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09-05-2007, 07:51 PM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by carpents Quote
Another viable 85mm option that is relatively inexpensive is the Super-Takumar 85/1.9. These were manufactured for a longer time than all the other Super-Takumars, so they are more common, and hence less expensive. If you're willing to forgo the SMC coating, this is a good option.
The earlier lenses (Auto-Takumar 85/1.8, Super-Takumar 85/1.9 and S-M-C Takumar 85/1.9, which has SMC coating) have only 5 elements in 4 groups. They are great portrait lenses and sell for cheap. The SMC Takumar 85/1.8 and SMC Pentax K 85/1.8 benefit of an enhanced optical formula (6 element/6group) allowing better contrast and sharpness at large apertures -- not always an advantage for portraiture. That's why they command higher prices on the market.


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Sorry, I don't want to sound pedantic or to engage into hairsplitting controversy, but the number of blades of a lens has no importance when the lens is used wide open.
Abbazz it has been duly noted. I have deleted the offensive "wide open" from my post.

Speaking of 85's least we forget the smc PENTAX-M 1:2 85mm. This lens is very compact as well.
09-05-2007, 09:54 PM   #18
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I am in search for a lens for portraits. I currently have an Ist DS, so crop factor in there. I have a Sigma 28-70 f/2.8 and an old Pentax M 135 f/3.5 but I would like something in the middle for portraits. I don't want to spend more then $400-$500 CAD on it, but if necessary, I will.

I'm kind of stuck between an 85 or a 105. I was going to purchase the DA 50-135, but it's out of stock everywhere that I look and I can't get my hands on the Sigma 70-200, either.

$400-$500 CAD is like, what, 10 or 12 bucks US right?

What's wrong with the 28-70? It has the same max aperture as the 50-135, and with the crop, 70mm is plenty for portraits.
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$400-$500 CAD is like, what, 10 or 12 bucks US right?

What's wrong with the 28-70? It has the same max aperture as the 50-135, and with the crop, 70mm is plenty for portraits.
Used to be but not any more and we're almost at par after the way the US economy has been "managed" the last few years.

His Sigma should do just fine in almost all situations for portrait work.


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