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10-12-2008, 08:29 AM   #46
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I have the 77 and the 18-250 but do still plan on getting the 50-135.
FA77 at F1.8 can really make a difference over F2.8:

Yeah, good point, that's one of the things I love about the 31ltd as I find I use 1.8 constantly for low light indoor shots of the family and outdoor bokeh shots. It would be missed....

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And add a 28-75/2.8

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So to summarize the feedback...I should keep the 18-250, purchase the 77ltd, purchase the 50-135*, purchase the 70ltd, and purchase the 16-50...all with very good justification behind each case. My wife is going to love you guys!lol:
Don't forget a 28-75 because the break at 50mm between the 16-50/50-135 is sometimes sooooo inconvenient ;-)
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Don't forget a 28-75 because the break at 50mm between the 16-50/50-135 is sometimes sooooo inconvenient ;-)

Haaaaa!
(Note to self...don't let wife read Pentax Forum thread "77ltd vs 50-135*")
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Suro, as you are familiar with both the 70ltd and the 77ltd I thought I'd ask...Do you find the 77ltd AF to be noticably slower than the 70ltd?
PS Another great photo. Nicely done...
Yeah! The 77ltd is a little bit slower Isn't critical

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Interesting discussion, which affects me right now as I'll be purchasing the 77 Ltd next week. Reading some of these comments I thought "maybe I should buy the DA* 50-135...", but the thought was quickly dispelled I'm sticking with the 77 Ltd.

However, I don't believe it's a case of either/or, and I know I will someday purchase the 50-135, but my priority right now requires the 77 Ltd.

In any case, I'm always a bit concerend when I see discussions of a prime vs a zoom, especially when both are excellent lenses, as is the case here. Both offer superb IQ, so the only questions one should be asking is 1) Do I prefer the versatility in focal length provided by the zoom?, and 2) Can I live with a slower lens? If both answers are "yes", then go for the zoom; if they're "no", then buy the prime.

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This thread and its comments have strong points in favour and genuine reasons to justify LBA.


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Does anyone ever regret the FA77? It is not a perfect lens but nothing matches it for size, weight and convenience. It is always with me in an extra pocket somewhere. There is no equivalent.
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Does anyone ever regret the FA77? It is not a perfect lens but nothing matches it for size, weight and convenience. It is always with me in an extra pocket somewhere. There is no equivalent.

I agree there... but have to say as well that there is not many posts around bagging the 50-135 as a regrettable item.

Both are with me where ever my camera goes

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I agree there... but have to say as well that there is not many posts around bagging the 50-135 as a regrettable item.
True enough. Though I don't have it, I have seen some incredible shots with it. In fact most of them seem to be optically superior. Thing is, with that size and weight it would not be in my "carry everywhere" class of lenses.
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True enough. Though I don't have it, I have seen some incredible shots with it. In fact most of them seem to be optically superior. Thing is, with that size and weight it would not be in my "carry everywhere" class of lenses.

I am with you there... its kind of like a bantamweight in the ring with a heavyweight and winning most if not all the rounds.


I have a Nikon user friend who is green with envy of the 77ltd after he has seen the results from an outing we had when I used the 77ltd.. he first looked on as if to say is that the best you can come up with.

So it was I who landed the knockout punch and was delighted to do so





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... so the only questions one should be asking is 1) Do I prefer the versatility in focal length provided by the zoom?, and 2) Can I live with a slower lens? If both answers are "yes", then go for the zoom; if they're "no", then buy the prime.
1) Yes
2) Would rather not
Then on top of these two questions are the weight, weather sealing and price considerations. Hence the conundrum.
However, I currently believe the 77ltd is the way I'll go, especially considering it's future production lifespan will likely be shorter than the 50-135*...

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size and weight, size and weight, size and weight.
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I've got the same dilemma - 77Ltd. or DA* 50-135. Could you say something about night pictures? something like skyline? I've got DA* 16-50, a good copy I think (at least by the daylight), but I'm not happy with the quality of pictures (CA, coma or whatever) of the city by night...
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77 all the way. The images are shockingly good, and my fingers tingle when I touch it

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77 all the way. The images are shockingly good, and my fingers tingle when I touch it
Or is that the coffee?

No, it is the lens!
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