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07-11-2011, 05:10 PM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by dgaies Quote
If he just wanted an AF prime for portraits I would have recommended the F50/1.7 or FA50/1.4 without hesitation. But since he mentioned low light, indoor and video, I thought the 35/2.4 might be more versatile.
Quite right. 35mm is general-purpose (although I prefer 28mm). 50mm is getting into a specialty area. I love and use my 50's but I wouldn't use any exclusively. And he asked for 1] under US$200 (ruling out the AF 50's) and 2] AF prime (ruling out the excellent cheap F35-70/3.5-4.5 and Komine 28/2 CFWA and many others). The criteria of budget general-purpose AF prime only leaves the DA35/2.4 AFAIK.

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Right, the 35 for general purpose use, and maybe a manual focus 50 for portraits. After all, a portrait is almost by definition something where you have a few extra seconds for focusing. It's the "snapshot" situations where you might not, and that's were 35mm will be more useful.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Marc Sabatella Quote
Right, the 35 for general purpose use, and maybe a manual focus 50 for portraits. After all, a portrait is almost by definition something where you have a few extra seconds for focusing. It's the "snapshot" situations where you might not, and that's were 35mm will be more useful.
True, a used DA35/2.4 ($150) and sonething like the M50/1.7 ($50) would be a great combo for $200.
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Value for money in an AF lens - can't go past the DA 35. Precisely why Pentax developed it... and then expanded on the idea with the Q-system.

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I own both the FA50/1.4 and the DA35/2.4 and find the 35 more useful in shots around the house and in smaller rooms than the 50. I have to agree with Marc, portraits are more sedate and a manual 50 would do just fine in that application IMHO. There are some great manual 50s that you can find if you are patient for <$50 and I have seen used DA35s go for around $150 so you could have the best of both worlds. Good luck.
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DA35 f2.4 for that price it s a great contender
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Thanks for the comments everyone! Looks like the DA35/f2.4 is the way to go, I might get a manual 50mm lens as well then.
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