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12-29-2015, 06:12 AM   #1
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40mm 45mm 2.8 A for landscapes?

I have been using the Pentax 645z with the 55mm FA lens but I could use something wider. I can get the 45mm A for cheap and certainly don't mind manual focusing a landscape. So what kind of lens is this? Show me some examples if you got them. If there's something better to be had let me know and thanks.

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The FA 45~85 is generally considered sharper at 45mm than the 45/2.8. Based on the specs it looks like the A version of the zoom has the same optics, and you should be able to find one for not too much more than the 45.
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The FA 45~85 is generally considered sharper at 45mm than the 45/2.8. Based on the specs it looks like the A version of the zoom has the same optics, and you should be able to find one for not too much more than the 45.
Thanks that's what I will look for then. I have seen it on ebay as well.
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I would recommend the A35 - excellent lens and a bit wider.

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Definitely grab an A35 as that is a known high performer. I have the A45 as well and never had an issue with it, so no complaints from my end.
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Definitely grab an A35 as that is a known high performer. I have the A45 as well and never had an issue with it, so no complaints from my end.
I'll take a look at it as well.
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The 35mm gets significantly higher ratings than the 45mm in most reviews. It costs more too but is well worth it. I traded in my 45mm when I found a good deal on the 35mm. And the spread is evened out a bit with the 35mm, 55mm and 75mm. After that there is a gap in the prime lineup until you get to the 120mm macro but I use the 90mm and 105mm lenses from the 6x7 line with an adapter as they are very compact.
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I have the A 45/2.8 and the A 35/3.5 too.
The 45 seems very good and yes it was cheap, under $150! The 35 is excellent but more expensive, I think I paid $585 on eBay. Both worth their prices IMO.

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I picked up a nice used 45-85mm FA off of Ebay today. I appreciate the help. I will pick up the 35mm sooner or later I am sure it's a stellar lens as well.
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