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12-07-2015, 09:56 PM - 1 Like   #16
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I am not sure if I would. One of the main things I do with a wide angle lens is photograph stars. For that, I want a fast lens to minimise the need for higher ISOs. Although the 645Z has superb high ISO capability, I am already often using ISO 6400 even at f4. I would rather go no higher (and in fact would like to be able to use f2.8 - I am dreaming). Horses for courses I suppose!

IS on the other hand I can do without!

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If the DA and DFA are identical except for the lens hood why can't you just swap lens hoods?

I saw an expired listing on bay for $4800 for a near new lens in Japan but like many others I would welcome the addition of it to my bag. Would have to sell gear to do it but it seems worth it to me.
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Firstly the hoods are fixed (not removable). Secondly I am not 100% sure that this is the only difference; it is often asserted to be the case, but some have suggested that there may also be other, more subtle, internal differences (perhaps around the baffles, internal non-reflective coatings, etc.). In short, they are not quite identical, but the extent of this is a matter of conjecture.

I have the DA version and find it very good. Not perfect, but very good and certainly good enough to use in those instances where the 28-45 is not wide enough. A really good 21mm f4 prime would be wonderful though!!!!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ed Hurst Quote
Firstly the hoods are fixed (not removable). Secondly I am not 100% sure that this is the only difference; it is often asserted to be the case, but some have suggested that there may also be other, more subtle, internal differences (perhaps around the baffles, internal non-reflective coatings, etc.). In short, they are not quite identical, but the extent of this is a matter of conjecture.

I have the DA version and find it very good. Not perfect, but very good and certainly good enough to use in those instances where the 28-45 is not wide enough. A really good 21mm f4 prime would be wonderful though!!!!
Indeed it would, but likely very heavy both in weight and price, but we can always dream!

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I have two of the DA version and am selling one of them if anyone is interested
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