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12-21-2008, 10:09 PM   #406
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Samples from an "average" user

I actually ended up renting both the 43 mm and the 35 mm/macro. I liked them both. I didn't find my copy of the 43 mm had any magical power or the like. But, here are some of the images. I ended up with the 35 mm. Maybe I will come back for the 43 mm

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all shot AF at f/1.9

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both at 1.9



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Hmm those are nicey images @ wide open aperture. I've also been thinking of this lens but photozone test kind of turned down my interest after seeing the results @ 1.9. Seems that the test is just, well, random bunch of numbers which has nothing to do with the reality. It would replace the oldie M50 1.7 which seem to be falling to pieces any moment soon.
12-22-2008, 02:01 PM   #409
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Fa 43 ltd does the background bokeh so so, at best neutral. What ticks the lens is the boutique metallic build with AF capability even though the lens does have hunting issue at f1.9

This lens is still a nice lens to use and it often pops the photos I do not expect them to. Micro contrast is rather good when aperture goes above 2.4 or so.

I have a few wide open shots at the beginning but forming my habbit of using this lens only at f2.4 or so.










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I find the bokeh on the 43 ltd to be much nicer and more consistent than the 35ltd. That said, 77 is still my fav. Have a 31 showing up wed, so I'll give that another shot.
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I have a sample downloaded with the 100% crop of the focus point. It is a freaking unbelievable lens, words cannot explain how great it is. My picture doesn't do justice, but will show 100% crop. This was taken handheld though.

The whole image (focus is at 'BOY')



Center 100%

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QuoteOriginally posted by nostatic Quote
here are a few. I'm not sure I'm going to keep the lens (just got it). AF isn't perfect and while I get some great images I get some that seem softer than they should be. It doesn't seem to have the magic pop of my 77. I shot today going back and forth between 35ltd, 43 and 50-135* at 50mm. No clear winner, as they all had strengths and weaknesses. The 35 is the most variable though...sometimes metering is just crap. And yes, the last photo has the reflections on purpose...






Yours needs focus adjustment, before I tuned in the +130 focus adjustment with the 'russian debug mode' it did the same.
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no "debug" as I'm on a K20d. The AF adjustment doesn't go far enough, and I'm not sure about how the lighting/f-stop influences. I do know that manual focus is very sharp under low light, so I can always not be lazy and do it myself.

Basically, if I can get the shot that's all I care about. I abhor testing, and only do so if I seem to be getting some odd results when I shoot.

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I went around my home and took some snapshots, hand held with the built-in flash. Rememeber the lens is softest at this setting, and only 100% crops show it and that too is not bad for hand held. Staright from camera JPEG, 0 sharpening.

Focus on eye lid



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Focus on the eye



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Focus on the upper knob



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Focus on the eye



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Focus on the face



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Now one at f5



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The lens is not that soft wide open, dreamy bokeh and really shows the texture of the object (plastic looks platic, stone looks like stone etc.). I love this lens.

P.S: A guy is seeling one for $360 in the marketplace in mint shape (silver I think).

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f/1.9

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Some 'around the hotel' mundane-but-instructive wide-open shots:







The FA 43ltd is an excellent indoor workhorse in addition to being a knockout
arty/specialist lens.


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Just got the 43 ...

... and it's a marvel.


12-23-2008, 07:43 AM   #417
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QuoteOriginally posted by maxwell1295 Quote
I'm seriously considering this lens as a replacement for the FA50. I'd like to see some of your wide open FA43 images.
Here we go:

1.9:



2.8:



I like the lens. Its open not as sharp as the DA35, but its very good and has its on charm.

Buy it!

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Damn you guys! You started some kind of LBA in me...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Maffer Quote
Damn you guys! You started some kind of LBA in me...

LOL, that's good. But, the funny thing is the only weakness that anyone says of the 43 is it's performance wide open. So, all these shots are as bad as it will ever get with this lens. I am sure the OP wants to see how really bad it is wideopen and weather it is acceptable for him. So, your LBA is from the weakest performing aperture.

At this aperture the bokeh is nice, but may be bettered by the 31 and the Zeiss disatgons and may be evn the Vogitlander 58mm 1.4. Nothing else comes close. Contrasty lens. Stopped down to F4 there is no lens available for Pentax that will match it's sharpness.

It's the cheapest of the three FA's...you can't go wrong. It's a razor thin focus (see the difference when I focussed at the eye vs the yelid, so the focus HAS to be spot on, otherwise it will jsut be an ordinary lens. You need focus adjustment to fully enjoy this lens.
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Yah, the focusing can be tricky but I'm used to MF with M50 1.7. It's just too bad if this K200D fails with AF. How to fix the focus then? K20D would allow for adjustements. Otherwise let's see. I need a lens that:

A) is a bit wider than the M50 - check!
B) has AF for situations in which there is not a lot of time to hassle with MF - check!
C) allows for narrow DoF - check!
D) doesn't take a hell lot of room in the bag - check!
C) looks sturdy - check!

31ltd and the Zeiss lenses would be a bit out of the budget. So other real options would be pancake 40ltd and perhaps DA35 macro ltd which, however, allow only for F2.8. Of course there is FA50 1.4 which would be the cheap solution but is not any wider than the M50...
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