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01-28-2015, 06:10 PM   #1
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50mm 1.8 or 35mm 2.4

Someone toss a coin and decide for me please!!!
I am buying the K3 with the 18-135mms kit, but desperately need a prime in my collection as the kit lens is okay for all around shooting but will not satisfy creatively. I really wanted the 43mm but it is out for right now,I can buy the 50 or 35 for less then $200 so that is what I am thinking. I like the 50 as it is faster, but I prefer the wider focal length of the 35. I am a hobbyist, I love abstract photography, taking pics of my kids, doing the occasional pet shoot and everything in between depending on my mood. Not really into sports shooting or trekking after big game though. Decide for me please. Many Thanks.

01-28-2015, 07:20 PM   #2
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50mm 1.8

Why? 50 mm is a classical focal length, good for portrait. The large aperture (f1.8) is fast enough for indoor photography. Perfect for kid shots at home, IMHO.

The DA50mm f1.8 is termed a 'plastic fantastic' among Pentaxians. The keyword is fantastic: a great lens with excellent IQ, at a great price.

Go for it.

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Either one is good.

The 35mm is more versatile than 50 but the 18-135 might already provide all the versatility you need. 50mm is "classic" from the film days (full frame) but 35 provide a similar field of view on the smaller K-3 APS-C sensor.

50mm is better for portrait and abstract images IMO. The wider aperture also gives it the edge for low light.
01-28-2015, 07:39 PM   #4
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You really can't go wrong with either as both are great lenses. What I would suggest is wait until you get the 18-135 and play with it for a while then look back at what focal length your shots lean towards to. I have both but I tend to favor the 35 more than the 50 for the type of photography I do, YMMV.

01-28-2015, 07:52 PM   #5
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I know this isn't specifically what you asked but I would just skip the AF lenses and go for an M lens. I recently purchased a k135 2.5 and loved the manual focus so much that I'm selling all my AF lenses to purchase MF lenses. Being able to focus on EXACTLY what I want to focus on allows me to be so much more creative than having any specific FL. of course you can manually focus a newer lens but once you feel the focus ring on something like the k135, you'll be hooked.
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I have both & i also tend to favor the 35mm more. I'm like 51% for the 35mm & 49% for the 50mm. It's a great all around lens. It's pretty sharp wide open too. Yes. You give up a little bit of low light capturing ability, but you can get more stuff into your photo.
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I vote for the 35mm. It is an "easier" lens to shoot with until you become accustomed to the longer working distance required for a 50mm lens on APS systems.
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I was fortunate enough to have gotten my DA50 as a free bonus with my K3 and bought the 18-135 as a general purpose WR lens. Since I already have a few manual film lenses of 50mm and 55mm focal length, I would have purchased the DA35 to have a wider prime. My intent with building up my Pentax lens collection is to get something a little wider like the DA35 Limited or DA21 Limited.

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35mm rules.
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50m for pets & children, but heck, aim to get them both
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I use the DA35/2.4 way more than I use the DA50/1.8.
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It's your call

50mm might not work too well if the main intent is to shoot indoors.
01-29-2015, 07:24 AM   #13
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Sorry, should have specified, I have owned both in my former Nikon kit, the confusion for me is that I used them both about equally, I know they both have there strengths and weaknesses, but having them both is definitely the aim. The vote seems to be for the 35mm so I that is what I will do and start saving for the 55mm 1.9
I like the idea of adding some manual lenses to my kit, my first DSLR was a Nikon D50 and a Soligor 80-200 beast that was M only, I love that lens. Still have it around here somewhere.....I also have a couple other Soligor lenses that I am unsure of what mount they are. If I post pics, could the Pentax experts maybe give a me a clue?
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You can't go wrong with the DA 35. If you start to hanker for the DA 35 f2.8 Limited Macro, or an FA 31 Limited, you could sell it easily.

Complement it with a cheap fast 50 like the A-50 f1.7. It's a lot of fun.

A-50 f1.7
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QuoteOriginally posted by kcesa31 Quote
I like the 50 as it is faster, but I prefer the wider focal length of the 35.
Then get the 35. it is only slightly slower but the focal length difference is substantial.

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