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09-30-2008, 04:51 PM   #1
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Limiteds: 35/2.8 vs 43/1.9

Anyone directly compared these two? Both are highly regarded in both build quality as well as optical quality. They also are priced similarly. Having never used a limited, I am dying to get one. I do have the 50/1.4 so it would make sense to get the 35. Is there any reason why I should opt for the 43 instead? On paper its easy to pick out the differences. One is wider, one is faster, one has macro, one is FF compatible (does that even matter?). Any hands-on experiences??

As far as macro goes, I do have a dedicated macro lens which I am happy with except that it does not have "A" setting for aperture.

Hows the 43 on film? I want to buy a film body but would I ever really use it? Anyways, that's a whole different thread altogether.


09-30-2008, 07:15 PM   #2
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the 43 is supposed to be excellent for film, that's what it's designed for
i just got a film body and the 43 looks awesome on it

i think because you have the speed coevered, you should go for the macro to leave a larger gap. on digital, the macro is just about walkabout length, whereas the
however, this macro lens doesn't really take the place of a real one because you have to get extremely close. it is extremely versatile. very respected photographer Mike Johnston thinks it's one of the best Mike Johnston to Write Weekly Column for P-Net! - Pentax Forum
09-30-2008, 07:33 PM   #3
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Thanks for your input k100d. I know this subject has been discussed several times perhaps with slight variations including 40/43/35 macro. I know you can't go wrong with any of the lenses, but for some reason the FA limiteds stands out more than the the others.

I noticed you might feel the same way??
09-30-2008, 08:08 PM   #4
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yes ... the FA Limiteds are absolute quality, i wanted the whole set

the FA43 is a strange beast. it is much hated and loved. from what i've read, it initally was knocked against for being soft wide open (which it is) and having rough bokeh (which it does too in the wrong situations. but it's very sharp by f4 and there is something of a "pop" to images from the contrast.

here's a recent post by roentarre to demonstrate
Fa 43 ltd - 3D effects on flowers [Page 1]: Pentax SLR Talk Forum: Digital Photography Review

09-30-2008, 08:46 PM   #5
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The FA 43ltd is legendary, but I'd have to vote for the DA 35ltd macro.

Its further away from your 50mm, and it's a true 1:1 macro.


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