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02-21-2007, 11:08 AM   #31
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QuoteOriginally posted by FotoPete Quote
Am I the only one that uses Manual Focus in here? (Yes I have AF lenses)
No. (Adding a bit to reach min limit to post)

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I agree abouth the bokeh (which of course never were perfect with the FA77 either) being marginally better for the FA77 compared to the DA70. Now bokeh is subjective but I think most agree about this when looking very close to pictures. In real life shooting the difference is small. The cool tone is a matter of taste and PP, I can't see that as a problem with either lens.

No CA with the original limiteds? Are you kidding?
"No CA"? Kidding! See it yourself:-

Trees @ f2.4 (for bokeh) photo - Richard Day photos at pbase.com

The Old Kings Head photo - Richard Day photos at pbase.com
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(I have seen Richard's, as well as Pentax official DA70, pictures and I am well aware of the CA.)

I thought you said the original FA77/1.8 Limited doesn't show CA. Did I read you wrong?
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Since Jonas had 2 Fa 77 ltd in the past, Jonas knows the bokeh Ca very well. Fa 77 ltd bokeh CA can be really bad



My dream of having a Da70 is dashed after the Da* zoom lenses announcement.

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Am I the only one that uses Manual Focus in here? (Yes I have AF lenses)
Nope.

Although my eyes aren't as good as they used to be (since I'm now getting to be "older than dirt"), I still like to use manual focus for portrait and macro shooting.

However, I am now resigned to using AF for most other shooting (except, of course, when I just want to take one of my old manual focus "cult classics" out for a walk).
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QuoteOriginally posted by tranq78 Quote
Here's another thought. If the price of the lens is of concern to you and if you have a body with S/R, get the D-FA100mm f2.8 macro lens. It will function as a good short telephoto lens (150mm equivalent). It's not very big so it's fairly discrete.
The D FA is a fine lens optically but it does not provide useable autofocus due to the lack of a focus limiter - it hunts all the way down to 1:1 magnification and out again, pretty much useless for photographing anything in motion unless used in manual focus mode.
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I own the FA85 and the 77. From the perspective of just practical normal usage, I must respectfully disagree.
I have been using the FA85 for the last 15 years or so and can only emphasize your oberservations. The special character of the lens will be very obvious wide open and when stopped down it will become a decent, but not-out-this-world lens. It is then "just" sharp and contrasty. I cannot compare it to the 77 Ltd., but the 85 would be a very good choice for concert photography at short and medium distances.

If you stand back in the hall, the thread opener certainly needs a longer focal length (depending on the venues, of course). A standard 70-200/2.8 would be my preferred choice along with the 85/1.4 a 50/1.4 and something like a 24/2.0 for shots at closer distances.

Large concert events often have more than enough light on the stage. There you wouldn't need the extremely fast lenses, but at least if helpd with manual focusing.

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One of these are on my next lens list.
The price difference is swaying my decision.
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Yes, I ´ve had 77mm limited, but i saw one photo taking wide open at 1.4. For long distance, sunset, Prague Castle, and it was astonishing sharp across the frame (APS-C). From that point I think it is the best lens i ´ve ever saw...
And it has my favourite filter size 67mm I really would love to get one, but for better price
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Am I the only one that uses Manual Focus in here
No there's at least two of us.
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From what I observed in ebay A 85mm is more expensive than FA 85mm. I wonder why..
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From what I observed in ebay A 85mm is more expensive than FA 85mm. I wonder why..
The FA* is optimized for closer focusing distances (portraiture). The A* is better at infinity. The 77 LImited is also better at infinity than the FA* lens. Both of the latter have FREE elements (fixed rear elements) to boost infinity performance. The FA* has not...
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