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04-18-2021, 06:12 PM - 1 Like   #16
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I purchased my DA*55 new from B&H last May and have had no problems with the SDM. It has sometimes set for over a month without being used without any problems. My only surprise is that in low light it is not as quick to focus as my FA50mm F2.8* macro. This is in a church setting when I want the whole stage in view when standing at the back of the sanctuary. In this situation, the FA50 is better than the DA*55.

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Am I right in thinking this can't be converted to screw drive?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Cerebum Quote
Am I right in thinking this can't be converted to screw drive?

you are right - there is no facility for screwdrive on this lens....
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QuoteOriginally posted by pepperberry farm Quote
you are right - there is no facility for screwdrive on this lens....
Oh, its to be hoped it doesn't fail :0/

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QuoteOriginally posted by Cerebum Quote
Am I right in thinking this can't be converted to screw drive?
Correct. Only four lenses can be converted: da* 200, 300, 16-50, 50-135. In theory the 60-250 should be possible since it has the dual hardware, but conversion methods known fail to work on that lens.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Cerebum Quote
Oh, its to be hoped it doesn't fail :0/

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I sold off an FA43 Limited and a Sigma 50/1.4 EX DG HSM because of this lens...

it's that good...
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QuoteOriginally posted by pepperberry farm Quote
I sold off an FA43 Limited and a Sigma 50/1.4 EX DG HSM because of this lens...

it's that good...
I know when I was thinking of getting the 50mm f1.8 you very nearly swung me to the da*, that's why its sharing top spot with the 35mm f2, now THAT'S a lens I really want.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Cerebum Quote
I know when I was thinking of getting the 50mm f1.8 you very nearly swung me to the da*, that's why its sharing top spot with the 35mm f2, now THAT'S a lens I really want.
which 35/2 ?

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which 35/2 ?
Probably the DFA. I don't think I can stretch to the HD, although the DFA holds its value. The best UK price I have seen was 300
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DFA* 50 stomps all over a DA*55 anyway you look at it. The 55's biggest problem and is sometimes glossed over is that it is too slow for portraits unless you manually focus and are good at it. It also suffers from PF wide open. It can produce fantastic images but it is soooo slow.
Based on 3 examples that I've had.
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The 55 is not zippy, but I've found it adequate for most of my admittedly plodding portraiture.

I'm interested to see how it does on the new K3iii
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QuoteOriginally posted by caliscouser Quote
The 55 is not zippy, but I've found it adequate for most of my admittedly plodding portraiture.

I'm interested to see how it does on the new K3iii
Portraiture in this instance is a 5yo who does not want to sit still for a moment
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Portraiture in this instance is a 5yo who does not want to sit still for a moment
Yep, been there, done that. You're right moving kids are a real challenge.
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Yep, been there, done that. You're right moving kids are a real challenge.
I just get the DFA*70-200 now and take a sniper position
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If I didn't have a K1 and an FA77 I would probably have a DA*55. Even still it's a lens that's on my radar.

QuoteOriginally posted by Cerebum Quote
I know when I was thinking of getting the 50mm f1.8 you very nearly swung me to the da*, that's why its sharing top spot with the 35mm f2, now THAT'S a lens I really want.
I highly recommend the 35mm f2 either HD or just FA. It has been great on FF and APSC.
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