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02-22-2010, 02:38 PM   #31
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he he he

I was reading about this "40mm too short for APS" comments and I was like "who would say that?!?"


And bang! that was me!! he he he.. Funny funny..

Let me correct myself: IMO, the worse thing about the 40LTD is the fact that it is 40mm and it is too LONG or cropped or whatever you want to call it. I love the lens, but I wish it were a bit shorter, like between 30-35mm


with that in mind, i do have the FA35 f/2 + 40 LTD + 50 f/1.4. Out of these options, hands down the FA 35 f/2 would be my first choice, if I had to choose only one lens.

I do use the 40 LTD a lot, and I freakin love the small package, but it is too cropped and 1-stop slower. The 50mm f/1.4 is actually my LEAST used lens, hands down. I should actually sell that thing.


But coming back to the topic, I would definitely recommend the 40 LTD... it is a very good lens indeed.


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QuoteOriginally posted by BBear Quote

Let me correct myself: IMO, the worse thing about the 40LTD is the fact that it is 40mm and it is too LONG or cropped or whatever you want to call it. I love the lens, but I wish it were a bit shorter, like between 30-35mm


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Lol, if it was 30-35mm, it would be the 35mm but without macro
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Some more evidence in favor of the DA35:

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-slr-lens-discussion/32664-theory-d...-ever-tag.html
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Lol, if it was 30-35mm, it would be the 35mm but without macro...
... and 3x thinner!




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QuoteOriginally posted by BBear Quote

with that in mind, i do have the FA35 f/2 + 40 LTD + 50 f/1.4. Out of these options, hands down the FA 35 f/2 would be my first choice, if I had to choose only one lens.

I do use the 40 LTD a lot, and I freakin love the small package, but it is too cropped and 1-stop slower. The 50mm f/1.4 is actually my LEAST used lens, hands down. I should actually sell that thing.

But coming back to the topic, I would definitely recommend the 40 LTD... it is a very good lens indeed.

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I have those three as well, and also rank them in that order of use. The 35/2 is one fine lens. However, the DA40 is about half the length, and its color rendering is a bit snappier. If I have only one prime, it is likely to be the FA35/2. However if I am carrying a trio of lenses, the one in the middle is likely to be the DA40.

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What about the bokeh on 35mm, 40mm, and 50mm? And, how more macro is DA 35mm vs 40mm -- is the 35mm a real macro?
With the DA 35mm ltd, K20d hand held on a ladder . . .



Compared to the Sigma 105mm macro


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QuoteOriginally posted by Recercare Quote
Choose the DA 40mm. It's sharp, small and with very quick AF....and F2.8 is fast enough for most situations.

I really hate 50mm on APS-C. It's too long for shooting indoors and also too short for portraits. I had the M 50mm F1.7 but sold it. I preferred my DA 40 even though I had to bump ISO in very low light conditions.

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Same here. The only one I find myself using frequently is the FA50 macro, though. The extra length is a plus to me, there. For that wasp shot, I'd rather have a 500mm macro.

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QuoteOriginally posted by braver Quote
OK, now I wonder why would anybody need a DA 40mm if they have the A 50mm f/1.4?
What does need have anything to do with getting a lens?

Even with an FA43 I still got the DA40, and would probably start saving if Pentax announced a DA* 41.5mm f1.x lens

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With the DA 35mm ltd, K20d hand held on a ladder . . .
Wow, that took guts!

I mean, handling a K20D and DA35 up that high, what if you had dropped it?
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Wow, that took guts!

I mean, handling a K20D and DA35 up that high, what if you had dropped it?
I had the strap on. I wasn't going to drop it or me! (I was using a 6ft ladder and was 2/3 up it.)
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With the DA 35mm ltd, K20d hand held on a ladder . . .



Compared to the Sigma 105mm macro

OMG, inches from disaster!
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OK, now I wonder why would anybody need a DA 40mm if they have the A 50mm f/1.4?
That's what I asked myself as well. But I don't have the A version, just the M. I love the build quality of the DA limiteds. The older lenses like A and M 50 1.4 are pretty well made too. They just feel nice when you touch them.

I've found that the DA 40mm 2.8 is just right for city street night shots and indoor cafes, but not for dinner table portraits. F2.8 will probably be a problem if you shoot in the wilds at night without a tripod, but you can always lay it on a good rock, or your bike.

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QuoteOriginally posted by tokyoso Quote
I've found that the DA 40mm 2.8 is just right for city street night shots and indoor cafes, but not for dinner table portraits. F2.8 will probably be a problem if you shoot in the wilds at night without a tripod, but you can always lay it on a good rock, or your bike.
That was my main reason for getting the the 28mm. When using the DA 40 for dinner table portraits I had to leave my chair and move 1-2 meters away from table. With the 28mm I can just sit there and fire away.

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I wonder, how does the FA 43/1.9 compare to the DA 40/2.8 Ltd.?
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