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01-19-2023, 05:44 PM   #1
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What is the 70mm Ltd lens for?

ok. I recently got infected by the limited lens virus for which I hear there is no vaccine, cure, or treatment. In now have the HD DA 15mm, SMC 21mm, and SMC 40mm. I am thinking of getting the 70mm, but I have a DFA 100mm macro, and that is pretty close to 70mm, and I can use it for portraits and macro. the 70 is small and light and a bit faster, but other than portraits, what is it used for? I don't do many portraits, but I like macro. That said, I can see myself using the 35mm macro limited for flower photos in the spring as a lighter alternative to the 100 macro. I can see the versatility of the 35 Ltd, but the 70 not so much. I guess I am trying to decide if the 70 is useful enough, or should I go for a 35Ltd instead? Thank you!

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Get the 35mm. It's probably better suited to your shooting style.

I mainly use the 70mm for portraits, but I will use it for other stuff as well.

I do a DA Limited challenge using a different focal length once a month with all 5 primes. I'm on the 15mm for January. It forces me approach a variety of subjects in different ways. Like doing portraits with the 15mm & landscapes with the 70mm & all kinds of other stuff.
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The lenses have two differing use cases and user bases. If you like doing macro you want a lens made for macro, get the 35mm Macro.
For me , 70mm lens is a great compact lens for doing portraits, especially informal portraits out on the street.
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The 70 is a truly great lens. Of course, it is excellent for portraits but it is also fantastic for still life and product photography. It is incredibly sharp and produces images with great clarity. Wide open its sharp but with a unique, soft quality while retaining plenty of details. Its also a wonderful walk-around/street photography lens, though the focal length may take some getting used to for some. Its small size and weight makes it discreet and quite easy to hand hold even at slower shutter speeds, I find. Most of the time I dont even use the supplied lens hood and simply go out with it as a pancake. It works excellently in almost any kind of photography. The only fault Ive ever found with it is a fairly long minimum focusing distance but once you get accustomed to that it's really a magnificent, small piece of glass

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DA70 has lovely output, managing to be very sharp without the harshness often found in other modern sharp lenses. It also focuses more quickly than the 100 Macro and better AF in low light.

For me the worst aspect of the lens is the minimum focus distance (very far) and subsequent poor maximum magnification ratio.
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It's a *wonderful* portrait lens.





But it's the worst of the DA Limiteds for close-ups. Of all of them, it gives the lowest magnification at minimum focussing distance. You really need the (absolutely brilliant) 35 Macro Limited for that.

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QuoteOriginally posted by que es tu Quote
ok. I recently got infected by the limited lens virus ...

Get the one you want to use next week/month and stop worrying about it... you'll have the other one before winter comes back around. 35.

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I should not have opened this thread.

I have the DA* 50-135, which covers 70mm nicely at f/2.8 and I thought I had put the 70 Limited out of mind. Now @Sandy Hancock; is just going to add more pics...


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QuoteOriginally posted by c.a.m Quote
I should not have opened this thread
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or somebody will bring up the fact that you should forgo the 70 and get the 77 Limited instead...
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QuoteOriginally posted by pepperberry farm Quote
or somebody will bring up the fact that you should forgo the 70 and get the 77 Limited instead...
I wouldn't say that's a fact, but it's a perfectly valid personal opinion/suggestion

Smaller size, less weight, less fringing and quick shift matter to some people.
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I own the FA 77mm, great lens. It allows for some very close and detailed images, but not macro.
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On a crop sensor the 100 is quite long. I admit Iím fine with that but it is pushing the norm. I find the 70 or 77 is about as long as most common portraits poses can be done with normal distances. But Iíve used a 400 on apsc to shoot 3/4 headshots so Iím weird.

The 70 is fabulous. But so is the 35. Which you would use more is not know.
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If you like telephoto landscapes like I do, the DA 70 Limited is brilliant.
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QuoteOriginally posted by pepperberry farm Quote
or somebody will bring up the fact that you should forgo the 70 and get the 77 Limited instead...
Or be that guy who owns both and canít pick which to use!
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