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11-23-2010, 11:56 AM   #166
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QuoteOriginally posted by RonHendriks1966 Quote
Well that is quit simple. First of all you have your productioncosts, wich are very easy to calculate, this lens is likely being to assemble at the sime costs as a DA*200mm lens or alike.

Then you have your materials to buy or produce for the lens, not cheap aming at a top of the line lens, but then again maybe to be compare to a DA*300 or zo.

Then you have your designing costs. An almost fixed number, several month being busy with a number of engineers in R&D (designing, making samples and testing). These costs you have to make a return on in a given period (say 5 years) and an expected number of lenses to be sold.

Given the low numbers on this lens and quality demand of the glass you cannot expect it to be at the price for the DA*300, but it will be significantly more expencive.
Yes, but simply taking the FA* 85mm and improving it is no more expensive than what they did with the 200mm f/2.8 and the 100 macro. Nobody is reinventing the wheel here, just updating older designs with modern coating and features.

There was an interview with Sigma last year where they discussed the use of computer modeling to test hundreds of lens/optical designs before a physical lens is ever produced. It has cut their R&D costs/time significantly and improved the quality of their lenses. Designs like the 50mm & the 85mm are able to compete with the name brands.

Sony brought out the CZ 85mm and 135mm because there is demand.
Nikon just redesigned the their 85mm f/1.4 because there is demand.
Sigma just released a newly designed 85mm f/1.4 because there is demand.
Canon is selling the 85L for $2,000.00 because there is demand.

There is demand for an 85mm f/1.4 for Pentax. If there was no demand the used copies would not be selling for $1,400. The K-5 is only going to increase demand for serious glass. I think we will see some high end glass from Pentax, but it might take a year or two. Pentax needs a couple of good quarters of growth.

11-30-2010, 02:57 PM   #167
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Did some shooting last saturday. At a demonstration. Took the K-5 and FA*85mm.

looks like a rockstar, is a representative for disabled and chronicle disease organisation.
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There's FF issue caused by my crappy K-5, but I still like this shot
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Beautiful shot; love how he's actually holding the pose for you!

QuoteOriginally posted by dgaies Quote
My younger son turned one today... reason enough to pull out the FA*85

K5 + FA*85 @ f/2.8, 1/60s, ISO 2000

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Some shots, posted before...

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In response to the 15mm thread, and to provide you with some more lens porn, here's my two cents' worth:

IMO the FA* 85mm (or any Pentax 85mm for that matter, the Takumar is great too) is just an amazing lens. Seriously. I've found that I can use it for any task:
  • For landscapes, it's wide enough to be able to capture the essence of a view, while long enough to prevent the photo from being a mere 'documentation'
  • For portraiture, the bokeh is unbeatable
  • For close-ups, it's tack-sharp and very fast, which is a boon (wish it went down to a MFD of 0.5m rather than the 0.85, though- that would be my only complaint).
  • For tele shots, in nearly every case it's long enough to sufficiently capture what you want
So there's my rant as far as the ideal focal length goes.

Moving along...

It's insanely sharp, the bokeh is amazing below F2.8, and it looks pretty. It's not too heavy, and can easily be held on a K-7 with the grip (unlike the FA* 28-70mm zoom, FA* 80-200mm zoom, or DA* 60-250mm zoom). It's fast, and gives you the flexibility you need, when you need it. It's small enough to fit into the same Tamrac strap case as my 20-35mm zoom (without the hood). Finally, the hood means business, but it's still small enough to be reverse-mounted and stored conveniently in your bag. All this means that this lens is my permanent companion! Oh, and did I mention that the AF was lightning-fast?

I've also finalized by travel kit for this summer:
K-7 + Grip + Extra SD card (in case I forget my primary one in my card reader at home)
DA 35mm Limited Macro (primarily for use as a wide-angle. Call me crazy, but keep in mind that I think that 85mm is nearly ideal for landscapes)
FA* 85mm
FA* 200mm F4 Macro (primarily for macro shots, as well as tele's when that extra reach is really needed).

Get this lens while you can and sell off everything else!

If I were to pick a single lens out of my cabinet right now, this would without a doubt be it (unless, of course, I took the F* 250-600, sold it, and bought 3 85mm's for the money)!!

You should see it full size...

It is so wonderful for portraits it'll make you cry...

It is one of the greatest lenses ever, from 20' on in.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Digitalis Quote
I don't use my FA*85mm f/1.4 much I prefer the FA77's smaller size and let's not forget that the FA77 has a less bulky lens hood.
The same. BTW I much prefer the color rendition and contrast of Ltd when using lens stopped down (usually with strobes).
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Well I still considder my FA*85mm as very usefull:
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#1 lens for portraits...

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Today I crossed this nice hard working women.

She was working for a live TV registration and communicated with a beach pingpong bat with regie on the otherside of the stadium while watching live registration on a monitor.

I really love my FA*85mm and now not only my lens......

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