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06-22-2018, 10:43 PM   #1
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Dilemma: What to keep FA20-35, FA20, FA24-90, FA35

Acknowledgement up front - I am fortunate to find myself in this dilemma . While knowing how hard it is to get some of these lenses (perhaps 5 years of hard looking), I think that I have probably overdone the collection just a bit (note: I have FA31 FA43 and FA77 that are not going anywhere).

Assuming a travel lens kit is an important factor, what would you keep and what would you let go in the above list. Reasons would be appreciated - especially if you have experience with them all (ps I have only just acquired the FA20-35 so I have no experience with it yet).

Also, note I have not got the FA28 - it went years ago as it was not a shadow of a lens against the F28 - in this light is the FA24 a glaring absence? and if so, how would the dilemma look after its inclusion.

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The FA20 is HORRIBLE. You should get rid of it immediately. I will give you my address so that you can mail it to me. Think of how many problems that will solve for you!
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Maybe shelf the 24-90mm for the D FA 28-105mm? If find newer zooms to be quite a bit better than film-era ones.

Otherwise all those lenses are quite good. If I had to get rid of another it would be the 20mm, given you have the zoom, which is very convenient for travel.

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06-22-2018, 11:16 PM   #4
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QuoteOriginally posted by alamo5000 Quote
The FA20 is HORRIBLE. You should get rid of it immediately. I will give you my address so that you can mail it to me. Think of how many problems that will solve for you!
You very nearly convinced me ........

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Maybe shelf the 24-90mm for the D FA 28-105mm? If find newer zooms to be quite a bit better than film-era ones.

Otherwise all those lenses are quite good. If I had to get rid of another it would be the 20mm, given you have the zoom, which is very convenient for travel.
Yes I was thinking the 24-90mm was on the outer. Unsure if I would buy the DFA 28-105 given I am happy with FA77 at the short tele end. The beauty with having only the 77mm as a short tele (when travelling) is I can use crop mode if need be to get a little more reach.

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While the FA35 is a good lens, you already have the 31, and both zooms cover that length. Personally I can’t speak for the 20, but Adam is right that new zooms tend to be better, especially on a digital camera.

Good luck with the decision.
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Assuming portability and ease of use, then IQ to the edges and for mostly stopped down use.
I'd sell all of them and get a DFA28-105, and then add one of the UWA options (Samyang 14, Irix 15, Laowa 12)
Otherwise, sell most of them except the 20-35 or 20 and then get a DFA28-105.

The 20-35 and 20 are getting harder to get by the day and the former is really unique as its a wide with good coverage in a small form factor, I would not sell it just because of these reasons.
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I had the FA20 and FA20-35 at the same time. I still have the FA20, and despite my love affair with the DFA15-30 I can't bring myself to part with the prime.

As a fellow FA31 owner, I never even considered the FA35. I do have the Sigma 35/1.4 Art, because it offers that extra bit of pop and silent AF, but my heart is still with the Princess.

I also have the F28, and like you my search for a 28mm prime is over unless a K28/2.0 Hollywood drops in my lap

So personally, I would keep the FA20 and sell the other three. But the FA20-35 is a very compact option if you like its rendering.

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The FA20 is HORRIBLE. You should get rid of it immediately. I will give you my address so that you can mail it to me. Think of how many problems that will solve for you!
LOL. Nice try.
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@Sandy Hancock I think we are on the same page - because I do not have the DFA 15-30 I am therefore reluctant to part with the FA20-35. Keeping the FA20 is becoming clearer

@pinholecam - your sentiment is re: 20-35 and 20 getting harder to get is not lost on me. They are good lenses - selling these really light compact lenses would probably be a mistake. Travel light is an important factor.

@twilhelm - you are right! as Sandy suggested, the FA35 is excessive.

sadly, the FA24-90 is getting no love here. But I have to say it is a fine lens and only just, by a whisker, missed out on an outing to China for a month holiday (a few months ago). Not surprisingly, the 24-90 stayed at home as the FA31, FA43 and FA77 kept it out of the bag.

Perhaps it is the FA24-90 and FA35 that are finding new homes - anyone disagree?

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QuoteOriginally posted by Wild Mark Quote
Perhaps it is the FA24-90 and FA35 that are finding new homes - anyone disagree?
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The core lenses are there. I had a very similar kit a few months ago but instead of the FA20 I had the A20, and in place of the 24-90 I chose the 28-105.

I've now got the 20-35, DA55 and FA85 in the bag with the 28-105. Lost a bit of speed at the wide end but gained a bit of versatility.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Wild Mark Quote

Perhaps it is the FA24-90 and FA35 that are finding new homes - anyone disagree?
I have had and sold those two lenses. I don’t miss the 24-90 at all (though I commonly used it with my MZ-S) since I have the 28-105. I replaced my FA35/2 with the FA31 and I confess I miss the lens. There’s something unique about the color rendering.

I’ve never had the other two, but your current tentative plan sounds about right to me.

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Definetly loose the 24-90.
This may not be the End result , just a starting point.

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Perhaps it is the FA24-90 and FA35 that are finding new homes - anyone disagree?
Right On ! Ive only used these lenses from Helenjo's collection , but I think your choices are Spot On !
To me the FA 24-90 was the very least impressive in the bunch. (although very good)
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Donít toss the 24-90 FA if you have a good copy. Itís light weight and optical qualities make it a keeper. The 24 wide end is hard to duplicate with any of the modern zooms except the heavy 24-70 2.8. The FA 35 is a great lens but duplicated by what you have. Just my two cents.
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FA20, FA31, FA43, and FA77 is a very nice progression of primes so you could sell off the other three lenses.

But for a compact travel kit, a DFA28-105 would be the most versatile. You could also throw the FA20 or FA20-35 in a pocket or belt-pouch for complete coverage from wide angle to medium telephoto.

It also depends on how you feel about changing lenses during travel.
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QuoteOriginally posted by photoptimist Quote
FA20, FA31, FA43, and FA77 is a very nice progression of primes so you could sell off the other three lenses.

But for a compact travel kit, a DFA28-105 would be the most versatile. You could also throw the FA20 or FA20-35 in a pocket or belt-pouch for complete coverage from wide angle to medium telephoto.
Or......You could also throw that FA20-35 up for Sale on here if its in nice shape , and I will Buy it Soooo Fast ….. You will think its Yesterday !
At a Reasonable price of course..... Maybe that should tell you something ?
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