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05-03-2011, 09:58 PM   #46
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QuoteOriginally posted by robgo2 Quote
I do not believe in pixies or in magical dust, but I do believe that different lenses render differently.
I agree with the rest of your post (perhaps with the exception that I'm not sure whether it really is "micro contrast" that plays the biggest role), but note that pixies do exist! Just watch Walt Disney's "Peter Pan". They caught one on camera lots of times!

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QuoteOriginally posted by Class A Quote
I agree with the rest of your post (perhaps with the exception that I'm not sure whether it really is "micro contrast" that plays the biggest role), but note that pixies do exist! Just watch Walt Disney's "Peter Pan". They caught one on camera lots of times!
Well, as I said, I am not an expert in optics, so there may be another explanation for the particular rendering characteristics of the FA Limiteds. In particular, I am referring to the way in which they transmit exquisitely fine tonal transitions.

And BTW, Tinkerbell was not a pixie. She was an exceedingly small, very hot woman with wings.

Rob

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QuoteOriginally posted by robgo2 Quote
Well, as I said, I am not an expert in optics, so there may be another explanation for the particular rendering characteristics of the FA Limiteds. In particular, I am referring to the way in which they transmit exquisitely fine tonal transitions.

And BTW, Tinkerbell was not a pixie. She was an exceedingly small, very hot woman with wings.

Rob
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05-09-2011, 07:43 PM   #49
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I have the FA77 and haven't been tempted that much by the Sigma. The FA77 is compact enough, including the built in hood, that I would actually have it along to take the portrait.

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QuoteOriginally posted by jsherman999 Quote
No, I don't. The Tamron 70-200 2.8 has very pleasing bokeh.

These are very 'busy' backgrounds which are handled nicely, IMO:


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A longer telephoto (zoom or not) with good bokeh can make for a fantastic portrait choice outdoors. Here are some easier backgrounds, Tamron dissolves them nicely:




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Wow! Those are stunning shots - talk about selling a lens!
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"And BTW, Tinkerbell was not a pixie. She was an exceedingly small, very hot woman with wings."
DYK the original Tinkerbell's figure was modeled on Marily Monroe. True fact.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jay_akita Quote
Wow! Those are stunning shots - talk about selling a lens!
If you don't want to buy a lens, don't look at pictures jsherman took with it. That famously goes for several different lenses.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Marc Sabatella Quote
If you don't want to buy a lens, don't look at pictures jsherman took with it. That famously goes for several different lenses.
Tell me about it - I've already bought two 15mm LTDs because of him and his "mind controlling" lens Pentax should hire him for PR!

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QuoteOriginally posted by zuikoholic Quote
DYK the original Tinkerbell's figure was modeled on Marily Monroe. True fact.
That explains a lot and may even change my life.

Rob

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I'm looking for an outdoor portraits lens too, the DA70mm and the FA77mm were very appealing to me but I think that I feel more comfortable in a range between 85mm and 135mm. What do you suggest?

The 85mm Sigma is a little too expensive and I'm looking for an AF lens only.

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QuoteOriginally posted by AKum8 Quote
I'm looking for an outdoor portraits lens too, the DA70mm and the FA77mm were very appealing to me but I think that I feel more comfortable in a range between 85mm and 135mm. What do you suggest?

The 85mm Sigma is a little too expensive and I'm looking for an AF lens only.

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Sigma 50-150 if you don't mind a zoom. if you are looking for a prime, any of the existing AF macros would be great for portraits. my favorites would be the FA 100 macro and Tamron 90 macro.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Pentaxor Quote
Sigma 50-150 if you don't mind a zoom. if you are looking for a prime, any of the existing AF macros would be great for portraits. my favorites would be the FA 100 macro and Tamron 90 macro.
I was just about to reply that any of the AF macro lenses in this focal length range also make nice portrait lenses (IMO).

Another option if you want a longer prime is the FA135/2.8 (or F135/2.8). They run around $400-$500 depending on condition. It's a pretty compact lens, quick AF and has a built in lens hood. A 100mm macro is going to give you a bit more versatility for about the same price, but just wanted to throw that out as another option (in terms of AF primes).
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Very interesting, I'm just a little concerned about the skin rendering of macro lenses. The 135mm seems to me a good option, are there any differences between the FA or the F version?

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The 135mm seems to me a good option, are there any differences between the FA or the F version?
No major differences that I am aware of, besides the usual differences between the F and FA series (different cosmetics and I believe more info on the chip for the program line). They are optically identical, both have the built-in (pull-out) hood and should preform almost identically.
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Very interesting, I'm just a little concerned about the skin rendering of macro lenses. The 135mm seems to me a good option, are there any differences between the FA or the F version?

Andrea
don't worry about the skin rendering. they're just fine. if you see it's too strong for you, you can always adjust it later. the only difference between F and FA is in terms of cosmetics.
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