After testing the FA 77mm lens and then testing the Sigma 105mm Macro lens, I purchased the FA 77 lens. I had a few concerns about the CA/PF at wide open apertures, but figutred if I could tame the beast, the other advantages of this lens would come to the fore.
I visited UBC Asian festival today which consisted of a Korean Cultural Festival and the Japanese Cherry Blossom viewing festival at Nitobe Garden ( probably one to two weeks later would have been better to see more trees in bloom).
The FA 77 lens proved to be very good indoors. The first seven are taken inside the Asian Center at ISO800 with no flash. The Lantern was taken outside in the Garden at ISO100. The Cherry Blossoms in front of the building are taken at Fir and 10th Avenue at ISO800 F5.6
The last four pictures are taken with the DA 35mm lens.
The FA 77 is definitely sharp at F5.6. It is a bit soft at F2.8 and larger. However, the bokeh is still very pleasing at F5.6, and the depth of field is of course larger. I find with these complex scenes that it is almost better to manually focus the lens, as the 11 point AF can sometimes focus on different parts of the trees etc, which can be a problem with shallow depth of field. The CA/PF was a problem on only two images that I took today out of 115. The overcast conditions probably helped the situation.
The images were processed using Aperture 3 with Auto levels and some adjustment of the exposure applied. The indoor images had their White Balance corrected. The rendering of the JPGS in the WordPress preview seem more saturated than what I see on the Aperture Viewer using my monitor. Therefore, if the greens and reds seem overdone it could be a result of the media conversion to JPG from the PEF file when inserting with the WordPress Media Browser.