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03-13-2014, 02:50 AM   #16
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As Yusuf says, one of the best options is the Pentax K85/1.8, build quality is superb, IQ is excellent and Bokeh is lovely. The M85/2.0 is favoured by many and I've seem some lovely shots on digital with it, I've just not been able to produce any myself (it was my favourite portrait lens back in my film days).
DSims recommendations for the A or M100/2.8 I can completely agree with - that's if the slightly longer focal length and the slower aperture suit your style. I own (and have had 3 copies) the A100/2.8 and I believe it is close to a Star lens in quality.

Probably the biggest problem you'll have is availability

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After seeing those last shots, I'm on the boat for the Jupiter 11a.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Parry Quote
No idea, I haven't got a 37A. The 11A . . .
Jupiter 37a samples:
500px / Untitled by Andrius S
500px / Untitled by Andrius S
500px.com/photo/62730787
500px / Untitled by Andrius S
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QuoteOriginally posted by AquaDome Quote
After seeing those last shots, I'm on the boat for the Jupiter 11a.
Jupiter 37a samples:
500px / Untitled by Andrius S
500px / Untitled by Andrius S
500px.com/photo/62730787
500px / Untitled by Andrius S
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03-14-2014, 06:52 AM   #19
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I'd also recommend the Pentax K 55 (either f/1.8 for f/2 - same lens just mechanically limited). It's a great lens you can get for around $50.

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QuoteOriginally posted by LennyBloke Quote
Probably the biggest problem you'll have is availability
... and $$$.


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As stated above any of the old fast 50mm f1.4 Pentax glass would be fine for portraits.

I haven't checked EBAY for a while bou should be able for find an old K 50/1.4 or 1.8, or a M 50/1.4 for well under $100.

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One element of caution regarding the longer 135mm focal length lenses suggested above is the matter of working distance. At 135mm on APS-C, working distance for a common head shot is 8-10 feet. That is good if your room or studio is large enough to allow for that, but not so good if your space is cramped.

That being said, the former Soviet lenses suggested above are cult favorites for many users on this site. I would also suggest a 70s vintage Vivitar 135/2.8. The Komine-made versions (serial number #28xxxxxxx) are very well-built and are quite nice optically. I can offer a strong recommendation.

Vivitar 135mm f 2.8 Auto Telephoto Lens Reviews - Vivitar Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database


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