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08-09-2018, 05:56 PM   #16
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How often do you need fast AF on 50. If you do there's always the 55-300 PLM.

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If you can find a way to afford it - now or later, by saving or selling - the D FA*50/1.4 is just a stunning, no compromises lens.
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Now I am really interested in the 85mm. I can do without 50mm, but an 85mm lens of this quality would be a dream to have. I guess I should get K1 first though...
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QuoteOriginally posted by IgorZ Quote
Now I am really interested in the 85mm. I can do without 50mm, but an 85mm lens of this quality would be a dream to have. I guess I should get K1 first though...
There'll be a point where there are three dreamy f1.4 primes available (50mm, 85mm and maybe 35mm) and you'll have to rob a bank, Igor.

The IQ of the pictures you take before being incarcerated will make it all worthwhile.



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QuoteOriginally posted by clackers Quote
There'll be a point where there are three dreamy f1.4 primes available (50mm, 85mm and maybe 35mm) and you'll have to rob a bank, Igor.

The IQ of the pictures you take before being incarcerated will make it all worthwhile.
with FA 50 it was clear what the problems were in general, so it was more or less clear what to expect from dfa 50mm. FA 85 on the other hand has quite a status. It would be really interesting to see how good the dfa 85mm will have to be.
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QuoteOriginally posted by IgorZ Quote
with FA 50 it was clear what the problems were in general, so it was more or less clear what to expect from dfa 50mm. FA 85 on the other hand has quite a status. It would be really interesting to see how good the dfa 85mm will have to be.
It'll destroy it for sharpness is my guess, Igor.

The FA50 has only a 49mm filter size vs 72mm for the DFA* 50, the difference won't be quite as dramatic I don't think for the 85s because the FA*85 has 67mm already.
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The sharpness, especially at wider apertures, and contrast is what the da* has going for it. I have both & I prefer the da*.

The FA would come in handy if you photography fidgety kids (or people).
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QuoteOriginally posted by monochrome Quote
If you can find a way to afford it - now or later, by saving or selling - the D FA*50/1.4 is just a stunning, no compromises lens.
I'll be knocking on your door.

"Is monochrome home?"
"no"
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I grabbed one of those 55 1.4s from McBain. After all, my 50 1.7 is damaged, and it was my go to low light lens and $499 CAD is almost $300 off the regular price. Instead of paying a couple hundred to get the FA 50 1.7 repaired, this is a much better deal. I can still manual focus the FA.
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QuoteOriginally posted by normhead Quote
I grabbed one of those 55 1.4s
Score! You'll love it Norm. Some copies show more lateral CA than others, but mine is very well behaved.

The DFA* is certainly a better lens wider than f/2.8, but the extra cost, bulk and weight are significant. The DA*55 will remain my Nifty Fifty, while the Fat Fifty can do the heavy lifting when I can take the kitchen sink.
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Score! You'll love it Norm. Some copies show more lateral CA than others, but mine is very well behaved.

The DFA* is certainly a better lens wider than f/2.8, but the extra cost, bulk and weight are significant. The DA*55 will remain my Nifty Fifty, while the Fat Fifty can do the heavy lifting when I can take the kitchen sink.
I really don't do fat.
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QuoteOriginally posted by normhead Quote
I really don't do fat.
How about curvy? =)

Nah, we all know it's the inside that counts. Or maybe some like large front elements...

Edit: I'll show myself out..
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I can't wait for the Weighty Eighty to join my Fat Fifty.
Then the Thick Thirty?
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I can't wait for the Weighty Eighty to join my Fat Fifty.
Then the Thick Thirty?
Well aren't you just all over this?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Sandy Hancock Quote
I can't wait for the Weighty Eighty to join my Fat Fifty.
Then the Thick Thirty?
We need to rename one then; how about the Shorty Forty?

And if we get a large ultrawide it could be the Plenty Twenty :P
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