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06-23-2016, 05:10 PM - 1 Like   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by slip Quote
I agree with you but for the most part the focal length is impractical on a crop sensor... now K1, that is a different story
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No worse than a 300mm f2.8 on the k-1. I've shot portraits with a 400mm f5.6. On a k-3.
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06-23-2016, 07:47 PM   #17
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We'll see your 200mm and raise you a 400mm f2.8:

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Nikon just announced a new lens that is right along the lines I am hoping for for Pentax.Nikon Announces 105mm f/1.4 Full-Frame DSLR Prime Lens | Digital Trends
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Me too... just sligthly lower price like Pentax always does.

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QuoteOriginally posted by UncleVanya Quote
No worse than a 300mm f2.8 on the k-1. I've shot portraits with a 400mm f5.6. On a k-3. Rules are made to be scoffed at.
Yes, but! You can take a portrait with a fisheye, but we won't all start doing this anytime soon. The person was just saying that 105mm is not exactly the most useful focal length on APSC, as it is not really telephoto enough for telephoto use, but it is too telephoto for "normal" uses.

That said, it is always nice to see interesting new lenses. One of the reasons I chose Pentax is because it has some interesting primes and legacy lenses.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Na Horuk Quote
Yes, but! You can take a portrait with a fisheye, but we won't all start doing this anytime soon. The person was just saying that 105mm is not exactly the most useful focal length on APSC, as it is not really telephoto enough for telephoto use, but it is too telephoto for "normal" uses.

That said, it is always nice to see interesting new lenses. One of the reasons I chose Pentax is because it has some interesting primes and legacy lenses.

Slip was talking about the DA* 200 and saying it was impractical for portraits on crop. He said nothing in the post I responded to about the 105mm. I'm sorry if I'm not understanding the point you are making.

In any case a large number of people disagree and do use 200mm on crop as well as FF.
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+1 @UncleVanya

I used prior switching to Pentax, Nikon and my most used lens for portraits was 105mm, 135mm and 180mm as well as 200mm with my Sigma zoom and even 300mm Nikon prime. I am glad to see that Nikon brought this 105mm F1.4 lens as this IMHO will be a killer lens for portraits at that speed. If the wide open performance is good they have a winner there. I do not think that Pentax will go to 1.4 and I am assuming that if they bring the new lens out it will be 85mm 1.8 as Tamron has it already. They should bring 135mm or/and 105mm back as they have a K-1 now and this is excellent focal length for half body shots.
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If Pentax recur the 135mm f1.8 with AF, it's already a great move. It received lots of compliments and is compared to Leica lens a while ago.
105mm f1.4 is another story, if Pentax release a lens like that, I'll buy that for sure ! I'm a portrait shooter and 105mm is not long at all on a FF, I shot 135mm on Aps-c and feel comfortable even for a whole body shot let alone headshot or half body.

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QuoteOriginally posted by redcat Quote
If Pentax recur the 135mm f1.8 with AF, it's already a great move. It received lots of compliments and is compared to Leica lens a while ago.
105mm f1.4 is another story, if Pentax release a lens like that, I'll buy that for sure ! I'm a portrait shooter and 105mm is not long at all on a FF, I shot 135mm on Aps-c and feel comfortable even for a whole body shot let alone headshot or half body.
Forgive me but I'm having difficulty understanding this comment. I get the superbness of the 135 1.8. What confused me is that you mention that the 105 would not be long at all on FF (I concur from my film days), and then say you would buy it but then you mention having shot 135 on APSC and finding that comfortable for whole body shots and headshots and half body shots. Is there a word missing? If 135 is comfortable on APSC (200mm on FF roughly) why is 105 a good choice?

I must be confused or there is a typo here.

The history of the use of 105 is simply marketing. Nikon was successful at making people think 105 was better than 85 or 135. Personally I think it was a fabulous lens but the focal length wasn't what was magical. I think most of us could work with 85 and 135 on FF without ever missing the 105 - but the 105's of the past (and likely this one) were really nice lenses.
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+1 for the 100mm f/2.8 WR Macro. I'm really not one for portrait photography but I've had other people use my kit and it's produced great results, I'll see if one of the subjects is ok with me posting images of them and put up some examples if they are.
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If 135 is comfortable on APSC (200mm on FF roughly) why is 105 a good choice?
I see some members complaining 105 is too long, I just don't feel the same, 135 is cool for portrait : great for headshot, ok for full body, 105 at 1.4 is even better cause I use max aperture almost everyday (why bother buy a 1.4 to shoot at 2.8, right ). I shot portrait with all lens I have/had from 15mm to 135mm so more choices I have more things I can do (LBA talking ?) ^^
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I see some members complaining 105 is too long, I just don't feel the same, 135 is cool for portrait : great for headshot, ok for full body, 105 at 1.4 is even better cause I use max aperture almost everyday (why bother buy a 1.4 to shoot at 2.8, right ). I shot portrait with all lens I have/had from 15mm to 135mm so more choices I have more things I can do (LBA talking ?) ^^
You and I are of a similar mindset. I have done an 15mm selfie and portraits using the 31 up through a 400. On crop.
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In film days, my favourite portrait lens was the SMC Takumar 135/2.5, usually shot wide open. I still have my copy, bought new in 1974, but I've yet to try it on the K-1. Even without pushing it to a wider maximum aperture (although f2.0 could be a good compromise) an updated version of this lens could be very good without costing a small fortune.
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I think I've seen speculation that it might be an 85mm, I'm hoping for something like a 135 f1.8
If you can live with manual focus legacy glass... examples of both are already available, the SMC Pentax-A* 85mm F1.4 and SMC Pentax-A* 135mm F1.8.
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