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03-11-2008, 05:17 PM   #91
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I post all of my photo's at 800 on the long side and try to re-size in photo shop. If you use photo bucket to resize them it strips all the exif data off. jim

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This one is 800 but the included image is the smaller size from the gallery. Is there any way to link to the proper size?

I think my RAW conversion strips the EXIF already. This one was: ISO 400, 1/1000s, f/1.9, multi-segment. Is there a good free copy'n'paste EXIF tool around? Would be nice to have it on the context menu in Explorer.

Oh. The 43mm rocks. Just in case anyone doubted.
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FA43-Ltd or FA50/1.4?

Hi, hope you will help answer this for me.

Noting I'm not saying put yourself in my shoes; if *you* were faced with the choice of FA43-Ltd @$330 or FA50/1.4 @$200, which one would you buy? would anyone say both?

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At that price I'd buy the 43... it's a damn good price. In general, I find that ~40mm is a bit of a useless focal length--too long for a normal, and not long enough for portraits. The 50 is still slightly wider than I'd like for portraits, but it's certainly capable for that purpose.

They're both awesome lenses in their own regard... the 50 is a better portrait lens, and the 43 is a better in-between lens.

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Get the 43. $330 is a very good price.
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yeah I'd get the 43mm first and at that price you can't loose. Once you buy it would you mind sharing the source? I sold mine a few months back and have regretted it ever since.

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I have both the FA43 and FA50. If you can get the FA43 for $330 it is a no brainer which you should get first. The FA43 has lovely build quality and images have a nice colour rendition but very high contrast images at max aperture can yield purple fringing. I find the field of view to be more versatile than the FA50, the 7 degrees in focal length between the two lenses is noticeable. Personally I find the cheaper FA50 a little too short as a proper portrait lens and a little too narrow when used indoors but it has the edge in available light shooting. A little soft at maximum aperture but at the price, there is no reason why every Pentax user shouldn't have one in the bag.
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Yeah, for real, a limited lens for $330, def buy that puppy!

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I bought the 43 over both the 50 and the 35. On the other hand I have a few 50's and a couple of 35's in M42, so I'm covered. I like the perspective of the 43, especially on film. I think it's currently the best value among the Limiteds.
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hehe want to share where you can get the 43 Ltd at 330$? please~
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Thank you all for your comments.
The full story is I currently own a 43, which displaced a FA50/1.4 earlier in my lens kit. But from time to time I miss having the 50; I have more than once thought about trading down to get a 50 back.

If I sell the 43, after fees & shipping I probably get about $330 net (hence I priced it as such). Then spend $200 for 50/1.4, plus shipping to Australia, doesn't leave me much change. So I will go with the unanimous opinion -- learn not to miss the 50

PS: Btw I got this 43 for $350 from Marketplace here.
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Advice needed - should I purchase 50mm f/1,4 or FA 43mm f/1,9 ?

I'm looking for a sharp prime lens between 40mm and 50mm.
Currently I have Pentax FA 16-45mm f/4 which is quite nice but not as sharp as I would like.

Two candidates in my mind:

- Pentax FA 50mm f/1,4
- Pentax FA 43mm f/1,9 Limited

The 50mm is generally considered as a very good performer and also the 43mm f/1,9.
But what got me puzzled was these resolution graphs, according to these graphs the 16-45 has excellent resolution, at some focal lengths on par with 50mm or 43mm versions?
So is there any need for me to get 50mm or 43mm if the 16-45mm is already very sharp (according to these graphs)?


Short summaries:


Pentax FA 16-45mm f/4

Pentax SMC-DA 16-45mm f/4 ED AL - Review / Test Report

photozone:


Pentax Lens: Zooms - Pentax 16-45mm f/4 ED AL SMC P-DA - SLRgear.com!
Pentax DA 16-45mm 1:4 ED/AL Lens Review: 3. Test results: Digital Photography Review



Pentax FA 50mm f/1,4


photozone:

Pentax Lens Review Database - 50mm F1.4
Pentax Lens: Primes - Pentax 50mm f/1.4 SMC P-FA - SLRgear.com!


Pentax FA 43mm f/1,9 Limited


Pentax Lens Review Database - 43mm F1.9 Limited

photozone:

Pentax SMC-FA 43mm f/1.9 Limited Review / Test Report

Pentax Lens: Primes - Pentax 43mm f/1.9 Limited SMC P-FA (Tested) - SLRgear.com!


I'd be very interested to hear if somebody has used or tested these lenses,
do the 50mm and 43mm outperform the 16-45mm in terms of sharpness
if stopped down properly?

Or should I consider the Pentax 50mm f/2.8 Macro which I heard to be the sharpest 50mm Pentax lens ever ......
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I am NO expert by ANY means... but I have the 50mm and borrowed a 43mm. Here are my comparisons... Oh, also I was comparing the k100d to the k10d, so be sure to read the captions.

comparing the 50mm, 43mm, k10d and k100d

In the end, I saw little difference in IQ in the photos that I took, and the 50mm seemed to hunt for focus a bit less. Personally I didn't see enough improvement in the 43mm to justify the much higher price tag... maybe the difference shows itself more in landscape photography?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Thule Quote
I'd be very interested to hear if somebody has used or tested these lenses,
do the 50mm and 43mm outperform the 16-45mm in terms of sharpness
if stopped down properly?

Or should I consider the Pentax 50mm f/2.8 Macro which I heard to be the sharpest 50mm Pentax lens ever ......
At 45mm (which is the focal length that matters for this comparison), from f4 to f11, the DA 16-45 is outperformed by both the FA 43 Limited and the FA 50. Among the reasons you might want to get either of the primes are speed and portability. I have both the DA 16-45 and the FA 50. If I was going for a walkabout kind of shoot, and I could only take 1 lens, I'd take the DA 16-45. If I were doing a portrait shoot (especially if I could only use ambient light), and I could only take 1 lens, it would be the FA 50. But if ultimate sharpness is your goal, you could do worse than the DFA 50 Macro.

If nothing else, the test from Photozone prove that the DA 16-45 is an astonishingly good wide zoom.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Groundloop Quote
I have both the DA 16-45 and the FA 50. If I was going for a walkabout kind of shoot, and I could only take 1 lens, I'd take the DA 16-45. If I were doing a portrait shoot (especially if I could only use ambient light), and I could only take 1 lens, it would be the FA 50.
I have both the 16-45 and the 43mm limited. It's interesting how I choose what lens to go out with, since sometimes I walkaround with the 43mm. Which I also use for fast shooting indoors of course. For me it depends more on what subjects I expect to shoot. If urban 'scapes then the wide zoom. If cute flowers with blurred background then the 43mm.

My completely subjective comparison second-hand through posted photos and comments led me to the 43mm. Besides it's a limited -- the FA 50 cannot touch it for appealing build.
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