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08-03-2013, 11:20 PM   #1
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Which one will you let go - K85 f1.8 or M85?

If you have both and only want to keep one, which one will you let go?

M85 is smaller compared to K85 but K85 seems to be enjoying better reputation. f2 vs f1.8 is not a big difference IMO.

08-03-2013, 11:46 PM   #2
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The "M". I've had my "K" for 31 years and used it as my normal for everything with my LX and FC-1. For me to get rid of it would take a faster lens which my '77 isn't. Would you trade a M2.0 for a 2.2 soft?
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I'd let them both go and get the SMC Pentax-A* 85mm F1.4 instead.
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QuoteOriginally posted by kerrowdown Quote
I'd let them both go and get the SMC Pentax-A* 85mm F1.4 instead.
Well, f1.4 I have are not as compact as M85 or K85 and hence remains in shelf - I prefer to use compact one for street shot. So coming back to the original question, which one you let go and which one you keep among those two.

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QuoteOriginally posted by yusuf Quote
I prefer to use compact one for street shot
If this is the criteria you using for lens choice, then pick the smaller one.

Myself, I've gone over to using a 20 mm for most of my street work these days and that too is fairly compact until you put the original hood on.
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QuoteOriginally posted by yusuf Quote
M85 is smaller compared to K85 but K85 seems to be enjoying better reputation.
Man, forget reputation - choose whichever one you feel gives you the better IQ.

QuoteOriginally posted by yusuf Quote
I prefer to use compact one for street shot.
Maybe you've answered your own question.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Erdž Quote
Maybe you've answered your own question.
Pretty much the norm for "which lens to keep" threads on the Pentax Forums.


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I took my M85 out in the garden due to this thread.The M85 is a nice lens, wide open there is some blue firinging.
I haven't used the K85, but in the database someone referred to green fringing.

I'm slowly starting to get a grip on my M85, it's not really a beginners lens. But when shooting enough you see why it's so hyped.

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keep both if possible.

Depends on your use. if size weight matter, keep the M85.
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