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12-01-2008, 04:47 PM   #1
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FA 35mm F/2 or FA 50mm F/1.4?

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I'm looking for a lens for my K200D. Mainly take indoor pictures for my son.

One of my friends recommends FA 35mm F/2, but I found FA 50mm is actually much cheaper. I'm a bit hesitating now...

Can you guys give me some suggestions? Thanks!

12-01-2008, 05:06 PM   #2
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35mm. I think generally the 50mm would be a bit long for that purpose.

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Another vote for the FA35/2. I use it for the exact purpose you mention, and it works great. The angle of view is not too tight, and the lens is perfectly usable wide-open at f/2.

Another alternative would be the Sigma 28/1.8 or 24/1.8, for an even wider angle of view.
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I have the FA 35/2 and several 50s. I can tell you from experience that 50mm is a little long for general indoor photography unless you are planning on tight framing.

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Add another vote for the FA 35. I have both the 50 and 35, and the 35 is way more versatile indoors for taking pictures of my children, and its performance is great. The 50mm is very tight--still a great lens though.
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Do you own th ekit lens? Us eit at 35 for a while then at 50 and see what works best.

Frankly something like the Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 would be ideal.
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i think the FA35 w/ the larger DOF would be easier to use and more useful because it is wider indoors. as well the FA50 at close distances, the DOF can be rather thin
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even the 35 is too long.

There is a matter of personal preference, but particuarly if you are used to film bodies you have to consider that the digital bodies are effectively what we would have called in the film days a 'half frame camera' and you need to add 50% to the actual focal length to get a comparable field of view.

a 35mm lens is threfor effectively a 'normal' lens for a pentax digital with the 50mm being a mild telephoto. Neither is particularly suited for the application you have in mind.

Usually within the close confines of a house, a wide angle is called for. If you want a prime I would suggest a 24mm or a 28mm at the longest. Digital photos are easily cropped and if you are either going to view them on a computer screen, or in snapshot size cropping away a lot of the photo won't hurt anything so it makes a lot of sense to take a photo of the whole room and throw away the part of the photo you don't want after the fact.

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QuoteOriginally posted by rvannatta Quote
There is a matter of personal preference, but particuarly if you are used to film bodies you have to consider that the digital bodies are effectively what we would have called in the film days a 'half frame camera' and you need to add 50% to the actual focal length to get a comparable field of view.

a 35mm lens is threfor effectively a 'normal' lens for a pentax digital with the 50mm being a mild telephoto. Neither is particularly suited for the application you have in mind.

Usually within the close confines of a house, a wide angle is called for. If you want a prime I would suggest a 24mm or a 28mm at the longest. Digital photos are easily cropped and if you are either going to view them on a computer screen, or in snapshot size cropping away a lot of the photo won't hurt anything so it makes a lot of sense to take a photo of the whole room and throw away the part of the photo you don't want after the fact.
This is all very true. A 24mm may be a better choice. The main issue with going to the wider end is the increased cost of fast, rectilinear glass.

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It's been said in here before, but my advice is to try to get the most out of your kit lens since it shoots wide and is a decent lens. If you find it too slow for indoors, I'd say the FA35 since it's an all around kick-ass lens anyway. No matter how fast a lens is, if the subject is moving around all the time, you will get blurred shots most of the time, so don't expect to make miracles happen, no matter which lens you use.

Back to the 35 versus 50, get them both!! I am dead serious, those 2 lenses are among the best ever made by Pentax in my opinion and the price is unbeatable compared to other lenses in their perfomance range. I'd say these two are "must have" in any Pentax owner's bag.

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Can you still get the FA35?
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About $370 at B+H.
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Thank you all for the suggestions. This is the first lens I'm going to own. I may need to use it shoot outdoor pictures for my baby son sometimes as well. So I think I'm gonna choose 35mm, instead of 28mm or 50mm after carefully reading all your great suggestions.

Yes, there are still FA 35mm available at adorama, amazon, or ebay for about $300.
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Honestly, I don't think you can make a "bad" choice either way; I'd look at it as which one do you buy "first"...

QuoteOriginally posted by badfish Quote
Thank you all for the suggestions. This is the first lens I'm going to own. I may need to use it shoot outdoor pictures for my baby son sometimes as well. So I think I'm gonna choose 35mm, instead of 28mm or 50mm after carefully reading all your great suggestions.

Yes, there are still FA 35mm available at adorama, amazon, or ebay for about $300.
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I like to own them both!, but are they overlapped greatly? Maybe as a newbie, my "philosophy" isn't in place yet.


QuoteOriginally posted by Jasvox Quote
It's been said in here before, but my advice is to try to get the most out of your kit lens since it shoots wide and is a decent lens. If you find it too slow for indoors, I'd say the FA35 since it's an all around kick-ass lens anyway. No matter how fast a lens is, if the subject is moving around all the time, you will get blurred shots most of the time, so don't expect to make miracles happen, no matter which lens you use.

Back to the 35 versus 50, get them both!! I am dead serious, those 2 lenses are among the best ever made by Pentax in my opinion and the price is unbeatable compared to other lenses in their perfomance range. I'd say these two are "must have" in any Pentax owner's bag.

Jason
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