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06-19-2014, 04:39 PM   #1
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The Three Amigos

My new "used" FA 43 arrived today.... it's beautiful and absolutely flawless. My collection is now complete!
Honestly, I had high expectations about the 31 and the 77 but wasn't sure that I really wanted the 43....but being a Pentaxian with LBA, I just had to complete the collection...
I will take it out tomorrow for some test shots.

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QuoteOriginally posted by peterjcb Quote
My new "used" FA 43 arrived today.... it's beautiful and absolutely flawless. My collection is now complete!
Honestly, I had high expectations about the 31 and the 77 but wasn't sure that I really wanted the 43....but being a Pentaxian with LBA, I just had to complete the collection...
I will take it out tomorrow for some test shots.
Congratulations!

I just did exactly the same.....still waiting on delivery of my new to me 43.
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Congratulations! Always a good feeling to have a full set!
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Congrats! I was in your same boat and held out on the 43 for a year after acquiring and loving the other two amigos. Got my new 'used' 43 in April and have been absolutely floored at how nice it is. Enjoy!

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Actually, in the original Japanese, and through the far east, they are named and are famous under "The Three Princesses".
It's good to know.

(I believe Ned Bunnell first called them The Three Amigos for some odd reason; maybe he likes Western films)
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The 43 is the best one
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Funny...my new 43mm arrives tomorrow to complete the set. I too, waited...thinking the 31mm & 77mm were the only ones needed with aps-c. Somehow now in my mind I have convinced myself that the 43mm is going to be exactly what I have been missing, when paired up with my 21mm as the best small kit ever.

We wait and see.

Congrats to all who are getting a 43mm in the next few days.
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QuoteOriginally posted by MBike74 Quote
Congrats to all who are getting a 43mm in the next few days.
Sounds like we are all having a baby…..

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You guy's are newbies as I'm on my third 77/43 combo and second '31(soon to be third also).
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QuoteOriginally posted by tabl10s Quote
You guy's are newbies as I'm on my third 77/43 combo and second '31(soon to be third also).
Do you love them to death....or something?

(maybe you shoot in 3d?)
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Interesting.... The 43 is the one I don't have and don't feel a huge desire to get, much like others here. Yet I hear it is very popular. Maybe one day I might actually have some spare dollars and I'll pick it up and try for myself.
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After a 12-year break, I went digital(32 years with an LX). Read about all three(got 'em). Read about the MIJ's(got 'em). Read about the early versions(have two, need one more).

Just picked up the FA 85 and want the rare 135 1.8 that I'd probably never use as I don't use the 135 2.5 I have now.
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QuoteOriginally posted by tabl10s Quote
Read about the early versions(have two, need one more).
You could be a really bad influence!

I've gone out of my way to buy an early FA43 (2000 serial number range).... my 31 and 77 are AIV. I did this as I was interested in if the glass was different in some way......as opposed to where it is assembled.

I've never read anything to suggest that when assembly moved to Vietnam the source componenets changed. But I have read some stuff that suggests that the early ones MIJ had different glass or coatings (43 at least as it was the first)

Do you have any knowledge or observations based on you experience?
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there is a serious case of LBA in this thread....I'm calling for an intervention....

...heading out to put this little gem through it's paces on my travels today...
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QuoteOriginally posted by noelpolar Quote
You could be a really bad influence!

I've gone out of my way to buy an early FA43 (2000 serial number range).... my 31 and 77 are AIV. I did this as I was interested in if the glass was different in some way......as opposed to where it is assembled.

I've never read anything to suggest that when assembly moved to Vietnam the source componenets changed. But I have read some stuff that suggests that the early ones MIJ had different glass or coatings (43 at least as it was the first)

Do you have any knowledge or observations based on you experience?
I have piece of mind(I will fully when I aquire a "red pouch" '31)and not "Photo Nervousa" which costs much less than my Audio Nervousa":-).

---------- Post added 06-20-14 at 08:34 ----------

QuoteOriginally posted by peterjcb Quote
there is a serious case of LBA in this thread....I'm calling for an intervention....

...heading out to put this little gem through it's paces on my travels today...

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