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02-03-2009, 11:05 PM   #1
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Do I need the FA 50? *LBA prevention thread*

Specifically the FA 50/1.4

Okay. I've been collecting quite a bit of old glasses lately and in this range I already have the SMC Tak 50/1.4 and A 50/1.7, two already highly regarded fifties. To cut it short, what am I really missing when I dont get the FA, other than the autofocus? The A alreadyhas the A aperture setting and My K100d is pimped up (split focus and KPS magnifier) to use manual focus that with both lenses I have little problem focusing on anything. I heard that since the lens design is the same between the fifties they perform really similarly anway...

So come, o ye FA 50 lovers, and convince me whether to get it or not to get it

Oh, and right now I don't think I have the need for autofocus

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Well it is a little bit faster but has rather dull bokeh and hunts in low light. I think you will be much more satisfied with the images produced from your A 50m f/1.7. I know I like my M 50 f/1.7 more than I do the FA f/1.4 and plan on getting the F 50mm f/1.7 at some point for autofocus and metering...they're just plain sharper and have better image rendering IMHO.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Andi Lo Quote
...Oh, and right now I don't think I have the need for autofocus
I think you answered your own question with that statement. If manual focus hinders you in the near future, than maybe... but not right now.
02-03-2009, 11:28 PM   #4
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You get auto-focus and a k-mount.

As far as the bokeh....dull?

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QuoteOriginally posted by sharko Quote
Well it is a little bit faster but has rather dull bokeh and hunts in low light. I think you will be much more satisfied with the images produced from your A 50m f/1.7. I know I like my M 50 f/1.7 more than I do the FA f/1.4 and plan on getting the F 50mm f/1.7 at some point for autofocus and metering...they're just plain sharper and have better image rendering IMHO.
Really, damn, i just sold my F 1.7 and get the FA 1.4, i thought the FA 1.4 is better than the old F 1.7. Anyway, I too have several manual 50mm lenses, the Pentax-M 1.7 is pretty compact and sharp, but I like the 55mm Sears Screw mount the most. You should get a AF, because i always have to double check the focus when i use manual, specially at big aperture like f1.4 and f1.7. and i dont have the split screen yet.

Oh the price for the 50mm F 1.7 is pretty cheap. like $100ish, half the price of FA 1.4
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you should be able to get a pristine used FA50 for $150...and new for $175-199...at least that's what they have been selling for lately.

Or you can wait 6 months when the DA55* comes out...I am sure you will see tons of FA50's on the market for those who suddenly think the FA50 isn't good enough anymore.

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you should be able to get a pristine used FA50 for $150...and new for $175-199...at least that's what they have been selling for lately.
Actually I alrady accidentally bought a new FA 50 and wondering whether I should just use it or sell it The item isn't here yet and that's why i'm asking whether I would miss anything by not trying to use in in real life situations I'm leaning towards sell now... Thanks everyone! More input would still be welcome, of course
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If you bought ur FA 1.4 like mine at amazon for $169. For that price, you can do whatever you want, and you wont lose any money, because used FA 1.4 at ebay still go for $160-$180 price range. Mine will arrive tomorrow.

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Just a link to my FA50 shots.
Not a bad lens for AF ... the manual focus is a bit difficult as there's not that much rotation for fine focus if you want to try MF.

These shots were taken when i was only just learning to use it really.

Zenfolio | Simon Bauer | Pentax FA50 f/1.4
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QuoteOriginally posted by Jasvox Quote
You get auto-focus and a k-mount.

As far as the bokeh....dull?

Jason
I agree with this sentiment. I love my FA50 1.4. Well worth the trade for my 50mm Macro in my opinion. I guess you could also say we agree with everyone who posted on this 11 page thread extolling on the greatness of this lens:

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-slr-lens-discussion/24545-why-i-lo...mm-f1-4-a.html
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I think not...

If I had the MF 50's you have... (and I do) I would have picked up the FA 35 F2 instead. You already have 50 1.4 covered for low light and the MF of that 50 is more accurate IMHO than the AF of the FA50 in low light.

The FA 35 is more useful indoors and is sharp at F2.

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You will keep your FA50 1.4......You will keep your FA50 1.4......You will keep your FA50 1.4......
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QuoteOriginally posted by Igilligan Quote
If I had the MF 50's you have... (and I do) I would have picked up the FA 35 F2 instead. You already have 50 1.4 covered for low light and the MF of that 50 is more accurate IMHO than the AF of the FA50 in low light.

The FA 35 is more useful indoors and is sharp at F2.

My two cents are free!
I LOVE my FA35/2.....stays on my camera more often than my FA50....which I love, but the FA35 is the cat's meow. Poor man's FA31 ltd, maybe.,..or the smart man's.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Jasvox Quote
I LOVE my FA35/2.....stays on my camera more often than my FA50....which I love, but the FA35 is the cat's meow. Poor man's FA31 ltd, maybe.,..or the smart man's.
This is an apples-and-oranges comparision, since both focal lengths have their advantages, and both lenses are worth owning. The FA50 is a hell of a bargain, and might be much harder to get a year from now, causing much regret and binge drinking ;P
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I agree. My comment about the FA35/2 was as a sidebar reply to Giligans.

Thanks.

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