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06-04-2013, 06:09 AM   #1
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DA35 2.4 vs FA50 1.7

Need a walkabout lens for K-01 that's small and that I can feel safe handing to a stranger to take a pic of my family. My first choice was DA35/2.4 until I saw a FA50 1.7 at the local store, and now I am conflicted. FA50 is more expensive, as it should be. Succumb to LBA or stick with the original plan?


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Remember, it's not LBA until you own five 50s...

The FA isn't much different than the A, it's just auto focus. Go for the 35.
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I also say go with the 35...50mm on an APS-C is a little long for a lot of situations. The stranger would have to back up further to get all your family in the pic
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QuoteOriginally posted by boriscleto Quote
Remember, it's not LBA until you own five 50s...
Was that the rule? Damn, I think I'm up to eight or so.

Honestly though, while 50 is still nice on APS-C, remember that it IS a short tele. If I could pick two primes for APS-C, they'd be between 28-35 (normal) and 55-70 (portrait), the normal being somewhat more important. 50 wouldn't add much to either of those.

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Was that the rule? Damn, I think I'm up to eight or so.
I'm close to 20...
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good lord.

Or. . . I could get both? and have a "pocketable" walkabout system?

A50 is rarely used on the K01 as I prefer using AF rather than MF on the K01 (I can't really ask stranger to use MF; most can hardly understand why there isn't a zoom function).
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QuoteOriginally posted by chesebert Quote
good lord.

Or. . . I could get both? and have a "pocketable" walkabout system?

A50 is rarely used on the K01 as I prefer using AF rather than MF on the K01 (I can't really ask stranger to use MF; most can hardly understand why there isn't a zoom function).
Of course you can get both
I currently have the 35mm f2.4, and I used to have the FA 50 f1.7. I can fit either in my pocket no problem while the other was mounted on the camera. Granted, I dont wear tight fitting pants, but they are both very compact.

Having said that, i currently have an A50mm, and the 35mm, and like i said, i will often pocket the 50mm when the 35mm is mounted...and the 50mm never seems to come out of the pocket. 50mm is just too long for 50% of the situations and too short the other 50%, lol. If I were you, I would definitely get the 35mm, and either something like a 15 or 20mm limited or 70mm ltd. That way you have a bigger spread and can cover more situations. The 15/35mm combo or the 35mm/70mm combo will have you covered on both ends and is highly compact.
If you really want to have the ultimate street kit, get all 3 (if your wife lets you of course )
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Might want to think about the DA 50 f1.8. It's a very nice lens too.

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I think da50 is out, as the store is selling both at about the same price.
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I don't know why so many say 50 is too long or too short. For me it is perfect...

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/lens-sample-photo-archive/174806-super-mu...0mm-1-7-a.html

Especially when paired with a 28 & 135...the old standard kit works just as well on APS-C as on 135 FF IMO.
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Another vote here for the DA 35/2.4 ... a great lens that spends a lot of time on the K-5 ... J

PS - I need to count all my 50's ... probably around +20(?), but then again, I'm cheating since I have 10 Helios 44's (58/2) in various versions ...


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QuoteOriginally posted by Jean Poitiers Quote
Another vote here for the DA 35/2.4 ... a great lens that spends a lot of time on the K-5 ... J

PS - I need to count all my 50's ... probably around +20(?), but then again, I'm cheating since I have 10 Helios 44's (58/2) in various versions ...

Ok, here we go with the Gear Pr0n.

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QuoteOriginally posted by boriscleto Quote
Ok, here we go with the Gear Pr0n.

Gear Pr0n - a set on Flickr
Nice ... Gear p0rn is always good J (PS - there's a good p0rn thread here : https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-film-slr-discussion/217364-gear-p0...f-you-got.html )
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QuoteOriginally posted by chesebert Quote
Need a walkabout lens for K-01 that's small and that I can feel safe handing to a stranger to take a pic of my family. My first choice was DA35/2.4 until I saw a FA50 1.7 at the local store, and now I am conflicted. FA50 is more expensive, as it should be. Succumb to LBA or stick with the original plan?
Back to the OP. The FA50mm f1.7 is very sharp and many like it. (I do.) But you ask for a walkaround prime lens....

The 30-35mm is the most versatile focal length range for on APC-C. Personally the FA31mm is my preferred all-in-one prime lens. The DA35mm has a nice reputation and excellent value for money. Between the DA35mm and FA50mm lenses, the DA35mm is your best walkabout lens for you.

Hope that the comment may help.
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I have the F 50 f/1.7, which should be similar to the FA. It's sharp, has great bokeh, but would suck as a walk around lens because it's too darn long for that! I'd get it anyway and sue it for other things, but if you're wanting primes for walking around that are small I'd go DA 21 ltd and the DA35. If I were goign to go with only one prime to me a 24mm FL would be perfect, but that FA 24 f/2 is hard to find and not cheap.
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