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06-25-2008, 08:06 AM   #1
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Lenses for portraits

Hi Pentaxians.
I do a lot of portrait photography using my 50mm Macro Lens, I love it, it's really nice because I have a lot of aperture to play with and really makes that feeling of depth on the style of portraits that I usually do.
Anyway, there is only one BUT with this lens, and it is that it has too small angle of view, so if I have a big family, or a full body shot, I have to go really far to get them all; and if I am in a small room this is impossible, so I have to change to my 18-50mm but doing this I lose my big aperture and I have to increase the lighting... etc... everything that comes with a big aperture number.
So... I am wondering which lens will be more than great for portraits. I am wondering in get the 31mm limited or the 14mm or just the great one for portraits.
Just as additional, I use the K10D
So... what do you suggest?
Thanks in advance

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I have the 31mm Limited and find it to be excellent for individual and group shots. You only need to stand a few feet back for shots with 3 or 4 people. Consider that with 1.5 crop factor it's about 50mm, the old standard for portrait shots. If it and my 40mm to be the primes that I use the most for general photography. Additionally you just can't beat the image quality of the 31mm, very crisp. It's a great lens if you have the coin.
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I recently purchased the 31mm ltd to combat this very problem where I couldn't fit a group due to the FA 50mm being a little too long. It should arrive tomorrow and am hoping it lives up to all the great things I've heard about it...it sure did cost a pretty penny!
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The 31mm Ltd. is a spectacular lens.

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or just FA 35/2, unless you really have a big family, then DA 14mm f2.8 will be great
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The 31mm ltd is absolutely brilliant for portraits. I try to use it and the 77mm for all of my people shots, where practical.
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survey says 31mm

It seems most people believe 31mm is the right answer. I can advise that 14 is really the wrong answer. I caution you against the 14 mm for portraits or group shots because it will tend to distort the people at the edges.
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And what about the 21mm?
Does anybody have info on this one?
Thanks for all the replies.

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QuoteOriginally posted by ftpaddict Quote
The 31mm Ltd. is a spectacular lens.
...
yeah, in deed it is...
... and as such it comes with spectacular price tag...
FA 35 f2 would be good solution,
DA21 is not bad either but it distorts a bit more then 35...
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Here is another vote for the FA 35/2. (Just in case the 31 ltd is a little rich for your blood...it is for mine!)

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QuoteOriginally posted by siruami Quote
So... I am wondering which lens will be more than great for portraits. I am wondering in get the 31mm limited or the 14mm or just the great one for portraits.
Just as additional, I use the K10D
So... what do you suggest?
Thanks in advance
I would not say it is better. But definitely from a different perspective
















It is a bokeh generating combination



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06-26-2008, 06:42 AM   #12
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Either the 31 or 35mm focal length should work well for what you are after. The 21 is on the wide side, and isn't all that much faster than your kit lens.
If you can afford it, the 31mm is an excellent choice, failing that, the new DA35mm or FA35mm. If you don't mind manual focus, if you can find an A35mm f/2, it is a most excellent lens as well.
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danielchtong: those are excellent pictures, just exactly what I am looking for, great dof.
what lens - aperture combination did you use?
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QuoteOriginally posted by siruami Quote
danielchtong: those are excellent pictures, just exactly what I am looking for, great dof.
what lens - aperture combination did you use?
Thx. They are all from DA200mm. And all of them at F3.2 -F3.5. Its DoF is little and very easy to isolote the subject with bokeh.
That is the reason that I said it was a bokeh generating combination.
Fun to use if not for the long distance for portrait - like taking pict from one side of the room to the other. The good part is that it is less intimidating to the subject as I was so far away.
A stealth lens as well for candids

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/forums/view_topic.php?id=591443&forum_id=8...893977#p893977

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Another vote for the FA35. Fantastic lens and super sharp. It's also nice and cheap at around $269
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