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08-20-2011, 11:21 PM   #31
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FA50 1.4 for me. If I had it, the FA77 also. The FA31 Ltd is a great lens, but I think it's too wide to give a flattering perspective to a portrait.

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I can vouch for DA*55 and FA77, two of the best portrait lenses you can get by pentax.
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I would vote for the DA 70; here's a sample:

[settings: ISO 100; wide open at 2.4; 1/160s; shutter priority mode; external flash used - AF 360FGZ)


Shot taken today at a playground.
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My son is coming close to 4 months now and I must have shot few thousand pictures of him in that time.

Out of all, DA*55 must have taken 75% and the rest would be shared between FA*24 (24%) and FA100 (the rest).
There is a lot in favor of DA*55:
- quiet AF (some babies are very sensitive in their sleep to noises)
- f1.4 for as little flash usage as possible
- excellent IQ
- fantastic subject separation
- 0.45m MFD (0.7m on FA77 or DA70 is touch long IMO)
- very natural perspective (the 31 if pushed very close will distort features in slightly wie(ish) angle manner).

If you want to see pictures instead of words just have a look:
JJ Photo Gallery by Peter at pbase.com
Most of those shots would be with the DA*. Most of the shots with 31 are by my wife with her K-x

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Just got my Rokinon 85/1.4 a couple days ago. I'm pretty amazed by it. Here are a couple samples:

At f/2.8 with bounce flash



At f/1.4 with obviously natural light



I'm also attaching 100% crops of in-focus areas of each.
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depends on shooting space you have. My choice is between 35-85mm. I use 50mm alot

Here taken with a sigma 17-70f2.8-4hsmOS with flashes:


or 50f1.4 @f1.4:


or K50f1.2


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Gotta give a recommendation to the Sigma 30mm F1.4. Having a 9 month old myself, this lens has been great for indoor available light photos without needing a flash. Unbelievably sharp even at F1.4, and since it's a new born with flawless skin, you won't get the same comments you get from taking shots of your grandparents holding your new bundle of fun complaining about how the lens is too sharp and makes them look old!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Koenig Quote
and since it's a new born with flawless skin, you won't get the same comments you get from taking shots of your grandparents holding your new bundle of fun complaining about how the lens is too sharp and makes them look old!
I know how this feels!
My father in law practically told me off for making him look 10 years older (although the lens was DA*55)

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It is very easy to soften skin in pp
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For little one's ... wider and closer is in order ... I mainly used my 50 f/1.4 and 55 f/1.8 Takumars in natural lighting ... and tried to keep the ISO down.
As they get older ... and also with a help of bounce flash I resorted more to my FA50 f/1.4 (stopped down) and Tamron 90 f/2.8 (stopped down as well) ... this gave me more in-focus ... and using the Tammy Macro I was able to obtain some sharper images.



Now it is difficult to get a sharp shot ... my son and my nephew and nieces move so fast.
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