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03-25-2010, 02:57 PM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by nulla Quote
Have you got the right person

I have had my FA31 for a time now... maybe you are mistaking me for the original poster

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Sorry,
I did get the wrong person!
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03-25-2010, 03:31 PM   #17
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weird!

I used to have DA40 and now have FA43 & 31, but frankly I can't believe FA43 is less sharp at any given f stop, unless in extreme corners.
My 43 is sharper at 1.9 than my 31 at 1.8...
There were certain aspects of IQ that were better on 40 when compared 43 but overall I would not go back to 40 once with 43. I just think it's better lens.

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I have to say I'm not really seeing the distortion in the DA 40 film shots. On film, there will be a different perspective to the edges of what is a slightly wide angle lens.

What I do see is that the extreme corners of the DA40, far from the edge of the APS-C crop, are not sharp. I have noticed that in my own tests of this lens on film. This lens would still be sharper on film than many zooms I've used.

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I have both the DA 40 and the FA 43.

Personally, I find them both to be exceptionally sharp, and I couldn't pick one over the other based on sharpness.

The DA 40 does have really nice colour, and I prefer it for skin tones. Bokeh is really smooth.

The 43 makes it on my camera more though. Great contrast, pop, and a beautiful look to the images. Makes for great black and whites!

I got the 40 back when it was really cheap, and I know I could never get one for that price again, so I hang on to it and bring it out every once in a while and it's a fun little lens.

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QuoteOriginally posted by henryjing Quote
I have just sold my DA 40mm and got my FA 43mm.

I decided to move from DA limited to FA limited, because I want my lens can mount both on my DSLR and film camera.

I got my FA 43mm today, and tried some pictures.

The bokeh of the FA 43mm is so beautiful, which is well-known for a FA Limited. However, the sharpness is not so satisfied as the DA 40mm.

The AF speed and its noise upset me to some extent, as I am used to DA 15 and DA 40.

The most important thing is, the color of DA 40 is much more Pentax than FA 43, I don't know why, just have this feeling.

At least, I wanna say on a DSLR, the DA 40mm seems much worthier as its price.

I hope the FA31mm coming tomorrow will change my viewpoints on FA Limited.

Perhaps it's just sample variation?

I really cannot imagine the FA43 limited being inferior to the DA40 when it comes to IQ, all the numbers suggest otherwise, unless you shoot the FA43 exclusively wide open.
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Currently the DA 40 f/2.8 is $389 (Cdn) here. The FA 43mm f/1.9 is about $900 Cdn. Before the price hike almost 2 years ago the 40 was $299 and the 43 was $469. **edit: If the prices were that price spread again, the 43 might be worth it for the faster aperture. edit** Sorry, out of all the photos I have seen the 43 is not twice the lens.

I used to own the DA 40 and it was excellent, although an unusual border-line normal/portrait length. 40ish is great on film but APS-C is just to odd a length for me. If they made a DA 28mm Ltd that would be something worth investing in.

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QuoteOriginally posted by ajuett Quote
Currently the DA 40 f/2.8 is $389 (Cdn) here. The FA 43mm f/1.9 is about $900 Cdn. Before the price hike almost 2 years ago the 40 was $299 and the 43 was $469. Sorry, out of all the photos I have seen the 43 is not twice the lens.

I used to own the DA 40 and it was excellent, although an unusual border-line normal/portrait length. 40ish is great on film but APS-C is just to odd a length for me. If they made a DA 28mm Ltd that would be something worth investing in.
I do like the focal length of the 40/43 on APS-C as well, but yeah, we need a new 28!! Seeing as the 31 is over $1k now, a 28 would sit precisely between the 21 and 35.
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a 28mm does fit the bill well compared to a 31mm. not just because the FA31 is pricey, but because of the extra wideness that the 28mm can offer and which makes it more ideal for a bit of background wideness. although I have to say that I won't pick-up an F/FA28/2.8. I just don't like the rendering of those 2 lenses and would rather prefer a K28/3.5 or f2. however, the cheap and very affordable AF Sigma 28/1.8 looks a very good alternative.

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Ajuett: I checked out your pbase gallery. Very nice images!
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Ajuett: I checked out your pbase gallery. Very nice images!
Thanks much! Very kind of you to visit and comment.
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I would like to buy DA40 LTD and FA31 LTD. I checked PPG for DA40 and FA31 and look good pictures. I hope to buy them.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Danny Delcambre Quote
I would like to buy DA40 LTD and FA31 LTD. I checked PPG for DA40 and FA31 and look good pictures. I hope to buy them.
I had that combination but found 31 - 40 too narrow gap. One of the reasons I went for 43 in the end...
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QuoteOriginally posted by knyghtfall Quote
DA 40 shows a funny distortion at the corners when used on film, which is not due to the bokeh - its not that noticeable, but see the bottom corners of the three pictures.
Have you been using the DA 40 lens hood for those shots?
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QuoteOriginally posted by ajuett Quote
I used to own the DA 40 and it was excellent, although an unusual border-line normal/portrait length. 40ish is great on film but APS-C is just to odd a length for me. If they made a DA 28mm Ltd that would be something worth investing in.
Quoting myself here but there is a reason

I just ran Exposure Plot on all the photos I have taken since I got the K-x. Most have been with the 18-55m. Guess what 35mm equivalent length came up the most? 40-50mm. I stand corrected, out of my 'keepers' I used 40mm 305 times and 50mm 270 times. That is 30% of my total photos.

Maybe I should go for this lens again as it's pixel cutting sharp, contrasty and compact.
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Everyone's shooting habits are going to be different, but my shooting with the 18-55 has two big spikes at 28 and 40. I bought a DA40 on faith before realizing that, but my 28 I bought specifically once I discovered it was my other most used focal length. There's actually a kind of curious dip in the middle with not nearly as many shots anywhere in particular in the 29-39 range. Part of that must be how the 18-55 happens to round off the focal lengths it reports. Still, no getting around the bimodal look of the graph.
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