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04-02-2007, 01:31 AM   #1
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Pentax 40mm f/2.8 or 35mm f/2 ?

Ok , so in the next few days i`ll have to order one of these 2 lenses .

Knowing that they are both exactly at the same price , i still really don`t know which to buy ?

F/2 is better then F/2.8 ,so maybe the 35mm , pfffoufff.... diffffffficult


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I'd go the 35/2.0.
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SImilar issue

I was debating between the 50mm f/1.4 and 40mm f/2.8 for the same reasons and ended up getting them both. I am keeping the 40mm! It's tiny, fast focusing and I like everything about it . I'd get the 40mm! Now I just need to sell the 50mm...
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The 40mm is a wonderful lens, and a great focal length on a DSLR, IMO. The color is beautiful, it is SHARP, and the build quality, quick shift focusing, and focusing speed beat the FA series lenses, hands down. I highly recommend it, it is one of my favorite lenses.

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I've been wanting the 40mm myself - I've been doing an experiment to see if I really want it: I set my kit lens (the 18-55mm lens) @ 40mm and took a boatload of photos at that focal length to see if I would like it, or if I found myself wanting something different. Could be a good way to see which focal length you want?
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That's a good idea Dan. I've been vaguely thinking about a short prime, but couldn't figure out which, but I'll try your idea and I'm sure it will help.
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They are both very good lenses IMO...

I went for the 35/2 as even though it is not a pancake it is still very small and I wanted the option of using f2.0

I guess both being great lenses the choice is what is more important to you?

f2.0 or pancake size?
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I am also debating between the 40mm and 35mm now, or wait for the 35mm SDM, or save up to go with the DA* 16-50mm f/2.8 Zoom...

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QuoteOriginally posted by kbrabble Quote
The 40mm is a wonderful lens, and a great focal length on a DSLR, IMO. The color is beautiful, it is SHARP, and the build quality, quick shift focusing, and focusing speed beat the FA series lenses, hands down. I highly recommend it, it is one of my favorite lenses.
I looked at your pics on PBase and i`m pretty impressed by the quality of 2 zoom lenses : the Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 (which i think might make a very good portrait lens ?) and the quite cheap Sigma 70-300mm macro.

I thought it might be impossible to get such sharp pictures with such a cheap lens , you proved me wrong.
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Both the Sigmas are good lenses, however, I do not really recommend the 18-50. At least the copy I had, suffered from terrible CA, it was a nice zoom for doing candids/portraits though, and many pictures seemed to have a slight yellow tint that was almost impossible to get rid of. If you want a zoom in that range (and dont want to pay the premium for pentax glass)I would recommend Sigma 17-70, its just as sharp with excellent color, better range, and still plenty fast...
The 70-300 is a great lens, especially for the price. I sold the first one I had, and ended up buying another I missed it so much...

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hi
and why not a 28mm2.8 or 3.5?
very cheap and high qualitys if you dont need autofocus

the 40mm will be a good choice too

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