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01-25-2010, 12:11 PM   #1
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Help me! I'm going insane

I can't cope with this anymore. I have a DA 35 that I enjoy very much, but the FA 31 keeps calling my name. I hear it's voice all the time. I'm going crazy. Please, can anyone convince me I should not sell my DA 35 to finance the purchase of the "lady queen" and thus save my marriage. If not, give me a good reason to buy it so that I can put a stop to all this.

01-25-2010, 12:24 PM   #2
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Hmm. You're also missing DA 70 in your collection.

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You need to read the forum on Cheap and Frugle Photography as a hooby.



But I say DO IT, COME TO THE DARK SIDE! IT WILL MAKE ALL YOUR SHOOTS PERFECT!
01-25-2010, 12:28 PM   #4
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Full Frame ... maybe.

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I guess the fact that it is FF is a good argument in favour of the FA 31.
01-25-2010, 01:02 PM   #6
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I see you don't have the FA 77 in your line up either.

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Yeah, you need a DA 70 first…



… and then a DA 15 or 21. After that you can start collecting FA Limiteds.
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And you don't even have a fast wide angle lens

If you're sure the FA 31 will improve your shooting significantly, buy it. If not, don't. I too sometimes have to remember that gear is just the smallest step to a great image.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Noisychip Quote
And you don't even have a fast wide angle lens
Yes, yes. I hear good things about Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 21mm f/2.8.
01-25-2010, 04:09 PM   #10
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No, don't trade in your DA 35ltd for the 31 - just add these two to it!






(15 + 35 + 77 = the best possible combo!)


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Will your FA 31 do macros?
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Stop torturing me! I don't think I need a DA 70 since I already own a DA* 50-135. However, a FA 77 could be an option because it is significantly faster than the DA* 50-135. Plus, the FA 77 is full FF and this is very important to me.

Now, back to the FA 31. I want this lens for many reasons. First, I like the FOV of the DA 35 and the FA 31 offers a similar FOV. However, I often wish my DA 35 was faster and the FA 31 is more than one stop faster. My only fast lens is my FA 50, and I find it too long for the kind of indoor photography I do. Second, the FA 31 is FF capable. If Pentax ever goes FF, I'll be ready. In addition, 31mm is a usefull FOV in FF. Third, I like to use the DA 35 for macro (especially flowers), but since I also own a Tamron 90m macro, the macro capacity of the DA 35 is less important to me now. Plus, I think the FA 31 is also very good for close focus and the bokeh is better. Last but not the least, I like to keep my equipment forever. Even if the DA 35's built quality is impressive, I can't see myself owning that lens 10 or 15 years down the road. But with the FA 31, YES.
01-25-2010, 08:31 PM   #13
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I bet you wish you never started this thread. We're the devil on your left shoulder not the angel on the right.

If the worst happens you can suggest your wife become a member and give us all a severe talking to.
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It's simple. I bought myself the FA31 and my wife a fridge/freezer. As the fridge/freezer was more expensive, I can still buy a FA77 without risking my relationship.

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You're right: you're nuts but, if it's any help, you're not alone: every so often I get the urge to swap out my 31 for that 35 &/or my 77 for a 70. I'm making progress though--my lens collection has gone unchanged for over 36 hours.
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