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11-22-2008, 12:20 PM   #1
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DA35 vs DA40 vs vs FA43 + DA70 vs FA77 bying advice


I have planned a to by 1 or 2 lenses soon, and I live in Norway where it is a little strange prices against the USA.

Today I have a DA 18-55, DA 50-200 and a M-50mm f1,7 and a k200d

I want a standard lens and maybe a portrait lens.

I have seen a little bit on these lenses as standard lens: (but I will also take other lenses as options)

DA 35mm macro Limited (420$)
DA 40mm Limited (390$)
FA 43mm Limited (650$)

And as portrait lens I have looked at these: (and I will still look at other options!)

DA 70mm Limited (560$)
FA 77mm Limited (1000$)

I have also wondered on the new DA*55mm (740$) because I love my M-50mm and that is hopefully better.

I have about 1000$ , but I can pay little bit more if this give me a much better lens

Im not intersted in normal FAs because I want good build quality

Thanks for all answers

11-22-2008, 12:53 PM   #2
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Strange that the 35mm macro and 40mm are so close in price. At the same price, the 35mm is definitely preferable (in general).

420 + 560 = 980 < 1000, thus
35mm + 70mm = within budget

See, that was easy!

Yeah, I didn't really help much. But it seems that this combo would be quite nice and fits your budget.
11-23-2008, 04:26 AM   #3
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The classic dilemma. All the lenses you list are very nice, you cannot go wrong with any of those.

I have the DA35 and FA77.

The DA35 because of the close-up/macro capability (I often find the close-up capability of eg the FA77 or M50/1.7 a bit limiting) and it is sufficiently fast for general use.

I choose the FA77 over the DA70 because its 1.8 max aperture differentiates it from the DA50-135/2.8 which I plan to buy in the future. The DA70/2.4 is much closer to the 2.8 of the 50-135 zoom. Both the 70 and 77 are ofcourse much smaller/lighter than the zoom, so owning both a DA70 and a future zoom with overlapping range still makes senses for those occasions when you want a small lens.

I do find the price difference between the DA70 and the FA77 huge, at least in Europe. The DA70 is a great lens, so you must really want the max 1.8 aperture. To be honest, I think I would prefer buying the DA*55 over the FA77 now.

Choosing between the 35, 40 and 43 is also hard. I find the 40 a bit small on a K10/20 body but it would be great on a K-M and perhaps also on your k200 if you want to travel light. The 43 is a very nice lens, you could buy it if you're happy with your M50/1.7 but miss the autofocus and automatic capabilities.

In your shoes I would strongly consider the DA35 and DA*55 combination. A fast weather sealed silent focussing 55 lens combined with a wider general purpose lens with excellent close-up capabilities.

Last edited by tomtor; 11-23-2008 at 04:32 AM.
11-23-2008, 05:16 AM   #4
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DA 35 & DA 70 get my vote!

QuoteOriginally posted by Aegon Quote

35mm + 70mm = within budget. See, that was easy!
If you are on a budget, that's what I would do, as well. Even though you'll probably never use it once you have this pair in hand, you've got your 50 covered should you feel the need.

The DA 35 Ltd is my everyday walk-around lens. Recently, I scored an incredible deal on a new DA 70 Ltd and now I can't pry it off my K20D. It seems like every shot is a keeper. It's awesome, too. Over the next few days (weeks?), I'll be posting lots of DA 70 Ltd examples on my Photo-Journal (link, below). You are welcome to check it out. Current themes are urban, but I have some people and nature shots ready, too.

I don't see how you can go wrong with Aegon's recommendation. I really have to work hard to get a loser shot from either.

Last edited by Michaelina2; 11-23-2008 at 05:22 AM. Reason: clarification

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