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01-26-2013, 09:38 AM   #1
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which fast standard prime?

I would welcome your advice:
I want to buy the best prime under 600 $.

I am offered a 2nd hand P-FA 35mm f2.0. This lens is highly appreciated in the reviews.
However Pentax has 2 new 35 mm lenses the DA 35mm 2.4 ( 150$ cheaper) or the DA 35mm 2.8 ltd MACRO.
should I go for the faster occasion or for a new ( latest technology)_prime?

Which on should I buy for general usage indoors and outdoors? IQ and sharpness are most important.

01-26-2013, 10:18 AM   #2
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Once you learn how to use it (which takes a little time),
the DA 35 Macro gives superb results at all distances and light levels,
from infinity to 1:1.
When I bought mine three years ago,
the FA 35/2 and FA 31/1.8 Ltd
were the only serious competitors,
but I'm glad I made the choice I did.

Personally, I find its rendering much more attractive
than the characterless sharpness of some other lenses.
I'd suggest looking at the samples online
to see what your own preference is.
01-26-2013, 11:15 AM   #3
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I think the FA 35/2 is a great general-purpose lens, but not so great at specifics. I saw a lot of comparisons to the DA 35mm f2.8 macro and FA 31mm f1.8 Limited when it was available new, and it didn't always render the most pleasing image. But I never thought it was far behind. It sometimes had too much contrast or sharpness, like overzealous post-processing. Technically the FA 32/2 is OK, but the DA macro has more aperture blades, quick shift, better build, the close focusing, and I'll call it a more consistent IQ.

The standout FA feature is its speed, which is completely usable. In fact shooting at f2 tames that sometimes over the top rendering a bit. I can use it for a long time without wanting another lens, unusual for me.
01-26-2013, 01:33 PM   #4
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Biggest problem with the 35mm Ltd macro is you will want all the other Ltds. Have not used the other lenses you mentioned but if I were to have just one really good prime it would either be the 35mm Ltd or the 21 Ltd.I like working with the 21 Ltd focal length.

If your heart is set on a Full Frame - the second hand lens I think is FF and would be a better long term investment.

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If you search up the history you can find an in depth review done by one of the members of the forum that compares all the 35mm and his findings were just as expected. I have the DA35 2.4 and it does a fine job. The LTD macro is in a league of its own.
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hurray,
I managed to acquire a near new 35 f2.8 ltd. I can't wait to work with it.
01-30-2013, 01:49 PM   #7
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QuoteOriginally posted by pieterpost Quote
hurray, I managed to acquire a near new 35 f2.8 ltd. I can't wait to work with
Congratulations. It should be good for the rest of your years in photography.
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QuoteOriginally posted by pieterpost Quote
hurray,
I managed to acquire a near new 35 f2.8 ltd. I can't wait to work with it.
I think you will like the 35mm Ltd. It is my trusted 'must-be-in-the-bag' lens. It is versatile, sharp, and compact. The focal length works indoors and out, and it seems to work well in many situations, including landscapes. Enjoy!

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QuoteOriginally posted by pieterpost Quote
hurray,
I managed to acquire a near new 35 f2.8 ltd. I can't wait to work with it.
I agree with what others have said: you're in for a treat! So versatile, so compact, such amazing images. Congrats!
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Congratulations on getting your first Limited. But just like candy, you cannot stop at one. I have never regretted purchasing any of mine and they are my most used lenses. You will love the 35 and then wonder about the others.
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