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12-16-2013, 12:24 AM   #1
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Pentax 35mm and 50mm autofocus primes recommendations please

If you could only have one 50mm autofocus lens and one 35mm AF lens (both for Pentax), each under $500, which two would you choose? (similar lens sizes will be ok as well.. like the 40mm pancake for example.)

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The SMC 35mm macro (you can get it for under $500 if you try hard enough) because it's close to being optically flawless and the DA 50 1.8 because it's an exceptional value.

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I'm puzzled-FA 50 1.8?
Do you mean DA 50 1.8 or FA 50 1.7?
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I would choose the same 35mm as Adam but it wouldn't be so easy with the 50mm. I'd probably go for SMC Pentax-FA 50mm F2.8 Macro.

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I would have to agree with Adam. And yes, I'm sure meant the DA50/1.8
(says me who doesn't own a 35mm or 50mm lens....)

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Another vote for the DA 35 ltd here. It's ultra sharp and very versatile. Although it could do with a focus limiter. Being a macro lens, it can take long for it to go through its entire focus range.

And the FA 50 1.4, because it's faster then the 1.8. And if you are in luck, you can find a decently sharp copy too. But some luck is required there.
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As in all "which lens" threads - it depends on your needs. The DA 35mm macro is apparently great even for landscape photos, but do you really need macro? I would get the DA or FA 35mm instead. I have the DA 35mm because the FA 35mm was not available at a reasonable price locally. The DA is a nice sharp lens, with fast AF. The FA is slightly brighter (f2.0) and better put together (more metal parts, has distance scales, etc.). I would go for the FA 35mm over the DA 35mm if the FA came at a reasonable price and with a lens hood.

In regards to 50mm.. currently Pentax makes the DA 50mm f1.8 (modern coatings, fast AF), DFA 50mm f2.8 macro (all macro lenses are super sharp, but its not as bright and might have slower AF), and FA 50mm f1.4 (might have older lens coatings, but you can buy a dedicated lens hood for it, which is great. Has distance scales, very bright (f1.4) for portraits and low light photography). Now also take into account how much they cost where you live.

Thing is, when it comes to 50mm and even 35mm, pretty much all modern lenses are optically good. Pentax or Sigma or whatever. But they have different features. Based on those, I would get FA 35mm f2.0 and FA 50mm f1.4, because I like that they come with dedicated lens hood, have distance scales, you can even use them on film cameras. If you want fast AF in a compact package with good IQ, then get the DA versions. I doubt you would regret either way.

Btw, there are many threads on the topic of "which prime in 35-50mm range?" and its always a hard decision
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QuoteOriginally posted by Dario79 Quote
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I'm puzzled-FA 50 1.8?
Do you mean DA 50 1.8 or FA 50 1.7?
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Yup, meant the DA.


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QuoteOriginally posted by twitch Quote
FA35/2 & FA50/1.4. Why buy DA when you can get the real deal.
Agreed!!
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I prefer the F50 f1,7 for its AF speed, impressive sharpness and neutral colours. However, I prefer the focal length of the DA40 limited.
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FA 35/2...a lens so good, it was brought back from the dead.*


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QuoteOriginally posted by twitch Quote
FA35/2 & FA50/1.4. Why buy DA when you can get the real deal.
I agree wholeheartedly! These are the "real deal".
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I also throw my vote behind the FA route, you only use the best part of the lens with a crop sensor, plus if a FF comes out the value of all those is going to go stupid high in an awful hurry.

35/2 and 50/1.4 would be good, but you could also split the difference and just get an FA43 1.9 limited for the cost of the other two combined. Less lens changing and probably higher quality in exchange for losing the higher and lower focal range. For any of these make sure you get a matched lens hood and proper caps with it when you buy it.
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