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02-17-2014, 10:01 AM   #1
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FA 31mm F1.8 limited

I was very bad and spent a LOT of money and I'm not sorry...

First impressions of this lens is that it is all it's cracked up to be.
It is super sharp requires almost no post-production. Jpeg images just look good right out of the K-5!
I would have to compare this to the very best lens that Leica produces.

Here's just a few quick snapshots with virtually no PP and I'm by no means a professional who I'm sure can get a lot more out of this lens.







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Congratulations. This lens is at the top of my wish list. I just got the FA 77 and am having a similar experience.
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thanks Mike, I actually purchased this used from Adorama in like new condition for $899. It is flawless!
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Awesome! Congrats!

So many good examples everywhere on the supremacy of the FA 31mm, looking forward to get my own ;-)

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All of the FA and DA Limited series never fail to impress.
But beware, once you sink your teeth into one, you may develop a craving for the rest of the series...
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All of the FA and DA Limited series never fail to impress.
But beware, once you sink your teeth into one, you may develop a craving for the rest of the series...
Nope. Will in April get the FA 31mm, DA* 55mm and the DA* 60-250mm - and that's it. I have learned by reading this forum, that it's better to have a few lenses and really know how to use them and their specific advantages, than to buy a lot.

So thank you, guys, for all your good advices! :-)
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All of the FA and DA Limited series never fail to impress.
But beware, once you sink your teeth into one, you may develop a craving for the rest of the series...
I have had the DA 21 ltd for about two years and have been able to resist the urge to buy more DA ltds (although I also just bought the DA 40 xs). The FA's though have made me swoon and after less than a week I am pretty certain I will be buying the 31 as soon as I have the extra cash and can find one in silver.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ztrejfer Quote
Nope. Will in April get the FA 31mm, DA* 55mm and the DA* 60-250mm - and that's it. I have learned by reading this forum, that it's better to have a few lenses and really know how to use them and their specific advantages, than to buy a lot.

So thank you, guys, for all your good advices! :-)
This is good theory, except it leaves out the 43, my favourite of the Ltds.

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This is good theory, except it leaves out the 43, my favourite of the Ltds.
I almost don't dare - but here we go:

Why is exactly the FA 43mm your favorite (at the expense of the others)?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ztrejfer Quote
Nope. Will in April get the FA 31mm, DA* 55mm and the DA* 60-250mm - and that's it. I have learned by reading this forum, that it's better to have a few lenses and really know how to use them and their specific advantages, than to buy a lot.

So thank you, guys, for all your good advices! :-)
Smart decision...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ztrejfer Quote
Nope. Will in April get the FA 31mm, DA* 55mm and the DA* 60-250mm - and that's it. I have learned by reading this forum, that it's better to have a few lenses and really know how to use them and their specific advantages, than to buy a lot.
Ok, good luck with that

I'll take no chances and will stay away from all the FA Limiteds for now! I think the DAs will server me well enough, and the fast fifties will take care of my need for speed - if any.

Anyway, congratulations on your shiny 31
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ztrejfer Quote
Will in April get the FA 31mm, DA* 55mm and the DA* 60-250mm - and that's it.
You'll need to be careful not to get the wide-angle bug!
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I know the feeling.
First time out with my 31, I didn't use anything else... it just seemed so right

And yes, you will want all the limiteds sooner or later.
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I know the feeling.
First time out with my 31, I didn't use anything else... it just seemed so right

And yes, you will want all the limiteds sooner or later.
Yup. Highly likely.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ztrejfer Quote
I almost don't dare - but here we go:

Why is exactly the FA 43mm your favorite (at the expense of the others)?
It was my first

It has the size and handling advantages. To me, the colours and rendition are mind blowing. It's hard to take a bad photo with this lens. Whereas I am very capable of taking bad photos with the 31 and 77. The 43 requires no postphoto, where my 77 is often needing fringe control (easy enough fix).

My 31is still too new to really judge it, but I could part with the 77 and not miss it. I have a feeling like the 31 will be a true keeper once winter leaves.
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