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03-22-2009, 06:41 PM   #1
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FA77mm a difficult lens..

I was so smitten with the FA31mm that I purchased a few weeks ago, that I decided to buy the FA77mm to keep it company and keep the same look and feel across a larger focal range. I ended up ordering a FA43 also before the price increase take hold but that is a different story...
When I put the 31mm on my K20D it was love at the first sight - a few tests shots to get acquainted and then a few keepers. I assumed it would be the same with the 77mm. That is not the case. I do not get the same "connection" that I had immediately with the 31mm (and with the 50-135 before). I am not sure yet if it is just the focal lens or the personality of the lens. After just a couple of days I would say that I prefer my DA70 over the FA77. The exception might be portraits.
Hopefully I get used to the lens and manage to get the most out of it like everybody but the dog (and me) have been doing according to all comments I have read.
It is still early days and this is probably a demanding lens...

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what is it in the DA70 that you're not seeing in the FA77?
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First thing that I think is different is the color rendering.
As a landscape lens, I might get a better result with the DA70.
Nothing striking just an impression. I am not one to go and make 36 shots of the same item with each lens to compare inch by inch so it is just a gut feeling.
As I said it is just early days and my expectations were very high after the 31mm which I found could just take pictures "all by itself" :-).
I am sure that after some more usage I will get to like the lens a lot. But I am also sure that it will not replace the 31mm as my favourite lens - neither would the DA70.

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cuz of your post i went and looked at some of my old pix from the FA77 and i have no complaints. but the DA70 from all accounts seems to be a mighty fine lens anyways.

there are a few DA70 vs FA77 comparisons around the web, but i find the discussion around it more interesting. google and search
edit: you can see my Cambridge Photos for some FA77 landscape style samples


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FA 77 is not a difficult lens but a difficult focal on APS-C sensor cameras.
In fact, FA 77 is in the line of those three legendary Limiteds, designed for 35mm film cameras:
- the perfect normal : 43mm (an not 50mm)
- the perfect wide angle : 31mm (and not 35mm)
- the perfect portrait lens : 77mm (and not 85mm)
I constantly work this lens on my LX and I am completely satisfied of its FOV: an ideal lens for portraiture and more.
On KxxD cameras they are all cropped and give a false mutilated FoV.
When Pentax launch the FF camera, we'll have back the real FA Limiteds as they were conceived.
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QuoteOriginally posted by huqedato Quote
When Pentax launch the FF camera, we'll have back the real FA Limiteds as they were conceived.
Amen to that - one of the reason I bought the FA77 and FA43 "just in case".

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QuoteOriginally posted by k100d Quote
cuz of your post i went and looked at some of my old pix from the FA77 and i have no complaints. but the DA70 from all accounts seems to be a mighty fine lens anyways.

there are a few DA70 vs FA77 comparisons around the web, but i find the discussion around it more interesting. Google and search
edit: you can see my Cambridge Photos for some FA77 landscape style samples
Yes I have read a few of these and frankly my intention is not to raise another thread FA77 versus DA70 - it would be kind of pointless - a little bit like comparing Manchester United and Manchester City (rules )
It was just a first impression comment after receiving first the FA31 and then the FA77.
I agree with the other post the focal length might need some getting used to.

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QuoteOriginally posted by lbenac Quote
Manchester United and Manchester City (rules )
well the FA77 and the DA70 are close ... United and Citeh are

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Well, if you *ever* need a second opinion, please feel free to ask me; I'm more than willing to test out the pair!

QuoteOriginally posted by lbenac Quote
It was just a first impression comment after receiving first the FA31 and then the FA77.
I agree with the other post the focal length might need some getting used to.

Cheers,

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I discovered that the FA 77mm f1.8 Limited is like Calculus, once you "get it", WOW!!!
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I discovered that the FA 77mm f1.8 Limited is like Calculus, once you "get it", WOW!!!
That is what I suspect - I don't get it (yet) but will...

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well the FA77 and the DA70 are close ... United and Citeh are
Sorry assumed you were a soccer fan because of "Arsenal"....
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I always did think it was an odd focal length for digital so I stuck with ~50mm lenses for portraits. I recently wound up getting a Takumar 85mm f/1.9 for a portrait lens on film as it was much cheaper alternative than the 77mm limited.
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Now I feel better !

A few quick shots of dog and friends...

http://www.lucbenacphoto.com/img/v8/p465688578.jpg

http://www.lucbenacphoto.com/img/v8/p302176072.jpg

http://www.lucbenacphoto.com/img/v5/p382120769.jpg

All with the 77mm on a sunny day with harsh light.

Cheers,

Luc

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how long have you had the FA77 LTD?

I took to the FA77 like a duck to water, I loved lenses in the 105-135mm range on my LX and on 1.5X reduced-frame DSLRs the FA77 is 115mm - just right for my kind of work...and on my Pentax LX I treat it like a longer 50...though my mother took one look through it on the LX with the FA77 LTD on it and after a few minuites she asked me " what the hell is this lens for?" - she doesn't get the 77 either, you're not alone.

she got the FA31mm limited though, my mother, who is an old school ex-professional photojournalist has a bias towards wide angle lenses.

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