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08-12-2010, 09:38 AM   #1
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85mm decision help requested

Hi there

Im thinking about acquiring a lens to bridge the gap from my 58mm helios 44m-6 to the SUper MC Tak 135/3.5 and have it narrowed down to 3 choices


$190 Super 1.9/85
$240 S-M-C 1.9/85
250 Euro Helios 40 1.5/85


the helios will be double the price, but the 1.9 taks have a good rep and I think those are good prices

what would you guys do? you can look at my flickr page to see what I mostly shoot ( portraits of my family and landscapes if you need a preview :P...)


cheers

08-12-2010, 09:52 AM   #2
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You may want to consider the Rokinon 85mm f1.4. I bought one a few months ago and am very please with it. (Incredibly sharp wide open!) You can find some reviews at the link below.. You'll notice it's made by several companies. I believe Vivitar also makes this lens. There are LOTS of samples pictures to view on Flickr.

PentaxForums.com Third-Party Lens Review Database - Rokinon / Samyang / Bower 85mm 1.4 Aspherical Lens Reviews
08-12-2010, 10:06 AM   #3
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Sigma is going to have their 85 1.4 soon, it could be around $400~$500
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You should look at the samyang aka vivitar, pro optic , bower et. Al. 85 mm F1.4

It is a good lens and is KA mount so you get auto exposure and p-ttl flash as well

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QuoteOriginally posted by XATN3q Quote
Sigma is going to have their 85 1.4 soon, it could be around $400~$500
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Why not the M 85mm F2 ? I think you can get it for approx $200 USD.
Look for pics in the M-club thread to see what this lens is capable of. I love mine.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Recercare Quote
Why not the M 85mm F2 ? I think you can get it for approx $200 USD.
Look for pics in the M-club thread to see what this lens is capable of. I love mine.

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+1 to that.
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QuoteOriginally posted by joebob Quote
You may want to consider the Rokinon 85mm f1.4. I bought one a few months ago and am very please with it. (Incredibly sharp wide open!) You can find some reviews at the link below.. You'll notice it's made by several companies. I believe Vivitar also makes this lens. There are LOTS of samples pictures to view on Flickr.

PentaxForums.com Third-Party Lens Review Database - Rokinon / Samyang / Bower 85mm 1.4 Aspherical Lens Reviews
QuoteOriginally posted by Lowell Goudge Quote
You should look at the samyang aka vivitar, pro optic , bower et. Al. 85 mm F1.4

It is a good lens and is KA mount so you get auto exposure and p-ttl flash as well
I think those lenses are the same....

Another suggestion would be the LZOS MC Jupiter-9 85/2. It is a lot less money than the Helios 40 and a nice lens. On the practical front, the suggestion of the Pentax-M 85/2 is the real winner in my thinking.


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i have the rokinon to shot portaits, and its awesome. soft at 1.4, but arent old people portaits supposed to be this way??
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Hmmm

I must admit, those are nice choices, but I really like the takumars, they appeal to my retro sensibilities , I just like doing something a bit different, I guess thats why Im using 40 yr old lenses on a 4 month old body

Im going to take a look at ebay for the samyang/rokinon f2 to see what its like
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QuoteOriginally posted by dude163 Quote
Hmmm

I must admit, those are nice choices, but I really like the takumars, they appeal to my retro sensibilities , I just like doing something a bit different, I guess thats why Im using 40 yr old lenses on a 4 month old body

Im going to take a look at ebay for the samyang/rokinon f2 to see what its like
It's f1.4.

Vivitar 85mm f1.4 Test with Pentax K7 - a set on Flickr

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My mistake , yes, I was thinking about the 85mm f2 M mount Pentax at the same time

hmm decisions
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I have the Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 and the Pentax K 85mm f/1.8 and they are both excellent lenses.

I have heard good things about all the Pentax 85s incluuding the M 85mm f/2. So you can't really go wrong with any of them.
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Consider some good M42s for one reason - they are easier to operate than pre-A lenses (comfortably useable in Av mode, no green button needed). You could try the Jupiter-9 (so called russian limited), the Pancolar 80 or the Helios 40
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QuoteOriginally posted by dude163 Quote
My mistake , yes, I was thinking about the 85mm f2 M mount Pentax at the same time
The M85/2 is only slightly less old than the Takumars, relatively speaking. To me that the almost no-brainer choice unless you are jonesing for the even shallower DOF you'd get with an 85/1.4, in which case the Samyang is. Just because it's new and inexpensive doesn't mean it isn't good.
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