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    Default Will you pay 10% more for the FA 50 1.4

    Looks like after the long wait for the above lens, the cost will go up by more than 10%.
    Do you think the price is reasonable bearing in mind it was only 300+ a year ago and now it will cost around $550 (the last price was around $490). Like to have some views/comments on this.

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    Default Re: Will you pay 10% more for the FA 50 1.4

    Quote Originally Posted by wongcho View Post
    Looks like after the long wait for the above lens, the cost will go up by more than 10%.
    Do you think the price is reasonable bearing in mind it was only 300+ a year ago and now it will cost around $550 (the last price was around $490). Like to have some views/comments on this.
    If you die die need one and cannot get on the B&S then no other choice . . .

    But if you dun need one then give it a miss. The thing is that prices have generally gone up so there is no choice . . .
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    Default Re: Will you pay 10% more for the FA 50 1.4

    Last Mar to Dec the US$ to Yen was dropping.
    But since Jan this year, the US$ to Yen has be gradually increasing.
    Therefore the price increase may not be due to the Yen becoming stronger?

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    Default Re: Will you pay 10% more for the FA 50 1.4

    Quote Originally Posted by wongcho View Post
    Looks like after the long wait for the above lens, the cost will go up by more than 10%.
    Do you think the price is reasonable bearing in mind it was only 300+ a year ago and now it will cost around $550 (the last price was around $490). Like to have some views/comments on this.
    I bought mine cos it was like everyone was having one then. but after using the lens for 3 years i found that it is a specialised lens that i use only occassionaly like sample, big head and low light shots. for sample i prefer the macro version and under low light i found that it is too short for performance and too narrow for event. but when the purpose suits the characteristic of this special lens, it is 天下无敌, it has no peers.

    back to the TS question, i wont pay a premium for this lens if i dont have it. since i have it, i wont sell either cos it is a "niche" lens that i enjoy using once in a while. photography is a hobby, so i wont buy or sell lenses based on their utility value...
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    Default Re: Will you pay 10% more for the FA 50 1.4

    I used to own it but sold away bec I wanted another lens as it suited my needs more . . .
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    Default Re: Will you pay 10% more for the FA 50 1.4

    Quote Originally Posted by wongcho View Post
    Looks like after the long wait for the above lens, the cost will go up by more than 10%.
    Do you think the price is reasonable bearing in mind it was only 300+ a year ago and now it will cost around $550 (the last price was around $490). Like to have some views/comments on this.
    long wait?

    i thought it was always around.

    yes, it is sad that it is not cheaper than the other brand equivalents, but that's just how it is.

    it's not as if you bought into pentax for nothing other than the fa 50mm f/1.4 right?

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    Default Re: Will you pay 10% more for the FA 50 1.4

    Don't wait ... for the extra 150 more, which in any case isn't going down, you would have many shots to show for! I am loving mine, even though sometimes you would feel that it's a little soft wide open ...
    Last edited by hjbyeo; 3rd May 2010 at 08:54 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seefei View Post
    I bought mine cos it was like everyone was having one then. but after using the lens for 3 years i found that it is a specialised lens that i use only occassionaly like sample, big head and low light shots. for sample i prefer the macro version and under low light i found that it is too short for performance and too narrow for event. but when the purpose suits the characteristic of this special lens, it is 天下无敌, it has no peers.

    back to the TS question, i wont pay a premium for this lens if i dont have it. since i have it, i wont sell either cos it is a "niche" lens that i enjoy using once in a while. photography is a hobby, so i wont buy or sell lenses based on their utility value...
    Good to know you are keeping it! I shouldn't have sold it to you back then ... ... after going 1 big round, I still ended up with it!

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    welll dun think the price will drop...Pentax have already make the camera cheap, maybe they shift the profit margin to the lenses..

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    No stock for more than a month if I remember right.
    Many recommend this lens - something like a must have (maybe because of the low light, fast lens).
    How much would this matters now that we have higher ISO available on the Kx?
    Well, still deciding which lens - a new one (I think more suited for those with poorer eyesight) versus a much cheaper used M or A 50 f1.4 lens
    which requires manual focusing.

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    Default Re: Will you pay 10% more for the FA 50 1.4

    i mulled over it too...

    alternatives includes:

    Sigma 30mm or 50mm f1.4, which are bigger, heavier and not cheap as well...

    Pentax DA* 55mm f1.4, which costs abt twice that price

    the FA 50 is still an ok choice if it suits your needs.

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    Default Re: Will you pay 10% more for the FA 50 1.4

    I sold mine months back, the big things is you can't have everything, so I learned to renounce that len, but my 43, is superb and more reliable in low light conditions and as well as harsh daylights..
    Last edited by P3ntx; 3rd May 2010 at 09:02 PM.

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    Default Re: Will you pay 10% more for the FA 50 1.4

    Quote Originally Posted by hjbyeo View Post
    Good to know you are keeping it! I shouldn't have sold it to you back then ... ... after going 1 big round, I still ended up with it!
    thanks for letting me have the lens and the wonderful helio filter. i missed the first deal on the FA50/1.4 in b&s 3 years ago... until you come along and save my LBA for this wonderful lens. i remember seeing your ad & calling you frantically to reserve the lens
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    Default Re: Will you pay 10% more for the FA 50 1.4

    Quote Originally Posted by wongcho View Post
    No stock for more than a month if I remember right.
    Many recommend this lens - something like a must have (maybe because of the low light, fast lens).
    How much would this matters now that we have higher ISO available on the Kx?
    Well, still deciding which lens - a new one (I think more suited for those with poorer eyesight) versus a much cheaper used M or A 50 f1.4 lens
    which requires manual focusing.
    Have you checked all the usual shops? Maybe one of them still keeping some or last piece.
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    Checked all the regular shops like Manly, SLR, Cathay, Alan, Orient, MS - all no stock.
    There is one in Sim Lim which quoted me about $600 but he did not even have a sample to show me (maybe one of those tactics they use to convince you to buy some other lens/cameras - I just walk away lo).

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    Default Re: Will you pay 10% more for the FA 50 1.4

    Quote Originally Posted by P3ntx View Post
    I sold mine months back, the big things is you can't have everything, so I learned to renounce that len, but my 43, is superb and more reliable in low light conditions and as well as harsh daylights..
    Sure bo, Bro? 43 more reliable in low light? Got such things 1 ah ? ... I got 43 b4 and I know it's much 'better' than the 50 at 1.4 ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by felixcat8888 View Post
    Have you checked all the usual shops? Maybe one of them still keeping some or last piece.
    been there, done that... all the usual suspects really have no stock... all waiting list...

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    Default Re: Will you pay 10% more for the FA 50 1.4

    Quote Originally Posted by hjbyeo View Post
    Sure bo, Bro? 43 more reliable in low light? Got such things 1 ah ? ... I got 43 b4 and I know it's much 'better' than the 50 at 1.4 ...
    Can i ask what are the differences between the 43 and 50 beside the focal length?

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    So happy with mine for $340 bought in March last year
    I don't subsidize marketing campaigns.

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    Last month i tried to find this lens for wks. Those shops which we go often, all no stocks . But i was lucky , managed to get it from cs bns
    Pentax K-X | FA 50 F1.4 | Panasonic GX1 | 14-42mm X |

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