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12-22-2015, 10:04 AM - 1 Like   #1
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A missing focal length in my Pentax-M collection!

I have this "thing" for the older Pentax-M prime lenses. Being an old-time photographer who began taking pictures when auto focus was still a few decades in the future, I have no problem still using manual focus lenses although my eyesight does somewhat hinder my efforts. But, through "bracketing" my shots, focus-wise, I've learned how to overcome this limitation..... MOST of the time!


My Pentax-M collection to date (all SMC) consists of two 28mm's.... a f:2.8 & a f:3.5; a 35mm f:2.0; a 50mm f:1.4, f:1.7 & f:2.0; a 100mm f:2.8; a 135mm f:3.5; a 200mm f:4; a 400mm f:5.6 and a 500mm (M42) f:4.5. (Of these, I would have to say, the 50mm f:1.7 and the 100mm f:2.8 are the sharpest of the lot.)


One slot that is missing that I'd like to fill next is the one between 50mm and 100mm. That would be the 85mm f:2. According to the reviews, it is a wonderful performer and rates extremely high in all categories. A mite spendy and certainly not one comes up for sale very often.... but my mission in 2016 is to save my shekels and snag one when the time is right.


Any comments and/or opinions on this lens would be greatly appreciated.

12-22-2015, 10:13 AM   #2
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KEH has the 85mm 1.8 K for $561US:

https://www.keh.com/242049/pentax-85mm-f-1-8-smc-k-mount-manual-focus-lens-52

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Yikes! I'll have to eat a lot of macaroni and cheese dinners for a while before I can afford to spend THAT much!
12-22-2015, 10:18 AM   #4
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Yikes! I'll have to eat a lot of macaroni and cheese dinners for a while before I can afford to spend THAT much!
If lunch cost you $5 a day, you'd only need to skip it for 100 days...

12-22-2015, 10:49 AM   #5
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I have the K85/1.8. I considered the M85/2 but opted to stay within my preferred K-series lineup. AFAIK the M85/2 is very nicely rated and highly desirable. Frankly, there are very few dogs among the K, M and A primes.
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QuoteOriginally posted by monochrome Quote
Frankly, there are very few dogs among the K, M and A primes.
That includes the A 135/2.8, which got very poor reviews for many years...

Who knows how it will perform on a FF DSLR, but it is a great lens on an APS-C DSLR. Sadly there is no A 85/2. And I would die of a heart attack from eating too much Ramen to ever afford the A* 85...
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You're also missing the wonder 120mm f2.8 and 150mm f3.5, both miniature lenses with stellar optics.

And a faster 135mm.

Among others

I'd love to be rich and start collecting lenses too.
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you are missing the Macros too,
The 100 & the 50,
I have the 100, it was my standard lens on my LX & MX,
A bit slow but sharp and versatile, does a lot, very well besides macro,
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Regarding the M85, it has a quite unique blue fringing:
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1 for sale in Holland I send the page: Pentax K cameras and lenses AF and MF | secondhandcamera.nl

Look in de middle of the page M85mm f2.0 with hood

They ship items all over the world, see the general information page.

greetings Crooski
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As you can see from my signature tag, I'm rather aligned with your thinking.


M85/2 is one sharp lens and quite neutral in colours to my eyes (a good thing for a portrait lens). Goes a bit wild with colour fringing wide open but away from F2 is really quite nice. F2.8 tames fringing quite a bit and the fringing is close to gone by F4. From F2.8 the fringing can be managed in Lightroom ok. F2 fringing is more significant (and unusually blue for fringing) and harder to deal with in post processing. I would treat F2 as only suitable for low contrast settings, eg low light indoor images. Very compact for its focal length, good for street photography at a polite distance from the unexpecting subject.


One of the better lenses in my M series collection.

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QuoteOriginally posted by bdery Quote

And a faster 135mm.


There was only the 135/3.5 in the M series. You need to go to the earlier K's for the 2.5 (good lens) or to the A for the 2.8 (so so from reviews here).


Or go down to the M 120/2.8.

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Don't they just look stunning!
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QuoteOriginally posted by southlander Quote
There was only the 135/3.5 in the M series.
Sorry, my bad.

There was a faster 135 too, the A* F1.8
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Sorry, my bad.

There was a faster 135 too, the A* F1.8
Indeed you are correct. I tend not to think about that lens too often due to its scary price!
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For what it's worth, here's my online M85/2 photo album: https://flic.kr/s/aHskpVsLq8

QuoteOriginally posted by dcshooter Quote
I've got one for sale in silver and chrome....
What?? I don't have the only silvered M85 anymore? Woe is me... :-)
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