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Old Jan 26, 2007, 11:37 AM   #1
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I see everyone loving the 50mm 1.4/1.7 etc. for shooting indoors. When I consider using a lens that is 75mm on my K10 indoors, I feel that would be too tight in a house. I would think something between 18mm and 30mm (27mmand 45mm on K10) would be more suitable. What am I missing?:?
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Old Jan 26, 2007, 12:08 PM   #2
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WARNING - Newbie question to follow...

I see everyone loving the 50mm 1.4/1.7 etc. for shooting indoors. When I consider using a lens that is 75mm on my K10 indoors, I feel that would be too tight in a house. I would think something between 18mm and 30mm (27mmand 45mm on K10) would be more suitable. What am I missing?:?
Nothing. It's more a matter of what we all are missing - the $900 for the FA 31mm 1.8 Limited lens, or the $500 for a FA 43mm 1.9 Limited lens. The reason we all talk about the 50mm lenses is because they can be had for a lot less money!

If you'll just give me the winning lottery numbers, I'd be happy to buy these lenses (along with the 77mm 1.8 Limited) and give you a review of them...
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Old Jan 26, 2007, 12:26 PM   #3
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OK, so many would like to get a little wider but thedifference is not worth the cost? I can appreciate that. I know I won't be paying that much for either of those lenses any time soon.

We can always hope for the lottery. I really thought I had the Powerball this time.:-)
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Old Jan 26, 2007, 1:33 PM   #4
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Well, there is of course the Pentax FA 35 mm f2, which gets good reviews on Stan's page http://stans-photography.info/

It can still be bought new in Sweden for 3200 SEK (approx 460 USD), so it's probably available elsewhere too. I saw it used (you seldom do) for 2500 SEK (357 USD), but it was unfortunately after I had recieved a huge bill for something else (car repair), so I couldn't afford it right now. And since I've got the FA 50 mm 1.4 I think the difference is a little too small, if I can't find it at bargain price.

So I also hope for the lottery money and the 31 mm Limited.:-)

I have been looking at the fast Sigma wides, but they get bad overall reviews, and areconsidered useless at wide apertures. So there is apparently no point in buying one of those for indoors.

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Old Jan 26, 2007, 1:35 PM   #5
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You can pick up the FA35/2 for ~$300 if you can find it in stock, or the FA28/2.8 or a bit less than that.

Not as big an aperture as the 1.4, but close....


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The non AF versions of the 28mm/2.8 are available also and they are far less expensive than the FA version.

KEH has one (M-28mm/2.8) for sale in EX condition right now for $99.

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Old Jan 26, 2007, 3:55 PM   #7
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SIGMA 28mm 1.8 EX DG Macro $250 Amazon.com
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Old Jan 26, 2007, 4:30 PM   #8
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What about adding a wide angle adapter to a 50mm lens? I've never used one myself, so I'm just wondering if anyone knew if that was a practical solution.
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Nothing. It's more a matter of what we all are missing - the $900 for the FA 31mm 1.8 Limited lens, or the $500 for a FA 43mm 1.9 Limited lens. The reason we all talk about the 50mm lenses is because they can be had for a lot less money!

If you'll just give me the winning lottery numbers, I'd be happy to buy these lenses (along with the 77mm 1.8 Limited) and give you a review of them...
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you busted me up with this response. my hats off to you gal.

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Old Jan 26, 2007, 5:13 PM   #10
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SIGMA 28mm 1.8 EX DG Macro $250 Amazon.com
How is this lens? Looks interesting. Any experiences/photos to share?

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