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04-28-2008, 11:45 AM   #1
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Scoring 85mms!

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Nice when they drop into your lap!


What I scored today (thank you, eager craigslist sellers!)







This newbie will be having an informal competition with my Jupiter-9 (when it arrives)
and my SMC-M 85 f/2. I'll try to post some results soon.


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Congratulations! Looks almost new..........I hope the poor seller isn't a Forum member........
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QuoteOriginally posted by John Kovarik Quote
Congratulations! Looks almost new..........I hope the poor seller isn't a Forum member........
I doubt it....even the newest of newbies would have an idea of what these things are worth. I'm hoping ot get that lucky one day.....great find!

BTW, I don't see how there can be a "loser" in that competition.
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Well, maybe if he added the A* 85/1.4 and the SMC 85/1.8 a trend might become apparent...........

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Congrats! I've got the same lens and love it. I'm interested to see what you think.....
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congrats Jay
what is so special about Pentax 85's ... besides the fact they are so damn rare and expensive... and how would it compare to an FA77
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Great bokeh and colour. Fairly sharp wide open. Just a bummer that you don't see this stuff in any Toronto shop often...or perhaps at all for that matter haha.
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Very nice lens, congrats on the find/purchase.

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I sold an M42 85mm 1.9 a few months ago, but it was nowhere near as nice as this one. Congrats.
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congrats ! thats a great find !
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QuoteOriginally posted by k100d Quote
congrats Jay
what is so special about Pentax 85's ... besides the fact they are so damn rare and expensive... and how would it compare to an FA77

The Pentax 85's are just uniformly great. Some are legendary, like the A* 85 1.4 and the FA*
85's, some are merely terrific, like my M 85 f/2.

I have a theory that the 70-90 focal range is a sweet spot for lens capability - for whatever
reason, most brands (Pentax, Canon, Nikon, etc) make some of their best lenses in the 85mm
range. Maybe it's build cost for this length - more IQ can be thrown in there at 85mm for less
cost than the equivalent IQ at 28mm, or 135mm, or 200. Something like that.

My M 85 f/2 really reminds me of my 77 - same type of 'pop' and magic, although the 77 still
has better bokeh and specular highlights.

I also just like the focal length - shots have a very 'telephoto' feel, yet the FOV is still very
useful.



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Thanks for the comments and congrats, may the lens gods likewise smile on 'yall.


I was able to take some shots with this baby before it got dark - very overcast
to start with, not good light, so the colors are a bit muted.

First impression:

- portrait-soft wide open (1.9), and noticeably smaller DOF than my M 85 f2 wide open -
which surprised me, I figured DOF would be indistinguishable. (Makes me wonder if the
1.9 is actually 1.85, and the 2.0 is actually 2.05, or something.)

- Harder to focus than my M 85, because my K20D focus indicator seems to get 'fooled' easier
and gives the in-focus beep just before I have optimal focus. It also beeps through
a wider throw range - I basically have to focus out, pull t back in, wait for the beep, and
then pull it in just a tad more. Once I figured that out, it became easier to nail focus.

- Better bokeh than my M 85 2!

- Maybe a bit less PF, but hard to say, as I didn't have any sun to help out with that.

- Super-duper sharp stopped down to 4 or greater.

- Spooky, dreamy feel to some of the images. I've thought of a word to describe the
77 & 85's - "Tolkienish". This lens has a bit of that everyday Wood Elf magic (The 77td is
Gandalf's lens)


Some images taken before the light left me below.

Note - most of these were taken wide open or close to wide open - trying to keep SS high,
it was a bit breezy. You can use the bokeh to guess relative aperture. No sharpening
was done, only cropping and contrast a bit in a few.






























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QuoteOriginally posted by jsherman999 Quote
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Some images taken before the light left me below.

Note - most of these were taken wide open or close to wide open - trying to keep SS high,
it was a bit breezy. You can use the bokeh to guess relative aperture. No sharpening
was done, only cropping and contrast a bit in a few.
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Looks like you are going to have some fun with this lens! What a find!

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Some more walkaround jpegs from the Super Tak 85 taken today:











wide open:






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Great shots. I have a question though. The shot wide open of the grave marker (6th shot) looks real good to me at first. I think that it is very sharp. But, the bokeh is somewhat disturbing to my eyes. Especially the trees and the distant grave markers. I don't see it in any of the other photos. ( BTW, the close up florals are beautiful). Does anyone else see what I am referring to? Maybe someone smarter than me can explain what I am seeing. thanks.

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