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03-26-2014, 05:45 AM - 1 Like   #1
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Greetings from Brussels

Hi All,
First - thanks to ALL of you for hosting and populating this great jewel of a site.
I am new to Pentax, but now a convert. Just bought a K3 and FA77 combo from B&H.
I used this site to do most of my research.
Just could not resist the Pixie Dust charm of The FA Ltds.
Will be posting as soon as I get my hands on them.

The FA77 will be my main go-to lens. But I need one more for wider angles.
Decided to invest on FF copies and faster lenses just in case.
Considering the FA31 (too pricey) or the FA*24 f2. Any suggestions?

Greetings from Brussels

03-26-2014, 06:11 AM   #2
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You're going to make everyone jealous!

Sigma makes a nice 28mm and 30mm lens - several, actually. I have the 28mm f1.8 macro and it just has that 'eye-look' I like. It's great indoors, but it's huge with a 77mm front element. These are FF lenses, too. A DA 21mm might be worth considering, though it's not FF it holds its value and is a nice little pancake.
03-26-2014, 07:34 AM   #3
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QuoteOriginally posted by TER-OR Quote
You're going to make everyone jealous!

Sigma makes a nice 28mm and 30mm lens - several, actually. I have the 28mm f1.8 macro and it just has that 'eye-look' I like. It's great indoors, but it's huge with a 77mm front element. These are FF lenses, too. A DA 21mm might be worth considering, though it's not FF it holds its value and is a nice little pancake.
Hi TER-OR,
Thanks for the DA21 f3.2 suggestion. I was looking at the smcDA21, which is somewhat close to the FA31.
Its form factor is a ++, but is it fast enough? I might want to use it indoors in low light conditions.

Was even considering the DA* 16-50mm F2.8. It was just under $900 at the recent B&H 3 day lens sale.
It would have covered most of my needs.
Perhaps I should get used to using the FA77 for a while to see if other options would be a compromise.
thanks anyway.
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I used it indoors a few years ago when I rented a copy of the DA21. It was OK, the FOV indoors is great. I needed something which focused more closely so I picked the Sigma 28 macro after trying the DA35 macro as well. I think the modern sensors are fine for many uses allowing higher ISO but I have found myself using the Sigma at f1.8 more often that I originally thought likely.

The 77mm is going to be pretty tight.

As for zooms, the Sigma 17-50 f2.8 or the new 18-35 f1.8 look VERY compelling.

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Welcome to the forum! Looking forward to seeing your images.
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QuoteOriginally posted by debakarma Quote
Just bought a K3 and FA77
Welcome, what a great starter combo, enjoy once you get your hands on them.
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Hi Guys
Thanks again for the warm welcome. My US trip was cancelled last min, so I have not yet got my hands on the K3-FA77, but soon enough...
BTW, I was researching for a slightly wider angle (this time on a budget) and came across the Sup-Tak 50mm f1.4. Its produces close to the FA43, I am supposed to believe. Cant find any of those 8 element ones. Is it worth to pay over USD 125 for the 7 element one?
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Keep your eyes open for super taks, they pop up on the Marketplace here (set up a watch word or two). The 1:1.4 is probably a bit more expensive than most, that's a nice lens - whether worth the premium price, I don't know.

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