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09-27-2012, 03:27 PM   #16
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So is there really a big differrence between the FA and DAs? I moved up to limiteds from kit and zooms..

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09-27-2012, 04:22 PM   #17
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Yes, there is a difference. However that difference leaves some preferring the DAs over the FAs, as well as the other way around. Both series are excellent, but after owning the DA 40 and FA 43 at the same time the 40 couldn't compete. I also found it funny the FA* 24 was so much easier for me to love than my DA 15.

I've read comments here on the forums praising the 70 over the 77 though. I've never owned the 70, but the 77 is a perfect focal length for me on film and the 43 is perfect on digital. We are lucky to have so many options that work on both film and digital cameras.

Probably the best way to see the difference is to view the corresponding club threads:
DA Limited Club
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09-27-2012, 04:59 PM   #18
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I bought them both. They are both among the best Pentax primes, IMO. I decided to keep the 77 for the shallow DOF of head and shoulders portraits because it is phenomenal in that application. They are both thrilling and stunningly sharp landscape lenses, btw. have fun.
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If you have the bucks for the FA 77mm Ltd, I'd recommend something a bit different.

Sell the 40mm Ltd, even though it's a gorgeous lens. Buy the plastic fantastic DA 35mm, a cheap lens, great optics. That will net you about $200. Then buy the 21mm Ltd, a perfect focal length, and the 70mm Ltd. You'll end up with the 15, 21, 70mm Ltd's and the 35mm. A perfect line up of Pentax Primes!

Sure the 77mm Ltd is superb. The 15mm is a specialty lens, as it's so wide, and the 40mm is kind of a weird focal length, at least for me. The 21mm is the classic wide angle, my go to lens...

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QuoteOriginally posted by builttospill Quote
Yes, there is a difference. However that difference leaves some preferring the DAs over the FAs, as well as the other way around. Both series are excellent, but after owning the DA 40 and FA 43 at the same time the 40 couldn't compete. I also found it funny the FA* 24 was so much easier for me to love than my DA 15.

I've read comments here on the forums praising the 70 over the 77 though. I've never owned the 70, but the 77 is a perfect focal length for me on film and the 43 is perfect on digital. We are lucky to have so many options that work on both film and digital cameras.

Probably the best way to see the difference is to view the corresponding club threads:
DA Limited Club
FA Limited Club
Thanks.. I will check out the FA thread... I hope i don't go on a spending spree
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Colleagues: I have a choice.... Today I bought 77mm LTD

Yours advices was very interesting and help me a lot

Best regards
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