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02-20-2012, 06:58 AM   #16
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I shoot portraits in studio, and along with my 50mm f1.7 I have a Rokinon 85mm f1.4 which I use most of the time.

here you can check out some of my shots.. - vedwards photography - Photographer - Haines City, Florida, US

Hope this helps.


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Many thanks, the information has been very useful
I have just ordered the Sigma 85 f1.4
02-21-2012, 04:29 AM   #18
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Agree with Marc. But since cost is not an issue, I'd consider the FA 77 since its just about the right focal length on APS-C to get great single/couple portrait results.
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THE designated portrait lens in the Pentax line up is the DA* 55. There is currently no 85 mm lens in the line up and even the focal length of the FA77 is quite long for general portraits. I just sold my FA77 for the DA* 55 and I am quite happy. Sure, you can use an 85 mm lens on an APS-C camera, but the well known 85 mm lenses are represented by a 55 mm lens for the sensor format of the K5. You would not really recommend a 135 mm lens as portrait lens to somebody working with a full format camera - at least not as first choice. I assume that the DA*55 would have made you much happier in the long run!
The lens to compare it to would be the Voitgländer 58 mm lens (manual focus). Besides that you can look out for old lenses, not in production anymore. There are several discussions in this forum comparing the P55 to the V58 as well as several older 50 mm Pentax lenses.

If someone asks you for portraits, make sure to be sure of your skills and the gear - you could disappoint both parties at the end.

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Exactly right, the DA*55 is the APS-C replacement of the full-frame portrait lens the FA*85.
The DA*55 excell's at portraiture.

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