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11-18-2013, 07:28 PM   #1
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Suggestions for Portrait lens for K-5

I shoot with the K-5 and always use the 50mm 1.4. I love that lens and I have tried a few others and nothing compares. I just wish it wasn't a fixed lens. Is there another lens out there that is comparable to the 50mm in sharpness? I mostly shoot families and children if that helps any.

Thanks in advance.

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You'll be hearing this a lot... FA 77 limited.

The FA 50 1.4 was my first Pentax lens and I still love the images that it produces. BUT, there is no comparison - the FA 77 is my favorite lens. It produces stunning portraits.
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FA 77 limited.
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It sounds like you want a zoom. The Tamron 28-75 is well-regarded.

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QuoteOriginally posted by scotheran Quote
I shoot with the K-5 and always use the 50mm 1.4. I love that lens and I have tried a few others and nothing compares. I just wish it wasn't a fixed lens. Is there another lens out there that is comparable to the 50mm in sharpness? I mostly shoot families and children if that helps any.

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The DA* 50-135mm works well for portraits. But I strongly recommend primes for the purpose, for the better bokeh and lower distortion. The DA* 55mm works wonders!

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I know a lot of people don't consider 43mm in APS-C to be "portrait"...but for some reason, of all my portraits, I like the ones taken with the FA43 LTD the most. Maybe is the 3d look, maybe is the bokeh...who knows. BTW, girls love this lens too.

My next favorite is the FA85*, my only problem with this one is the distance...and the price...and the scarcity.
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QuoteOriginally posted by scotheran Quote
I shoot with the K-5 and always use the 50mm 1.4. I love that lens and I have tried a few others and nothing compares. I just wish it wasn't a fixed lens. Is there another lens out there that is comparable to the 50mm in sharpness? I mostly shoot families and children if that helps any.

Thanks in advance.
You mean a zoom lens comparative to the FA 50mm F1.4 in sharpness and bokeh?

The DA* 60-250 comes to mind, but it is heavy and only opens up to F4, so you get more depth of field than perhaps desired. Autofocus is slow.

The long since discontinued FA* 28-70mm F2.8, probably the lens I use the most. Autofocus is fast. Good range for portraits. Similar lenses are available from Tamron and Sigma.

I don't own it and cannot vouch for it, but some would probably vote for the DA* 50-135mm F2.8.
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QuoteOriginally posted by yorik Quote
You'll be hearing this a lot... FA 77 limited.
Yep... This thread can now be closed.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Adam Quote
The DA* 50-135mm works well for portraits. But I strongly recommend primes for the purpose, for the better bokeh and lower distortion. The DA* 55mm works wonders!
I agree with Adam - I've found the DA*50-135 works great for portraits. And it's an especially good choice if you want zoom, as you implied.

The DA*55 is great too - the only reason I don't have it is I own the FA43 and K50/1.2 instead. The FA43 also works very nicely for portraits, and if you get one you'll suddenly find it easy to part with your 50/1.4.


But my first 2 choices are my DA*50-135 and my FA*85 (which replaced my FA77, which is nearly as good).
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First choice is FA*85, second choice is FA77.
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I have the DA*50-135 and the FA77. They are both fantastic for portraits, can't go wrong with either.

FA77 is better vs 50-135 for:
- ridiculous sharpness
- smoother bokeh
- AF that doesn't break down (my 50-135 is currently in the shop getting it's SDM replaced)

50-135 is better for:
- zoom versatility
- more reliably accurate AF (as opposed to more reliably working AF )

For the "I absolutely must get this shot" portrait situations I use the 50-135, otherwise I use the FA77.
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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!
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euhm, what's wrong with the DA 70? no one brought it up yet?
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I think the 70 mm would be an awesome choice...but he did state that he wished he had a zoom. 50-135 would give him flattering portrait lengths while a 28-75 would give him wider for full body or group shots. Studio though 70 or the 77ltd would be great.
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QuoteOriginally posted by grispie Quote
euhm, what's wrong with the DA 70? no one brought it up yet?
X 2. I have one of these excellent lenses....very sharp, great bokeh. On a budget....then the 50mm F 1.4....want a zoom...the 16-45.

I've wondered about the Pentax 100 mm WR F 2.8 Macro. Think it would be very sharp.
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