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03-22-2012, 09:35 PM   #46
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I was fortunate to get a good copy of these lens and I really love them.

Love them most when aperture is in 2-3.5 range. Creates a beautiful, shallow DOF.



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QuoteOriginally posted by bossa Quote
The Sigma beats this lens on resolution MTF charts and has a smoother, if not dull, bokeh so it could be worth a try. What do you think?
For portraits i like the "dull" background blur better since it doesn't distract from the subject but with other kind of photos i've seen here the bokeh of the DA*55 does add something sometimes.
I see you can easily own the Sigma 50 and the DA*55 at the same time, they are both used differently i believe.

If the Bokeh of the DA*55 was just a tad softer it would be better all rounder.
I wonder if there is a way to do that...

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QuoteOriginally posted by Anvh Quote
For portraits i like the "dull" background blur better since it doesn't distract from the subject but with other kind of photos i've seen here the bokeh of the DA*55 does add something sometimes.
I see you can easily own the Sigma 50 and the DA*55 at the same time, they are both used differently i believe.

If the Bokeh of the DA*55 was just a tad softer it would be better all rounder.
I wonder if there is a way to do that...
I agree with that assessment. I will see how busy the bokeh of the 55 is and make up my mind after that. That slightly longer focal length makes the 55 F1.4 equivalent (DOF) to a 50 F1.2 so I'd like to see that difference before I make up my mind. If I'm not being scammed (eBay) and I actually do receive the lenses then I'll know soon enough.
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I see you've the A50 f/1.4 that one actually almost has the same bokeh from what i've read and seen.

There was a comparison between a FA50 f/1.4 (same optics as the A) and the DA*55 f/1.4, will try to look it up


found the site.
http://www.informatik.uni-bremen.de/foto-ag/oldpage/DA55/DA55.html

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It can be soft if you want it too









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QuoteOriginally posted by Anvh Quote
I see you've the A50 f/1.4 that one actually almost has the same bokeh from what i've read and seen.

There was a comparison between a FA50 f/1.4 (same optics as the A) and the DA*55 f/1.4, will try to look it up


found the site.
Pentax DA55 and FA50 - a comparison
I grabbed the shots from the A50 F/1.2 v DA*55 F/1.4 thread awhile back. The Bokeh of the 55 is a bit nervous in many shots I've seen but I'll try it for myself and see how it comes up.

I am selling the A50 F/1.4 on eBay right now along with my A50 F/1.7. I'm not in a position to keep them all and need to address my debts asap so a few things will need to go unfortunately.

PS: Thanks for the link but I have read that shootout a few times.
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QuoteOriginally posted by bossa Quote
I grabbed the shots from the A50 F/1.2 v DA*55 F/1.4 thread awhile back. The Bokeh of the 55 is a bit nervous in many shots I've seen but I'll try it for myself and see how it comes up.

I am selling the A50 F/1.4 on eBay right now along with my A50 F/1.7. I'm not in a position to keep them all and need to address my debts asap so a few things will need to go unfortunately.

PS: Thanks for the link but I have read that shootout a few times.
Have you seen this one? -
http://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?hl=en&rurl=translate.goog...unbW0gWumlf_cA
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In short, Mr Pentax does it right: no need to invest in or ED AL lens optical formula with basic moves as it is!... I think I can safely say that the DA * 55 do as well as its big brother the FA * 85 ...


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Whatever the chosen f-stop and the lens placed in competition, the DA * 55 is always the best defined and most creamy: it is a success. From f1.4, the quality of its definition creates a unique feeling in the layering with the gray areas: a delight for the portrait. The FA 50 cant match: its sharpness is less striking, its bokeh is less creamy.



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QuoteOriginally posted by TOUGEFC Quote
Have you seen this one? -
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The link takes me to a comparison between the 31LTD & 30 1.4. I'll look around for the 50's.

Thanks, but I have read that several times anyway.
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OK, I found the 50 comparison. Hilarious translations in some places but worthwhile.

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My bad, Ive fixed my original post to the correct link-
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Thanks Simon but I already located it.. others would be interested too though I assume.
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QuoteOriginally posted by TOUGEFC Quote
It can be soft if you want it too
I know and they are lovely photos.
How do you get them so soft, i wonder if it's more a bit of luck or if you can really "control" it.
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My bad, Ive fixed my original post to the correct link-
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Nice link but calling the bokeh most creamy XD
Just go through this thread and you see most of the time that isn't the case but the lens is a stellar performer though no doubt about it =]
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