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05-26-2010, 01:37 AM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by Adam Quote
The placement of the FA J and the FA 35mm really says a lot about the lenses below them. Thanks for sharing!
The FA J 75-300 is significantly cheaper than the 55-300 in Japan and it's a decent lens, so it might actually sell quite well in Japan. The FA35 is decently priced in Japan (considerably cheaper than the DA35, not the other way round as in Europe), so I see no reason why it shouldn't be quite popular.

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Thanks for sharing, Ogl.

The DA* 55 is technically very competent but AFAIC offers too little pixie dust for the money.
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Mmm what about AF with this lens? There's no focussing limiter AFAIK so isn't the AF a bit slow? What about using it as portrait lens? (although my 50-135 is a gem for that IMO).
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I find DFA100 WR very good lens. Even at f/2.8 at 14.6 MP sensor.
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DA* 55mm might be a fine lens but its problem is the comparison with the FA50mm. I've compared the pictures and don't see enough compelling reasons to upgrade my 200$ lens. The DA* is also much bigger and has a relatively slow AF. I bought a hood for my FA50mm and get good results even wide open where admitedly the DA* is better.

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I regard the DA* 55 as a connoisseur lens where the last 1% of performance costs a lot of money. I.e. only a select few people know why the DA* 55 is better (but not by a considerable margin) than the FA 50/1.4.

I don't have one but it's on my list. After all, it was Jun Hirakawa's last lens before he retired as Pentax's Chief Lens Designer, isn't it? (He also designed the FA Limiteds and masterpieces like the FA* 80-200, the FA77 and the FA* 85/1.4)
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QuoteOriginally posted by thibs Quote
Mmm what about AF with this lens? There's no focussing limiter AFAIK so isn't the AF a bit slow? What about using it as portrait lens? (although my 50-135 is a gem for that IMO).
I sold my FA 100mm f/2.8 Macro for the DFA 100mm f/2.8 Macro WR.
Focusing is definitely faster with the DFA because it is lighter overall and doesn't hunt focus as much. With Quick Shift, you don't need the focus limiter as you can override and fine tune focusing manually a lot faster than restricting the focusing range the lens can focus. Manual focusing feel is very good and sufficiently damped. It shows higher contrast than the FA lens, and bokeh wise the circular aperture blades give nice round oof highlights. Perfect for both portraits and bugs, it is a versatile lens for subject isolation shots. A keeper of a lens.
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I got rid of my kit lens 18-55mm the moment I tried Takumars and Tamrons.
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No surprise!

No one seems to have surprised by the lack of DA* 50-135mm f/2.8 on that list.
Only because it has a high price tag?

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QuoteOriginally posted by creampuff Quote
I sold my FA 100mm f/2.8 Macro for the DFA 100mm f/2.8 Macro WR.
Focusing is definitely faster with the DFA because it is lighter overall and doesn't hunt focus as much. With Quick Shift, you don't need the focus limiter as you can override and fine tune focusing manually a lot faster than restricting the focusing range the lens can focus. Manual focusing feel is very good and sufficiently damped. It shows higher contrast than the FA lens, and bokeh wise the circular aperture blades give nice round oof highlights. Perfect for both portraits and bugs, it is a versatile lens for subject isolation shots. A keeper of a lens.
Thank you !
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QuoteOriginally posted by bc_the_path Quote
No one seems to have surprised by the lack of DA* 50-135mm f/2.8 on that list.
Only because it has a high price tag?
Expensive but what a lens
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QuoteOriginally posted by Asahiflex Quote
I regard the DA* 55 as a connoisseur lens where the last 1% of performance costs a lot of money
Yes, I only wish the improvements weren't only regarding corner and (near) wide-open performance but also "rendering magic". I have to say though, that I've seen some nice images from this lens and like it better than the forum average. The "magic" just isn't as much in your face as with the FA 43 and FA 77; perhaps I haven't seen the right images yet.

QuoteOriginally posted by Asahiflex Quote
I don't have one but it's on my list. After all, it was Jun Hirakawa's last lens before he retired as Pentax's Chief Lens Designer, isn't it? (He also designed the FA Limiteds and masterpieces like the FA* 80-200, the FA77 and the FA* 85/1.4)
Interesting piece of information, thanks!
That inspires me to have a closer look at the lens again. I definitely prefer the focal length 55mm over 50mm. If the lens were a lot cheaper, it would be a no brainer; the slow AF wouldn't bother me.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Class A Quote
Yes, I only wish the improvements weren't only regarding corner and (near) wide-open performance but also "rendering magic". I have to say though, that I've seen some nice images from this lens and like it better than the forum average. The "magic" just isn't as much in your face as with the FA 43 and FA 77; perhaps I haven't seen the right images yet.
I think the lens has not been out long enough and is not owned by very many people, so the experience with this lens is not really quite there. From what I have seen though the wide-open performance of the DA* 55 is better (sharper).

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Interesting piece of information, thanks!
That inspires me to have a closer look at the lens again. I definitely prefer the focal length 55mm over 50mm. If the lens were a lot cheaper, it would be a no brainer; the slow AF wouldn't bother me.
Oh well, I could always sell some of my 50's, of which I have a lot (F50/1.7, F50/1.4, K 50/1.4, all of the M-series 50's etc.)
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No one seems to have surprised by the lack of DA* 50-135mm f/2.8 on that list.
Only because it has a high price tag?
It's NUMBER 7 in list.
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Is there a best selling Made for Pentax Bayonet Mount lens list?

interested in seeing where the tamron 17-50 2.8 and sigma 70-200 2.8 stand.
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Is there a best selling Made for Pentax Bayonet Mount lens list?

interested in seeing where the tamron 17-50 2.8 and sigma 70-200 2.8 stand.
For Pentax
Tamron between all Tamrons
18-200 - 5th place in top 50
70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD - 14 place
17-50mm F/2.8 - 23 place
18-250mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II - 23 place
90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO - 28 place

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