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View Poll Results: Best focal range for a prime?
Ultra-Wide: 18mm and less, like DA14 41.90%
~20mm, e.g. DA21, Sigma 20/1.8 115.24%
~24mm, e.g. Sigma 24/1.8 52.38%
~28-31mm e.g. FA31 Ltd., Sigma 30/1.4 or Sigma 28/1.8 5727.14%
~35mm, like DA35 Macro or FA35 3617.14%
~40mm, e.g. DA40 115.24%
~50mm, FA50 or future DA*55 4923.33%
~70mm, FA77 or DA70 Ltd.'s 188.57%
~100mm, like Tamron 90mm, DFA 100mm or Sigma 105 Macro 73.33%
~135mm 62.86%
200mm and above 62.86%
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05-29-2008, 04:47 PM   #16
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FA31mm LTD.

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I have a few zooms but I love my primes and I like to shoot from wide to tele. If I had to give everything up and only keep one prime, without a doubt and with no hesitation it would be the 31 Limited. Or would it be the DA* 300/4.............:-).
The 31 would be much more versatile though.
Ok, if I could only keep one, it would be the 31Ltd, the FA 50/1.4 and the *300/4.
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This is so not fair!

Out of the ones that I actually have, I'd be the most likely to keep the DA35 macro, as it's my fastest lens, has the macro, and is pretty close to "normal' focal length.

If I could add a second one, it would be the FA50/1.4. For the price, you can't beat it's IQ and low-light performance.

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Results are pretty much what I would expect. Most find utility in the old 50mm normal range for film SLR (24ish to 50ish for Digital). Those who gravitate toward outdoor activities like a longer focal length, and those who enjoy artistic effects like a shorter focal length.

Guess that's why we buffs like interchangable lenses. Variety & the best of all worlds.

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FA35... wait... FA50... no no... FA 77... oh may be DFA 100 macro... Argh~ I bring them since they can fit in my small camera bag! how can I live with just one?!
05-29-2008, 07:37 PM   #21
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Medium-wide is most flexible for me. 20-24 would be perfect.
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SMC-M 85 f/2, but since that's not a choice, it would be 77ltd, followed by FA 50 1.4, followed by a 135 (Super Tak or M 135 3.5)
05-30-2008, 01:28 AM   #23
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This is very hard.

My "final" kit will be 21 + 43 + 70 + 50-135 (and probably add the 15 ltd when comes).

For landscapes: DA 21 Ltd
For indoors low light and portraits: FA 43 Ltd
For light weight walk-around kit: 21 Ltd + 70 Ltd
For animals (zoo), outdoor sport etc. 50-135mm

To choose only one ????

I'd probaly go with the DA 21 ltd. but I would miss the others a lot - no wait - I can't have only one prime - not possible !!!

05-30-2008, 01:47 AM   #24
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I voted for 40mm. As you can guess becasue of DA40. why? it's small, not too wide, not too narrow, relatively fast, sharp, great contrast and very portable, do I need to expain myself more? I think you get that I love this lens...
05-30-2008, 04:37 AM   #25
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only one?! not two or three?


hard choice between fa 50 1.4 or K/M/A 50 1.4.

no i dont think anybody cant live with only one lens.
05-30-2008, 04:46 AM   #26
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FA* 85mm f1.4
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I think living with one wife is hard enough...


In Pentax world: Pentax FA 43mm 1.9
Other: Voigtlaender Nokton 58mm 1.4

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IF it had to be one lens, my favorite 43 wouldn't be it - I'd choose the 35 Macro to get the close focus in one lens.
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I've found that I rarely need anything wider than 28mm - so I'll go with the 31mm Ltd.
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I went with the FA50 just because that's the only prime I have and I love it. Price and performance for everyone's budget. I sometimes wish is wasn't so long at times but it's great for candid portraits of the family and, in general, walk-about photos for me.

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