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09-26-2012, 04:41 AM   #1
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DA40 vs F50 f1,7 at f2.8

Has anyone ever compared those two lenses at around f2,8?

I own the F50 f1,7, rarely use is wider than f2,5, due to the too narrow DOF. It suits me very well. However, I also own the DA21 and just love the colors and rendering. I wonder if I would like the DA40's rendering more, and I would not loose much in real life IF, only IF they compare well at around f2,8.

Thanks in advance!

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When I compared my DA40 to my M50/1.7 (not sure if it's the same optically as the F50/1.7, but suspect it is), they were close enough that I doubt you get 3 randomly chosen people to agree one was clearly better. But any 300 people would easily agree the 40 is wider and the 50 longer. There is no possibile photographic situation I can imagine in which any IQ differences between these lenses would be more significant than the difference in focal length.
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DA21 & DA40 have the same rendering as each other, and are both different from all the FA lenses I've used.
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Thanks. I'll keep thinking about it. The difference in FL might be significant enough indeed.

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QuoteOriginally posted by twitch Quote
DA21 & DA40 have the same rendering as each other, and are both different from all the FA lenses I've used.
Ironically, this is why I sold the DA 40 Ltd given I have a DA 35 Ltd.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Marc Sabatella Quote
When I compared my DA40 to my M50/1.7 (not sure if it's the same optically as the F50/1.7, but suspect it is), they were close enough that I doubt you get 3 randomly chosen people to agree one was clearly better. But any 300 people would easily agree the 40 is wider and the 50 longer. There is no possibile photographic situation I can imagine in which any IQ differences between these lenses would be more significant than the difference in focal length.
The M through FA 50/1.7 are supposed to be the same optically as well as coatings.
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I don't have a 50 1.7, but I have the DA 40 and FA 50 1.4. The FA 50 is sharper in the center at 2.8, the DA 40 is sharper in the corners. The DA 40 has a punchier more contrasty look, the FA 50 is more natural looking. I favour the 40mm for nature, the FA 50 for people.
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