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03-15-2009, 08:53 AM   #76
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I see you have your post-prod down nicely... ;-)

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I now also have the DA 70 Limited!!
And part of the reason I do is because of your pics, soccerjoe!
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Mine just arrived today, too! I love it so far, but then, it's only been an hour or two...


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it has a distinct feel from the 21 and the 40, but yet somehow they all feel very 'similar'.
I find myself having to backup to get my shot as I'm so used to using the 21 and 40 for composition and keep forgetting that the 70mm is a longer focal length!

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Well, it's on my short list. I was thinking of getting a trio of DA Ltds to go with my new *istDL (since it's so small). I was planning on getting the DA40 first, then the DA70, and lastly the DA21. However, this thread may make me change my order and get the DA70 first.
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Many thanks dugrant and congratulations!
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I just picked one up because of this thread. You guys are evil...
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The 35mm Ltd Macro has been a go-to lens for my professional work. I recently purchased the DA 70mm for the convenience. I was quite surprised at how beautifully it renders colors and how sharp it can be. It seems to handle light more gently than any lens I've owned. I can certainly understand the comparison with Leica optics. Now it's part of my first-tier lens lineup, with the DA 35mm, and the Voigtlander 125mm.

Just a couple shots from my first few weeks of use:




K20D, DA70mm, 1/180 @ f 6.7, ISO 800




K20D, DA70mm, 1/10 @ f 3.5, ISO 800 + flash (Metz AF 58)+ diffuser (Joe Demb)

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Keep collecting Takumars, or switch to the DA lineup? Decisions decisions =)

I'm suffering from the "just one more lens" syndrome right now with the Tak 85 or 105. And I kind of know if I got the DA 35 or 70, I'd want the other one as well!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Miguel Quote
I was quite surprised at how beautifully it renders colors and how sharp it can be. It seems to handle light more gently than any lens I've owned. I can certainly understand the comparison with Leica optics. Now it's part of my first-tier lens lineup, with the DA 35mm, and the Voigtlander 125mm.
I still feel the same way about my DA 70. I know people rave about the FA 77 and other lenses, but the DA 70 has a knack of just nailing almost every shot, with the right mix of sharpness, exposure, colors and bokeh. It's just a superb lens, in such a nice, compact package.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Miguel Quote
I recently purchased the DA 70mm for the convenience. I was quite surprised at how beautifully it renders colors and how sharp it can be. It seems to handle light more gently than any lens I've owned.
I don't often tend to be very sensitive to such things, but I have to say, in the short time I've been using the DA70 (and really, only a few shots to show for it), the color / handling of light is something that has struck me as well. I mean, my cat Sylvie is gray, no two ways around it. And while the picture was taken afternoon, we're in daylight savings time - the light wasn't really that magical golden pre-sunset color yet. But nevertheless, there seems to be more color richness to that shot of Sylvie than and I've taken before. It's almost like it is shooting with a painter's eye, exaggerating subtle shifts in color. And I mean this in the most positive sense possible - I'm not accusing it of "chromatic aberration" or anything like that.

Anyhow, liking the lens a lot so far. Although Russ - depending on what your plans are for the DL and whether you see yourself using it with the 18-250 or 18-55 as well, I'd still probably go for the 40 first as a more generally useful focal length.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Marc Sabatella Quote
I don't often tend to be very sensitive to such things, but I have to say, in the short time I've been using the DA70 (and really, only a few shots to show for it), the color / handling of light is something that has struck me as well. I mean, my cat Sylvie is gray, no two ways around it. And while the picture was taken afternoon, we're in daylight savings time - the light wasn't really that magical golden pre-sunset color yet. But nevertheless, there seems to be more color richness to that shot of Sylvie than and I've taken before. It's almost like it is shooting with a painter's eye, exaggerating subtle shifts in color. And I mean this in the most positive sense possible - I'm not accusing it of "chromatic aberration" or anything like that.

Anyhow, liking the lens a lot so far. Although Russ - depending on what your plans are for the DL and whether you see yourself using it with the 18-250 or 18-55 as well, I'd still probably go for the 40 first as a more generally useful focal length.

I would definitely agree with your advice to go for the 40mm Ltd lens. I can't tell you how often that is my lens of choice for in studio full shots. It is sharp edge to edge from wide open all the way to f16.
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I'm really loving the DA70 more and more

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I'm really loving the DA70 more and more

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Fantastic shot Diego =) I gotta start learning all this strobist stuff as well i guess.
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Thank you Andi

Here's another photo I took using the DA70 the other day:

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