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Old Jan 21, 2006, 2:10 AM   #1
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It is sharp after f/4.
Surely it is a lot better than my 50mm f/2.

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Old Jan 22, 2006, 9:14 AM   #2
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Have you take many shots with it yet, I am thinking about a low F stop lens f2.8 down to f1.4 in a fixed lens and the FA50mm 1.4 looks like it might do the job.

Have you noticed any advantages so far of using the lower f stops, i.e. any non flash indoor shots or night shots?
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Old Jan 22, 2006, 11:41 AM   #3
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Surely it is a lot better than my 50mm f/2.
It's hard to tell as the image is rather 'blocky'.

Could you post the actual image for perusal.

Posted image is section taken at 100% of the original attachment.

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Old Jan 22, 2006, 7:13 PM   #4
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Yeh, unfortunately daniel it suffers from too much JPEG compression and its difficult for us to see the quality of the image.


Id love to get one of the old 50/1.4s.. see them crop up on ebay every now and then and I miss em
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Old Jan 23, 2006, 7:58 AM   #5
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Catbells wrote:
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Surely it is a lot better than my 50mm f/2.
It's hard to tell as the image is rather 'blocky'.

Could you post the actual image for perusal.

Posted image is section taken at 100% of the original attachment.


Catbells,

Yes I did. When I clicked on the link I post, it shows the whole pict.
Sorry I am a newbie. But it was straightforward.

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Old Jan 23, 2006, 8:03 AM   #6
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I would say for lower f stops, it is days and nights- you may not need your tripod and/flash indoor. That is the pros for using lower stops in fast lens. But it suffers in sharpness. I would say its sweet spot is after 4 to around 13.

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Have you take many shots with it yet, I am thinking about a low F stop lens f2.8 down to f1.4 in a fixed lens and the FA50mm 1.4 looks like it might do the job.

Have you noticed any advantages so far of using the lower f stops, i.e. any non flash indoor shots or night shots?


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Old Jan 23, 2006, 5:27 PM   #7
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all of the smc 1.4s are rated very highly. i've got a M 1.4 and it's very crisp.
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Just got an SMC-A 1.4 today. Bought it of the net, including a pretty worn Super A body (Which I dont need anyway). The lens seems fine - apart from one thing: itis fitted with an UV-filter which has a dent and wont come of. Then again, what can you expect for 350 Dkr (aprox. 55 US$) :-)

I immediately tried the lens, and got fairly disappointed: it seemed to be quite unsharp. Maybe the dent on the filter was from a blow, that had actually damaged the lens?

ThenI tried it ones more. This time Imeasured the distance exactly with a yardstick. Now it is in focus! Its still quite soft at F1.4, but very sharp at F8! (Havent had time to experiment further in between)

Conclusion: theextremely limited DOF at F1.4 makes focussing very critical. Right now, I'm a bit in doubt as to how I will manage manual focus with this lens on my DS - time will tell....

(PS: My SMC-A 1.7 is already on e-bay, just for your information... )

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Old Jan 24, 2006, 7:32 AM   #9
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I have 50MM A f/2 too and I have to switch to FA as critical focusing is an absolute pain. Well seems your lens is ok and within its spec.

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Just got an SMC-A 1.4 today.

ThenI tried it ones more. This time Imeasured the distance exactly with a yardstick. Now it is in focus! Its still quite soft at F1.4, but very sharp at F8! (Havent had time to experiment further in between)

Conclusion: theextremely limited DOF at F1.4 makes focussing very critical. Right now, I'm a bit in doubt as to how I will manage manual focus with this lens on my DS - time will tell....

(PS: My SMC-A 1.7 is already on e-bay, just for your information... )

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Old Jan 31, 2006, 8:05 PM   #10
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[b]I would say for lower f stops, it is days and nights- you may not need your tripod and/flash indoor. That is the pros for using lower stops in fast lens. But it suffers in sharpness. I would say its sweet spot is after 4 to around 13.

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only ambient light in a mall; and definitely no tripod

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