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12-29-2008, 06:45 PM   #1
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Best standard lens?

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I am getting sick of my old cheap 50mm f1.7 lens on my dslr I want a 50 not a 70..

I am looking for a new 50mm standard lens, must be fast, must be 50mm on a DSLR so what like perhaps maybe a fast 35mm? I want that "eyeball perspective" Must have AF, also fairly cheap (no limiteds). Must like long walks on the beach j/k but it is starting to read like a personal ad?

If anyone could point me in the right direction...

ps would I be right in asuming that the FA 50mm f1.4 would be 70mm on my DSLR?

12-29-2008, 06:53 PM   #2
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FA 35mm f/2 is what you want...
12-29-2008, 06:59 PM   #3
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Actually a 50mm lens is still a 50 on our Pentax dSLR cameras. It's the FOV that changed. If you prefer the 50mm FOV on film camera, you can try w/ the FA35/2 ($250 to 300 second hand) or FA28/2.8 ($200 to 250). I know quite some people are pretty happy w/ either one. Another choice is of course the FA31, but it's not cheap ...
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There's also the DA40 and FA43. I've never used either but both seem to get a lot of love, especially the 43.

They run a bit longer than standard but still shorter than your 50.

I've often thought about picking up the 43 to see if it can make for a good compromise lens to avoid carrying around both the 35 and 50. Then I remember how broke I am. But someday...

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I'm back smitten with my 35ltd macro. It is amazing as an "all around" lens, and you can also close focus with it. Fast enough to work in low light. I have to say I'm pondering sending the 31ltd back and instead just using the 35 for that FOV.
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Actually a 50mm lens is still a 50 on our Pentax dSLR cameras. It's the FOV that changed.
Please, please, please not this again
12-29-2008, 09:00 PM   #7
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QuoteOriginally posted by wmaher2 Quote
Must have AF, also fairly cheap (no limiteds).
Actually, the cheapest lens in the range you might be interested in *is* a limited - the DA40/2.8, which runs about $250 or so. This would be a little longer than a 50mm lens on 35mm film, but in the ballpark (equivalent of 60mm).

The FA35/2 is the closest match for what you are asking, though. Around $300.

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ps would I be right in asuming that the FA 50mm f1.4 would be 70mm on my DSLR?
As others have said, a 50mm is always a 50mm lens. But is is also true that any 50mm lens on a Pentax DSLR will have an angle of view that is similar to what a 75mm (not 70mm) lens would produce on a 35mm film camera.
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Well thanks everyone, lot of lenses to go and research now. Really apreciate it. Just out of interest what lenses do you guys keep on your camera most of the time.

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Well thanks everyone, lot of lenses to go and research now. Really apreciate it. Just out of interest what lenses do you guys keep on your camera most of the time.
SMC Takumar 55mm 1.8
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Well thanks everyone, lot of lenses to go and research now. Really apreciate it. Just out of interest what lenses do you guys keep on your camera most of the time.

FA 50/1.7 or Super-Tak 135/2.5 (I don't foot zoom much & 35 would often be too short.)

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Well thanks everyone, lot of lenses to go and research now. Really apreciate it. Just out of interest what lenses do you guys keep on your camera most of the time.
Probably 35ltd, but I like to swap a fair amount and see what I get. It also depends on the environment. I often look for an excuse to put the 77ltd on the body
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The FA 35/2 has the best "bang for the buck". The DA 35/2.8 is a great performer and has 1:1 macro to boot for a bit more money. The FA 31/1.8 is the best.

Sigma also has some fast lenses in the 28-35mm range that you might be interested in.

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Well thanks everyone, lot of lenses to go and research now. Really apreciate it. Just out of interest what lenses do you guys keep on your camera most of the time.
My most used lens for casual shooting is the DA40 - I love the slightly-longer-than-"normal" focal length, the IQ, and the handling of the lens. But I actually use my M100/2.8 more, because I do a lot of concert photography and it's pretty much perfect there - and useful enough to me in other settings, too. I also use an M28/2.8 a lot when want a slightly-wider-than-"normal" focal length to complement the 40. Somehow, focal lengths in between (like 35mm) don't interest me as much, as I can verify by looking at the focal lengths I shoot when using my 18-55 (as I often do on hikes).
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I like the 28's and 35's - on film and on digital. The 28 becomes a 42 equivalent -very close to the 43 ltd, maybe the best lens I have. And the 35 gives a 52.5mm equivalency - again right in the 50/55mm range for film.

Just about any of the Pentax/Takumar 28's and 35's will be excellent enough, I feel. It becomes a matter of convenience/automation/price which to choose.

And I would not rank the lenses I mention - ok, I will: 43 ltd, SMC Tak 50/1.4, SMC Tak 35/3.5, and then everything else in a big old lump.
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Just out of interest what lenses do you guys keep on your camera most of the time.
Minolta Rokkor-X 85/1.7...
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