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11-28-2013, 04:40 AM   #1
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Please talk me out of the Limited 77mm f/1.8

Well, the silver lining of having to get up in the middle of the night (or what feels like it) to get ready for my volunteer shift at the Wild Bird Fund (Wild Bird Fund | Saving NYC Wildlife) is that I have some time for a little Black Friday online shopping. On my list were the HD DA Limited 15mm ($566) and the
AF360FGZ II flash ($299). There were good reasons to buy both, in particular, Mr frogoutofwater and I don't have any flash yet to use with our K-30 and K-3 and he also likes to do landscape photography, so the 15mm will come in handy.

But I crave the Limited 77mm f/1.8, too. I do a fair bit of portrait work (people and pets) and a fair bit of that is in low light (and without flash, because it freaks out the animals). However, we already have one 50mm f/1.8 and the Tamron macro 90mm f/2.8. So it's a bit hard to justify on "do you really need it?" grounds. And nearly $826 (cheaper at Adorama than B&H), this isn't exactly an impulse purchase.

But, I can afford it, it's about 15 percent off (and I have $50 in Adorama coupons), and I when I review my photos, a fairly large percentage of them are in the mid-telephoto range, and I am getting pretty serious about photography (albeit as an amateur).

Please help me talk myself out of the purchase, or into it ...


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I refuse to do what you ask.
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You've come to the wrong place if you want arguments against it. The 77 is a thing of beauty, and APS-C doesn't ruin it, but turns it from a short group portrait lens into a headshot lens as well as a general telephoto with awesome color and bokeh.

I rate the FA limiteds as FA31>FA77>FA43, but as far as retaining the magic on APS-C goes, I think it more like FA77>FA31>FA43.

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I'll talk you out of the HD DA 15 ltd if you want? Get the SMC version instead, for the nice stars! The round aperture blades of the HD version messed them up.
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Spectacular

I am a parent photographer for my daughters marching band, and this is what people say about portraits taken with this lens. The other photographers are using Canon and Panasonic 4/3. My photos stand out and those taken with the 77ltd stand out even more.

I would post these but the parents don't want pictures of their children flying around the web (understandable).
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Well what would you do with it? And dont you have better things to spend your money on?

That is what I would ask, but we are just like you and also would do unreasonable things for the FA 77mm
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... a bit dated, but still a great article....


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The biggest reason that I can think of not to recommend the FA 77 is that on APS-C its focal length is too long and I prefer the DA *55. I own both and the bokeh is better with the FA 77, the DA 55 is a little sharper, but i constantly feel like I am fighting too tight framing due to the length.
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Sell you Tamron 90 mm and buy the FA77mm.

Since I bought the FA77mm, I never use the Tammy. I do little macro and prefer a longer focal length then. The F77mm is one of the must-keep length.

Food for thoughts...
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Don't do it. It's a terrible lens. Look it can't even get this background in focus...



As for pets, well they just are not interested in this lens at all....

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You want it and can afford it, so buy it. Otherwise you will always second-guess your decision. You can always sell it.
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Do it, you will not regret it. You can always eat Kraft Dinner for a couple months if you have to.
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It's a nearly perfect portrait lens. Only the FA* 85 is better, and it's only SLIGHTLY better. My own experiences with the FA 77 are that it renders things and people beautifully - just I don't always have reason to use its reach.
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QuoteOriginally posted by frogoutofwater Quote
Well, the silver lining of having to get up in the middle of the night (or what feels like it) to get ready for my volunteer shift at the Wild Bird Fund (Wild Bird Fund | Saving NYC Wildlife) is that I have some time for a little Black Friday online shopping. On my list were the HD DA Limited 15mm ($566) and the
AF360FGZ II flash ($299). There were good reasons to buy both, in particular, Mr frogoutofwater and I don't have any flash yet to use with our K-30 and K-3 and he also likes to do landscape photography, so the 15mm will come in handy.

But I crave the Limited 77mm f/1.8, too. I do a fair bit of portrait work (people and pets) and a fair bit of that is in low light (and without flash, because it freaks out the animals). However, we already have one 50mm f/1.8 and the Tamron macro 90mm f/2.8. So it's a bit hard to justify on "do you really need it?" grounds. And nearly $826 (cheaper at Adorama than B&H), this isn't exactly an impulse purchase.

But, I can afford it, it's about 15 percent off (and I have $50 in Adorama coupons), and I when I review my photos, a fairly large percentage of them are in the mid-telephoto range, and I am getting pretty serious about photography (albeit as an amateur).

Please help me talk myself out of the purchase, or into it ...
Nah. You really do need the 77 , immense at portraiture, razor sharp stopped down and even when you're not using it you will just be looking at the most beautifully proportioned and pretty lens ever designed.

It even does sports



or as I mentioned before a bit of portraiture

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