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12-23-2009, 10:39 PM   #16
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I have the 3 FA Limiteds that I use alongside my DA*'s and do so very often


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DA 70

I have the DA70 and the DA*50-135. The DA70 is by far the sharpest lens I have. It is a great conspicuous walk around lens and it lets you keep a good distance from your subject. If you are a lover of bokeh 2.4 might not be enough for you. As far as portrait work with size not being an issue I would stick with the 50-135. Link to a pic with the DA70 coreyp on Flickr - Photo Sharing!
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I have the 16-50 and 50-135 and love them both.
Still, the FA 43 1.9 is on my camera a lot. It is my "go to" lens for general use.
I also have the DA 21 and DA 70.
What I really want is the FA 31 /1.8. I just don't know how to justify that need.
(suggestions welcome.)

Like the others, at 1.4 in the normal range would also be great.
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FA 31 and 77 ltd. If I had the 43 ltd, I'd use that also, but I have the FA 50/1.4 instead, and use that on occasion.

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I have both known as the twins and my copies are excellent. I also have all the current primes and many of the older one...These days I am almost using primes exclusively. The reason is not image quality, because I can't see any. But I love the size and speed of the primes...It is because of the Pentax Primes, that I will not let go all of my Pentax stuff and instead keep two systems..The Pentax primes are simply awesome...
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So I don't own any of the titular zooms to begin with. Will probably never buy a zoom again. So I just use primes instead. Because I find them more inspiring - I go out with one focal length and look for how to best use it - I end up moving around more and getting more ideas - "keeps me on the edge, where I need to be" as Pacino said in Heat
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QuoteOriginally posted by nulla Quote
I have the 3 FA Limiteds that I use alongside my DA*'s and do so very often


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Wow! Quite a selection of lenses you have!

In response to the OP... I was going to go the 16-50 route, but ended up with a spur of the moment decision to get the FA31 instead. I now have to foot zoom or crop, but imho it's true that the 31 adds magic. It's a decision I am very pleased with.
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I still use my FA 50mm quite a lot, for low light situations and other stuff requiring a low DOF. I find the sharpness wide open quite usable. You have to be really careful with the focus, though, but that goes for all fast lenses, obviously.

I'm also thinking about getting a 100mm-ish macro. Having some limited lenses would be nice for their small size, but I usually have both the battery grip and an external flash hooked up to my camera, so it would still be far from stealthy!

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In response to the OP... I was going to go the 16-50 route, but ended up with a spur of the moment decision to get the FA31 instead. I now have to foot zoom or crop, but imho it's true that the 31 adds magic. It's a decision I am very pleased with.

Have you had much use with it wide open?... thats where the 31 shines and is brilliant in low light indoor situations


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FA 31... as sung by Queen :-)

"A kind of magic
One dream one soul one prize one goal
One golden glance of what should be
Its a kind of magic
One shaft of light that shows the way"
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Well, zooms don't replace primes for me. I'm with John in that the 16-50 & 50-135 are workhorses and the primes are for specific purposes and personal enjoyment.
I'd love to have the 3 Amigos or the DA Ltd's and would use them often. As it is I'm very happy with MF A lenses and deliberately use a different one regularly just to stay familiar with them and for the IQ and sheer fun.
Since I got the 50-135 I'm tending to carry the same primes as before, that is a fast fifty and/or 35/2 and/or 20/28/100mm depending on what I'm looking for or expecting that day.
I like to look at the weekly challenges and designate a prime lens for the exercise.

GL in your decision. You can't go wrong with any of the choices or suggestion.

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I have no primes but i'm hoping a zoom SDM wider than the 16-50 in the 2.8 range will come out, like a 10-20 2.8 *FA SDM
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Hi Neil,

I am mostly using it wide open, yes. Maybe a bit too often!
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Hi Neil,

I am mostly using it wide open, yes. Maybe a bit too often!
If you have not done so you should join the FA Limited Club Thread


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If you have not done so you should join the FA Limited Club Thread


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This is almost becoming the FA Limited Club thread, lol

I kinda "get it" what people mean by the "magic" of the fa limiteds, it's all in that progressive creamy bokeh.

It makes sense if that's what you're after, then those are the tools to use.
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