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04-10-2009, 08:53 PM   #1
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Return my FA35mm f/2 & D FA100mm f/2.8 macro and get a Sigma 70mm F/2.8 Macro?

Just as the title suggests, I purchased an FA 35mm f/2.0 for portraits/low light shots along with a D FA100mm f/2.8 macro for macros and closeup portraits of course. While the 35mm is a good for low light portraits, it has no macro. and while the 100mm is good for macro, I had no idea that it would be the equivalent of 150mm, making it incredibly hard (for me) to use for portraiture.


I realized that I could save over $500 if I returned the 35mm and 100mm and went with a 50mm macro instead and. The focal length would be better for portraits and would still give me 1:1 macro capability. The IQ might not be as high and is a little slower but don't you agree that it would make a better lens to satisfy both needs? I have the Tamron 17-50 f/2.8. I would like a fast lens to cover mid-telephoto range. In time I might get a 55-135mm f/2.8 but not right now.

the more I think about ti maybe I should just keep the 35mm and either get the FA50 1.4 or the Sigma 50mm. So now I have to consider returning the 100mm f/2.8 macro and getting either 50mm and STILL save some money. Here's the 3 that I have narrowed down:

Pentax SMCP-FA 50mm Macro f/2.8
Sigma 50mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro
Sigma 70mm F/2.8 EX DG Macro


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04-11-2009, 04:57 AM   #2
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Ultimately you will need to make this choice.

I have the 35 f2, 50 f1.4, and sigma 70. I love each of the lenses for various reasons. What I can tell you though is that you will likely love the Sigma 70. It's a large lens, it's heavy, but it takes amazing photos. Whether you want to move from a 100mm to a 70mm is again up to you.

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The 35mm also doubles as a one solution walkaround lens though. Just to throw in some more food for thought...
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Have the DFA 100 macro. It is a lot sharper than I want for portraits (so would any other good macro). Great macro lens. Would prefer the 77 (or 70) for portraits. It just looks better on people.
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I'd keep the FA35 and maybe exchange the 100m macro for a 50mm macro. The 35 is a lens you'll miss if you give it up. The 50 macro can double as a portrait lens easier than the FA50 1.4 can do macro.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Robert S Donovan Quote
I'd keep the FA35 and maybe exchange the 100m macro for a 50mm macro. The 35 is a lens you'll miss if you give it up. The 50 macro can double as a portrait lens easier than the FA50 1.4 can do macro.
you are 100% correct. So, I plan to return it. It's nice lens...just 50% too long, focal length wise.
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I don't have any of those lenses, but I still wouldn't make the swap. Keep 35, keep 100macro and if you need something to fit between 50 and 100 for portraits, get DA70 or FA77

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QuoteOriginally posted by aweir Quote
I realized that I could save over $500 if I returned the 35mm and 100mm
Return ? Like you send it back and say you want to change it ?
Good grief in this country they would laugh you out of the shop.
How many chances do you get ?

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they might laugh you out of the shop where you lived, in the corner of the world.... unless you bought if off Amazon.com and have 30 days to return it for a full refund. :ugh:
04-12-2009, 08:10 AM   #10
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My two cents... Keep the FA 35 as it is a great lens and will be hard to find soon... return the 100 macro and get the Sigma 70... you got the portrait focal lengths covered... and a good macro too...

then instead of the FA 50.... pick up a M or A 50 1.4 MF and boom... you got the best of both worlds.
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