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02-19-2013, 12:12 PM   #1
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Lens Decision Time... *Poll*

Thank you in advance for the responses. Low light, portrait, maybe some landscapes.

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02-19-2013, 12:43 PM   #2
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Between the two, its the FA 43, a stop faster and still very nice rendition of images, but it is hardly a landscape lens, even on FF.
I'd suggest a fast wide-normal zoom for that combined purpose, like a Tamron or Sigma 17-50. There's also the Pentax DA* 16-50.
02-19-2013, 12:46 PM   #3
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The best portrait lens I have is actually the DA 35mm ltd. It's not often considered for portraits but I like the focal length to include a bit of the environment and it's very sharp wide open. It's also perfect for landscapes, but you need to make sure the focusing is right, some people need a very slight AF adjust to get sharp shots at infinity.
02-19-2013, 12:48 PM   #4
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Definitely the FA43 if you're going to shoot in low light. I was going to get one until I decided I should upgrade my kit 18-55 with a nice 17-50 or something. The 43 is in my future to-buy list.

02-19-2013, 01:51 PM   #5
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If you can afford it, the 43 is a no-brainer, if only because it's a faster lens.

If money is an issue (isn't it always?) then you should consider the 40 XS. It's much cheaper and optically comparable to the 40 Limited. You loose quick-shift and the hood, basically.
02-19-2013, 02:41 PM   #6
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DA* 55.
Fast, standard portrait focal length, not all landscapes must be wide.
02-19-2013, 03:16 PM   #7
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400 f/5.6

and the promised 1.4X tele!


I shoot birds.
02-19-2013, 03:23 PM   #8
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QuoteOriginally posted by gidewey52 Quote
400 f/5.6

and the promised 1.4X tele!


I shoot birds.
I am with Jerry - high performance long lenses - this would fill a void vs improve existing lens coverage - I'd like to see a DA* 300 2.8 or a DA*400 4 with a 1.4 converter. A $7,000 560 5.6 eliminates practical use of a TC and leaves a void between the existing DA* 300 4 (which makes use of a potential TC unlikely) and 560.

02-19-2013, 03:36 PM   #9
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I am lucky enough to have both of these lenses; got the DA 40 limited first, then the FA 43 limited. I stopped using my DA 40 after I got the FA 43 because I was stunned by the pixie dust images I got from the FA 43. The DA 40 is no slouch either; in good light, especially outdoors, it is awesome, and soooo compact even with the hood mounted. The DA 40 has gotten a new lease on life in my gear kit by being paired with my K-01, while the FA 43 is attached at least 50% of the time on my K-X.
02-19-2013, 04:09 PM   #10
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43 all the way. 40 is a very clinical beast in returning an image. 43 is more natural with moments of wtf? How does it do that :-)
Ultimately its faster, sharper in the center and quite capable of lovely buttery smooth bokeh.
02-19-2013, 05:21 PM   #11
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Hello Mlcinema

Responding to the “please comment below” for the poll:

Tamron 28-75 f/2.8.

Covers everything you state above and some more.

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02-19-2013, 05:53 PM   #12

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For the intended purpose you listed I would more inclined to get a Tamron/Sigma 17-50 f2.8 zoom for the convenience of a zoom, I had the Tamron one and DA40 XS and FA43 they are all sharp even wide open(if you calibrate them correctly with your body), but if money's no object, get the FA 31 f1.8 Limited....
02-20-2013, 01:24 AM   #13
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A50/1.2, FA77, FA85/1.4, FA35/2.

3rd parties:
Zeiss Planar 50/1.4, 85/1.4, 100/2.
02-21-2013, 03:06 AM   #14
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I voted for fa 43mm as I have experience with it and its great. But from the images I have seen the da 40mm is excellent as well and a good option if price is a factor.
02-21-2013, 05:11 AM   #15
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I voted for the 43. I don't have experience with the 40, but there is something special about the fa limiteds. One note of caution....they are addictive. You get one fa limited and then you need to have another. Once you have two, you need to finish the three amigos. It was my worst bout of LBA ever.

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