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01-25-2010, 02:25 PM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by RBellavance Quote
How about the FA43/1.9 Limited ?
I didn't see it on his list.

01-25-2010, 02:50 PM   #17
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imfinetoday... what camera will you be using this lens on? If you have a K-x, a lens with an aperture for f/2.8 might not be a bad option. With the K-x's great high ISO performance, options like the DA 40mm and DA 35mm f/2.8 Limiteds might work very well. Start with low ISO and when f/2.8 doesn't give you enough light anymore, just turn up the ISO. I, on the other hand, have a K200D and ISO 1600 is about as high as one would want to get. If you have the same camera, or a K10D, I can see the need for a fast lens.
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I am currently using a K20. Currently i have a 2.8 and i don't like going over 1600. The grain just drives me insane.
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Seems like you want FL > 35mm type of prime if portrait style is what you intended.

Sometimes I find low light and portait style doesn't goes too well in a social gathering, as group photos are required. Those FL is just too narrow. If thats the type of context you are thinking of using, then <30mm is better.

I started with FA 50, thinking of getting fast prime for low light shooting, but found it too narrow for social gathering or restaurant dinning situation. So I went with FA 35... still a bit tight... In the end I went to FA 24mm instead.

If you dont' use it in the above described situation, then I would recommend ta FA 43 or DA 55 or Sigma 50. You can decide with your wallet.

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I don't do a whole lot of landscape-esque type of stuff. But i can't say that landscape doesn't come into play when I'm out and about. I personally find myself coming more toward the portrait side. I think at this point more of an all around standard lens would be good. I do find myself in a lot of low light situations lately where my current lens doesn't seem to be cutting it.
Which in my opinion makes something in the 50mm to 80mm range highly desirable.
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Gonna sell it eh?

Lets say the subject (in focus) is off to the side of the frame. How does the 30 do there? Is it just always soft?
Hehe... I don't think it'll be that bad as people suggest (IF you get a good copy). If they're in the FAR FAR corner side then... yeah, you might see it. But for most people shots, it's not a big deal.

And yeah, I might sell the Sigma 30 as I like the build of the DA35 but the low light of the Sigma 30... that gives me the FA31!

Gastown Photoshoot on Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Here's one with my subject to the far side. Either my copy is excellent, or I don't see any issues. Note that I post-processed this one a bit too.
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IMHO i wouldn't be afraid of grabbing a fast fifty. Price is right and there are plenty of good copies around. even with the 'dreamy' reputation at f1.4, that little baby sharpen up nicely with just a stop down. At f2.8, it is seriously sharp and still of significant aperture for pleasing bokeh, while other lens are just beginning to catch up. Just make sure you get a nice hood with it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by truonganh Quote
IMHO i wouldn't be afraid of grabbing a fast fifty. Price is right and there are plenty of good copies around. even with the 'dreamy' reputation at f1.4, that little baby sharpen up nicely with just a stop down. At f2.8, it is seriously sharp and still of significant aperture for pleasing bokeh, while other lens are just beginning to catch up. Just make sure you get a nice hood with it.
Agreed. I've built up a pretty good collection of lenses, some zooms, some primes, FA, DA, D-FA, DA*, and others; I was recently looking at some Photozone reviews, and, at least based on MTF values (well, and my own seat-of-the-pants impression), my FA-35/2 and FA-50/1.4 are still my sharpest lenses. And yes a good lens hood is essential for the FA-50. I prefer this: B+W | 49mm Screw-In Metal Telephoto Lens Hood #960 | 65069625
A 52mm pinch-type lens cap fits perfectly, and there is no vignetting. Personally I use the 50 far more than the 35, but that's just me. Good luck!


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I think right now for me and what i'd like it's between the 24mm and 30mm. i like the size of the 30, but i heard that the bokeh on the 24 is better. decisions. decisions. i don't know how much searching i've done. probably too much. haha!
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Did anyone try the Zeiss (full time manual focus)? I am planning to get Zeiss Makro Planar 100mm f/2 and 25mm f/2.8 ZK Distagon T* . Tested Nikon sample last week and I am impressed with the quality will be buying Pentax version very soon.
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