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View Poll Results: Which prime is THE must-have?
31mm FA Limited 1.8 3746.25%
35mm FA 2.0 1620.00%
35mm DA Limited MACRO 2.8 1721.25%
40mm DA Limited 2.8 Pancake 1012.50%
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08-19-2008, 10:47 AM   #1
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Pick one: battle of the normals

So, I've decided my next lens purchase should be somewhere in the 30-40mm range - I have the 50mm/1.4 but it is just too long for a general walk-around lens.

The problem is Pentax has not 1 or 2 but 4 lenses in this category. All of which are rated highly, and 2 of which have been included in a short list of the greatest lenses ever, comparing to the best of Zeiss and Leica.

So, here are the contenders:

31mm FA Limited 1.8
35mm FA 2.0
35mm DA Limited MACRO 2.8
40mm DA Limited 2.8 Pancake

If you had to have 1, what would it be? I could see a use for all of them, but I honestly think I'll only have room in my bag for 1 lens at this focal length.

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These are tending towards being too tele to really be considered a normal on a digital body. Certainly most sane people would choose to be given the FA31. But see my thread on alternative Vivitar 28mm lenses.
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Adding cost to the table and I vote for the FA 35... but take cost OUT and the 31mm is a winner!

Faster, Limited, wider, sexier!
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QuoteOriginally posted by rparmar Quote
These are tending towards being too tele to really be considered a normal on a digital body.
I don't think so. Since "normal" is generally defined as 50 mm, the ideal normal length for 1.5 crop would be 33 mm.

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well, the 40mm might be a bit of a stretch as a normal, but it is commonly used as a compact walk-around, so I thought I'd include it here.

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QuoteOriginally posted by BBear Quote
Adding cost to the table and I vote for the FA 35... but take cost OUT and the 31mm is a winner!
My thoughts exactly.
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Certainly most sane people would choose to be given the FA31
That's me! If by "sane," of course, you mean to then take the overrated FA31 and sell it to buy the more versatile DA35 and another lens too!

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FA35 is what I would buy, if I had the cash. Would be quite interesting in my film slrs too.

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I'd love to have the 35/2.8 but wouldn't give up the 40 for it. The 40 is just too sweet and small.
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I'd wait

for the DA*30 SDM to be revealed.
If waiting is not an option: FA31. Since you picked it as a candidate, I presume the price is no objection.
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close focus? -> DA35
size? -> DA40
value? -> FA35
if any of the above are not your considerations, i would choose the FA31. such a reliable lens, great for group photos, fast, build quality, bokeh, infinity focus sharpness, colour rendering...
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Do we have an ETA for the DA*30? And why is Pentax introducing even MORE competition into an already crowded segment?
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it will be sealed, have SDM and possibly faster than f2
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QuoteOriginally posted by Eigengrau Quote
Do we have an ETA for the DA*30? And why is Pentax introducing even MORE competition into an already crowded segment?
i dont see it as competition... but more like a statement: we kick ASS!

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The 31 is indeed a lovely lens to use! But if you're into manual lenses, I would highly recemmend you to find a tak, K or M-lens on the used market. I've been using a smc-m 50/1.7, and I must say that the 50 is even nicer to use than my 31, well, not for the results (the 31 is superior in IQ according to me), but for the feeling and that it is indeed a joy to use

As many people have said and will say, you will probably be pleased with any of the lenses you've listed

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