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02-18-2009, 10:33 AM   #46
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You guys are too clever for me...

Yes the first is the 43. A very good lens, but imho the DA*55 is the better one.

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Rainer,

Not to pressure you, but we really, really need flora/landscape/portraits!

Need.





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Rainer,

Not to pressure you, but we really, really need flora/landscape/portraits!

Need.
Yes, please do, or there is no other option than to have your account removed from this forum
02-18-2009, 11:15 AM   #48
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So I have to do what you want...

Here is a portrait in 1.4:

I named it: "This way to Canon please..."


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So I have to do what you want...

Here is a portrait in 1.4:

I named it: "This way to Canon please..."


Rainer
You do realize how popular you are right now, don't you?

You're like a guy in a stable with a bag full of sugar cubes.

02-18-2009, 11:23 AM   #50
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You do realize how popular you are right now, don't you?
Yes, but theres a problem. You are all nice guys!!
Where are the femal groupies???????

Damned
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The second one is sharper and the bokeh smoother, so it must be the DA* 55?
The first one is under-exposed.

No critique meant of the photographer. Comparisons like this are extremely difficult to make with any degree of confidence.

If the DA*55 was in the same styling as the FA Limiteds it would be no contest. As it is, the Limiteds simply look and feel like they're from another planet of class and workmanship.
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Hahaha, that "Canon-statue"! That just about made my day...
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I dont know, but for a f/1.4, the bokeh doesnt really seam all that appealing so far.

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Yes, but theres a problem. You are all nice guys!!
Where are the femal groupies???????

Damned
Sorry, the girls all go for the yellow neck strap :O

I was actually thinking of a different analogy, but went with the horses... seemed safe.

I'm enjoying all your pics and I'm really liking the rendering so far--the circular highlights might not be for everyone, but I dig 'em.

Of course, this is just the beginning
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Damn this thread! I just ordered one...
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If the DA*55 was in the same styling as the FA Limiteds it would be no contest. As it is, the Limiteds simply look and feel like they're from another planet of class and workmanship.
I can fully relate to being impressed by the looks and the handling of a lens but then the final image is most important to most people and so far the 55 had the IQ edge over the 43 in every comparison, AFAIC.

I noticed this earlier on: The 43 is a very good lens but I never felt anything special about its images. I definitely see something special in Pentax FA 31mm and Voigtlaender 55mm images. And the Pentax 55mm appears to have its own special signature touch too.
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I can fully relate to being impressed by the looks and the handling of a lens but then the final image is most important to most people and so far the 55 had the IQ edge over the 43 in every comparison, AFAIC.
Well, I don't know. Except for wide open I rather prefer the FA43 shots. There is slightly less clarity in some places but more in the shadows. And handling does mean a lot to me. Not sure if it trumps IQ, but if IQ is too close to call...

Certainly the DA*55 wins on speed. But as I have a 50mm f/1.2 that's not my biggest need right now. I think what we're expecting from the new lens is godlike bokeh for portrait heaven. I'm not seeing that yet. I would like to though -- I want this to be a compelling lens!

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I noticed this earlier on: The 43 is a very good lens but I never felt anything special about its images.
Oh man, I am so the opposite of this. I've never seen an FA31 image that urged me to buy it, but the FA43 I use even though I don't particularly like the FOV. Images just come alive out of this lens.
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Interesting comparison, but these two focal lengths are far enough apart to make this almost an apples-to-oranges comparison. Certainly the FA43 might be a useful 'walk-around' lens, but for portraits on APS-C I'd much rather be shooting at 55mm than 43mm. If I had deeper pockets, I would gladly own both lenses!
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Now we need TKH to borrow an FA 50mm f/1.4 and take some more comparison shots. These are the real questions here, we need to know how these two lenses compare as far as the following parameters are concerned:
  • Sharpness at various apertures.
  • Contrast at various apertures.
  • Bokeh at various apertures.
  • Focusing speed.
  • Size and handling.
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Meh...the 43 doesn't do much for me either.

dkittle...where did you order from? I'm looking to get my hands on one also... Can you PM me?

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