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02-13-2010, 08:57 AM   #1
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43mm/1.9 ltd vs 50mm/1.4 SMC Takumar

I've always thought that my 50/1.4 SMC Takumar is one of the best lenses I've ever used. Amazing sharpness (if a little blooming) wide open, wonderous bokeh, perfect build quality.

I have a chance to pick up a 43/1.9 at a great price, but I just don't see the need for it, aside from the AF.

Are the focal lengths that different in practice? Aside from AF is there any reason why I should consider the 43mm?

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The 43mm is my all-time favourite lens for the great sharpness and bokeh as well. Having said that, if you love using your 50mm Tak. then keep going with it....part of the fun is actually using the gear.

And to answer your question, I've never considered needing both a 50 & 43mm....others may, but just the 43mm is good enough for me.
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I personally never got into the 43mm. I have an excellent copy and replaced my FA 50mm 1.4 with it. However, I find myself reaching for the 31mm much more often.

I don't have any plans to get rid of it and I'm resolved to using it more come spring time.
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I have both. And I won't let either go out of my hands. I do end up using the 43 more, it is a fantastic lens indeed. But I use the 50 quite a bit also, on the Spotmatics. They are different lenses with different character... the 43 especially on film gives a touch of space due to it being slightly wider - I prefer 43 to 35mm in view. Manual focus feel of course is no contest - the Takumar is made for it.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Nachodog Quote
I personally never got into the 43mm. I have an excellent copy and replaced my FA 50mm 1.4 with it. However, I find myself reaching for the 31mm much more often.

I don't have any plans to get rid of it and I'm resolved to using it more come spring time.
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Oddly enough, I was the same way. My 43 was incredibly sharp, a wonderful lens, but my F/FA 50 1.7s just seemed to make it almost unnecessary. I guess 43mm is just too close in FL to a fast-50 for me, and Pentax has wonderful fast 50s.
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43ltd is superb lens.
It's sharper than my 31ltd and I consider it's nice people lens.
It's visibly shorter than 50. That's why (unlike Jay) I sold F50/1.7 and got K55 (and I'm thinking of getting DA*55).
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If you will add a new lens to your equipment, I think that it will be destined to do the thinks easy to you. But if the new lens will complicate to you (which lens will I use? or so), not so good to have it.

You "drive" your equipment and not in the inverse way. It's my optic.

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QuoteOriginally posted by d.bradley Quote
I've always thought that my 50/1.4 SMC Takumar is one of the best lenses I've ever used. Amazing sharpness (if a little blooming) wide open, wonderous bokeh, perfect build quality.

I have a chance to pick up a 43/1.9 at a great price, but I just don't see the need for it, aside from the AF.

Are the focal lengths that different in practice? Aside from AF is there any reason why I should consider the 43mm?

Cheers!
Damian
I'm in Ontario too and looking for a 43mm - so if you aren't going to be picking it up feel free to drop me a line. I'd love to get one.

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