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02-21-2009, 10:21 AM   #211
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Okay, I like that last set of pics; bokeh on the outdoor stuff is much more subtle and the log in the water has some great contrast.

Will be nice to see some outdoor, sunny pics with this lens.

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I saw the thread pitting the DA*55 up against the FA50. The DA is definitely sharper, but significantly slower AF, and nearly identical bokeh. Those were the two make-or-break items for me.

I'm sad as I wanted this lens to be the be all of portrait lenses, and now realize that I will have to give this lens a pass over...

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QuoteOriginally posted by blende8 Quote
I tested it on the K10D and K20D.
blende8, you forgot to tell us that you have published a very useful test report here:
Pentax DA55 and FA50 - a comparison

Thank You so much for the great work
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QuoteOriginally posted by falconeye Quote
blende8, you forgot to tell us that you have published a very useful test report here:
Thanks to falconeye for pointing this out and many thanks to blende8 for making the comparison. Blende8 has started a new thread pointing to his above comparison.

AFAIC, it is clear that the 55 is an improvement over the 50 optically. Some differences may seem subtle, but I think they are sufficiently large to call a winner. I also think that 55mm is more useful than 50mm (for instance for portraits).

Too bad that the SDM AF is that slow. If only they had kept the screw drive for speed and the benefit of pre-SDM Pentax cameras.

Unfortunately, there is also a bit of a price difference. With the current price tag, I don't see the 55mm replacing a lot of amateur FA 50's.


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I love that dog shot too... the depth of field and angle give it a certain feel.
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Oops! Posted to wrong thread. Never mind!

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O.K., I've followed this post through 15 pages now and what I really want to know is where I can get the watch! Citizen Nighthawk, sapphire crystal, and radio controlled too! They Don't seem to be available in the U.S.
02-23-2009, 09:25 AM   #218
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And the best is: This Titanium watch is also solar powered! Fueld by light it never needs a batterie!

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QuoteOriginally posted by TKH Quote
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The dog looks dubious that this lens is worth the price...

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QuoteOriginally posted by TKH Quote
And the best is: This Titanium watch is also solar powered! Fueld by light it never needs a batterie!

Rainer
Titanium, solar-powered, radio-controlled, watch photo taken at 50mm f/1.4?


(K20D + Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 @ 1/6s, f/1.4, ISO100)

The Zeiss has good resolution but is known to have some glare wide open.


EDIT:
On the topic of AF...
I've read that the Sigma 50/1.4 got ring motor HSM/SDM. Anybody already did some AF tests with this one?

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Nice watch...
BTW. The Zeiss is the best made lens I ever had owned. Nearly perfect. But the bokeh from the Nokton seem to me a little bit more creamy.

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QuoteOriginally posted by TKH Quote
the bokeh from the Nokton seem to me a little bit more creamy
I know there are Nokton threads in this forum... Let me ask a question, though: Where did you get your Nokton from? Is it a Nokton 1,4/58mm SL II AI-P Pentax?
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Yes of course. I sold it to our common friend Thomas Ziska from the DFN Forum in Germany. MF fokus is not my cup of tea.
I bought the Nokton at Foto Mundus.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Miserere Quote
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The dog looks dubious that this lens is worth the price...

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Actually, from the looks of it, puppy-dog is pondering the merits of weather-sealing.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ll_coffee_lP Quote
I saw the thread pitting the DA*55 up against the FA50. The DA is definitely sharper, but significantly slower AF, and nearly identical bokeh. Those were the two make-or-break items for me.

I'm sad as I wanted this lens to be the be all of portrait lenses, and now realize that I will have to give this lens a pass over...

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Why is fast AF speed needed for a portrait lens?
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