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02-18-2015, 01:12 AM   #61

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QuoteOriginally posted by Abbazz Quote
That was a tongue-in-cheek remark ( ), considering the arrival of a full-frame Pentax DSLR, which makes the good old FA 20-35 more attractive than ever...


Honestly, to get the FF for using this FA20-35 is not at all convincing and also the effective usage of the lens would be very different.

02-18-2015, 01:37 AM   #62
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QuoteOriginally posted by Nicolas06 Quote
Honestly, to get the FF for using this FA20-35 is not at all convincing and also the effective usage of the lens would be very different.
I will not buy the Pentax FF only to use this lens. In fact, I have been using the FA 20-35 for quite a while on Canon and Sony full-frame cameras with great results. If I buy the Pentax FF, it will be in order to be able to autofocus my Pentax lenses.

To me, a relatively slow 20-35 (or 20-40 for that matter) lens on a crop sensor is pretty useless and I would use such a zoom as a 20mm prime... But I prefer my DA-15 anyway!


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First flowers of Spring...FA 20-35 K-3

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05-09-2015, 09:01 AM   #64
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I've only owned the 20/40, but here's two pics at 20&40.

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I purchased a 20-40 after long debate between it, the 16-50, and the new 16-85. I decided on the 20-40 because of its size more than anything else. I often find myself wondering if the 16-50 would have been a better choice when 20 just isn't wide enough, but overall I really enjoy the light weight. If Pentax comes out with a weather sealed ultra wide zoom, I'll be all over that.

For now, the 20-40 fits really well with my 50-135. It is comfortably sharp wide open (something my 18-55 wasn't) and more than sharp enough stopped down to 5.6-8. It doesn't autofocus all that fast, though the focusing ring is so well built that you can fine tune focus if need be. I am a bit wary about its WR ability though as there are more moving parts than on the 50-135 and it seems to attract dust.

Overall, I am happy with my purchase. I actually want to pick it up and use it, whereas my 18-55 was like "well, if I have to." I'm looking forward to buying a decent CPL and stop down rings. It will be interesting to see how the photos change with polarization (I use a polarizer quite often in the summer). As the light continues to improve (IMO), I'll have all summer to put it through its paces.

Not saying these are the best photographs ever taken, or even if my copy of the 20-40 is a good one (only now are we getting enough light for me to test ). Just some recent photographs. Yes, I do post process my photos.

A couple with a tripod:

K-3, 20-40, 40mm, f4, 1/30, ISO 100

K-3, 20-40, 20mm, f8, 1/5, ISO 100 (multiple exposure composite, one of the first I've done)

A couple handheld:

K-3, 20-40, 30mm, f5.6, 1/25, ISO 100 (multiple exposure composite, trying without a tripod)

K-3, 20-40, 20mm, f5.6, 1/20, ISO 100
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Some are saying that the FA 20-35mm and DA 20-40mm are too slow, with a narrow zoom range.. but the point is that these lenses are small, almost like primes, just with a little wiggle-room. The DA 20-40mm has a really nice rendering, and the FA-20-30mm was great when it was released (for 35mm film) and still has something to offer on modern cameras. Sure, you might want a 15-50mm f2.0 lens, but it will be huge, expensive, and have completely different rendering characteristics. In the end, far fewer people would buy one, so it wouldn't be of much benefit over the FA and DA in this thread.
Both seem to be quite nice lenses, just as long as you remember their role.
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I almost never use the FA20-35 wide open anyway, the same for the DA14 I had on the K-01, it was always stopped down to f10-f11 for landscape work.

The DA14/K-01 and FA20-35/MZ-S have only been used wide open when wanting to try some interesting perspective/close up shots for fun.

As mentioned, the main advantage of the FA20-35 is its compact size and lightweight, and although it feels a bit cheap, its certainly done well in my bag and with use, it does not feel fragile.

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