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12-26-2008, 01:52 AM   #31
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QuoteOriginally posted by hwblanks Quote
I don't have the 40, but I do have the 43 and I find it to be a more practical length for everyday shooting than the DA35 that I have. The next lens on my to-buy list is the Sigma 105 macro and I'll be curious as to which one I'll like shooting with better. If the Sigma 105 wins, then I might consider trading my DA35 for a DA21, so my prime kit FLs will be 21, 43, and 105.

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not bad way of thinking Heather, I have 40 and sigma 105 as part of my standard kit. But since I don't have any decent prime wider than 40 I'm "forced" to use Sigma 10-20 on the wide end (it's usually stuck @ 10mm so there is a huge gap to 40, even from 20 that is...)
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bought it today

its going to be my favourite lens:
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Diego, those are amazing food shots. Gus, I love the sharpness of the images you started this thread with.

QuoteOriginally posted by dugrant153 Quote
For the ONE wedding where I was the main photographer, all I had for decent lenses was the DA 40 Ltd.
I can see doing this with the FA43, but I find the DA Limiteds are not fast enough.

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I don't have the 40, but I do have the 43 and I find it to be a more practical length for everyday shooting than the DA35 that I have.
Interesting. I too have both and prefer the rendering and speed of the FA43. But the lack of close focus and the odd range limits its use for me.

Maybe what I really need is the FA31. I keep resisting, but it is likely inevitable. Someday when I have money.
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QuoteOriginally posted by axl Quote
not bad way of thinking Heather, I have 40 and sigma 105 as part of my standard kit. But since I don't have any decent prime wider than 40 I'm "forced" to use Sigma 10-20 on the wide end (it's usually stuck @ 10mm so there is a huge gap to 40, even from 20 that is...)
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I did finally pull the trigger on the longer macro, but I wound up getting the DFA100 instead. After looking at some sample images on pbase of both the Sigma and the Pentax, I decided that I liked the IQ on the Pentax better than the Sigma. I should be getting it on Friday.

What made me start reconsider getting the DA21 (I've been thinking about it off and on for about a year now) was this last trip to Tennessee I went on week before least. The rest of the family and I made a trek to a state park where there is a beautiful old bridge that was begging my camera for some attention. I had the 35 and the 55-300 with me, the 35 being fine for pics of the bridge from further away, but too long for some of the closer shots I wanted to get. I made the 35 do, but I really wanted wider.

If I was hiking or otherwise traveling and didn't need macro, I figure that the 21 + 55-300 would make a good lightweight combo. If I need macro, I could either go with the all-prime kit (21, 43, & 100) or 16-45 + 100. To give the 100 a little more length, I could simply add my TC to the 100.

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If you need a view wider than the lens you've got, you can always try stitching. Even if you have no experience with it, you can always take a set of photos to work with and then learn when you get home.
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Thanks God for Pentax Forums and for that thread. I'm thinking about this lens and thanks to your replies and pics posted I'm definitely buying this one!
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Gus, Perhaps you just need to get you a white K-M to park that 40mm on.
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or just a k-m in general. they are great cameras and oh so perfectly sized for such a lens.

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There are a lot of beautiful shots in this thread. I've spent some time searching for 40mm samples online without finding much you'd call "special" but right here are plenty of photos to make me want this lens.

I plan on getting one too, mostly thanks to this thread. I'd been looking at the FA 50 and FA 35, but to be honest my favorite perspective is the one I get from my sigma 30mm on 4/3, 60mm equivalent, so this seems to be my best match, and I just love the size, construction and rendering qualities. It looks like it renders backgrounds just as nicely if not better than the 30mm 1.4 wide open (there is some difference in subject distance relative to actual focal length comparing to 4/3) while remaining tack sharp. I won't need the extra speed as much with the K20D.

Now I need to think about something wide to complement this and the 70-300 APO...
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cardinal43 > thank you, tom someday you should try the polvoron (the first 2 photos), they're flavored milk candy that's packed into these little shapes. It's a delicacy here, cheap and yummy. Someday when you visit the Philippines! Merry Christmas!
I visited the Philippines (can you say Subic, Olongapo(sp?) and once to Manila) several times during 1966 & 1967. I saw several delicacies while I was there, and they made for very enjoyable visits. Of course, I was a young and single sailor at that time.
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I want it too. I just came into Pentax and this one is definetely the one I'm buying next. And it's cheap, 240€!!

Awesome pics posted here.
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QuoteOriginally posted by cardinal43 Quote
I visited the Philippines (can you say Subic, Olongapo(sp?) and once to Manila) several times during 1966 & 1967. I saw several delicacies while I was there, and they made for very enjoyable visits. Of course, I was a young and single sailor at that time.
Hahaha Happy new year, Tom!
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Some recent photos with the DA40. Well they were taken last month but I forgot about them and I just got them off Lightroom.





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What can I say? That's awsome man!
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