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12-28-2012, 08:49 AM   #1
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Is an FA-J 18-35f4-5.6 better than a DA-L 18-55?

I was surprised to see an old film kit lens, the FA-J 18-35, which was also shipped with the initial release *istD selling open box for $149 at Henry's next to a basket of DA and DA-L 18-55 lenses for $39

Is the FA-J really 3 times better. It surprised me. I have both, I guess I should do some side by side comparisons

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Suspect people want the added bonus of using it on film (as a UWA) as well as keeping their FF options open?
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Don't forget that the J in the FAJ stands for junk. I wouldn't bother with any FAJ lens. I've owned a few (note the past tense).
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QuoteOriginally posted by Lowell Goudge Quote
I was surprised to see an old film kit lens, the FA-J 18-35, which was also shipped with the initial release *istD selling open box for $149 at Henry's next to a basket of DA and DA-L 18-55 lenses for $39

Is the FA-J really 3 times better. It surprised me. I have both, I guess I should do some side by side comparisons
A basket of DA18-55 lenses and they're $39 each? Wow.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Lowell Goudge Quote
I was surprised to see an old film kit lens, the FA-J 18-35, which was also shipped with the initial release *istD selling open box for $149 at Henry's next to a basket of DA and DA-L 18-55 lenses for $39

Is the FA-J really 3 times better. It surprised me. I have both, I guess I should do some side by side comparisons
The FAJ 18-35 is likely better than the kit lenses but has too narrow of a range compared to a kit lens. I have had both.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Lowell Goudge Quote
I was surprised to see an old film kit lens, the FA-J 18-35, which was also shipped with the initial release *istD selling open box for $149 at Henry's next to a basket of DA and DA-L 18-55 lenses for $39

Is the FA-J really 3 times better. It surprised me. I have both, I guess I should do some side by side comparisons
I got the 18-35 with the original D. It's extremely light and might make a good travel supplement to something longer. It got a lot of stick at the time for being rather soft. I haven't tried mine for years - worth a go with the K5. My impression is that the 18-55 is quite a lot better, but that's not based on any proper comparison. Certainly a more useful range.
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