Now along comes another 50mm lens to squeeze out some space that the DA40 so dominates. I've owned many 50s also: Sears f1.4, Pentax M and A series, and Sigma's f2.8 Macro. What I had not tried is the DFA 50mm f/2.8 Macro - so now its time has come.
|up close with the DFA 50/2.8|
My first afternoon was decidedly windy, which plays havoc with any flower shots. I found a fine and intensely blue hydrangea with blooms low to the ground - however now it was I that swayed a bit! Color contrast and sharpness are exquisite, which is no surprise. The ability to quick-shift to a different focus is really handy. And AF was quite fast for the full range of a macro lens, which also was not what I remember of the Sigma model (or any others like the Tamron 90, Cosina 100/3.5 and Sigma 105).
I'm not done with my tests, but two things are immediately clear:
- The DA40 has some stiff competition here, and
- whichever lens goes I'll be keeping an amazing lens!