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01-25-2009, 09:19 AM   #1
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DA21mm FA 50/1.4 and DA35/2.8 Marco

I am interested in DA 35/2.8 Marco
But I have got DA21 and FA50/1.4
Which one should I keep ? DA 21 or FA50 if I buy DA 35 ?

01-25-2009, 09:25 AM   #2
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I'd keep them both.
In fact, when I receive my 21 my lineup will include: 21Ltd, 31Ltd, 43Ltd, FA 50/1.4, 77Ltd. Why do you feel you need to get rid of one?
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I'd keep them both.
In fact, when I receive my 21 my lineup will include: 21Ltd, 31Ltd, 43Ltd, FA 50/1.4, 77Ltd. Why do you feel you need to get rid of one?
because i think 35mm can do the most things what 50 or 21 does
i prefer 21 , 35 , 77
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QuoteOriginally posted by dreamnet Quote
because i think 35mm can do the most things what 50 or 21 does
i prefer 21 , 35 , 77

Except for low-light and DOF-specialty shooting - an f/1.4 aperture is very nice to have in your stable.

And there's a big difference between 21mm and 35mm, FOV -wise.

If you can afford to, I'd definitely keep all three - three very different and great lenses.


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QuoteOriginally posted by dreamnet Quote
because i think 35mm can do the most things what 50 or 21 does
i prefer 21 , 35 , 77
Well, you may have answered your own question:-).......

QuoteOriginally posted by jsherman999 Quote
Except for low-light and DOF-specialty shooting - an f/1.4 aperture is very nice to have in your stable.

And there's a big difference between 21mm and 35mm, FOV -wise.

If you can afford to, I'd definitely keep all three - three very different and great lenses.


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...........except for Jay's thoughts.
If cost is a concern then I suggest you go with the line up you prefer but if it's affordable then why not at least keep all of them long enough for you to decide if you would find a use before selling one? Just trying to save you from seller's remorse:-).
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I personally went the 35, 50, 77 route, as I find anything wider than 35 is too wide for me. I can certainly understand why people would want to shoot wider than 35 though, and I can also see the need for 100-500 (etc.). Not for me, but could be for you.

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It makes perfect sense to keep both! 21 for wideangle, 35 as a "normal" lens and for close-ups, and 50 for portraiture. Get a 70 for medium telephoto and you are set!
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I agree with eaglerapids, keep both 21 & 50 and add 35.
I'm at the moment with 40/2.8, 50/1.7 and 105/2.8. Top of the list at the moment is 28/2.8 (idealy 31ltd but because of the price it's unlikely) and later 70/2.4.
What I meant to say... there is enough difference in FOV between 40/50 to keep both. This would be even bigger between 35/50 and anyway, 35 is long way off form 21 so I think it would sit very nicely beween your current lenses.
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I find there's quite a big difference between my 31 and 50 FOV-wise also. For my use, both are needed. I didn't really NEED the 43 but I wanted it to complete the FA Ltd trio and I bought it now before the price increases. The 43 is a great upgrade to the 50, especially build wise. I manually focus most of the time and the 43 manual focuses much much nicer than the FA50. But I love the FA50/1.4 and it's price/performance ratio is over the top, and it's my fastest lens. It was also my first high quality Pentax lens and as such it deserves it's place in my bag.
While we're on the subject. I also carry a M 28/3.5 along with the 31. On one of my favorite shots I had to set up across a two lane road to get the composition I wanted. The 28 was perfect and I was able to keep the road out of the composition. The 31 wasn't wide enough because there was a high bank behind me preventing me from backing up any further and I couldn't get everything in the frame I wanted. I've just ordered the 21 so it wasn't available and it would have been to wide becuase I wouldn't have been able to exclude the road and I didn't want to set up in the road. I suppose I could have used the kit lens except I don't even carry it with me anymore. The only zoom I carry is the A 35-105 and it was to long.
This was a late in the day shot and I was on a tripod. My point is, if you're going to eschew the convenience of zooms for the IQ and speed of primes, there will be a time when a few millimeters can make a difference.
This is why I would keep the 21, 35, 50 combo and adding the 77 later makes perfect sense to me, after all, I've already done it:-).
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I agree, there's a huge difference between 21, 35, and 50. No way does a 35 make either of the others superfluous. If you need to sell one to raise cash, or are trying to travel light, then you might be forced to give one up, but that doesn't mean you won't miss it. 35 is just a *lot* longer than 21, and a *lot* wider than 50. I'd be using the 35 mostly given those three. If I had to leave one of the others home, it would probably be the 50, but I wouldn't give it up, either.
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QuoteOriginally posted by dreamnet Quote
because i think 35mm can do the most things what 50 or 21 does
i prefer 21 , 35 , 77
The DA35 doesn't have a wide enough field of view to replace the DA21, and it doesn't have the subject isolation capabilities of the FA50. All those lenses have distinct advantages and disadvantages. FWIW, I have the 21, 35 and 70, but the 50 still has its place in my kit.
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Don't for get the DA 35mm can isolate quite well if you get in close...

But I'd also keep them all definitely... I'd only replace the 50 f1.4 if I had another f1.4 or f1.7, and there's little to match the value of the FA50mm
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Lose the 50 and save for a 77 or 70 or even 100. I'd go 35 f/2 myself.
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QuoteOriginally posted by dreamnet Quote
because i think 35mm can do the most things what 50 or 21 does
i prefer 21 , 35 , 77

In close quarters, there is no way the 35mm can do what the 21mm can. That is why I acquired the 21mm. I was traveling light on a trip to Nevada. I was limited in a train museum in Carson City trying to get by with the 35mm. I expected to be shooting outside most of the time.

Edit: I can see myself adding either the DA 70mm or FA 77mm to these 3.
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