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01-12-2022, 03:45 AM   #1
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Advice? - Pick one only: D-FA 24-70mm f2.8 vs D-FA* 50mm f1.4

Hi everyone - having trouble deciding between the 2 lenses as my current budget only allows for only 1 of the two options costing about the same (670USD).

Appreciate the advice and contextual framework for consideration.

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I have both and while the 24-70 is useful and takes good quality photos, from the first photo I took with the 50mm I was just wow, it is an amazing lens, take 3 steps back to go wide or 2 steps forward for slight telephoto so you don't even miss the zoom
some examples here
Single in Jan 2020 DFA*50mm 1.4 | Flickr
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QuoteOriginally posted by garywakeling Quote
take 3 steps back to go wide or 2 steps forward for slight telephoto so you don't even miss the zoomsome examples here
The problem is you'll never get the same image with a 50mm lens as the one you'd get with a 24mm lens, no matter how many steps you do back and forth.

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Advice? - Pick one only: D-FA 24-70mm f2.8 vs D-FA* 50mm f1.4
It's like asking if you should get only a Swiss-knife or only a sharp knife for eating. If you eat steak only all the time, the sharp knife will be useful.
But if you eat soup, noodles and steak, you're much better served by the Swiss-knife (you can use the spoon for the soup, the fork for the noodles and the knife for the steak).
The 50mm lens is like a sharp knife, you can eat noodle soup with it, but it's going to take a while to finish your bowl.
The 24-70 is more like a swiss-knife, it doesn't everything well, but not as well as the 50 prime at 50mm.

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QuoteOriginally posted by quillasophink Quote
Hi everyone - having trouble deciding between the 2 lenses as my current budget only allows for only 1 of the two options costing about the same (670USD).

Appreciate the advice and contextual framework for consideration.
Really good prices. Buy both! Lol!

Seriously, I tried the 24-70 and found it too bulky for my taste. The DFA 50 seems really large and Iím not sure Iíd carry it much. But it has a fantastic reputation. What other lenses will ones of these (are you sure itís not both?!?) partner with?

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What do you want to do with it? What kinds of things do you shoot?
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QuoteOriginally posted by biz-engineer Quote
The problem is you'll never get the same image with a 50mm lens as the one you'd get with a 24mm lens, no matter how many steps you do back and forth.
Its simply the matter of what you value more. Two stops of light or ability to catch more in your frame without walking away from the subject? I only shoot full frame on film so it's a different approach but please, hear me out. Every time I take my film camera on an evening walk I take 50mm 1.7 lens as its the fastest lens I own. And there were many occasions when I wanted to fit more in a frame, but couldn't get far enough. With film it means taking 28mm 2.8 with me and pushing film or buying faster film. But with digital sensor and ability to push your exposure in post that problem disappears. But if you don't need versatility of a zoom and portraiture is your main thing then fast 50mm is your way.
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It's funny, I'm a pretty boring dude but I usually go for the most exciting lens.

If the D FA* 50/1.4 revs your engine, you'll find a way to make photos with it.

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Both are excellent options.

I see you posted in the K-1 threads, so that should answer the question about what camera you're shooting on.. but what other lenses do you have?

And like @ProfessorBuzz asks, what are you trying to accomplish with the new lens? Portraits? Landscapes? Architecture? Travel?

However, to throw a dart in the dark: I'd choose the DFA* 50mm f/1.4

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I'll also throw my vote in for the 50mm, and also with reservations. It's just so excellent.
But it isn't a wide angle. A budding landscape photographer or architecture shooter probably needs a wide angle (although 24-70 2.8 wouldn't be the first choice, then). If you can live without a wide angle (or have an older one), it's an easy choice for the 50.
Unless you're an aspiring wedding photographer or photojournalist, well then the zoom wins hands down.
So... yeah, a little more info needed.
But the DFA*50 is one of the best 50s money can buy on any system (also, yeah, that's a very good price for either lens), whereas the 24-70 is just a nice acceptable example of a pro zoom. I say go with the top notch option unless you actually need the zoom or need wider than 50.
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Everyone is going to have different opinions here but you don't need wide angle for landscapes. My DFA*50 is my favourite lens and if I had to go down to only 1 this would be it (#2 would be the DA*300)


DFA*50 on K1


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considering the DFA50mm 1.4 is 1500 US dollars in Europe i wouldn't hesitate at 670 US dollars
i am going to get the lens at some point but the price in Europe means i have to budget for ownership.

Vector just wow , those photographs are the reason , just stunning rendition.
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QuoteOriginally posted by vector Quote
Everyone is going to have different opinions here but you don't need wide angle for landscapes. My DFA*50 is my favourite lens and if I had to go down to only 1 this would be it (#2 would be the DA*300
Well said and well demonstrated!


That Moraine Lake canoe shot is a good one - mine was overrun by some tourist's kids climbing all over my tripod while I was shooting. Is yours the one on the book cover? I still haven't found that photographer. There's another guy west of Toronto that has a beautiful version, printed on metal.
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Get the 50 and the 28-105. The 50 is incredible and the 28-105 is a fantastic lens. It is much cheaper and much more compact than the 24-70.
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QuoteOriginally posted by sfkazimierczak Quote
Its simply the matter of what you value more. Two stops of light or ability to catch more in your frame without walking away from the subject? I only shoot full frame on film so it's a different approach but please, hear me out. Every time I take my film camera on an evening walk I take 50mm 1.7 lens as its the fastest lens I own. And there were many occasions when I wanted to fit more in a frame, but couldn't get far enough. With film it means taking 28mm 2.8 with me and pushing film or buying faster film. But with digital sensor and ability to push your exposure in post that problem disappears. But if you don't need versatility of a zoom and portraiture is your main thing then fast 50mm is your way.
Of course, it's always possible to use a 50mm lens, or even 300mm prime, or 20mm, as long as it can take photos and we don't mind leaving out a lot of photographic opportunities. Some people use only a 85mm lens, and all their photos look like 85mm photos.
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Perhaps one more way of putting it:

The pro zoom will mean you're ready to adequately capture every shot that comes up before you.
The excellent prime will mean every shot you take can be superb, but you can't necessarily take every shot.

Which one seems more like your style?
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