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12-29-2008, 02:23 PM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by jsherman999 Quote
Need to keep that DA at the top of the heap, it gets jealous!

Truthfully, optically this FA is probably every bit as good as the DA, and faster,
just doesn't focus closer than 1:3. The DA may have better flare control, but not by much if so.
The FA is a winner.
Well, you did not make deciding between the FA/DA 35 any easier.

Even though I can get them for almost the same price, my heart says DA, but reason says FA.

The macro sounds neat, but I am not sure how much I would use it. On the other hand, it is a limited... Decisions, decisions...

If you could only chose one, which one would you keep?

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Well, you did not make deciding between the FA/DA 35 any easier.

Even though I can get them for almost the same price, my heart says DA, but reason says FA.

The macro sounds neat, but I am not sure how much I would use it. On the other hand, it is a limited... Decisions, decisions...

If you could only chose one, which one would you keep?

The DA. Close-focus/macro is just too important to me, and plus, it just has contrast and color as good or better than any lens I've used.

Although... They're not making that FA any more, AFAIK. The DA will not go away anytime soon. Maybe the FA should be snatched up while it's relatively cheap....


(sorry. You, yes you, must decide.)



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Jay, your initial post reads like this lens didn't have a brilliant reputation, which it does. If 35mm hadn't been just too long for me I would have bought it. I went with the 31 Ltd instead (mostly thanks to Bill Gates and his cashback scheme).
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Jay,

I'd appreciate your thoughts on comparing the FA35 to the FA43. As you know, I'm interested in a faster prime around this focal length.

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QuoteOriginally posted by dazman Quote
Jay,

I'd appreciate your thoughts on comparing the FA35 to the FA43. As you know, I'm interested in a faster prime around this focal length.
It looks to me like you are a 31mm ltd candidate based on your current holdings.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Blue Quote
It looks to me like you are a 31mm ltd candidate based on your current holdings.
Don't encourage me!!! Prices are ridiculously high in OZ, when you can find one.
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It was a toss up originally when getting my FA50 ... with the FA35 or the FA50 .... the 50 initialy won out.

BUT ... if I can find a nice FA35 ... it will be tooo tempting to get.
Exactly my thoughts, Simon.


QuoteOriginally posted by Miserere Quote
Jay, your initial post reads like this lens didn't have a brilliant reputation, which it does. If 35mm hadn't been just too long for me I would have bought it. I went with the 31 Ltd instead (mostly thanks to Bill Gates and his cashback scheme).
It does have a brilliant rep, but I just never fully bought into it - my fast lenses
were limiteds or fast 50's, and I was set at 35 with my cheap-but-brilliant Taks,
K's and then the DA. I just didn't feel the need for a fast 35, until I got the K-M
and thought about how nice it would be to take indoor snapshots without having
to back up all the time like I did when it was wearing the F 50 1.7.

QuoteOriginally posted by dazman Quote
Jay,

I'd appreciate your thoughts on comparing the FA35 to the FA43. As you know, I'm interested in a faster prime around this focal length.

I really need to shoot with the 35 more to make that assessment. One thing I
will say, though - the 43mm FL is really great - it is noticeably wider than the
50 when shooting indoors. And the 43 is very sharp wide open, and retains
contrast and color nicely wide open in low-light shooting.





But the FA 35 is coming on strong...

(wide open)

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I enjoy my FA35 also. I will likely get a DA35 as well as I do like the macro capability.

Here is a selection of shots from mine (mostly taken on a DS but more recent ones with a K20D)

Zenfolio | Adam Richardson | Pentax FA35mm f2

A few of my faves:













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QuoteOriginally posted by jsherman999 Quote
And the 43 is very sharp wide open, and retains
contrast and color nicely wide open in low-light shooting.
Your FA35 images are not convincing; yeah, they look OK but do not jump out and grab me. OTOH, those from the FA43 are amazing. Maybe that's just as well, as I do not need another lens on my want list!

QuoteOriginally posted by Talisman39 Quote
Here is a selection of shots from mine (mostly taken on a DS but more recent ones with a K20D)
Adam, love the tonality on that first B&W. Great shot all together; maybe needs a tad more sharpening.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Marc Langille Quote
I was there in mid-October... Columbia River Gorge, specifically the Vista House lookout... beautiful area...
You must have a good memory for locations. The picture was taken just over the edge below the NE side of the Vista House.

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Thanks for the kind comment. Sure thing...if you buy the lens, the Columbia Gorge will grace you with good light!

On the other hand, why travel all the way downriver. Wallula Gap has some spectacular formations and it is less than half an hour away from Pasco!

Steve
True, but sometimes Momma gotta go shoppin', ya know? And we do like to look at trees now and again.
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Your FA35 images are not convincing; yeah, they look
OK but do not jump out and grab me. OTOH, those from the FA43 are amazing.
Maybe that's just as well, as I do not need another lens on my want list!

...

That might be because I haven't really taken the FA 35 into any interesting
target-rich places yet to try it out - it's been pulling duty this holiday season
as my indoor kid-shooter to keep the picasaweb albums updated for the benefit
of insatiable family members and in-laws.

When I get more time, when the Cosina 1.2 tells me it wants a rest, etc,
I'll put the FA 35 through it's paces in better circumstances.

Here's another wide-open low-light shot indoor shot (which is what I bought
it) :

(iso 800)

Crop:


Here's f/2.4:


Crop:



I consider shots like these "foreshadowing", because if then lens can look this
good at high apertures (& iso,) I know it's going to perform well in a lot of
different situations.


And it's just such a handsome devil





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I do look forward to future shots with this lens.
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Ummmmm - More coming

(M40/2.8) Some actual coming this evening.

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These are somewhat boring, but consider them FA 35 reference material...

Bokeh wide open - not bad, if somewhat clinical:

(ISO 200)



Low light tonality, general sharpness (f/4 ISO 400):



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