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FA 31mm Limited 9075.63%
FA 43mm Limited 2924.37%
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10-25-2014, 01:24 PM   #1
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Lens Tournament: FA 31mm F1.8 Limited vs FA 43mm F1.9 Limited

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the knockout round of the Greatest Pentax Lens Tournament! The rules are simple: Two lenses enter. You must choose one. The winner moves to Knockout Round Two. The loser is gone. Check out the bracket here, which is based on the user nomination results.

In this normal knockout match, and the second match of round 2, the SMC Pentax-FA 31mm F1.8 Limited faces the SMC Pentax-FA 43mm F1.9 Limited.

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10-25-2014, 01:55 PM   #2
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I have both, and I feel like that I may go towards the stream here, but I vote for the FA43. It was the first Limited. It already is the perfect normal (43mm). What makes both lenses stand out in a wider perspective is that they are both very small full frame lenses with AF. I find the FA43 very useful for portraits, being able to do both full body, half body and closeups. It would be a stretch to call it a normal on APS-C though, a very long one maybe.. The FA31 is a good fast normal on APS-C but it is very low value for the money unfortunately. If taking FF into account it would be a very different story.
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The 43 seems to have that swirly rendering that adds some extra to the pic. The 31 on the other hand seems to be one of the smoothest rendering ~30's in a smallish package.
10-25-2014, 02:29 PM   #4
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I have both now - but only for a few weeks. I'm floored by the 43. I've yet to figure out the 31.

10-25-2014, 02:36 PM   #5
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QuoteOriginally posted by monochrome Quote
I have both now - but only for a few weeks. I'm floored by the 43. I've yet to figure out the 31.
I think I'm in the same camp, but I've had both for several years. I struggle to get the magic out of the 31 that others can achieve. I love the 43 for just about everything. Portraits, half length, head and shoulders. Nothing renders metals like the 43.
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I picked the 31 limited. It just has a special way of rendering...

10-25-2014, 02:45 PM   #7
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Impossible to choose between these two.
However, these are the lenses that suffers the most from APS for me. They have both wonderful angles of view on the 35mm format. On APS they turn into rather awkward angle of view lenses for my use. Hence, I don't use them much anylonger. However, I find that the 77 Limited is more useful on APS than on FF.

10-25-2014, 04:29 PM   #8
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QuoteOriginally posted by Rondec Quote
I picked the 31 limited. It just has a special way of rendering...

Damn, a leaf partially embedded in ice never looked so good...
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This can be my case for the FA43 then
10-25-2014, 05:14 PM   #10
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One really should own both, but if there has to be a winner, in my book it is the FA 31/1.8. It offers truly special rendering without the temperament of the FA 43/1.9.
10-25-2014, 05:54 PM   #11
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I've never tried the 43, but I have to point out that 80% of my shots have been taken with the 31mm. I use it for everything from landscapes to portraits to close-ups of flowers. I stick it on my camera and it goes everywhere with me.
10-25-2014, 07:14 PM   #12
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How can these two be pitted against one another? Really so many good things to say but I really find enormous utility with the FA31 for my landscapes, panos and astro(milky way) shooting, and it renders fantastic 18-pt light stars. The FA43 makes an ordinary 8-pt star, if that is important to anybody. I love the OOF rendering of the 43 with close focused objects; it really excels here.
seriously, like having to pick your favorite child.
...but my favorite child is the FA31

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QuoteOriginally posted by DonThomaso Quote
This can be my case for the FA43 then
stunning and it has pixie dust
10-25-2014, 08:28 PM   #13
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I love both but I have to go with the 31.
10-25-2014, 10:24 PM   #14
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This can be my case for the FA43 then
Fantastic! After as much delay as possible, I have to sell off much of my gear including the 43. These kinds of shots make it much more painful.
10-25-2014, 11:00 PM   #15
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Have 'em both and love 'em both, but I pick the 31. It's been my go-to lens since I acquired it.

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