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11-09-2012, 04:16 PM   #1
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Portrait lense

Is there any one that has both of these? Can not afford both now so i will have to make a choice.I will be using mainly for portraits.
I have read all the reviews on both but i would like peoples opinions that have used both of these lenses. Thanks


Pentax-A SMC 35-105mm f3.5

Pentax-M SMC 100mm f/2.8

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If you don't mind the size and the weight, the Pentax-A SMC 35-105mm f3.5 is a fantastic lens. Also, it has A setting, which makes life much much easier.

You give up only 1/2 stop.
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The bokeh of the zoom isn't spectacular, and the 100mm's isn't much better, either. I'd recommend getting something else for portraits.

On full-frame, the 35-105 does make for a great walkaround, though!

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The bokeh of the zoom isn't spectacular, and the 100mm's isn't much better, either. I'd recommend getting something else for portraits.

On full-frame, the 35-105 does make for a great walkaround, though!

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What do you suggest for a portrait lense Adam


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The 50mm prime lenses 1.4 or 1.8 both get decent reviews.
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QuoteOriginally posted by kevingun Quote
Is there any one that has both of these? Can not afford both now so i will have to make a choice.I will be using mainly for portraits.
I have read all the reviews on both but i would like peoples opinions that have used both of these lenses. Thanks


Pentax-A SMC 35-105mm f3.5

Pentax-M SMC 100mm f/2.8
Both lenses will/should give you excellent results for portraits, if focused properly.
Both have 6 blade diaphrams so you will get hexagonal bokeh when stopped down.
I own both and if I had to choose one it would probably be the A 35-105 because it's more versitle and has "A" contacts. It's definitely bigger and heavier though so if size and weight are a concern, get the M 100/2.8.
Both are super lenses.

Here are 2 portraits I shot with each lens.

M 100/2.8 wide open, Shot on 35mm slide film


A 35-105 @ 105/3.5, shot with K10D
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Shouldn't you be looking at a fast prime between 50 and 135mm? The 55mm are especially considered to be a portrait focal length for crop cameras.
But on the other hand, those lenses should be good enough, provided you have good light and coach your models a little
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Thanks for the replies went with the 35-105

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I all ready have a bunch of 50s and one 55 my fav. being the M50 f 4 it takes some really good pics.
I think i am going to try the Bower 85 in a couple of months
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