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11-24-2008, 04:05 PM   #16
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If someone buys my macro lens you could put me down as an owner of that lens for sure.

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QuoteOriginally posted by benjikan Quote
I was just curious. I have the 70mm Ltd lens and am amazed by how sharp it is as well as how wonderfully it renders images with a contrast that reminds me of the older Leica lenses.

Would love to hear from those using the 70.

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Yeah, Ben, the 70 on digital especially is butter. Very much love it. It does good with film too, just have to be a bit more mindful...
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All in all though, I think it is another one of those "special" Pentax primes. Certainly worth a look for many folks.
Are any of the Limiteds *not* special? I have the 40 and it has a certain quality; clearly the 35/2.8 has awed a lot of people, and the 70 looks fantastic as well. We all know the 31/43/77 FA Limiteds are magical. The 21mm seems to get the least love of the bunch but it's probably the one that's most difficult for the engineers to get to shine.
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Got one and loving it so far. Still need to spend more time with it, I'm not so used to longer focal lengths. I'm using the 21 and 40 more.

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QuoteOriginally posted by pingflood Quote
Are any of the Limiteds *not* special? I have the 40 and it has a certain quality; clearly the 35/2.8 has awed a lot of people, and the 70 looks fantastic as well. We all know the 31/43/77 FA Limiteds are magical. The 21mm seems to get the least love of the bunch but it's probably the one that's most difficult for the engineers to get to shine.
Yup, well that seems to be the case. No matter what your fancy, Pentax has fantastic primes. And it doesn't even need to be limited to the Limiteds. For non-macro, many people prefer the FA 35 to the DA 35. Something for everyone. But yes, it does seem that the 31/43/77 are thought of in their own league. The raves that the DA 70 gets is made all the more impressive when it is inevitably being compared to the legendary FA 77.
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The sharpest

I have a 70mm Ltd. It's the sharpest Pentax lens I've ever used (haven't tried the FA77 to compare though). It's been great for portraits, concerts, and night shots. But for an everyday walk around lens, I still prefer the 18-55 or 50 1.4.
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I can concur with everyone about the sharpness of this lens. It's definitely one of pentax's best limited lens, that's for sure.
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QuoteOriginally posted by benjikan Quote
I was just curious. I have the 70mm Ltd lens and am amazed by how sharp it is as well as how wonderfully it renders images with a contrast that reminds me of the older Leica lenses.

Would love to hear from those using the 70.

Ben
Hi Ben,

I own it and adore it as well.

Simply an excellent lens.

A tad on the cool side rendering wise, but as you said very nice contrast.

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I have FA 77mm f/1.8 limited instead

I don't have the DA 70mm f/2.4 limited. I could have saved money but I followed my good buddy Mis to buy a FA 77mm f/1.8 limited as I love night time shooting and I opt for better speed in gear. As much as I love faster AF with DA, I don't regret my decision as I find 77mm insanely good when I use it for portraits on my family as well as indoor shots in low light shooting that is demanding on hand-holding and ISO



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I passed up on the DA70 for the FA77 also. The only thing I would like to have on the 77 is the quick shift focussing.

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This was my 2nd DA LTD.. Now I just have to get the 21 LTD before the 15 LTD is out LOL(:

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QuoteOriginally posted by benjikan Quote
I was just curious. I have the 70mm Ltd lens and am amazed by how sharp it is as well as how wonderfully it renders images with a contrast that reminds me of the older Leica lenses.

Would love to hear from those using the 70.

Ben
I have one, but rarely use it.
It's been packed away with my other Da and Fa lenses for a few months now.
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Adrian, that is a very good shot. Great bokeh there
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I'm have 70mm and 77mm limited, but with portraits I prefered 77ltd
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The Da 70 ltd is one of my fav lenses to use, I even use it at fashion shows and for event coverage if the lighting permits as well as in the studio.





I think the sharpness in the 100% crop speaks for it's self, It is just one great lens and a bargin for what it cost.
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