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03-19-2009, 02:58 PM   #16
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The FA50 1.4 and DA35 are my two lenses that I use for 90% of my photos. I use the DA35 for outdoors and the FA50 for indoors and portraits. I would certainly try to get both and won't regret it.

03-19-2009, 02:59 PM   #17
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I kept my Pentax FA 50 f/1.4 for its use on fast aperture in indoor on my boys who move a lot. My manual focus skill can't catch up with my boys. These are instantaneous snapshot samples without flash and tripod. It happens when my boy falls into the mood of dancing and singing before bed time. I used AF.C with track focus and wide open in f/1.4 with K20D on jpg, no post processing. These are by no means great samples from FA 50, but the AF lens with fast speed has its place and I find it crucial to deal with less noise and motion blur.

1/80 sec, f/1.4, 50mm, iso 800

1/100 sec, f/1.4, 50mm, iso 800

1/80 sec, f/1.4, 50mm, iso 800

My DA 35mm f/2.8 can't do it easily without flash unless I up the ISO to 1600 or more and I challenges myself with the manual focus 50's, I would have missed the shots.

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03-19-2009, 03:27 PM   #18
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QuoteOriginally posted by Nesster Quote
Truth be told, I don't like to carry extra lenses, I'd rather make do with whatever it is I have on.
I'm not quite so Spartan as to generally bring only the lens on the body, but I do - scrupulously - restrict myself to no more than three lenses. My photography (such as it is) is better when I have limited choices and have to accomidate that fact.

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Ok - I am convinced - I'll hang on to the 50 and save up for the 35 - oh and check out Prodigal2000 while I am at it.

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Buy from prodigital2000@ebay. Much cheaper than Amazon
Not necessarily true. The amazon store "prophotobags" is prodigital2000 on ebay. The prices are often the same, but might want to check both places just in case.
03-19-2009, 06:25 PM   #21

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Ok - I am convinced - I'll hang on to the 50 and save up for the 35 - oh and check out Prodigal2000 while I am at it.
I sold my FA50 and kept my DA 35 LTD macro. I know I'll miss the sub 2.8 apertures, but only occasionally. Having said that, if I keep getting results from the 16-45 like this, I may just sell the 35 as well.

Pentax K20D, DA 16-45, F7.1, ISO 1000
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