Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home
 

Reply
Show Printable Version Search this Thread
12-09-2007, 04:14 PM   #1
Veteran Member




Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Munfordville, Ky.
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 370
Portrait lens...FA77 ltd. vs DA*50-135

I've recently become interested in portrait photography, and considering acquiring one of the above lenses at some point in the future. (Is there any cure for LBA other than death or bankruptcy?) The 77 Ltd. has a great reputation, but I like the flexibility of the zoom, and find myself thinking that 80mm on the 50-135 would be at or near its "sweet spot" and the extra light-gathering power of the 77 (f1.8 vs f2.8) isn't necessarily going to be an asset when used in a studio. From what I've read the 50-135 has gotten some rave reviews also, and I'm thinking that at equal focal lengths and apertures any difference in IQ is going to be negligible. Any thoughts or suggestions (other than purchasing both of them) will be appreciated.

CN

12-09-2007, 04:30 PM   #2
Loyal Site Supporter
Canada_Rockies's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Sparwood, BC, Canada
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 9,134
I just did a quick shoot with the k10d, and 50-135. I think it is a good combo. I did appreciate the lens twist framing option, compared to the pick up the tripod and walk option. Even at 2.8, I missed one good one because the subject leaned forward just a bit too far for the depth of field. I am going to try to salvage it - it's basically over soft.
12-09-2007, 05:27 PM   #3
Veteran Member
benjikan's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Paris, France
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 4,309
QuoteOriginally posted by Clem Nichols Quote
I've recently become interested in portrait photography, and considering acquiring one of the above lenses at some point in the future. (Is there any cure for LBA other than death or bankruptcy?) The 77 Ltd. has a great reputation, but I like the flexibility of the zoom, and find myself thinking that 80mm on the 50-135 would be at or near its "sweet spot" and the extra light-gathering power of the 77 (f1.8 vs f2.8) isn't necessarily going to be an asset when used in a studio. From what I've read the 50-135 has gotten some rave reviews also, and I'm thinking that at equal focal lengths and apertures any difference in IQ is going to be negligible. Any thoughts or suggestions (other than purchasing both of them) will be appreciated.

CN
If I had to choose between the 77 and the 50-135, I would go for the 50-135 for the versatility. It is a very capable lens and would not hesitate to use it for pro apps...
12-09-2007, 07:17 PM   #4
Veteran Member




Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Munfordville, Ky.
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 370
Original Poster
Quote "If I had to choose between the 77 and the 50-135, I would go for the 50-135 for the versatility. It is a very capable lens and would not hesitate to use it for pro apps..."

Many thanks, Benjikan. I've read most of your posts regarding the 50-135, and it's obvious you hold it in high regard. Despite the obvious versatility difference I'm sure you wouldn't have answered as you did had you not considered the 50-135 a pro-quality lens every bit as capable of taking a quality portrait as the 77 ltd.

CN

12-09-2007, 07:26 PM   #5
Veteran Member




Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Munfordville, Ky.
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 370
Original Poster
Thanks for your input, Albert. Let's face it. They're not all going to be keepers regardless of the lens you use. I certainly am envious of your locale. The Canadian Rockies have to be one of the most beautiful places I've ever visited, and the scenic photo-ops are endless.

CN
12-10-2007, 12:28 AM   #6
Veteran Member
roentarre's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Posts: 11,794
Wow, so much credit to this Da* 50-135 zoom by benjikan! Really tempting in deed.
12-10-2007, 05:39 AM   #7
Inactive Account




Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 98
If I have the money I would have gotten the 50-135 but the 77mm will have to do. Just received it today and couldn't resist trying it out as soon as I got home! Here's a couple of shots.


12-10-2007, 06:08 AM   #8
Senior Member
Branimir's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Zagreb, Croatia
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 145
You should make your model smile
BTW, nice results...I think you would produce nice shots with whichever lens you used... Even DA50-200

12-10-2007, 06:49 AM   #9
Veteran Member
Kguru's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Perth - WestAust
Posts: 602
QuoteOriginally posted by LittleSwans Quote
Here's a couple of shots.
Great shots LittleSwans.
If I can do shots this good with my 77 I'd be satisfied, the 50-135 can wait awhile.
But then if I can't do shots this good with my 77 what's the point of geting the 50-135?!
12-10-2007, 07:00 AM   #10
Veteran Member




Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Munfordville, Ky.
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 370
Original Poster
[QUOTE=LittleSwans;131548]If I have the money I would have gotten the 50-135 but the 77mm will have to do. Just received it today and couldn't resist trying it out as soon as I got home!

Beautiful child, and very sharp photos. Thanks for your input.

CN
12-10-2007, 10:46 AM   #11
Inactive Account




Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Zagreb, Croatia
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 105
Had them both for a week, I choosed 50-135 because of a versatility that Ben mentioned. 77 is one stop faster, but sharpness is great with both of them, AF is much faster with DA*.
If you have the money, go 50-135 first, then buy the Limited
12-10-2007, 11:32 AM   #12
Veteran Member




Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Munfordville, Ky.
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 370
Original Poster
QuoteOriginally posted by Kresica Quote
Had them both for a week, I choosed 50-135 because of a versatility that Ben mentioned. 77 is one stop faster, but sharpness is great with both of them, AF is much faster with DA*.
If you have the money, go 50-135 first, then buy the Limited
Thanks for the advice. I've decided to go with the 50-135 unless Sigma comes out with something more versatile in the meantime, eg the 70-200 EX DG macro with a Pentax mount. Either way, if I have a few pennies left over I'll probably go with a 100mm or so true macro.
12-10-2007, 11:41 AM   #13
Veteran Member




Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Outside of Philly
Posts: 1,564
Good choice! I too was agonizing over the 50-135mm vs. 70-200mm choice, and I'm very happy with the DA*!
Since you are using it on portraits, here's one of my mom over Thanksgiving -

Last edited by egordon99; 12-10-2007 at 11:42 AM. Reason: Can't spell "portraits"
12-10-2007, 12:07 PM   #14
Loyal Site Supporter
Canada_Rockies's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Sparwood, BC, Canada
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 9,134
QuoteOriginally posted by egordon99 Quote
Good choice! I too was agonizing over the 50-135mm vs. 70-200mm choice, and I'm very happy with the DA*!
Here is one of my neighbour Joanna taken with the DA* 50-135. Fill by reflector to 2 stops less on her right. Large North facing bay window to her left. ISO 400, 1/30 @ f/2.8, 95mm. No processing other than size reduction.
Attached Images
 
12-11-2007, 08:05 PM   #15
Veteran Member
Mike Bokeh's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Queens, New York
Posts: 591
[QUOTE=LittleSwans;131548]If I have the money I would have gotten the 50-135 but the 77mm will have to do. Just received it today and couldn't resist trying it out as soon as I got home! Here's a couple of shots.



Very nice shot, LittleSwans. Nice shallow DOF.

Mike
Reply

Bookmarks
  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
k-mount, ltd, pentax lens, portrait, slr lens, vs
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
People Portrait shot by DA* 50-135 dreamnet Post Your Photos! 3 11-17-2009 08:06 PM
Old lens or new ? FA77 v M 85 F2 JohnMcD Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12 02-08-2009 07:16 PM
My First Portrait with DA* 50-135 dgsullivan Post Your Photos! 10 12-29-2008 09:34 PM
Question about fa77 and 50-135 BeerCan Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 1 05-08-2008 11:08 AM
Portrait Lens / DA*50-135 or DA70 zenzenyoyo Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 7 10-25-2007 04:52 PM



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 04:59 PM. | See also: NikonForums.com, part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
register
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]
Top