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04-02-2008, 04:41 PM   #1
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Prime Recommendations Between 24 and 50 ?

I love the 12-24 at F4 quick enough indoors with a flash. I really like my 50 f1.7 and hopefully soon have DA* 50-135. So to limit my light case to 3 or 4 lens haha what would be a good prime to fit in between my DA 12 -24 and 50 choices

I know a lot will pick the 31mm ltd but unless I get a deal on one that was more than I want to spend really. I think it would used for low light and indoors more than anything (no flash kinda shots). Place where this and my 50 f1.7 would work.

Love to hear your thoughts.

Thx...............Dave

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FA 35/2 or
FA* 24/2

There is a Sigma 30/1.4 in the marketplace right now. I heard it's quite a decent lens, though the corners are quite soft. There is also a fast Sigma 24 or 28 (don't remember which one).
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My 35mm f/2 is my most used prime.
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QuoteOriginally posted by daacon Quote
I think it would used for low light and indoors more than anything (no flash kinda shots). Place where this and my 50 f1.7 would work.
i bought the FA35 basically for this purpose, low light indoor photographs. although i did put it up for sale, i think i would miss it if i did sell it.
according to photozone it is sharp at all apertures throughout the frame even sharper than the FA31!.


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(i think i'll just copy paste this from the other similar thread...)

I've got a Sigma 28/1.8, and loving it. The weight and size are an issue, but it's well balanced and still smaller than most zooms... just a bit bigger than you'd expect for a prime. Super sharp, 1:2.3 macro, and great IQ except for a bit of flare (a better hood would do the trick).

Samples, the last one showing bokeh:





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FA 35/2: the best balance between speed, field of view, image quality, build quality, size/weight and price. No mistake here.
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Thanks all looks like I will be on the lookout for a 35 f2
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Thanks all looks like I will be on the lookout for a 35 f2
i'm going to pimp my own posting ... i'll probably regret selling this if anyone ends up buying but i think i'd have more fun with a DA40
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/photographer-s-marketplace/23502-fs-fa-35mm-f2.html

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QuoteOriginally posted by daacon Quote
I love the 12-24 at F4 quick enough indoors with a flash. I really like my 50 f1.7 and hopefully soon have DA* 50-135. So to limit my light case to 3 or 4 lens haha what would be a good prime to fit in between my DA 12 -24 and 50 choices

I know a lot will pick the 31mm ltd but unless I get a deal on one that was more than I want to spend really. I think it would used for low light and indoors more than anything (no flash kinda shots). Place where this and my 50 f1.7 would work.

Love to hear your thoughts.

Thx...............Dave
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.
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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 just bought one from the forum!... really look forward to using it ... and M lenses are so well built, can't imagine how the FA limited could be better in build quality
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QuoteOriginally posted by k100d Quote
i'm going to pimp my own posting ... i'll probably regret selling this if anyone ends up buying but i think i'd have more fun with a DA40
I absolutely adore my DA40. Very, very usable even from f2.8, although occasionally I do wish it was faster.
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Another vote for 28mm lens. I used to have FA35/2 but I found that 35mm is a little too long for me, 28mm is just right for me. Plus there is something about photos from FA35/2 that I don't quite like (but I can never put my finger on what it is that's bothering me)

I have got FA28/2.8 and M28/3.5, both are excellent lenses and highly recommended. M28/3.5 is cheaper and easier to find, sharp wide open. FA28/2.8 is more expensive, harder to find, easier to use on DSLRs and even though not as sharp wide open as the M28/3.5, the rendering is more pleasing.

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Some of my friends bought the FA28, FA35, DA40 or FA50, but most of them ended up with either a FA31 or FA43 or both and done with it

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QuoteOriginally posted by frank Quote
Some of my friends bought the FA28, FA35, DA40 or FA50, but most of them ended up with a either a FA31 or FA43 or both and done with it
They have good taste .
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