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02-07-2009, 12:23 AM   #16
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Thanx for all the info. Maybe i should sell my FA50 and get the DA 40mm and the Tamron 28-75mm. Even i sold the FA50, still have a few other great manual 50mm lens.

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I just used the 40mm a while ago and it seems that I like the FOV compared to the 50mm.. as Marc said, 50mm for me is too long.. I think the 35mm focal would be my best walkaround..

It seems to me that the output of my K100DS + 40mm is spot on.. I mean I don't plan to do edits on them.. Great color, contrast and saturation..
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I've kind of gone about my lens purchasing a bit haphazardly, so I've ended up with some overlap and redundancy (but hey, there are worse things in life...). But despite already having the FA 35/2 and FA 50/1.4, I recently ordered the DA 40 Limited from Prodigital on ebay. At a little over $200, it just seemed like too much of a bargain to pass up. The Pentax pancakes are so unique, and my DA 70 has shown that they are stellar lenses. Plus, the DA 40 seems to have gotten lots of love on this and other forums lately. I expect to receive mine on Monday, and it will surely spend a lot of time on my K200.
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The 40mm Limited seems to get usually a lot of praise for its image quality. However, it's so much slower than a FA 50mm. I wonder how do their image quality compare at the _same_ aperture? FA at f/2.8 should be pretty sharp, right? Has anyone actually compared them using the same aperture?

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I have fa 50/1.4 and fa 35/2.0 and in my opinion is the best solution. You will have two very high level lenses
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if you don't have enought cash for both it is better to start with fa 35/2.0 becouse it's more useful
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I have been seriously considering the DA 40. I have the FA 50 and while it is great a lens, indoors it is a trifle long. In addition, as someone mentioned, it isn't very usable till you get to an aperture of 2.0. I guess the two lenses serve different functions -- the FA more of a portrait lens, while the DA more of a walk around one. Depends on what you need, but plan on getting the other one down the road...
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I have both the 40 and 50 you posted. However, I consider the Tamron 28-75 to be one of the best zooms ever made in terms of optical quality. I suggest purchasing from a store in case you get one of the rare lemons out there. I place the Tamron 28-75 in my "Brutally Sharp" folder.

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Tamron 28-75 is on my buying list. but i just got the DA 40mm. I like it alot, extremely compact and sharp at wide open. I am pretty much using DA 40 for now, so it might be time to sell the 50mm and getting the Tamron.
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QuoteOriginally posted by emr Quote
The 40mm Limited seems to get usually a lot of praise for its image quality. However, it's so much slower than a FA 50mm. I wonder how do their image quality compare at the _same_ aperture? FA at f/2.8 should be pretty sharp, right? Has anyone actually compared them using the same aperture?
I haven't done so directly, but would have to guess they'd be extremely similar in sharpness. Really comes down to focal length versus speed. 40mm really does it for me way more than 50mm, and I personally would find it hard to use a lens without quick shift, so I'm willing to sacrifice the maximum aperture to get the focal length I want plus quick shift (plus faster AF in general).
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Since picking up my *ist DL, I'm planning on putting together a DA Ltd kit. I'll start with the DA40, and then add the DA70 and the DA21 (probably in that order). Of course, I'll have to buy the little case for the lenses as well.

Then I'll see if I can sneak it into concerts.
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