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View Poll Results: Indoor fast prime
Pentax FA 35 f2 2945.31%
Pentax FA 50 f1.4 2132.81%
Pentax DA 40 f2.8 46.25%
other 1015.63%
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05-01-2008, 01:03 AM   #1
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Indoor fast prime

So, here I come again with yet another thread about which lens...
For long time now, I have been longing for a fast lens to use mainly for indoor group shots/portraiture. I've been thinking about Sigma 24-70 but since my bag space is very limited (at least now) and I have to carry around quite a bit I don't feel like adding this huge piece of glass to my bag. So I buckled down and decided to get some fast prime (maybe it is just about the time). So I narrowed the possibilities down to next three:
FA 35 f2 - I can get it for £200 new, it's FOV resembles to that of standard lens on FF camera.
FA 50 f1.4 - fastest of the group and cheapes (can get it for £143) but slightly long for indoors.
DA 40 f2.8 - smallest but slowest in here. Can get it for same price like FA35. Would be great to go out with because of the size...
First two lenses have one advantage they are FF legacy, so IF Pentax will come out with some FF DSLR I'll be able to use them, with DA40 it'll always be limited for APS-C sensors.
So guys and girls, which of these three is the best lens?
PS: for those whou would liket to tempt me, yes I was thinking about 21 and 31ltd and new DA35 macro but they are out of budget...
TIA for all opinions and advices...

05-01-2008, 01:12 AM   #2
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35/2 would be it. Not that it is the ideal choice but the other 2 are too long for indoor group shots imho.
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I would go for the DA 35 macro, but since you already demised it, then I go for the runner up, which would be the FA 35 (you win one stop - and some $ - you loose macro ability, full metal jacket and quick shift focus...)
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I would personally choose the 35/2, (haven't used any of these). It's quite fast, and the focal length would be perfect for just indoor.

Looking at test results shows that it is a very fine lens with good performance.

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Either the Sigma 24/1.8 EX or the Pentax FA 31/1.8 Ltd.

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i chose FA35 because it's the widest of the above, but you may also consider spending the money on a good flash and learning to use that instead
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QuoteOriginally posted by axl Quote
PS: for those whou would liket to tempt me, yes I was thinking about 21 and 31ltd and new DA35 macro but they are out of budget...
TIA for all opinions and advices...
Have you considered the Sigma 30/1.4? It is fast with good bokeh for indoor portraiture. Its price is around $410.
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Go with the Tamron zoom instead, it's smaller. It's around your budget too.

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Out the ones you've mentioned, I chose the 35/2 because it's the widest and still fast. Although it's not in production anymore, you might want to consider the FA28/2.8. It's not as fast as the 35 (that's why there are flashes), but it's even wider still and usually goes on Fleabay or the Marketplace for $200-250.

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Another vote for the FA35/2 here. I absolutely love this lens. You do lose a stop compared the the 50/1.4, but the FOV is much more useful indoors, and DOF is already so thin at f/2.0 that I believe f/1.4 would not be usable often (disclaimer: I do not own a 50/1.4, "only" a f/1.7).
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If you can get one with out the BF issues the sigma 28mm f/1.8 EX macro is just about ideal for indoor use. Slightly wider than normal and it actually shows up as a f1.7 on the k10d (?)

second choice would be the 35mm f2. I wanted a lens for the same use and those were my top two.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Geekybiker Quote
If you can get one with out the BF issues the sigma 28mm f/1.8 EX macro is just about ideal for indoor use. Slightly wider than normal and it actually shows up as a f1.7 on the k10d (?)

second choice would be the 35mm f2. I wanted a lens for the same use and those were my top two.
Bingo... first choice Sigma 28/1.8, second choice Pentax 35/2. If you can stand the size, get the 28 (because you gain fairly good macro)... if you can't get the 35.

the 50 is faster, yes, but nowhere near wide enough indoors.
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From your list my choice would be the FA 35 f/2, but I'd also be looking at the Sigma 28 f/1.8. In fact I am looking at the Sigma, I'm just waiting for a local dealer to get one in stock.
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QuoteOriginally posted by benplaut Quote
Bingo... first choice Sigma 28/1.8, second choice Pentax 35/2. If you can stand the size, get the 28 (because you gain fairly good macro)... if you can't get the 35.

the 50 is faster, yes, but nowhere near wide enough indoors.
For some perspective, the 28mm can shoot 3 people across a smallish dinner table at a restaurant. Maybe 4 if you really crowd in. a 50mm has nearly half the FOV.
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also, 28 is just barely wide enough that you start to get a bit of a 3d effect from the perspective... you don't really get that with a 50 (and not so much with a 35, either). Some people like that, some don't.
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