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11-01-2013, 05:55 AM   #1
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Help please: FA 43 + FA 77 or DA* 50-135

I currently own Pentax k-r. I also have DA 55-30mm lens. I am more than satisfied.

However I have been looking to stock up my lens collection. I have seen few sample pics of 43mm and 77mm LTD lens and i am really satisfied. May be not at the same time but I shall acquire them in due course of time. I have been also looking at DA* 50-135mm lens and I am blown away with the kind of quality picture that it produces. Sometime I feel to just go for this lens as it almost covers the range of 43mm and 77mm. I think this can be used as a general purpose / walkaround lens along with portraiture.

Please help me if this makes any sense. I am a newbie to the photography field. My intension of going for these lenses are general purpose walk around photography, landscape, architectural, flowers, portraiture etcs, I am looking for a general purpose lens but good in picture quality and bokeh.
My budget at this time is around $700.

What I am looking for is great picture quality, fantastic color rendition and best bokeh.

Thanks.

11-01-2013, 06:03 AM   #2
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QuoteOriginally posted by sydneysider Quote
I currently own Pentax k-r. I also have DA 55-30mm lens. I am more than satisfied.

However I have been looking to stock up my lens collection. I have seen few sample pics of 43mm and 77mm LTD lens and i am really satisfied. May be not at the same time but I shall acquire them in due course of time. I have been also looking at DA* 50-135mm lens and I am blown away with the kind of quality picture that it produces. Sometime I feel to just go for this lens as it almost covers the range of 43mm and 77mm. I think this can be used as a general purpose / walkaround lens along with portraiture.

Please help me if this makes any sense. I am a newbie to the photography field. My intension of going for these lenses are general purpose walk around photography, landscape, architectural, flowers, portraiture etcs, I am looking for a general purpose lens but good in picture quality and bokeh.
My budget at this time is around $700.

What I am looking for is great picture quality, fantastic color rendition and best bokeh.

Thanks.
i can comment on the 77 and 50-135...both are awesome lens and have no doubt you would be happy with them...you will get better bokeh on the 77 than the zoom but the zoom is more flexible...so if you want something that is more general purpose than go with the 50-135...i personally adore the 77 but don't use it as much as some other lens because the 77 is a bit more restricting..also just remembered you have the 55-300 so the 50-135 may not really be needed so maybe i'm back to the 77...in any case all excellent lens and the quality wil be better than the 55-300.
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Not wide enough options in my opinion. I'd consider the FA31 and FA77 combo (if affordable). They are the two magic ones of the three amigos (imo). Although I think the FA43 is the perfect street lens.
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QuoteOriginally posted by sydneysider Quote
general purpose walk around photography, landscape, architectural, flowers, portraiture etcs
All 3 lenses have very good image quality. No one lens will excel at all the specialties you mention above, though. Portraiture is usually at mid-range focal lengths, making the FA77 an ideal candidate for portraits, but 77mm is too narrow for many landscape and architecture scenes.

I'll suggest the 43mm of the 3 you mentioned. It has the widest field of view for general usage. It's not the ideal portrait lens but browse around here and you'll see people getting outstanding portraits with it. It's sharp enough to allow cropping on flowers. Even 43mm is too narrow for a lot of architecture, but I assume you have the 18-55 kit zoom when you need it.

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The FA31 will be much more useful. It's quite a bit out of your price range. You might consider the Sigma 35/1.4, which is a little less out of your price range. These are excellent standard lenses on an APS-C. You said that you're already happy with the 55-300. A 31-35mm lens is something you can leave on your camera 90% of the time, if you're like me.
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Help please: FA 43 + FA 77 or DA* 50-135

Thank you all for your responses.

I shall definitely take your suggesstions into considerations while buying.
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Curious what you decided on what your experience was.

I own the 31, 43 and the 50-135 - all are utterly fantastic in their own right. The 50-135 covers everything you mention, but its size is *huge* in comparison, and I've found it's just not fast enough for a fair amount of my shooting. That said, I adore the way it renders, but because of it's size I use it the least of all my glass.
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There is a new Sigma 30mm 1.4 coming soon that looks to me like it complements your 55-300 nicely.

The 50-135 is awesome. WR if that's a factor. Cracking clarity. Just a bit sluggish with focus and pretty hefty to carry around casually.

I'd make sure you're getting the absolute most out of the 55-300 before buying another lens in similar range.

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