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11-20-2013, 04:54 PM   #16
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I missed the `zoom' part of the question... In that case, I recommend the FA 43 ltd

Seriously it is quite versatile - you can get in close for a head and shoulders shot or step back for an `environmental' or (small) group portrait, and it's rendering is special.

11-21-2013, 02:12 PM   #17
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+1 for DA70

How about Sigma 60 f2 macro? Does it really exist? Anybody here used it?
11-21-2013, 02:30 PM   #18
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QuoteOriginally posted by grispie Quote
euhm, what's wrong with the DA 70? no one brought it up yet?
+1. Another vote for the DA 70 mm Limited lens. I have less experience with using zooms for portraits. The 70 mm lens is not much longer than your 50 mm lens so I am not sure if the difference may be worth if for you.

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QuoteOriginally posted by lesmore49 Quote
I've wondered about the Pentax 100 mm WR F 2.8 Macro. Think it would be very sharp.
Perhaps too sharp (people don't like to see the flaws in their skin). But unlike many macros, it's good at normal "non-macro" distances. Nevertheless, I'd much rather use my A100/2.8 non-macro (renders beautiful images).

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I second the Tamron 28-75 f2.8 recommendation. It's generally around $300 and its a wonderful lens on a crop body. Even function as a nice FF lens if pentax ever goes full frame. Screw drive, no lens IS, not a problem with Pentax!
I have the Tamron 28-75mm and it seems to let in too much light now matter what I do. Also the images always seem really soft.
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QuoteOriginally posted by scotheran Quote
I have the Tamron 28-75mm and it seems to let in too much light now matter what I do. Also the images always seem really soft.
I have the Tamron 28-75 (bought in 2007) and the 50-135 (bought in 2009) and use both for portraits. Both will do the job.

First image is the 28-75, second the 50-135. From a High School Senior session.

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I'd be willing to bet most people would rank them like this -
1) FA* 85
2) FA 77 Limited
3) DA 70

I own the 77 and love it. I can't comment on the other two.
12-13-2013, 12:24 PM   #23
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I am leaning towards the Pentax DA* 50-135 f/2.8 or should I just go with the 77?

12-13-2013, 06:26 PM   #24
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QuoteOriginally posted by scotheran Quote
I am leaning towards the Pentax DA* 50-135 f/2.8 or should I just go with the 77?
I can't comment for the zoom. But my take on the comparison is this :

The DA* takes great photos and people like it a lot, although more than a few have had technical issues with it.

The FA77 takes magical shots and seems to be universally praised. It's certainly my favourite lens, and I thought the FA31 would be.

For me the only time I'd pick the zoom is if I was a wedding photographer. The extra versatility is worthwhile here. Even then for the possed photos I'd swap over to the FA77.
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The 70mm is good, no question
Don't ignore the Tamron 90mm f2.8 macro awesome bokeh lens and very popular for portraits
50mm will do the job, 55mm f1.4 wasn't overly impressed being honest. zoom wise lots of my Canon pals swear by their 70-200mm's (in various forms)
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