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01-22-2014, 12:52 PM   #31
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I have both lenses and find that the DA 40mm offers a bit faster autofocusing speed. The FA 43 adds some magical "pixie dust" to my pictures which make them look more film-like, while the DA 40 produces the modern DA-lens rendering. I have been tempted to sell my DA 40 after I got the FA 43 but decided to keep both because of how fast the DA 40 focuses and that it's appreciably smaller than the FA 43 when you factor in both lens hoods. The DA 40 is a great match for my K-01, whereas the FA 43 performs beautifully on my new K-50...

01-25-2014, 08:35 AM   #32
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QuoteOriginally posted by starbase218 Quote
who is to say the 40mm Ltd was developed for FF? Unless there is a way of testing it that I'm not familiar with.
i say the 40mm ltd was made for full frame. specially considering the design is the same as the one from the K 40/2.8 from 1976, and considering that the film test show it is actually full frame.
01-26-2014, 11:37 AM   #33
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For what it's worth, I've only owned the 43 for a short time, and I picked it up on the local CL ads for only $400 in excellent shape except for some nicks on the lens cap from what looks like a couple drop&rolls (but so what). I've always had a love affair with the old 50mm manuals, and this thing renders similarly, only slightly shorter (which is perfect on an APCS in my experience), feels lovely in the hands and is smaller and *lighter* than the 50s (not the 40). In short, you can find it for a good price if you're patient and it truly is a bit of magic.

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