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08-31-2014, 09:54 PM   #16
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I have both. If I had to take one it would be the 35 for greater versatility, but lately I've been using the 50 more for the extra speed.

Maybe get the DA 35 and look for a cheap A-50 f1.7 as well? (They abound, for around $50.) I know you prefer AF, but the MF on this is a joy to use. I love the rendering. More flare, more CA, but I think it has more character than the DA 50.

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QuoteOriginally posted by ZombieArmy Quote
I'm pretty sure you can guess the focal lengths I'm tossing up about already, the 35mm and the 50mm. Both reasonably priced, both great lenses, but the problem is I just don't know which one would be the best all purpose lens for me since I won't have the money or reason to really splurge on lenses for a while (though I like dreaming ).

Whichever way you decide, ZA - personally, I'd go for the wider DA35 - you'll have a good, inexpensive lens.
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I have DA35, DA 40mm XS and DA 50 and the one I like and use the most is the DA 35mm.
Just love the colour and bokeh it produce.
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Now that I have a 35-70 F zoom lens I"m not so sure about getting a DA prime. I still want a prime lens that isn't my 200mm, but I'm not sure if I can justify the cost right now, I am however looking at the Helios 44-2 for its amazing swirly bokeh that looks absolutely beautiful. However it is manual focus, and wouldn't be too suited for any walking around on the k-01 for me. Though I guess I could brush up on that

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QuoteOriginally posted by ZombieArmy Quote
Now that I have a 35-70 F zoom lens I"m not so sure about getting a DA prime.
Go the DA15. And if you live near water or have bright, colourful summers, a polarizing filter.

Edit: Florida - just do it! :-)
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Manual focus on the K-01 is easy. In fact it is one of the things I love about the K-01. Turn on focus peaking and leave it on. And when you are composing a shot, hit the OK button in the middle of the 4-way. That will zoom it in to 10x magnification (I think it's 10, anyway), which will really assist big time with focusing. You should be able to absolutely nail focus perfectly nearly 100% of the time. (Unless we're talking about moving subjects, but then again the K-01 and mirrorless cameras in general are not the best choice for moving subjects anyway.)
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For what it's worth, I haven't noticed the 40XS to be terribly bad at fringing.. every lens has fringing in the right circumstances. I wouldn't buy that line unless someone pointed out the fringing and then showed you an image taken with similar lens in the same circumstances. I've done that before, (just not with the 40) and more corrected lenses do fringe less. But then I'm a big fan of people showing you what they're talking about, instead of having to take their word for these things. When one image is bad and the other is worse, but they're both unusable, what difference does it make? I'd actually have to see an image that was useable on one lens and ruined on the 40 before I'd buy into that.

1:1 crop. Bright sun, black on white, high contrast, no fringing on my 40XS (OK, a little bit, but hardly enough to make a difference, I seen worse published in magazines.)... what gives?


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QuoteOriginally posted by clackers Quote
Go the DA15. And if you live near water or have bright, colourful summers, a polarizing filter.

Edit: Florida - just do it! :-)
There's no way I could afford that, my paycheck doesn't even give me enough in 2 weeks

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QuoteOriginally posted by ZombieArmy Quote
There's no way I could afford that, my paycheck doesn't even give me enough in 2 weeks
I agree, if you are tight on budget, don't buy lenses overlapping focals you already have.

But the Da15? This is worth saving for a 2ndhand copy. It is an addictive & creative lens...
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QuoteOriginally posted by grispie Quote
I agree, if you are tight on budget, don't buy lenses overlapping focals you already have.

But the Da15? This is worth saving for a 2ndhand copy. It is an addictive & creative lens...
Honestly not at all if you don't have money to spare ! DA15 is very specialized and expensive lens. Even through it is good, for the less than the price of an used DA15, you can get used used tamron 17-50 f/2.8 + used DAL 55-300 pentax and have all you needs covered:
- landscapes
- low lights
- events
- sports
- portraiture

You would be a little limited by the DAL55-300 apperture at the long end, but you cannot expect better without spending much more.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Nicolas06 Quote
Honestly not at all if you don't have money to spare ! DA15 is very specialized and expensive lens. Even through it is good, for the less than the price of an used DA15, you can get used used tamron 17-50 f/2.8 + used DAL 55-300 pentax and have all you needs covered:
He indicated he has an 35-70 & the post is about a getting a prime.
To be honest, i don't look at the da15 to be very specialized. I think it is actually a very versatile lens. How strange that may sound...
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