FA35 'vs' DA40 Ltd


Eastridge

Link Posted 23/11/2011 - 09:56
I have the FA35 and love it for it's quality & sharpness. At first I did a lot with the DOF effects that f2 allows but less so now although it's nice to know I have that possibility.

At the weekend we went to a local camera firms 'show' as a Pentax stand / rep was there & for the first time saw the size of the DA40 Ltd. Wow, on my k-x that would make it 'pocketable' in big coat pockets and I seem to recall it being well rated.

So, the possibility of selling my FA35 and getting the DA40 is playing on the back of my mind. SRS have the 40 at £289 which isn't that much more than I paid for the FA35 but things have moved on since then.

So, I guess 3 questions:

- what do people feel quality wise between the lenses?

- now that the DA35 is available what do people think I might get for the FA35?

- ultimately , would you make the change.
Sharon's: K-x, FA35/2, DA 18-250.Glen's: K10D, DA100 Macro, 55-300, Paragon 500, Silk Pro700 Tripod

johnriley

Link Posted 23/11/2011 - 11:20
It depends which 35mm lens you have. I would change the 35mm f2.4 for the 40mm, but not necessarily the macro lens. You have said FA rather than DA for your 35mm lens, can you be more specific?
Best regards, John

Mike-P

Link Posted 23/11/2011 - 11:28
johnriley wrote:
You have said FA rather than DA for your 35mm lens, can you be more specific?

FA 35mm f2 judging from the FA 35mm and f2 in the original post. (and sig)
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Last Edited by Mike-P on 23/11/2011 - 11:30

johnriley

Link Posted 23/11/2011 - 11:54
If that's the case, then I'm not sure the real world difference will be significant. However, the 40mm is a gorgeous little jewel of a lens and I can understand anyone seeing one and wanting one.
Best regards, John

simonkit

Link Posted 23/11/2011 - 12:11
I went the other way - I used to own the DA40mm but sold it and bought the FA 35mm instead.

Personally I found the DA40mm a bit on the "fiddly" side although as you say this has advantages too - as I owned the K20D at the time it still didn't make it particularly compact though. The main advantage I find with the 35mm is that despite the difference been relatively small between focal lengths the 40mm just seemed a bit long in most situations I used it, the 35mm suits me better in this respect

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Dodge69

Link Posted 23/11/2011 - 12:30
The DA40 is great, I don't find it amazingly sharp but does add a certain overall 'stand out' quality to the enitre image. However it does not do close focusing (no good for walks out in nature), and as a street walkabout lens it's a bit too long (for me). So my original hope of walkabout lens was sunk, I got a DA21 and it is a perfect walkabout, but just doesn't seem to ooze the quality I was expecting of a Ltd.
I had been thinking about the 35 macro as Simon has done - by all accounts very sharp and a little less on length....
Gonna keep the DA40 for the momment and try it in landscape situtions simply because of the edge to edge 'zapp' it has - though I imagine it will go eventually due to lack of use
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japers45

Link Posted 23/11/2011 - 12:39
Sell a non vital organ (a foot, eye or kidney or perhaps a child) and get the FA31mm ltd.

kingfisher

Link Posted 23/11/2011 - 20:28
japers45 wrote:
Sell a non vital organ (a foot, eye or kidney or perhaps a child) and get the FA31mm ltd.

a bit cynical, are we?

kingfisher

Link Posted 23/11/2011 - 20:34
Eastridge wrote:

At the weekend we went to a local camera firms 'show' as a Pentax stand / rep was there & for the first time saw the size of the DA40 Ltd. Wow, on my k-x that would make it 'pocketable' in big coat pockets and I seem to recall it being well rated.

- ultimately , would you make the change.

I didn't try DA40, but had FA35 and FA43.....and they are close to each other in terms of IQ. Personally I wouldn't swap FA35 for DA40 mainly for 3 reasons:
1.FA is fullframe lens and has an aperture ring (which may be handy sometimes)
2.FA is almost a stop faster
3.You might find that even KX+DA40 is not as conveniently pocketable set....

doingthebobs

Link Posted 24/11/2011 - 20:40
The DA40 is full frame, one of the few DA's that are, just without an aperture ring.
Bob

Eastridge

Link Posted 24/11/2011 - 21:57
japers45 wrote:
Sell a non vital organ (a foot, eye or kidney or perhaps a child) and get the FA31mm ltd.

Damn, I never wanted kids but now find it would have been useful to have one

Thanks everyone (esp Mike-P) Seems mixed views so will probably stay with what I have, mainly cos I'm scared I will really miss the DOF from f2.
Sharon's: K-x, FA35/2, DA 18-250.Glen's: K10D, DA100 Macro, 55-300, Paragon 500, Silk Pro700 Tripod
Last Edited by Eastridge on 24/11/2011 - 21:58

gartmore

Link Posted 24/11/2011 - 22:47
I have and use equally the DA 40 and the DA35, which probably doesn't help
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kingfisher

Link Posted 25/11/2011 - 16:39
doingthebobs wrote:
The DA40 is full frame, one of the few DA's that are, just without an aperture ring.

Well from what I heard it is fullframe compactible to the point that you don't see image circle, but it vignetes heavily as well as DA70....so fullframe compatibility is questionable. I think Pentax announces only DA60-250, DA200 and DA300 as real fullframe lenses. But I haven't tried any DA lens on film myself, so I may be wrong....

Iuvenis

Link Posted 26/11/2011 - 01:33
One thing to consider is if you will get on with the 40mm focal length. I have the 43mm, and find it too long to be a useful walkabout lens, though it's brilliant for other things. Whether you have the same issue depends on your photographic style, of course.

Eastridge

Link Posted 26/11/2011 - 10:17
Iuvenis wrote:
One thing to consider is if you will get on with the 40mm focal length. I have the 43mm, and find it too long to be a useful walkabout lens, though it's brilliant for other things. Whether you have the same issue depends on your photographic style, of course.

Another good point as this is our lowest focal length quality lens ( no offence to 18-250 but nowhere near)

Decided - the FA35 stays.
Sharon's: K-x, FA35/2, DA 18-250.Glen's: K10D, DA100 Macro, 55-300, Paragon 500, Silk Pro700 Tripod
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