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04-03-2009, 02:09 PM   #16
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Two requests for you, if possible, can you post a image of FA 24 next to FA 31 and/or FA 50 ?? For size scale. And can you describe/show for what you use FA 24 instead of FA 31mm ? I think you are in a good position since you own the two lenses to help me with this "issue".
Okay here is a size comparisson. Just a quick and dirty shot with my desk lamp as a light source (full-spectrum lighting). (I have left the metall lens hood for the 50mm at the right corner of the image, because the 31mm has the hood built-in and I also have shown it on the 24mm.)

I use the FA24 simply when I need a wider angle of view. It really is that easy.It gives me a field of view about equivalent to a 35mm lens on ye olde filme. And that was one of my two most used focal lengthes at that time (the other one was 85mm).

The split opinions about the FA24 where (I think) nicely explained in the Photozone review, where the reviewer found, that the lack of corner sharpness was offset by the very good contrast. As sharpness can't hardly be measured without reference to contrast, I guess, it probably boils down, whether you scrutinize an image as a complete work or whether you scrutinze it at detail level. The latter person won't be happy with the FA24, the first will be and I count among those.

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wow, I knew it's big ... but THAT BIG ???
still, I think I'm longing for one... shame they are so rare and£££

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Okay here is a size comparisson. .....
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Quite huge.

Thanks for the trouble
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Yeah, they're big and heavy, and they suck on digital cameras...

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wow, I knew it's big ... but THAT BIG ???
still, I think I'm longing for one... shame they are so rare and£££

BR
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Quite huge.

Thanks for the trouble
appalling CA problems...and a yellowy tinge to everything...poorly made...the clutch sticks...virtually unuseable...not really worth much anymore...lenses are so much beter now...



f=8 and it's sharp from 1.25 feet to infinity (and beyond...)

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Well, maybe it is not so bad after all...
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appalling CA problems...and a yellowy tinge to everything...poorly made...the clutch sticks...virtually unuseable...not really worth much anymore...lenses are so much beter now...



f=8 and it's sharp from 1.25 feet to infinity (and beyond...)

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DA 12-24 is also sharp at f8 (and less). Point is that FA 24 should be use for the speed, f2.0 ...

Great shot
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QuoteOriginally posted by Cambo Quote
appalling CA problems...and a yellowy tinge to everything...poorly made...the clutch sticks...virtually unuseable...not really worth much anymore...lenses are so much beter now...



f=8 and it's sharp from 1.25 feet to infinity (and beyond...)

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seriously Cameron,

such horrible shot

I've read a lot about this yellowing of this lens, but I stil find it very attractive, but I wouldn't mind Sigma 24/1.8 either..

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That was just SOME of the critiques of this lens....

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Well, maybe it is not so bad after all...
QuoteOriginally posted by netuser Quote
DA 12-24 is also sharp at f8 (and less). Point is that FA 24 should be use for the speed, f2.0 ...

Great shot
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seriously Cameron,

such horrible shot

I've read a lot about this yellowing of this lens, but I stil find it very attractive, but I wouldn't mind Sigma 24/1.8 either..

BR
when the *ist D first came out. Peoples opinions seemed to have softened somewhat.

It was one of my favorite lenses on film, and remains so in the digital realm. Very, very low distortion, high contrast. It IS big and heavy, though, there's no getting around that.

And reversed, you get a 4:1 macro @ f2...nuts, man.

Cheers,
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I'v been surfing for a while trying to find some FA 24 shoots at f2..... seems hard.

Someone can post some images at f2 ? Subject and composition etc doesn't matter, only to check IQ at f2
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I'll do that for you today...

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I'v been surfing for a while trying to find some FA 24 shoots at f2..... seems hard.

Someone can post some images at f2 ? Subject and composition etc doesn't matter, only to check IQ at f2


Cheers,
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Cheers,
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Many thanks.

For now, I got my travelling lens (DA 18-250) from Gemini here at the forum.

I was hunting for this FA 24 but couldn't win it at ebay twice ... around 500 USD

Now I want to check the images at f2 so I can have a good decision about it. It will be my last buy for a while
The images you are going to show will decide if I keep hunting for the FA 24mm, so pick them wisely
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With THAT photo bag...

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Hi

If you had a photo bag with

K20D
DA 18-55, DA 12-24, FA* 31, FA 50 1.4, FA* 77, DFA 100mm macro
Tamron 17-50 f2.8, Tamron 70-200 f2.8, Tamron 70-300

Would you also get FA* 24mm ? or just keep the money for now?

Thanks
I'd use the money on a flash, or on chiropractic treatments...


Those two Tamrons must be HEAVY...

Cheers,
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where are the images taken at f2 ?
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Fa* 24 f2 @ f2

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I'v been surfing for a while trying to find some FA 24 shoots at f2..... seems hard.

Someone can post some images at f2 ? Subject and composition etc doesn't matter, only to check IQ at f2
Close focussing distance:



Middle distance (10 feet)



Far distance (20+ feet)



But you know, re-reading your original post, you've got a really nice kit already; I would just keep your money, buy a flash, or go for a weather sealed DA* series lens (you'll have to save a bit more). Or you can spend it on a plane ticket to the Azores for me and I'll come and be your assistant for a month or two...

Hope this helps - if you had some other shots in mind, let me know. Boa tard!

Cheers,
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Thanks for the images. I think instead of being on the hunt, I will get on the fence for know and just be alert in case a good deal show up

I also have AF 540 and 360, but maybe one Da* on the future might be good, when needed.

Meanwhile, I can't pay your travel here, but on the other hand, "I don't mind" touring you around if you decide to get here. Of course you might need some extra SdHC cards

Cheers
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