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06-11-2012, 05:02 AM   #1
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FA 77 or DA*16-50

I have a FA 31 limited, DA*60-250 and kit lens 18-55. Which lens should I be looking for now? Is fa 31 and fa 77 a good combination? Is 16-50 good for portraits?

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I quite like the portraits from the long end of the 16~50. But it's not really anywhere close to a FA77. It really depends on whether you feel a greater need for a general purpose zoom or a specialist portrait lens. You will get much more use out of the zoom.
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It's a bit like asking "should I have steak and chips or the trifle?". Depends. Do you want a main course or dessert? Those are two very different beasts: a large, general purpose standard zoom and a small, special purpose telephoto prime.
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I think i need the standard zoom ( 16-50) but I was wondering if the combination of FA 31 ,smc A 50 f1.7 and FA 77 will fill that gap. I am quite new to prime lens world.

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i would go for the 77 if you want something for portraits. It can't really be beaten. edit: (well it can, but not by the 16-50 anyway)

i would be tempted to say that if you pointed the 16-50 at someone they would get a little intimidated. the 77 doesn't do that- and it has extra reach, and the extra speed.

i think that da15, fa31,fa77 would be a good kit.
your legs can zoom between these.
they would probably all fit into the same space as a single 16-50 and give much better images too.
thats just my opinion though.
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I WILL say that pointing the 16-50 at people (children) makes them somewhat intimidated (cry). A good bunch of primes is a wonderful thing, and the FA77 would suit you much better for portraits, but as others have said, they're two entirely different lenses.

I've had the DA 15 and I much prefer my 16-50 for wide angle work, it's faster and has nicer rendering IMO. I adore my 16-50, and if you;re looking for an all-weather wide angle workhorse then it'll serve you well, but if you want a longer lens with incredible bokeh and rendering then go with the 77.

EDIT: I noticed you have the 60-250. Combining the two DA* zooms will give you amazing IQ over a huge range without needing to swap lenses much. The main advantage of the primes is the smaller size. IQ isn't massively different between the two. But you could fit a lot of primes in the space the 16-50 takes up.
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I think i will go for 16-50 because of its flexibility. Prime lenses are better options picture-wise but it may be inconvenient to keep changing the lenses.
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I have 16-50mm, 50-135mm but my most used lenses when it comes to shooting people is my FA 35mm F2 and 77mm Limited..

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You were also asking about choosing between the DA* 55mm and FA 77mm in another thread.

Glad you've made up your mind. Don't know whether you've thought about third party, but the Tamron 17-50mm F2.8 is a lot cheaper and rather smaller but is not weather-sealed. I'm guessing that since you have the 60-250, you don't mind packing a large piece of glass, so perhaps the size difference won't be important but maybe the weather sealing will.

FWIW, your 31mm is a normal lens on digital. You can use it to take most shots so long as you don't mind moving rather than zooming to do your framing. Your 50mm now occupies a similar ecological niche to the 77mm on film. As to whether the 77 is a good partner for the 31, well it's probably not bad - it is part of a set, after all. In my own experience, I use the 35 Ltd as my all-purpose normal lens. I also have the 70mm Ltd. However, if I'm needing the extra length (because I can't physically get the shot otherwise), I generally find that 70mm isn't long enough so don't get a tremendous amount of use from it. The DFA 100mm WR (which I have recently acquired) has the same build-quality and good looks and is a good deal longer. Hence, for me, it may form part of a walkaround prime collection (close focus is good to have too).
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QuoteOriginally posted by top-quark Quote
It's a bit like asking "should I have steak and chips or the trifle?". Depends. Do you want a main course or dessert? Those are two very different beasts: a large, general purpose standard zoom and a small, special purpose telephoto prime.
Haven't had Trifle in almost 30 years.
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You have 18-55 and 60-250. At what focal lengths do you normally use them? Do you have many shots clustered around 50-60mm or 75-80mm? If the first, go for the DA*55. If the second, go for the FA77Ltd. Do you feel especially limited by the 18-55? Then get the DA*16-50. Ask yourself, "What do I want to do that I can't do with what I already have?"
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I have FA31 Ltd, FA77 Ltd, Sigma 50f1.4 plus the kit lens(back up).
You have the longer end covered.
The only reason i can think of getting a DA16-50 is WR, as i will be heading to snow fields in a few weeks and i normally don't shoot wider than FA31Ltd. I don't want to risk my Ltd's.
If your aim of getting your next lens is for portrait (above waist or head and shoulder shots), get the FA77Ltd.
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