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05-01-2021, 06:04 AM   #31
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the FA and DA limiteds have an appeal to some, not all will like them

but if you like what they offer, I agree, it is hard to stop at one

I should know: all SMC FA Limiteds [ MIJ ] and all SMC DA Limiteds primes are among my lenses

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QuoteOriginally posted by jerryleejr Quote
The 43 was my first limited, and just like lays potato chips the 77 and 21 soon followed now I’m wrestling between the 31 and DFA21 as my next purchase…

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to me neither the DA 20-40mm zoom or the D FA 21 are members of the true " limited " family

but what do I know ?

[ not as much as I may claim but more than some people, my in- laws and brothers included, give me credit for ]
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The FA 43 1.9 is a really special lens. I will likely get it again someday, I had it.. returned it.. regretted it. It was a money thing, wah wah.
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Great lens, glad I bought it. I have lots of fun using it.

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QuoteOriginally posted by aslyfox Quote
to me neither the DA 20-40mm zoom or the D FA 21 are members of the true " limited " family
How can we know anything without the 21 being released?

As for the 20-40, we can discuss at length, but it's a compact, metal, beautifully assembled, high-optical-quality lens without the specs to make it a STAR lens. It's a Limited all right.
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QuoteOriginally posted by aslyfox Quote
to me neither the DA 20-40mm zoom or the D FA 21 are members of the true " limited " family

but what do I know ?

[ not as much as I may claim but more than some people, my in- laws and brothers included, give me credit for ]
They are a bit oversized for the whole point of the limited line
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QuoteOriginally posted by jct us101 Quote
They are a bit oversized for the whole point of the limited line
And the limiteds are prime lenses except for the 20-40

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QuoteOriginally posted by bdery Quote
How can we know anything without the 21 being released?

As for the 20-40, we can discuss at length, but it's a compact, metal, beautifully assembled, high-optical-quality lens without the specs to make it a STAR lens. It's a Limited all right.
I've always thought the current D FA100mm f2.8 Macro WR should have been a Limited lens...
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QuoteOriginally posted by pepperberry farm Quote
I've always thought the current D FA100mm f2.8 Macro WR should have been a Limited lens...
I agree. The only reasons I think it isn't are that the inner shaft is plastic, and it might have more PF than what is deemed acceptable. Apart from that, it certainly fits the bill.
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- - - well ... I just decided to go for the XS 40...

So much for my patience! But is it a decent compromise or just a starter?
The deal is done: I got the DA 40 XS. Quite nice, and less vignetting with FF (K-1) that I feared.

Next step: learning to get the most of it! ... and perhaps get a snap-on lens cap?
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The deal is done: I got the DA 40 XS. Quite nice, and less vignetting with FF (K-1) that I feared.

Next step: learning to get the most of it! ... and perhaps get a snap-on lens cap?
congratulations

you now own the best lens in its class [ of one ]

and a darn good lens as well

I got one of these for a lens hood

CowboyStudio 27mm DV-s DV Screw Mount Lens Hood with Cap for Digital Video Camera and Camcorder,

unfortunately Amazon says not available now

I got a cheap 27mm filter and glued the push on cap to it to create my own screw on cap
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QuoteOriginally posted by aslyfox Quote
congratulations

you now own the best lens in its class [ of one ]

and a darn good lens as well

I got one of these for a lens hood

CowboyStudio 27mm DV-s DV Screw Mount Lens Hood with Cap for Digital Video Camera and Camcorder,

unfortunately Amazon says not available now

I got a cheap 27mm filter and glued the push on cap to it to create my own screw on cap
Thanks! I started with ordering a 27 mm snap-on lens cap. For hood, I'm not quite sure yet, but might try something ... perhaps I could do it with step-up rings, but that would probably be clumsy and ugly. I think I'll get some field experience first to see how much the hood is needed in real life.
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For film cameras the 43 is a no brainer, the aperture ring alone is a really big feature. I bought mine for using on my LX and then bought a K-1 just to use this lens at it's natural focal length (I struggle to make it work on APS-C).

Apart from that you have two choices: SMC or HD and silver or black!
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I recently got a used FA 43mm. I really think it will live on my K1ii.
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Thanks for the replies everyone. In the end, I didn't get the 43mm, it was a bit too much at 389, I had to buy a new laptop and couldn't justify the cost (yet). However it doss look like a great lens and a worthy addition to any setup.

I suppressed my G.A.S. with a Konica 40mm 1.8 and a Nikon FA in v.good condition. Now on film, some days I either shoot all Nikon (D750, F80, FM/FA) covers most Nikon prime lenses or all Pentax (MZS + Mz30) and a few primes.

That 70mm limited is looking pretty tempting to fill in the gap.
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