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View Poll Results: What lens would you buy in my place?
FA 50/1.4 13257.14%
DA 40/2.8 7331.60%
Neither - please explain in detail 2611.26%
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07-25-2007, 07:11 AM   #31
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I'd buy (and already have) the FA 35 f2.0.

I really preferred this lens over the DA 40 or the FA 50 1.4 (I have the FA 50 macro which I prefer, even for portrait usage). I even preferred the FA 35 over the FA 31 Limited!

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A lot of good advice in the thread already.
Aperture 2.8 for a prime lens, is not particularly fast.
I used a 50 mm on film, but in tight interior, it was sometimes not wide enough. On digital, it is a bit too much tele for me, for general use. Ive gotten a 35 mm, which I find a lot of fun right now. Both are manual focus lenses; one a K model, another an A series.

I would say, go for the FA 35/2 for use with digital. Though some feel that their preferred lens is still a 50 mm, even on digital.
For now, maybe tape your zoom stuck at 50 mm, to use for a while. And then for another month, tape it stuck at 35; to see what you prefer. Or go back and check exif data for older shots, to see which focal length youve primarily taken your pictures at.
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Sigma 24mm f1,8

What about the 24 mm f1,8. It seem huge, but if you don't need a compact lens, this could be an option. Very fast and wide enough for available light photography (it should be something like a 35 mm on film, but with more depth of field) Does Anybody know it?
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and a year old thread comes back to life

Which is sometimes a good thing.

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QuoteOriginally posted by andy_g Quote
What about the 24 mm f1,8. It seem huge, but if you don't need a compact lens, this could be an option. Very fast and wide enough for available light photography (it should be something like a 35 mm on film, but with more depth of field) Does Anybody know it?
use google with the term site: forums.dpreview.com Sigma 24mm 1.8 and see what you can find. because the lens is available on all mounts, more likely a canikon user has tried it out. the sigma wides are definitely something unique
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Yeah, I'm thinking after more than a year from his original post, he's probably already made up his mind.
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note to self: check year, not just month and day *smacks head on table*

Still, I'd say FA50- it's two stops faster
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QuoteOriginally posted by clawhammer Quote
note to self: check year, not just month and day *smacks head on table*

Still, I'd say FA50- it's two stops faster
Hello from 2010, fellow time traveler.

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I have both lenses, and still don't know wich is better....
My photo with DA 40 you can find here iMGSRC.RU Pentax DA 40 on vladimiryo.iMGSRC.RU

With FA 50 1/4 examples here iMGSRC.RU Pentax FA 50 f1,4 on vladimiryo.iMGSRC.RU

Hope it will help =)
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QuoteOriginally posted by VladimirYo Quote
I have both lenses, and still don't know wich is better....
My photo with DA 40 you can find here iMGSRC.RU Pentax DA 40 on vladimiryo.iMGSRC.RU

With FA 50 1/4 examples here iMGSRC.RU Pentax FA 50 f1,4 on vladimiryo.iMGSRC.RU

Hope it will help =)
I had both and quite soon sold the FA50.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Branimir Quote
I know that this may have been asked already, since many come to this dilemma sooner or later.
I have cash for just one of those. They are both low light, they have similar price, they both produce good pictures.
If you had both lens, did you like 10mm wider lens better than the faster one, or was it the other way around?

I do need it for not-so-good-light shooting, usually indoors but not exclusively.
I use and can recommend the Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f1.4. I am very impressed by this robust and reasonably priced lense. I purchased it for outdoor low-light, and I like it for both indoor and outdoor.

I recommend strongly the Nokton 58mm.

See review in Welcome to Photozone! (Look at review in Nikon lens).
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I'm not sure of the 30 mm or 35 mm lens...not as fast and the 30/35 mm converts to what...50 mm.

The 50 F1.4 converts to 70-75 mm...good for a portrait lens.

I'm not sure wht you want...I onlly read your original post and the first couple of psts after that.

If you want portraits indoors...natural light...go for the 50 F1.4.

If you want indoor shots of rooms...30 -35 - 40 ain't going to cut it, unless the 30 mm is on a film camera...on a digital, it's a 50...narow angle of view for room shots.

An 18-55 would be better...I think the 18 mm converts to 27 mm....more of a wide angle then the 30 which is a 50, by far.

But the 18-55 is an F3.5...a lot slower then the lens you listed.

Speed costs money.

Maybe more details specifically what you want in pix, unless you have already provided them in a later post.

I have the 18-55, 50 F1.4 and 50 Macro F2.8...they're all good but I use them for different purposes. The 50 F1.4 is good in low light, although I find F1.4 to F 1.8...not good in DOF...at F 2.4 and up sharp lens.

For rooms I use my Pentax 10-17 Fisheye...crop the edges, watch my angles, F3.5 but I really like this lens.
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Glad this thread got revived. Been thinking about the 40mm so it fits better in my bag. I also don't like the bokeh of the 50mm, particularly wide open.

Interesting how the DA 40mm is rated higher than the FA 43, and much higher than the 50mm under Lens Reviews.
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I prefered 50mm and I am happy with its performance.
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I see there's a lot of love for FA35/2AL, but how come the lens review score here for it is actually lower than both FA50/1.4 and DA40/2.8L ? just a random anormaly?

I like to think that the FA35/2AL is a better lens?
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