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04-17-2013, 10:32 PM   #1
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Decision Between FA 35mm F2 AL or Sigma 30mm F1.4

I seldom to pick portrait photos and now intend to learn about. I have found below lenses offered in the 2nd hand market. Which one should I pick?

- Pentax FA 35mm F2 AL @320
- Sigma 30mm EX DC F1.4 @230


I have already got DA18-135, DA10-17 Fisheye, DFA100WR and DA55-300.


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Either get the Sigma or get a DA35/2.4. The FA 35/2 is really just an overpriced DA35/2.4 now. I had two different copies, and I didn't like the performance at wider than f/2.4 anyway. Both the FA35 and DA35/2.4 are very good lenses from f/2.4 on, however.

Of course most people think of shooting portraits at 50mm or longer, but 30-31, 35, 40, or 43mm can work well too.


The FA43, DA*55, and FA77 are probably the best current lenses for this, if you can afford one.

The K50/1.2 is very desirable too, and an M or A50/1.7 or 1.4 is a very good way to start for very little money.


Don't neglect your DFA 100 WR either. Sometimes it's a little bit sharp for portraits, but unlike many other macros it's very good at portrait distances.
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I like the colors out of my DA35/2.4 better than those from my Sigma 30/1.4. If you are going to work in low-low light then the 1.4 may be a plus. As DSims said - the FA35/2 was reworked (similar optical construction) for the DA35/2.4 with newer coatings and the FA35/2 needed to be stopped down anyway so the 2.4 is pretty good straight away from 2.4. The DA doesn't have an aperture ring but its a little gem of a lens IMHO.
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For $230, the Sigma is a super bargain. I like mine.

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Sigma 30 for sure.
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Can't disagree with the price of the Sigma

But FA35 is a very nice lens and sharp throughout the FOV.
The Sigma is center sharp.
So FA35 is a more versatile lens.
But you want it for portraits, so the Sigma is in contention again.

Why not get a fast 50mm?
or just use your 100mm macro?
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I like 28-35 for full body portraits; and there the Sigma might have a disadvantage again For head / head-shoulder I prefer something longer.
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QuoteOriginally posted by SKwan Quote
I seldom to pick portrait photos and now intend to learn about. I have found below lenses offered in the 2nd hand market. Which one should I pick?

- Pentax FA 35mm F2 AL @320
- Sigma 30mm EX DC F1.4 @230


I have already got DA18-135, DA10-17 Fisheye, DFA100WR and DA55-300.


Stephen
I will recommend the Sigma 30mm. I love mine, and catch myself wondering why they ever invented flash because I get such fantastic low-light performance from this lens.

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Thank indeed for suggestion, idea and experience ... !

How about below lens? I have no experience in using lens without quick-shift ... I am concerning whether this makes me difficult have the objects fouced right!!
DA 50mm F1.8 @$210
DA XS 40mm F2.8 @130
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I have both and I am selling both.
Even they are at the same price, I will pick Sigma.
Unless you are also using the lens for Film photography, the FA35 will be great.

Landscape = FA35
portrait = Sigma 30/1.4

Sigma has very soft corner but excellent center sharpness compared to top class lenses.
FA35 has in general very good performance compared to top class lenses.
Both of them have good color and bokeh but CA is only acceptable.
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