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06-03-2010, 08:08 AM   #61
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Thought I would pitch in a couple pictures taken with the FA* 85... This one is lightly cropped and sharpened. Fill flash used. looks much sharper in original size. This was at 1/180, F7.1, ISO 100. I have similar pcitures taken with the FA77 ltd. To be honnest, I can't really tell a difference between the two, nothing strikes me as very different in the rendering, although I never really did any side by side controlled comparison. It is to the point where I can't really see myself keeping both. I'll probably let the FA* go... I really like the 77's compacteness...

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QuoteOriginally posted by xGene Quote
Thought I would pitch in a couple pictures taken with the FA* 85... This one is lightly cropped and sharpened. Fill flash used. looks much sharper in original size. This was at 1/180, F7.1, ISO 100. I have similar pcitures taken with the FA77 ltd. To be honnest, I can't really tell a difference between the two, nothing strikes me as very different in the rendering, although I never really did any side by side controlled comparison. It is to the point where I can't really see myself keeping both. I'll probably let the FA* go... I really like the 77's compacteness...
Here is the promised picture... sorry about that...
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Here is another one, this time 1/100 @ F2.0 and ISO 100. No fill flash, all natural light. I like the smoothness of the OOF.
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Another one, this time a candid. Note the severe backlighting, for which the K7 managed to expose properly, I think. I really like the skin tone of this lens. This was shot at 1/320 @ F4.0, ISO100.

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QuoteOriginally posted by xGene Quote
Here is another one, this time 1/100 @ F2.0 and ISO 100. No fill flash, all natural light. I like the smoothness of the OOF.
I like this one!

I always find "attached" images get really compressed by the system and appear softer than they are when you upload them too.
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I made these during my lunch break, just to see how the FA* 85 performs wide open and in bright sunlight. No contrast enhancements performed, only resized and sharpened with Absolute Sharpening Web.

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Finally two samples with the FA* 85 on the smallest Asahi Pentax non-auto PK extension tube, with the lens at f/5.6:

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OK....


Anyone here wants to sell their FA* 85??
Is it difficult to buy it from Japan?

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I love that first shot, Peter...wow!

This lens has been out of production since '04. The only japanese seller I've seen that has it somewhat regularly is matsuiyastore (don't know if I got the spelling right) on eBay.

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QuoteOriginally posted by LFLee Quote
OK....


Anyone here wants to sell their FA* 85??
Is it difficult to buy it from Japan?

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At this moment in time there are 2 of these lenses on ebay. Good luck

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If you want to keep using APS-C cameras you could also get the the spiritual successor to the FA* 85 like I did today

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One thing I really like about the FA* is how it renders subtle tonalities, metals and glass. It takes a very good lens to show those materials vibrant and life-like:

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QuoteOriginally posted by JayR Quote
Anyone have any comparison with how the FA*85mm at FF sides up next to the newer DA*55mm in digital?

I must admit to being quite ignorant on the differences between various optical designs and so far have tended to pick up lenses based on focal length and how good they are percieved to be (no point wasting time buying 'average' in my book)

I have the 77ltd and FA50 1.4 already to cover these rough focal lengths. im dreading the LBA if i begin to feel i need the others instead of the ones i have now, or even dare i say, as well as.
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Yes, sort of. The DA* 55/1.4 SDM was designed with the FA* in mind, with a smaller FOV for the APS-C sensor. This was also expressed by the external design of the DA*, especially the oversized hood which has the same shape as the one on the FA*.

As a matter of fact I'm also expecting a DA* 55 soon so I'll soon be able to compare them.
Anyone have a comparison between the FA*85 and DA*55 both in optical design and plain old image output?
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Anyone have a comparison between the FA*85 and DA*55 both in optical design and plain old image output?
I'd like to compare them, but how?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Asahiflex Quote
I'd like to compare them, but how?
to show the difference in rendering tonalities, metal and glass. showing those materials vibrancy and life-likeness.
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