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10-26-2009, 08:54 AM   #1
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Pentax FA 20-35 versus DA 16-45

which one would you prefer best?

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I tried a copy of that FA 20-35 in a store once - I was impressed by it's very small size and great sharpness at 20mm. The copy I tried was a bit soft at 35mm.

On APS-C, I think the 16-45 is the more useful FL range, and gives nothing up to the FA 20-35 in sharpness.

I think the 20-35 f4 was basically the 12-24 of the film days, wasn't it?


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I tried a copy of that FA 20-35 in a store once - I was impressed by it's very small size and great sharpness at 20mm. The copy I tried was a bit soft at 35mm.

On APS-C, I think the 16-45 is the more useful FL range, and gives nothing up to the FA 20-35 in sharpness.

I think the 20-35 f4 was basically the 12-24 of the film days, wasn't it?


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sounds like it. thought the 12-24 gets weak around 24mm though. I think it shines around 20-30mm. never mind the 35 if you got the FA35.
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sounds like it. thought the 12-24 gets weak around 24mm though. I think it shines around 20-30mm. never mind the 35 if you got the FA35.
Might as well get a DA21 at that point.

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My FA20-35/4 is sharp all the way and at any aperture until f13. It's like 4 primes rolled into one - 20/24/28/35

I got it over the DA16-45/4 cause it is smaller, does not extend much (if the hood is on, you'd think it was an internal zooming lens) and goes with FF. Great for travelling. The only advantage the DA16-45 is 16mm (where it vignettes anyway).

You can check out my PPG for shots using the FA20-35/4 if you want to compare IQ.
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The FA 20-35 does seem like a very nice lens, especially since I use film myself. That price tag though. Urgh!
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I love the FA 20-35. I haven't tried the DA16-45 but most reviews suggest similar image quality. I have been tempted by the more useful range (wider and longer) but the smaller size of the FA lens is a winner for me. Plus, it is fun to use 20mm on 35mm format.
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I love my 20-35 on both film and digital. On film it vignettes a little on the wide end, but overall is very nice. If you're just shooting digital, I'd go ahead and get the 16-45- it's just more versatile, and noticeably wider.

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