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10-22-2019, 01:52 PM   #31
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As I mentioned earlier in an "M42" thread, I have a copy of the eight-element 50mm f/1.4 lens. It made Asahi a known-name at one time, but it is generally too long for the APS-C cameras I have had since end of the film era.

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I have absolutely zero interest in the FA 77. Great lens no doubt, but 77mm is not a focal length I enjoy spending a lot of time at.

The DA 16-45 was a lens I was initially impressed with because I had never owned a standard zoom lens that was sharp edge to edge through its entire range, but over time I came to dislike it. There seemed to exist a subtle contrast/color anemia that afflicted images I got with the lens, and wound up replacing it with the DA 17-70.

The FA 100-300 f4.7-5.8 is a lens that had a bit of a cult reputation earlier in the decade. I bought a copy thinking it might at be pretty decent in the 100 to 200 range on an APS-C camera, but found even on crop (and stopped down no less), it had dismal performance away from the center even at the wide end of the lens.

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For me it's the FA 43 Limited. Maybe "dislike" is too strong a term but I'm lukewarm to most photos that I take with it. I keep thinking I need to practice with it more, but then I say why bother because I already have other lenses that consistently yield more pleasing results.


Meanwhile, I always liked my DA* 16-50, despite people frequently belittling the lens' optical qualities. I get good color, contrast, and sharpness with my 16-50.
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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
Any of the Asahi or Pentax f/1.4 fast 50s. No explanation will be given.


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Man, the Tak 50 1.4 is awesome!


To answer the thread though I don't really have a lens I hate that everyone likes (as I'm sure some of the ones I do are just copy variation), but the one lens that kinda disappointed me was the FA 43.
It just isn't better than the DA 40 at the same fstops.

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Anything Sigma.

I've had three: 18-50 (put that aside, it was just a cheap substitute for a kit lens, no-one rates it and I hardly used it), 170-500 and 400 f5.6. They make you appreciate Pentax colours, Pentax rendering, the microcontrast of the better Pentax lenses. Never again. You can keep your Art lenses, they aren't Limiteds and they aren't Star lenses. You can keep your 18-35, your affordable long teles, your modern fast wide primes and your 180mm macro, even though we lack them in Pentax. They are not for me.

I don't feel the same prejudice/aversion about Tamron. They don't seem so far removed - especially with Jun Hirakawa's influence and the recent co-designs.

Enjoying this thread. Contrariness is what we do best.

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Hmmm, looks like the FA 43 is becoming unpopular in this thread. 3 votes against it so far.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Gianclaudio Quote
-D FA 100mm macro. Is an old optical design and renders like one: loses contrast very easily in harsh light, massive purple fringing through all the apertures, meh rendering when outside of the macro range. Excellent as a macro, mediocre for everything else. I sold a 35mm macro ltd to get it, and feel remorse every single second I think about it.
Thatís mine too. I sold it.

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I have had some lenses that, while not bad, have fallen short of greatness in my opinion:

The Sigma DC 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5. It's been my workhouse lens for seven years and is an improvement over the Pentax 18-55mm kit lens in almost every way, but wide angle performance could be just a little bit better--as could autofocus accuracy. I do wonder if a Pentax 16-85mm would be a step up, or would it be overkill on a K-5?

The HD Pentax DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED WR. I got it to replace my 1980s-vintage Vivitar Series 1 70-210mm f/2.8-4. While 30 years worth of lens coating advancements have fixed a lot of the chromatic aberration issues that the older zoom had, I just wish the new zoom was a bit sharper at 300mm. What's the use of zooming out that far if you cannot take maximum advantage of it? I wonder if the DA* 60-250mm f/4 would be a worthwhile improvement (at that price, one would hope so).
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QuoteOriginally posted by ecostigny Quote
... I just wish the new zoom was a bit sharper at 300mm. What's the use of zooming out that far if you cannot take maximum advantage of it? I wonder if the DA* 60-250mm f/4 would be a worthwhile improvement (at that price, one would hope so).
That's true of nearly every long tele-zoom. Even the famed Canon 100-400L is weakest at 400mm, although it is very good there. It's simply part of the compromise of a zoom.

If you really want top-notch quality at a long focal length, get the DA 300/4 or one of the 300/4.5's.
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QuoteOriginally posted by luftfluss Quote
That's true of nearly every long tele-zoom. Even the famed Canon 100-400L is weakest at 400mm, although it is very good there. It's simply part of the compromise of a zoom.

If you really want top-notch quality at a long focal length, get the DA 300/4 or one of the 300/4.5's.
Excellent point. If I'm racking out the zoom lens to 300mm all the time, going with the DA* 300mm f/4 would make the most sense for optimal image quality.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Gianclaudio Quote
-D FA 100mm macro. Is an old optical design and renders like one: loses contrast very easily in harsh light, massive purple fringing through all the apertures, meh rendering when outside of the macro range. Excellent as a macro, mediocre for everything else. I sold a 35mm macro ltd to get it, and feel remorse every single second I think about it.
Very polarizing opinions in this thread. I wonder how much of it is lemon lenses ("sample variation") versus different preferences. I like my DFA 100 for portraits, landscapes, and astrophotography so for me it's good at all focal lengths not just macro. I feel like the only issue I have in common with your experience is the purple fringing (I correct it with software).
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QuoteOriginally posted by monochrome Quote
That’s mine too. I sold it.
A pity, really. Is sad when a zoom, the 50-135 in my case. does everything better than a prime, except sharpness.
Hopefully I'll be able to sell it and will get the Zeiss 100 macro ( I've been Zeissed )
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QuoteOriginally posted by ChristianRock Quote
The lens everyone seems to love but you never liked
Of all the Harem members only one springs to mind... "HM The Queen"(SMC Pentax 500mm F4.5).

Purely because of her size and the stability required to get decent results, but that's not her fault, it's down to operator error.
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Conundrum time, I always saw the wonderful reviews of the DA 50-135, but the DA 60-250 always seemed to make it on to the camera instead. I then thought I should give it a decent try and used the 50-135 for a whole month in the single challenge. Very happy with the photos it produced and with a classic view on the APS-C camera it was an easy lens to live with. However I still pop the 60-250mm on when I grab the K3. I guess I still don't feel the love for the 50-135.
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