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06-30-2008, 10:42 AM   #1
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FA 50/1.4 vs DA 70/2.4

I am tempted to just pick up the 50/1.4 and a grip, but still find the 70/2.4 intriguing, if you were to look for a good quality prime for portraits, (both are in that range with the cropped FoV) and your choice was limited to those 2, which do you think would make one happier?
Obviously i'd prefer comments from people who have both, and as far as low light shots go, i may just keep the Super-Tak 50/1.4 (since noone seems to want it anyway).
To me the 70/2.4 looks like a nice portrait lens, does the 50/1.4 have anything i may be missing that may make it the better choice? (aside from being half the price)

Thanks in advance for any input,

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06-30-2008, 10:46 AM   #2
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Despite the smaller max aperture compared to the FA50, the DA70 is the better lens for portraits.
06-30-2008, 11:29 AM   #3
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I tend to use my DA70 more than the FA50/1.4 in the studio. I bought the Voigtlander 58/1.4 because I found the 50 to be a little short, but I am finding that I am still using the 70 more.
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I have both, but find the DA 70 to image a much more pleasing portrait...

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I don't have the 70ltd, but I do have the FA 77 and the FA 50 1.4.

I think the 77 is a better portrait lens than the 50, but I've taken some knock-out portraits with my 50 also.

And that f/1.4 is always nice to have in your bag (vs 2.4 on the 70)


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You can't really compare a 50mm to a 70mm anyways... if you're short on cash get the 50mm now and the 70mm later. (or that 77mm if you don't mind sluggish AF)

For some pictures the 50mm would be the best choice, for others the 70mm would be better.

A fast 50 is a very nice addition to any photographers camerabag, and they are dirt cheap compared to other lenses. Especially the old manual focus ones.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Shashinki Quote
You can't really compare a 50mm to a 70mm anyways... if you're short on cash get the 50mm now and the 70mm later. (or that 77mm if you don't mind sluggish AF)

For some pictures the 50mm would be the best choice, for others the 70mm would be better.

A fast 50 is a very nice addition to any photographers camerabag, and they are dirt cheap compared to other lenses. Especially the old manual focus ones.
I agree. Effective focal length of the 50 is 75mm. I find the 70 aka 105mm great but too long for me as a portrait lens as it compresses a bit too much for my taste.

If I were to rate them for portraits I would give the 50mm 9/10 and the 70mm 8.5/10.

Very close. I think the 50 would also come in handy for other more intimate applications as well. It is a nice medium telephoto lens.

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I find the grip extremely useful for portraits as well

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QuoteOriginally posted by Shashinki Quote
You can't really compare a 50mm to a 70mm anyways... if you're short on cash get the 50mm now and the 70mm later. (or that 77mm if you don't mind sluggish AF)

For some pictures the 50mm would be the best choice, for others the 70mm would be better.

A fast 50 is a very nice addition to any photographers camerabag, and they are dirt cheap compared to other lenses. Especially the old manual focus ones.
Of course you can compare a 50mm lens to a 70mm lens. I did it in studio shooting and discovered that the 70mm focal length is more useful to me than the 50mm focal length. I still use both, but I use the longer lens probably 80% of the time for portraits.
And Ben, the effective focal length of a 50mm lens is 50mm, just like it's marked on the lens bezel.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Wheatfield Quote
And Ben, the effective focal length of a 50mm lens is 50mm, just like it's marked on the lens bezel.
I think Ben is refering to the crop value on the sensor for Pentax would equal those values in a full frame lens
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Sadly I have a heavy-duty case of LBA so choosing just one lens isn't possible for me...

I WANT THEM ALL!!
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70 Ltd on its own beats the 50mm FA for portraits IMHO but 50mm FA + grips wins out overall. Shooting portrait orientation with a vertical grip makes life just so much nicer.

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Thanks for all the input, i do like long primes for portraits, the Jupiter-9 i liked a lot.
I will sleep over this one a few times, i can always hold out and see what the 55/1.4 brings us.

Actually today i was dragging my bag along to the museum and used the 50-135 outside where i could, i may even be able to use that lens for some really nice shots (looks like a little FF at the moment) and use up cash on grip+remote+2nd SDHC card (maybe an extremeIII just to see if it's any better than the ultra 2 i got)

I am looking for a lens/prime that has AF but still mesmerizes as some older lenses do.
and in all honesty, i wish i had a store that carried the 50/1.4 Planar T* (So i could try it on), it was an amazing lens on the 30D, and it should blow my mind on a K20D. (The full auto function of it especially (no i'm not thinking of focusing it when i said full auto ))
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Someone replied about the grip, now does the Pentax grip come with a little lug so i can attach my handstrap on that?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Shashinki Quote
Sadly I have a heavy-duty case of LBA so choosing just one lens isn't possible for me...

I WANT THEM ALL!!
I know how does it feel, good that I don't have money
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