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07-10-2013, 04:21 PM   #31
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I gave up trying for Pentax ones and went with the Sigma 85mm f/1.4. Great lens in it's own right. I couldn't justify the prices for Pentax 85mm glass and the Samyang ones were too cheap.

The Sigma flies under the radar.

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Correct me if I am wrong but isn't the A85 F1.4 a different rear-focusing optical configuration to the FA*85 F1.4, which has an internal floating focusing group. The FA 77 LTD design is that of the FA85 IIRC.

The A has *better* bokeh and focuses better at a distance to the FA if I remember rightly. The FA being more for portrait work but the FA bokeh can be very nervous so perhaps someone, who has all three lenses (A85, FA85 & FA77), can give some comparative statements.
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QuoteOriginally posted by bossa Quote
The A has *better* bokeh and focuses better at a distance to the FA if I remember rightly.
Also the A85 is better looking, the FA85 & hood has got to be one of the ugliest lenses that Pentax has ever made.

It makes my FA28-105MM F4-5.6 [IF] look down right sleek. I usually cover it with a paper bag when I'm out shooting and only remove it when I take a picture.


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FA 85, A* 85, FA 77, DA* 50-135, CZ 85, Samyang 85, Leica Summilux-R 80

QuoteOriginally posted by bossa Quote
The FA being more for portrait work but the FA bokeh can be very nervous so perhaps someone, who has all three lenses (A85, FA85 & FA77), can give some comparative statements.
I only have the FA 77, but here's a nice comparision of these 3 lenses + DA* 50-135 + CZ 85/1.4 + Samyang 85/1.4 + Leica Summilux-R 80/1.4.

. Test 85 mm: 7 objectifs spécial portrait | Deuxième partie [original]
. 85 mm Test: 7 Special portrait lenses | Part II [English translation]

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QuoteOriginally posted by Gray Quote
I only have the FA 77, but here's a nice comparision of these 3 lenses + DA* 50-135 + CZ 85/1.4 + Samyang 85/1.4 + Leica Summilux-R 80/1.4.

. Test 85 mm: 7 objectifs spécial portrait | Deuxième partie [original]
. 85 mm Test: 7 Special portrait lenses | Part II [English translation]
Thanks for that link. The Zoom held it's own nicely there although it did appear the FA77 was either misfocused or subjected to camera shake in the field tests.
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Hi Bossa,
Sorry to butt in.. But the FA77 optical design is similar to the A*85/1.4. The FA*85 is a different optical design altogether...
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amazing!

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QuoteOriginally posted by SyncGuy Quote
Hi Bossa,
Sorry to butt in.. But the FA77 optical design is similar to the A*85/1.4. The FA*85 is a different optical design altogether...
Oops! That was a typo... I know the FA77 is based on the A*. I've got to stop drinking.. I am starting to type words backwards as well.. !yracs
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Wow! LBA-inducing even if the the OP was made more than seven years ago!

This thread should have a label warning!
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Good lord; this thread really is over seven years old!
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time passes and the * remains a relic, luckily I got my copy. if it is not the saint put this degree very close.

is undoubtedly better than my sigma 85 mm 1.4.
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