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04-14-2013, 03:13 PM   #1
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I know this is very subjective, but I'd like some opinions....

I currently have: DA 18-135 WR , DA 70mm f/2.4, FA 35mm f/2.0. I just purchased a DA 55mm 1.4 for a really great price.

I am contemplating returning both the 70 and 35 in exchange for the fabled FA 31mm f/1.8?

My thoughts are that I'm covered nicely for portraits with the 55, can sacrifice the 70 and won't miss the 35 to purchase the 31.

Please let me know your thoughts.

Thanks!

04-14-2013, 04:00 PM   #2
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two lenses > one lens

the optical quality of your lenses is very good - the improvement of the 31 would be marginal
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QuoteOriginally posted by dano1089 Quote
I know this is very subjective, but I'd like some opinions....

I currently have: DA 18-135 WR , DA 70mm f/2.4, FA 35mm f/2.0. I just purchased a DA 55mm 1.4 for a really great price.

I am contemplating returning both the 70 and 35 in exchange for the fabled FA 31mm f/1.8?

My thoughts are that I'm covered nicely for portraits with the 55, can sacrifice the 70 and won't miss the 35 to purchase the 31.

Please let me know your thoughts.

Thanks!
I would do it, it's better to have one lens you'll love than two lenses that are just great. Furthermore, your focal lengths are still covered, so nothing to lose.
04-14-2013, 04:48 PM   #4
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I would do it, it's better to have one lens you'll love than two lenses that are just great. Furthermore, your focal lengths are still covered, so nothing to lose.
That's sorta the direction that I was leaning. While I admit to not having spent too much time with either the 35 or the 70, I'm just not too thrilled with either for some reason. I really wanted the 55 for it's weather sealing as I spend a lot of time at the beach. Since the 55 will work nicely for portrait and short telephoto shots, I may not use the 70 too much. I'd rather have the least number of lenses possible.

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I think your reasoning is good. Wont miss the 70 and you can find out whether the 31 myth holds true!
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The 31 is worth the effort to get it. Your next acquisition should be the DA15 since you lack quality at wide angle. The 31 spends a lot of time on my camera, more than the other 7 primes or various zooms.
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The 31 is worth the effort to get it. Your next acquisition should be the DA15 since you lack quality at wide angle. The 31 spends a lot of time on my camera, more than the other 7 primes or various zooms.
Yep. The 15 would really have me covered pretty well, but that shorter focal length are my least coveted. Either I just haven't mastered how to properly use a wide angle lens, or just don't take many pictures that need one. I'm hoping to be able to get by with my 18-135 on the wide end of things. Back in my film days, I only had a 50 for years until adding a cheap sears 135. I was given a 28 or 35 as a gift, but hardly ever used it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Primes4ever Quote
The 31 is worth the effort to get it.
+1. Get the FA31mm now. Consider the Da15mm next.... I did the same and I love it.

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QuoteOriginally posted by dano1089 Quote
can sacrifice the 70
Please let me know your thoughts.
If you do, you'll forfeit one of the fastest-focusing lenses in Pentaxland.
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Another vote for 31mm.

Right after getting one, I was slightly dissapointed because my copy was softer wide open than 77mm I had. However, stopped down to 2.2-2.8 it becomes amazingly sharp and at 4.0-5.6 it begs for more resolving sensor.

It took me some time to realise that it is the most used and versatile lens I have/had. The only thing it misses to aquire "the best lens ever" in my personal ranking is lack of WR.
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I'd sure miss my 70, but you clearly aren't me or I'd remember posting this! er...
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If you do, you'll forfeit one of the fastest-focusing lenses in Pentaxland.
i'm sure it's so, but for what I do, If they don't slow down, they missed out on the opportunity for me to take their photo!
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Another vote for 31mm.

Right after getting one, I was slightly dissapointed because my copy was softer wide open than 77mm I had. However, stopped down to 2.2-2.8 it becomes amazingly sharp and at 4.0-5.6 it begs for more resolving sensor.

It took me some time to realise that it is the most used and versatile lens I have/had. The only thing it misses to aquire "the best lens ever" in my personal ranking is lack of WR.
True, and I hope to have the WR covered with my 55mm.
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I'd sure miss my 70, but you clearly aren't me or I'd remember posting this! er...
I'm sure I'm not you as I'm sure you're a much better photographer.
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QuoteOriginally posted by dano1089 Quote
contemplating returning
How does this work exactly?

Does this not go against the whole concept of LBA, you realise you could ostracised for this kind of heresy.

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