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03-01-2009, 05:22 AM   #1
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Should I sell my smc 50mm fa 1.4

So i have been recently been using the 50mm alot because its a good lense. I have been able to take alot of good pictures with it. But im finding that i wish i really could have some manual focus on this lense. Even though i dont use MF alot, this lense makes me want it more since its a prime. I have the DA*16-50 and 50-135 on the way (should be here tomorrow i hope) so for the 50mm i will still have it covered. So i was thinking of maybe selling the 50mm 1.4 for maybe a 35mm prime as im hoping to start doing more studio work. I know that i wouldnt have a proble selling the len. let me know what you think.

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I'm confused...how is it that you can't manually focus an FA 50/1.4. Switch the camera to manal focus and use the focus ring...
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wow... im retarted. just did what you said. my first post had to be one of my dumbest....sorry bout that
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I was wondering the same thing...(about selling my FA 50, not the MF) and perhaps replace it with a FA 43 ltd. I have the 77 and 31, and thought it would be nice to complete the set. My thinking is that the 43 is close enough to the 50 that I won't miss the 50 and in theory, the 43 should be a superior lens to the 50. On the other hand, I really love the 50 and it's low light capability.

Anyone wanna comment? Does the 43 perform as well in low light? Is there a huge difference in IQ or is there no real point in replacing?

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QuoteOriginally posted by Nachodog Quote
I was wondering the same thing...(about selling my FA 50, not the MF) and perhaps replace it with a FA 43 ltd. I have the 77 and 31, and thought it would be nice to complete the set. My thinking is that the 43 is close enough to the 50 that I won't miss the 50 and in theory, the 43 should be a superior lens to the 50. On the other hand, I really love the 50 and it's low light capability.

Anyone wanna comment? Does the 43 perform as well in low light? Is there a huge difference in IQ or is there no real point in replacing?
I don't think the FA43 competes with the FA50 in low light. In addition to being a slightly slower lens by design, the FA43 (I'm not sure if this is the optical designs or coatings) is also a bit less light transmissive (lets a bit less light in, needs more +EV comp) at any given f-stop over the FA50, so even, say, at 2.8, the FA50 will be brighter and need less exposure than the FA43, but I think this is why the FA43 behaves so nicely in bright and contrasty scenes. So I love my FA43, I love the images especially in abundant and bright light, but it is not a lens I turn to in low-light. Remember going from F2.0 to F1.4 is the same as going from ISO800 to ISO400
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I'm considering the same move, swapping the FA50 for the FA43 Limited although it's close in focal length to the DA35 Limited. From what I've seen, the 43 wide open is sharper than the FA50 at F2.0.
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Not dumb at all, and I have a suggestion for you. Why not get a Pentax-M 50mm F1.4 for under $100 US and then decide whether to keep or sell the FA? Manually focusing an AF lens is no where near as satisfying or silky smooth as using the real thing.

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wow... im retarted. just did what you said. my first post had to be one of my dumbest....sorry bout that
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Unlike some fast lenses, the FA43 is sharp from centre to corner. It's not the sharpest altogether; that would be the 50/2.8 macro. Neither is it the fastest; that would be the 50/1.2. But it renders incredible images; I just never get tired of the 3D effect. And no, by this I don't just mean some bokeh effect.

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Besides the IQ, the build is second to none and lovely to use. The focal length is a bit odd on digital, but the field of view feels natural.

It's a different lens from the 50/1.2 and I use them differently. Never owned the FA50/1.4 so can't directly compare there. Rather dislike the feel of the FA non-Limited series. Yes, I like focusing manually.

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I have FA 50/1.4, F 50/1.4, A 50/1.7, FA 43Ltd, and FA 50/2.8 macro.

And I can say that FA 43 Ltd has it's own class.
Unbeatable rendering. Sharpness wise, if you ever try to combine it with Vivitar 2xMTFC,
you won't believe how sharp this lens is as a macro lens.
Same or maybe even a little bit sharper than FA 50/2.8 macro.
But yes, FA 50/2.8 macro is sharp from center to corner.

So far among my other lenses, I think FA 43 Ltd is the only one that can out resolve my K20D's sensor.
Try to shoot at f/4 and you'll still be amazed of its sharpness.

For speed in low light, yes we get almost 1 stop faster with 50/1.4 but the IQ from 43 Ltd is like I said before, unbeatable. The bokeh is also so much smoother on 43 compared to others.
It's such an amazing little lens and you won't believe it until you try it yourself.

One more thing, wait until you hold it in your hand and you'll feel the difference compared to any other lens besides The Limiteds.
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