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06-22-2013, 09:48 AM   #1
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I'm loving 70mm!! Is it love?

I have been shooting with a manual focus Rikenon 35-70mm zoom and I find myself doing a lot of close-up shots at 70mm, from a bit of distance (vs. just mere inches from the subject). Is 70mm like a magical length for macro and close-ups? Before I cranked my shutter count up I was thinking of getting a wide angle 28mm or 35mm lens as a walk-around prime. Now I'm thinking of getting a 70mm instead.

What do others think of 70mm lenses?

06-22-2013, 10:04 AM   #2
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I used to do portraits with a Sigma 30mm F/1.4 and then a Pentax-F 50mm F/1.4. But then I rented the DA 70mm Limited and fell in love with it. Great field of view for headshots and really sharp even wide open! Rent one and you'll see.
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A prime is not a walk-around lens, unless you don't mean a single lens that covers most of the focal length range required to capture the majority of the images you will encounter on an unplanned casual outing :-)

70 is a good portrait length and short telephoto, however.
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I own the DA70 and hate to think of parting with it, such an excellent and tiny lens. The Sigma 70 is a true macro, far bulkier but gives excellent results. Can't think of other 70s but those two are definitely winners!

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QuoteOriginally posted by SpecialK Quote
A prime is not a walk-around lens, unless
... you like to walk around with a prime lens.
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QuoteOriginally posted by yorik Quote
... you like to walk around with a prime lens.
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QuoteOriginally posted by SpecialK Quote
A prime is not a walk-around lens, unless you don't mean a single lens that covers most of the focal length range required to capture the majority of the images you will encounter on an unplanned casual outing :-)

70 is a good portrait length and short telephoto, however.
If I'm doing street photography, I want a prime; a zoom is too large and heavy and too slow to use in comparison to a prime. On the other hand, if I'm wandering around photographing buildings and store fronts, a zoom is the best lens. The 70, I find, is best for across-the-street street photography in terms of this discussion.
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It depends on your shooting style, but for me, 70mm would be a bit long as a general walk-around prime; I reckon 28mm would be ideal. I waver between the DA21, FA31 and FA43 if I want just one lens.

If you like 70mm then the DA70 is a wonderfully sharp, compact and acceptably fast lens, but it does not focus very close; it is great for tight head shots but not true macros.

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When walking around with primes you get used to the framing each lens gives you, eg I don't LOOK for tele shots when I have a wide prime on just like I am looking for detail shots or mild tele rather than wide shots with a 70mm the only difference is if I do really want a tele shot with a wide lens I am able to crop.
So this may explain why the DA15 is so cherished as it is so pocketable as the wide when you need it.
Oh and back on track 70mm is a fav length of mine for similar reasons, it gives me just the right amount of space from someone and as was said gives me a standard view from across the street.
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I took a quick look on eBay for a fixed length manual 70mm lens. Nothing came up except for expensive Sigma lenses. 95% of the results were all zooms. Did nobody make a fixed length 70mm lens "back in the day"?
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QuoteOriginally posted by 6BQ5 Quote
Did nobody make a fixed length 70mm lens "back in the day"?
The DA 70 is the APS-C equivalent
of the classic old full frame telephoto lenses
in the 100-105mm range:

SMC Pentax-A 100mm F2.8 Reviews - A Prime Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database
SMC Pentax-M 100mm F2.8 Reviews - M Prime Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database
SMC Pentax 105mm F2.8 Reviews - K Prime Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database
Takumar/Auto-Takumar 105mm F2.8 Reviews - M42 Screwmount Telephoto Primes - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database
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QuoteOriginally posted by Sandy Hancock Quote
70mm would be a bit long
I would agree, I use a 15 or 20 mm for street work.
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Pretty much all of my studio portraits are shot @ 70mm. I too love this focal lenght.
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Since I received my Sigma 70 macro, I've taken lots of walks with it on the camera. I love having decent macro. And I can bring a 21 ltd in my pocket in case I need wide angle. But if I'm at Niagara Falls and i'm "walking around", my 18-135 is the lens of choice.
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QuoteOriginally posted by kerrowdown Quote
I would agree, I use a 15 or 20 mm for street work.
So you're saying that you're sporting 15-20mm only, when working the streets???

In serious, kerrowdown is an excellent "street worker" and if I was to venture into that field I'd heed his recommendations.
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