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04-24-2013, 04:22 PM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by geekkt Quote
I don't need to stay Pentax, I'm pretty open. Budget friendly makes me especially happy :P I do think something in the 70-85 range is probably perfect for me. 100 might be pushing on the long side, but I also don't have a longer zoom at the moment either, so it's not ruled out entirely. Auto focus preferred
The Tamron 28-75 f2.8 is budget friendly [relatively speaking]. I use the DA* 50-135 more often but that's an expensive lens.

Here is a 'real-world' review of this lens:
Tischer's Review of the Tamron 28-75 f/2.8

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I use at times an 85 and even 135 mm, to get what I need, just try them out and see what works for you.
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I have a Pentax M 85/2 and it is my favorite lens. They are very rare though and run about $300 these days, I think. I second/third/fourth the suggestions for the Samyang/Rokinon/Bower 85/1.4. It is manual focus and it is huge but then again it's 85 mm and it's fast. It's pretty much exactly what you're looking for....great portrait focal length and affordable.

I also have the Tamron 28-75. The 75 end also makes great portraits. You can usually pick one up for between $300-$380 used, but then you don't get the 6 year warranty. New is about $500, I think.
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+1 on tamron 28-75. For me it's better to avoid mf for baby photos as i'm too slow.

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+1 on tamron 28-75. For me it's better to avoid mf for baby photos as i'm too slow. They will not stand or sit still for you.
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I have a Pentax M 85/2 and it is my favorite lens. They are very rare though and run about $300 these days, I think. I second/third/fourth the suggestions for the Samyang/Rokinon/Bower 85/1.4. It is manual focus and it is huge but then again it's 85 mm and it's fast. It's pretty much exactly what you're looking for....great portrait focal length and affordable.
I do think 85/1.4 would be the best fit for what I'm looking for. Does the Samyang (et al.) 85/1.4 come up for sale used often? It's a great price point even brand new, but I'd be tempted to save that $$ and put it toward a used AF lens if I couldn't get a good deal on it.

The 70 or 77 would probably also work well, but if anyone has used the 70 and a 50 in particular - do you find them too similar?

I have that whole "I CAN spend X, but I was thinking maybe I'd spend more like Y, but well then my tax return is about to come and who needs a new deck anyway?" thing going on, lol. :P
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QuoteOriginally posted by geekkt Quote
The 70 or 77 would probably also work well, but if anyone has used the 70 and a 50 in particular - do you find them too similar?

I have that whole "I CAN spend X, but I was thinking maybe I'd spend more like Y, but well then my tax return is about to come and who needs a new deck anyway?" thing going on, lol. :P
I don't have a prime in the 70s range, but I do have my Tamron 28-75 and can say that there is a good bit of difference between 50 and 75. I also have a 35 mm prime and just a 15 mm difference between 35 and 50 is a pretty big difference. I don't think it would be a waste of money to have both a 50 mm and 70 mm lens.
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The FA 77 is outstanding. It is also quite different from a 50. From what I've read the DA 70 is quite nice too.

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I'd recommend M100/2.8 if you can live with the focal length. I use it for portraits, but you need a bit of space inside. It has really good optics and great price! It's also a small well-built lens. Would probably cost you $100 or a bit more. The A100/2.8 is nicer to have of course, but not worth the extra $$ (for me at least).
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You don't need a super-expensive limited lens for what you're after. An el-cheapo telezoom (50-200 / 55-300) will produce perfectly acceptable results:

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If you stumble up on a FA*85mm/f1.4 then you have a great lens for portrait.
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QuoteOriginally posted by RonHendriks1966 Quote
If you stumble up on a FA*85mm/f1.4 then you have a great lens for portrait.
Only problem with this is that FA* lenses (especially the 85) do not come up often, and when they do... You better be prepared to drop a few hundred dollars.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Bcrary3 Quote
Only problem with this is that FA* lenses (especially the 85) do not come up often, and when they do... You better be prepared to drop a few hundred dollars.
Well maybe even a good $1k, but it is worth the money.

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Well maybe even a good $1k, but it is worth the money.
That much?! Wow! Haha, I was basing my guess off of the FA 50 1.4
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Just a heads-up: KEH has several Tamron 90mm macros starting at $245, which is an great price for an outstanding lens, and from a trustworthy seller to boot. I wouldn't worry about the cheapest one being qualified as "bargain," since they are extremely strict about their wear-and-tear ratings. You'd get a short telephoto, portrait, and true 1:1 macro all in one, and it's alot cheaper than any FA* glass.
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