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04-29-2009, 09:07 AM   #16
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I really like the DA* 16-50. I think that a lot of the problems that people have with it have to do with the quality of some of the copies out there. The real question I suppose is if you need the f 2.8 that is offered with it, versus the other zooms out there. I don't use the aperture wide open below 20 mm, but it works well every where else.

On the other hand, if you are after great bokeh, primes are where it is happening. Weather sealing is not that big a deal in my opinion, the primes will stand up to a little bit of weather without problem.

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I just picked up the DA*16-50 and think it's a stellar lens. I happened to get a good copy that only needed minor tweaking on the K20D. Now I've got my eyes on the other two lenses mentioned here (FA43/FA77). I'm convinced that I could shoot an entire wedding (or at least 95% of it) with just the DA*16-50 and FA77. The other 5% would be DA35 for ring shots and 10-17 for venue and special effects.
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QuoteOriginally posted by NaClH2O Quote
I actually don't understand the above statement. Both lenses would be affected by the crop factor. Yes 77mm is in the middle of 50-135, but tne 50-135 lens is "renders like" a 75-203 lens as compared to a FF sensor camera. Just because the DA lens is optimized for the APS C sensor does not mean it is unaffected by the crop factor.

NaCl(I actually don't understand why we're still using 'crop factor terminology)H2O
Now you're just getting technical.
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I really like the convience of the zooms and not having to switch out lens for certain shots. I enjoy travel photography and the occasional macro shit. I'm not really a people/portrait shooter, but that may change if/when I have kids.

So looks like I should be getting the 16-50 and putting the FA off until they stop production or when there's people to shoot (click click, not bang bang).

Thanks for everyone's input!

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I have both FA43 Ltd and DA* 16-50.

I've tried all 3 Ltd before and would say FA43Ltd has the most "Character" among the Limiteds.
If I were you, I'll get the FA77 Ltd since you already had Tamron 17-50mm.
Some people say that Tamron has better sharpness on edges compared to DA16-50mm. I don't really care about it because I want a weather sealed lens.

As myself, I'm torn between getting 77Ltd first or DA*50-135.
But as a Pentax user, I think it's a must that you should have at least ONE of the 3 Amigos. That's more like a Pentax heritage that you can't deny .

Trust me, no matter which one of the Ltd you'll get, it will blow you away.
Each of them: 31, 43, 77 has its own character and for me 43 is the first to get, then 77, then maybe 31.
If only 31 is wider, I would have gotten it, that's why I opted to have FA*24/2 :ugh:
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I have both FA43 Ltd and DA* 16-50.

I've tried all 3 Ltd before and would say FA43Ltd has the most "Character" among the Limiteds.
If I were you, I'll get the FA77 Ltd since you already had Tamron 17-50mm.
Some people say that Tamron has better sharpness on edges compared to DA16-50mm. I don't really care about it because I want a weather sealed lens.

As myself, I'm torn between getting 77Ltd first or DA*50-135.
But as a Pentax user, I think it's a must that you should have at least ONE of the 3 Amigos. That's more like a Pentax heritage that you can't deny .

Trust me, no matter which one of the Ltd you'll get, it will blow you away.
Each of them: 31, 43, 77 has its own character and for me 43 is the first to get, then 77, then maybe 31.
If only 31 is wider, I would have gotten it, that's why I opted to have FA*24/2 :ugh:
I love my 50-135. It's everything people say and more!
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Sell the 28-75, that lens seems pointless in your lens lineup.

I'd say get the 77mm, it's a magnificent lens, plus you can use it on film cameras, which I think is where it really belongs.
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Sell the 28-75, that lens seems pointless in your lens lineup.

I'd say get the 77mm, it's a magnificent lens, plus you can use it on film cameras, which I think is where it really belongs.
I actually use that 28-75 for my night photography. I find the 17-50 just isn't as sharp as the 28-75, so there could be another reason why I should go for the 16-50.

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