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04-04-2008, 05:26 AM   #16
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Did anyone mention the Sigma 30mm f/1.4? I have one for Canon and it's a great piece of glass.

I had the FA 35mm f/2.0 when I was with Pentax, and that was great as well (albeit one stop slower)

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QuoteOriginally posted by Canada_Rockies Quote
I'm going to put my foot in it and recommend the M 28/3.5. I have always found this to be a fantastic little lens. It is sharp and has low distortion. The field of view is equivalent to 42mm on film - as close to "normal" as one could want. It's also a full frame 35mm lens, so you are only working in the sweet spot.
I'll second that. It's the best buy I've made so far.
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QuoteOriginally posted by patrickt Quote
My 35mm f/2 is my most used prime.
I agree, I love my FA 35mm. It's even sharp wide open and gives a good bang for the buck.

Good luck!
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QuoteOriginally posted by egordon99 Quote
Did anyone mention the Sigma 30mm f/1.4? I have one for Canon and it's a great piece of glass.
Only if you like the purple color, because you will fringes everywhere in your pictures. It's also necessary to mention that all the pictures have soft borders, even at f/8, which limits the uses of this lens to centered subjects.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Abbazz Quote
Only if you like the purple color, because you will fringes everywhere in your pictures. It's also necessary to mention that all the pictures have soft borders, even at f/8, which limits the uses of this lens to centered subjects.

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the sigma wide primes seem to be very polarizing in opinion. doesn't seem to be the best technically, but has many people who really like using them.
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QuoteOriginally posted by k100d Quote
the sigma wide primes seem to be very polarizing in opinion. doesn't seem to be the best technically, but has many people who really like using them.
Some are better, some are worse. The 30 is absolutely the worst on technicalities, 20 has a few problems, but the 24 and 28 are quite nice (or so I've heard on the 24).
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(goes to look at pictures taken with my 30mm)
Nope, don't see crazy purple monsters, borders are decently sharp. Maybe they crippled the optics for the K-mount?
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You might have gotten a peach (and I might have, too)... I obsessively reasearched between these two and the FA35, and the optical problems of the 30 were a real turnoff in almost every review. Reviews != usage, though... YMMV. I would gladly pay for the extra stop and slightly smaller size if the reviews hadn't been so discouraging.

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Here is a shot with my Sigma 30mm wide open @ f/1.4, ISO100 with 580EXII bounced on the ceiling (with my 40D)

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Some folks have had problems with the 30mm (on all the different mounts), but I got lucky! It is a nice piece of glass and I look forward to giving it a big workout when our first child arrives (any day now!)
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Have fun with that... baby pictures are fun!



(OK, I guess babies are fun, too )
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+1 for the FA35.

I can't speak for any of the others mentioned in this thread as the 35 is all I have in the way of AF primes in that range. I'm obscenely satisfied with it. Great indoor and night time performance and very sharp from wide open. Plus the size and weight makes it convenient enough to carry around all the time. It's almost permanently on my spare body.
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QuoteOriginally posted by benplaut Quote
Some are better, some are worse. The 30 is absolutely the worst on technicalities, 20 has a few problems, but the 24 and 28 are quite nice (or so I've heard on the 24).
Seconded. I bought 3 Sigma wides: the 20/1.8, 24/1.8 and 30/1.4. The 20 and 30 are not very good lenses IMHO. The 24/1.8 is by far the best of the lot. A well balanced lens with a useful close-focus ability. On a crop camera, it is very close to the perfect do-it-all, carry-everywhere lens. Street photography, environmental portrait, social photography, gatherings, groups, architecture, interior shots, landscapes, cityscapes, museum photography, close-ups, etc. You name it, it'll shoot it.

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Ive got the FA 28/2.8 and the FA* 24/2 and I am very satisfied. Along with the FA 50/1.4, they form a lovely little "FA-three Musketeergroup".

I think its a big difference between 24 and 28mm and im happy to have them both. The FA*24/2 is pretty rare and often overprized. I found the FA 28/2.8 for 235 dollars. Well worth the money, imo.
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I would tend to agree with the many people recommending the FA 35 for it's quality and price characteristics.

Myself, I started in 1972 with a Spotmatic and SMC Takumar 28, 35, 50 and 135mm lenses. The 35/2 was my favorite lens then. I got used to using primes and was never disappointed with the equipment. (My own abilities are another matter.)

Once I got into DSLR mode, I began to covet the FA 31. However, I bought the FA 43 and it has become my most used lens. It's a very useful focal length for zooming with my feet. And I feel the picture quality is superb. I don't believe I'll ever get the FA 31 now.

I currently feel auto-focus-prime-complete with my FA 43 plus the DA 21 and FA 77. And I still have the SMC Takumars in perfect condition and use them occasionally.
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you can consider the new DA 35mm ltd macro. I'm finding it to be a great carry lens. THere are two other threads right now with pics from it.
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