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02-15-2011, 01:08 PM   #1
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Looking for weather sealed Portrait Lenses

I have a Pentax K-7 and I love nothing more than taking pictures of a good woman on a typical rainy day in Albion. Since my means are modest I shall not look beyond the £700 mark. Does anyone have a good recommendation?

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this is an easy one.

DA*55mm f1.4

At 35mm frame, it's essentially an 85mm f1.4 but slightly shorter.
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The DA*50-135 also qualifies, although I don't know how expensive it is in your country.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Eagle_Friends Quote
this is an easy one.

DA*55mm f1.4

At 35mm frame, it's essentially an 85mm f1.4 but slightly shorter.
Have you had experience with it? Does it deliver nice Bokeh?

02-15-2011, 01:40 PM   #5
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Both are perfect for portrait. I do prefer the DA*55.
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Want to show me some of your best shots with either lens?
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Want to show me some of your best shots with either lens?
DA*55


DA*50-135
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Lovely! No post processing?

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Lovely! No post processing?
Not much, the first is just a cutout, this is the 3104 with original and some top/bottom cut out. A littlen sharpening. The second is the full picture, taken at 135mm and f3,2 I only played a little with colour since it was in a sportsarena with mixed lights, again sharpening.

This with a little adjustment, but now looking at them I like the original more.

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Those are fine portraits. Very nice.
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Stunning! Any B&W? I am a sucker for B&W Portraits.
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Don't forget the D FA 100mm F2.8 WR Macro.
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Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f1.4.
The Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f1.4 is a very sturdy metallic lens with beautiful IQ. Although it is not WR rated, I used the lens in foul weather incl. subtropical rainstorms, saltwater spray, wind-blown sands, mud. The lens is a tank.

I shoot mainly outdoor and I am amazed by the Nokton 58mm in terms of its capabilities. A number of Pentaxians use this lens and it is highly recommended by all.
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Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f1.4.
The Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f1.4 is a very sturdy metallic lens with beautiful IQ. Although it is not WR rated, I used the lens in foul weather incl. subtropical rainstorms, saltwater spray, wind-blown sands, mud. The lens is a tank.

I shoot mainly outdoor and I am amazed by the Nokton 58mm in terms of its capabilities. A number of Pentaxians use this lens and it is highly recommended by all.
It is a lot cheaper, is it worth it? I looked it up most reviews seem favourable but the price is quite low at only £280.
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Stunning! Any B&W? I am a sucker for B&W Portraits.
Not many B&W with these lenses. Only some of the DA*55 to show.



Edit: this is not even B&W




The main advantage of the DA*55 is that you can use it with f1.4 that is a two stop headstart to the DA*50-135.

One portrait with the DA*50-135 at 135mm and f3.2
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