime (sic!) requisite I would suggest one of the macros, the DA35 Ltd could prove an interesting option.
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I'm not sure what you mean by close ups, but if you want macro-ish then how about a DFA 100m WR or even a Tamron 90mm, I know you said limited the 100mm DFA is pretty much a limited except in name imo, they make excellent portrait lenses, are sharp as hell and can do 1:1.
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Go with your gut, the FA77 is a very nice lens. It's a pretty long lens on digital though which limits it's general application, but if you know what 77 looks like on your camera and like it, then go for it.
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FA 43 is the best lens I've seen, ever. Beats the DA 40 easily.

I should add that I got like 5000 lenses around 50mm. I think 43 is a great FL on APS-C and 50+ is too long for most situations. Before I got the 43 I used the DA 40 all the time, and before I got the DA 40 I used the FA 35 all the time. I have to say the 43mm is the best FL for me so far. Thinking of adding a FA 77 or sigma 85 1,4 and then maybe the DA 15. Three primes is ALMOST all you need :-)

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All good responses, I think I have agree with fikkser, will probably start with the 43 then pick up the 77, I should have calrified close up was not macro work, more portrait and walk around shots.

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You really can't go wrong either way. One of the first lenses I purchased was the 77. It is my go to portrait lens. And my macro lens, with either extension tubes or close up filters. Beautiful rendering. Since getting the 43, it goes with me everywhere, and usually mounted to a camera. My 3 other cases of lenses are seriously neglected because of these two.

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