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09-26-2012, 07:58 PM   #1
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I have K10D, DA15LTD, DA40LTD I want a 3rd LTD lens DA70 or FA77 żany advice?

Yes I am new member and need your advice for make that choice for 3rd lens

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09-26-2012, 08:37 PM   #2
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Personally, I'd say go with the FA77 unless you need the compactness of the DA70. I like the bokeh and warmth from the FA77 - I found the bokeh a bit busy on the DA70. Honestly, it's splitting hairs, both are great lenses, and I think you'd be happy with either.

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09-26-2012, 08:50 PM   #3
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Yea. The 77mm is a good choice. The 70mm is fantastic as well but I do agree the bokeh is abit busier in certain situations than the 77mm due to its slightly shorter FL and slower speed. Used 77mm sounds good unless you require quickshift and super fast AF. MF on the 77mm is better though due to its focus throw. Pick your poison!
09-26-2012, 09:29 PM   #4
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The in-depth comparative review at PF is a great reading IMO:

DA 70mm vs FA 77mm Limited - Comparison: Introduction - PentaxForums.com

I am in the same position and I am tempted by the FA77 because it is faster.

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I had to make the same decision a while back. I compared many photos. At first I thought I wanted the DA70. I finally realized that I actually wanted the character of the FA77, not the "digitally sharp and analytical" (for lack of a better term) character of the DA70. Bought the FA77 and haven't thought about the DA70 since. You really can shoot it wide open. Like the FA31, the FA77 is unique in that you can barely tell the difference in IQ between f/1.8, f/2, and f/2.2. This gives you a lot of creative freedom as you shoot with it. What it can do is even more amazing when you realize how small it is. The DA70 is even smaller, but less amazing. You won't think the FA77 is big, especially after you start using it. It still fits in your pocket really well.

You may genuinely find the FA77 is the only lens that's fast enough and long enough in some low-light situations. I doubt you'd need a DA70 alongside the DA*50-135, but the FA77 is often useful in its stead.

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go with the 77...it is an excellent lens!!
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go with the 70 ...it is an excellent lens too.....and has a quick shift, faster af and better sharpness...at least mine had
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QuoteOriginally posted by DSims Quote
I had to make the same decision a while back. I compared many photos. At first I thought I wanted the DA70. I finally realized that I actually wanted the character of the FA77, not the "digitally sharp and analytical" (for lack of a better term) character of the DA70. Bought the FA77 and haven't thought about the DA70 since.
The DA70 is even smaller, but less amazing.
I don't mean to be offensive, but how can you state that DA70 is less amazing than FA77, without even trying it? I used to have DA70 and two of FA77, and If I'm given choice...I will again pickup up DA70 over FA77 without hesitation.

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My question was about what focal lenght of lens is better (if make any difference to have 77 or 70) , considering my other lens

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09-27-2012, 12:02 PM   #10
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Focal length is roughly similar although I think 70 is measured out to be really 65 while the 77 is at least 77 if not a bit longer. Do you like the quick-shift of the DA 15 and DA 40? If so, you might miss it on the FA77. Or go with the FA77 to provide a little more spacing from the DA 40.

I love my DA 70 and the sharp pictures it takes, but I have also never used the FA77. Having recently gotten a FA43, it is awesome and has pixie-dust character that my DA 40 seems to lack. So it seems I would probably prefer the FA77 to my DA 70 if I had a chance to use it. But the DA limiteds auto-focus faster than the FA limiteds, so that's another consideration for you. I thought fast AF was important but my DA 40 is the fastest autofocus lens I own, and yet I find myself using the FA 43 a lot more these days because of the larger aperture and the pixie dust images...

Then there's the price difference, assuming you can get the DA70 for the pre-MAP price. Used, DA70s can be found for as little as $400+ whereas the FA77 brand-new is $785 and the used price is at least $650 and often more.
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Another point to considerer (may been trivial) if the cap is lost. I think 70 is very easy and cosmetic put any black cap, but the lost silver cap......


What do you think about?

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And what do you think about vietnam or japan made? There are only 77 japan and vietnam made or 70 too?
It is important?
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70 only assembled in vietnam, but it would be my choice (living in europe). The 77 ltd is in the price range of the FA*85 and that would be another choice
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Focal length shouldn't be the deciding factor for you in this situation. The small difference is insignificant. In deciding between these two you should be considering rendering, speed, price and features. I don't think MIJ or AIV is too important. They're the same parts. However my 43 and 77 are MIJ if that matters with reading my opinion.

Maybe this will help, maybe it won't:

70
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Quickshift
Shorter focus throw

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Speed
Isn't an FA (I know, I know. This is so subjective it might even offend some, but I had to put it )

77
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FA Limited
Rendering
Speed

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No Quickshift
You'll have to sell your 40 to replace it with the 43 after seeing the difference in FA and DA Limiteds!
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