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08-01-2012, 06:29 AM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by Rondec Quote
I would get DA 14, FA 31, Sigma 50 (or DA *55), FA 77, and D FA 100 WR macro. I think you would be covered without too many holes. Unfortunately, it would be a pricey lineup...
How about replacing the DA*55 with the VL Nokton 58/1.4? Might save some $$$ there. Also how about the 70mm as opposed to the 77mm in the short term, to be upgraded if needed later? Can't argue with the rest, though. This would be a great line-up, unless the Tamron 90mm could be had for much less than the D FA 100mm WR.

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QuoteOriginally posted by subidoc Quote
How about replacing the DA*55 with the VL Nokton 58/1.4? Might save some $$$ there. Also how about the 70mm as opposed to the 77mm in the short term, to be upgraded if needed later? Can't argue with the rest, though. This would be a great line-up, unless the Tamron 90mm could be had for much less than the D FA 100mm WR.
Right. The Sigma 50mm would be my choice to replace the DA *55 -- it is bigger, focuses faster (and I don't really do manual focus) and it would knock about 150 dollars off the price tag. As to the DA 70, it is a reasonable choice too, but I do prefer the FA 77 to the DA 70. The Voigtlander isn't available new, so I am not sure what the savings would be there though.
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You could also consider the FA 43 Limited as your "fast 50".
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I would look at the Sigma 24mm f/1.8 "macro". I own the lens and like it a lot. It has two main drawbacks, prone to flare (I use a "normal" screw in rubber hood which helps a lot) and it's big. Like many sigma's it's sharper in the center than the edges, but it's not terrible around the edges. It is a lot better than the Sigma 30mm in that regard.
I also echo miltona580 above about the 43mm ltd.

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The Voigtlander isn't available new, so I am not sure what the savings would be there though.
HKBNS has it new for $450:

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I would look at the Sigma 24mm f/1.8 "macro". I own the lens and like it a lot. It has two main drawbacks, prone to flare (I use a "normal" screw in rubber hood which helps a lot) and it's big. Like many sigma's it's sharper in the center than the edges, but it's not terrible around the edges. It is a lot better than the Sigma 30mm in that regard.
I also echo miltona580 above about the 43mm ltd.

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There are too many choices, and thats the problem. I think any lens when you get wide open, especially wider than f2.0 is going to get soft in the edges, but thats the point. I will look at this Sigma 24mm

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You could also consider the FA 43 Limited as your "fast 50".
Something I'm toying with. I got the DA*55mm 1.4 yesterday, I got 14 days to love it or hate it. Depending on my mileage this weekend will depend on if I exchange it for the 43. I will part with my DA 40 limited 2.8 when/if I go down that road. I can't stand the slow AF....


QuoteOriginally posted by Rondec Quote
Right. The Sigma 50mm would be my choice to replace the DA *55 -- it is bigger, focuses faster (and I don't really do manual focus) and it would knock about 150 dollars off the price tag. As to the DA 70, it is a reasonable choice too, but I do prefer the FA 77 to the DA 70. The Voigtlander isn't available new, so I am not sure what the savings would be there though.
Bigger is not an advantage in my books. But faster focusing is a huge advantage that I'm finding the DA 55mm sucks for AF speed pretty bad.




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How about replacing the DA*55 with the VL Nokton 58/1.4? Might save some $$$ there. Also how about the 70mm as opposed to the 77mm in the short term, to be upgraded if needed later? Can't argue with the rest, though. This would be a great line-up, unless the Tamron 90mm could be had for much less than the D FA 100mm WR.
I already own the 77 and the 90.
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