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10-17-2008, 11:17 PM   #1
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Is it a compromise? A50/1.7 vs. DA40/2.8

I just got my da40 today. took only a few shots. In contrast, the a50/1.7 has been the "on the cam" lens for what little time I've had the K10d.

Before I really get into using the da40, what are your thoughts?

To me, seems like - AUTOFOCUS notwithstanding - the a50/1.7 is superior by way of sharpness and color rendition.

I know I suck. But will I really find out that - apples to apples - the da40 won't provide the same bokeh/clarity/contrast that the a50 gives?

(I was hoping that the 40 is an "everything an a50 provides + autofocus" silver bullet)

Your thoughts/tips?

10-17-2008, 11:55 PM   #2
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QuoteOriginally posted by John Araki Quote
I just got my da40 today. took only a few shots. In contrast, the a50/1.7 has been the "on the cam" lens for what little time I've had the K10d.

Before I really get into using the da40, what are your thoughts?

To me, seems like - AUTOFOCUS notwithstanding - the a50/1.7 is superior by way of sharpness and color rendition.

I know I suck. But will I really find out that - apples to apples - the da40 won't provide the same bokeh/clarity/contrast that the a50 gives?

(I was hoping that the 40 is an "everything an a50 provides + autofocus" silver bullet)

Your thoughts/tips?
I only have the M50/1.7 which renders indeed in a special way, but the DA40 should not be less, only different.

Are you sure your camera focuses 100% correctly, because that might explain your disappointment...

Can you show us some images?
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Well, maybe tomorrow...but of the 20 or so shots w/ the da40, I've not d/l'd any to the computer yet.
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I have the next generation of your 50 (F50 f1.7) and I have DA40 too. I like them both. F50 seems to be sharper in the centre and has more pleasing bokeh (when open wider then 2.8) but DA40 focuses spot on and has better corner sharpnes. As for coulour rendition and contrast, I think both lenses do outstanding job! It's easy joice for me. DA40 spends most of the time on my camera because of it's size/performance ratio. If I can, I take both. What for? DA40 for views, all person portraiture, and F50 for narrow DOF when needed and upper body(or head and shoulders) portraiture. I may post examples, taken on the same shoot, later on...
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My original thoughts were softly formed. It was late afternoon, overcast...softness probably due to slower shutter speeds.

It's a pretty cool lens, I'm stoked



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I have these lenses, and think they are both really great - easily the highest IQ of any of my lenses. I do use the DA40 *much* more than the A50/1.7. Mostly because the focal length is more generally useful, secondarily because it is so convenient in terms of AF and size. No way do I think the IQ is a limiting factor. The speed occasionally, but really, f/2.8 is enough most of the time.
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QuoteOriginally posted by John Araki Quote

Before I really get into using the da40, what are your thoughts?

To me, seems like - AUTOFOCUS notwithstanding - the a50/1.7 is superior by way of sharpness and color rendition.


Your thoughts/tips?
It hurts when you discover that your 100 dollar cheapie lens is as good as your nice, shiny new expenso lens, isn't it?
Pentax 50mm lenses have traditionally been extremely good optics.
Good enough that my 40mm LTD has been out on loan for about a year and a half, and I just don't miss the thing.

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