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10-03-2016, 02:48 PM   #1
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Which a Better Walk around Lens..645 FA 55 or 645 FA 75

I know they are both excellent but I have the FA 35 and the A 120 Macro and the A 150 sense. So, I do have the lenses for Portraits and the wide angle FA 35.
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Which camera are you using?
10-03-2016, 03:12 PM   #3
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If you already have the FA 35, then as Ed asks, it depends on what camera this is used on. With a film 645, I use my 75mm even more than the 35mm. With a digital 645, I'd go with the 55mm.
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I have 645NIIs and although I do like the small size and weight of the FA 75, my walkaround lens is FA 45-85 zoom.

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If you want a single lens to walk around with, it's hard to select a single prime unless your shooting style can guide that. It would be impossible for me to choose between the 55 and 75 alone, as I use both plenty. Some people would use one more than the other. If you want a single lens, I too would suggest the 45-85 zoom; it is not optically perfect, but certainly good from 45-65 and acceptable from 65-85. If you can tell us more about what/how you shoot, it might be possible to choose between the two primes.


I get around this quandary by almost always carrying around three lenses! But I am an obsessive idiot.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ed Hurst Quote
If you want a single lens to walk around with, it's hard to select a single prime unless your shooting style can guide that. It would be impossible for me to choose between the 55 and 75 alone, as I use both plenty. Some people would use one more than the other. If you want a single lens, I too would suggest the 45-85 zoom; it is not optically perfect, but certainly good from 45-65 and acceptable from 65-85. If you can tell us more about what/how you shoot, it might be possible to choose between the two primes.


I get around this quandary by almost always carrying around three lenses! But I am an obsessive idiot.
Ed, I wouldn't call you an obsessive idiot over lugging three primes and a 645z. An obsessive idiot would be one who back in film days carried a 645n, three primes including a Pentax 105 with 67/645 adapter, a Toyoview 4x5, 10 film holders, film for both formats and attendant camping gear/supplies for five days in a 75 pound backpack. I don't do that any longer. :-)
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Ed, I wouldn't call you an obsessive idiot over lugging three primes and a 645z. An obsessive idiot would be one who back in film days carried a 645n, three primes including a Pentax 105 with 67/645 adapter, a Toyoview 4x5, 10 film holders, film for both formats and attendant camping gear/supplies for five days in a 75 pound backpack. I don't do that any longer. :-)
Yes, that's good, but let me explain... 😉. My Z plus three lens outfit is just for the daily work commute; that's why it's idiotic. Otherwise it's Z and D with 9 lenses, up to and including the 6x7 400mm EDIF. Still think you just win though...

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Put the 55 on the camera, the 75 is small enough to put in a jacket pocket
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Put the 55 on the camera, the 75 is small enough to put in a jacket pocket
Exactly! I just picked up a 75 as it's a nice length for 3:1 panos, and I couldn't believe how small and light it is.

The 55 is a great everyday lens.
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The 75 has become my always-have-with-me lens. The 55 is optional for me, as sometimes I prefer 45 or 35. Going the other way, sometimes I prefer 90 or 105. But I always seem to find 75 is just right. And it is really small, which is a plus.
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My walk-around lens kit is the 55 and the 120 macro.

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