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04-01-2008, 10:01 AM   #1
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[SOLD] FS FA 50mm f1.7

Well regarded lens and one I've had for awhile. I'm selling this and a few other things to (of course!) buy more things.

Lens is in great shape and I'll toss in a hood I got a while back on Fleabay from a guy that said it was fine but it's not quite. One of the 2 spring clips is missing. The hood stays on fine and shades the lens well but it's not a firm on the lens as having 2 clips. I just put the working clip facing up and there wasn't an issue.

SOLDncluding Paypal and shipping to Canada and the USA. $10 for shipping anywhere else.

Note there is an error in the title this is an "F" not "FA" 50mm f1.7.169


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Small point (I think) but the title says FA while the photo reveals F. I gather these are virtually identical...maybe the chip in the FA gives more/better data to the camera to put into (digital camera) exif files or something?

I've just observed how soft the 50/1.4 really is wide open, and am starting to wonder if I should "downgrade" to losing a halfstep of speed for what sounds through posts here like sharper results in the 1.7-2.8 or 4.0 range.

Hmmm....

Okay, no, I waffle on everything and it must bug sellers to no end. I'm not buying this...now...someone else please go and do so so I stop thinking about it!
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Yes David you are correct. I mistakenly put FA in the title and posted it before I realized the mistake. I've also owned the FA 50 f1.4 and I don't see much difference between the 2 lenses. The 1.4 is of course faster and has slightly thinner DOF when wide open but I found both to be sharp throughout the range.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Peter Zack Quote
Yes David you are correct. I mistakenly put FA in the title and posted it before I realized the mistake. I've also owned the FA 50 f1.4 and I don't see much difference between the 2 lenses. The 1.4 is of course faster and has slightly thinner DOF when wide open but I found both to be sharp throughout the range.
I think that 8 blades vs 6 blades still helps to render out of focus background more nicely on average for FA 50/1.4 vs its 1.7 siblings

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Well, those posts make me feel better about my inertia, sticking with the 1.4 I've got.

But I have noticed that several reviews of the 1.4 here, as highly regarded as it is, note softness wide open. And a few of the 1.7 reviews note greater sharpness in the wide open range.

Maybe my 1.4 is not the best copy? Or maybe those reviewers are right. But I do love its bokeh. I keep using this photo to remind myself how good I have it:

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I'm surprised that there are no takers. I realize lots of people have good 50's in the bag but 240 views and not one PM???? $169 total cost can't be too high, is it?

OK OBO then....
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PM Sent..... (Dang LBA!!!)
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ROTFLMAO @ Tom.

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ROTFLMAO @ Tom.
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Thanks Tom the lens will be shipped tomorrow morning.
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This is a very nice lens. To my knowledge the only difference between the F and the FA is that the latter gives to the camera information about the MTF chart (i.e. sharpness depending on the chosen aperture); so I suppose that when you are in green mode the camera can choose the aperture based also on that, while if you are in aperture mode, I don't know whether it makes a difference or not.
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You are right about that and since most of us don't use either the green mode or program line (chooses the lenses optimum aperture) then it's not much of a big deal. The program line is funny to some degree, I've owned a ton of Pentax lenses and the program line for all of them seems to be about the same > f8 or f11. So I guess the vast majority of Pentax lenses are the sharpest at those apertures.
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That makes 2 of us. Go to the lens forum and see what I mean. The only thing stopping me from buying is that I don't have enough money. I'm pretty happy with my zooms--I just want more primes.

Since we're both in Florida, I think we've got the beginnings of the Florida chapter.

Heather (who's dizzy from looking at lenses and samples)
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That makes 2 of us. Go to the lens forum and see what I mean. The only thing stopping me from buying is that I don't have enough money. I'm pretty happy with my zooms--I just want more primes.

Since we're both in Florida, I think we've got the beginnings of the Florida chapter.

Heather (who's dizzy from looking at lenses and samples)

Holy crap! There's more of us down here!!???
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