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05-26-2013, 06:58 PM   #16
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And I use my DA* 16-50.

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Although I have faster lenses, my best night shots have come from my DA 15 Limited.
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I also prefer the Sigma 30mm f/1.4. It's a rare combination of speed and a versatile focal length, and it's way cheaper than the FA31.

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I like both the FA31 and the FA77 for my night cityscapes because they both make the super clean 18-pointed light stars.

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QuoteOriginally posted by scratchpaddy Quote
I also prefer the Sigma 30mm f/1.4. It's a rare combination of speed and a versatile focal length, and it's way cheaper than the FA31.
Wow!! Great image.
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My f:0.9 50mm lens for subjects further than 10 feet away. Too tough to focus any closer in the dark. It's a Canon, not a K mount. Pentax never made anything like it.

It was great for my son's performances in dimly lit auditoriums.
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Sometimes, its night, indoors. 50-135, handheld.
Superb shot!
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If we're talking hand-held, FA31 and DA*55.

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Ready for action

Mind you, this one with the FA77 is probably my favourite extreme darkness shot.


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I also prefer the Sigma 30mm f/1.4. It's a rare combination of speed and a versatile focal length, and it's way cheaper than the FA31.
Would be interested to see the EXIF for this
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I like both the FA31 and the FA77 for my night cityscapes because they both make the super clean 18-pointed light stars.

FA31
yeah that image is incredibly clean, what ISO?
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Pentax M 50 / 1.4 or Pentax A 50 / 1.7
05-27-2013, 09:32 AM   #27
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No contest in my stable, FA31 is the hands down favourite. The da15 for wide angle if needed as second choice.
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A fast 50 when handholding my gear. When I can, the best lens for nighttime cityscapes I've ever seen is the DA21. Its starbust effect os gorgeous, its colour rendering just perfect.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Conqueror Quote
Would be interested to see the EXIF for this
It was a 30-second exposure, ISO 800 on the K-r. Aperture was f/2.5. I took that picture on Highway 518 in New Mexico, between Las Vegas (the original one) and Taos. The only light was moonlight. In such situations, even with a tripod, faster apertures make things much easier.

On the other hand, if you're shooting cityscapes with a tripod, it really doesn't matter how fast your lens is. You can use any lens you want. In this shot, I had to use ISO 100 and stop way down to f/18 to get a long enough exposure for the light streaks from headlights and taillights that I wanted. I used the cheap Tamron 70-300. It also makes some nice 18-point starbursts.

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