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07-21-2008, 08:27 AM   #16
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FA* 85 f1.4

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What's best portrait lens in Pentax's lineup?

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Slightly soft and dreamy till f2.8, then sharpens dramatically from f4 on, but still very pleasing and sympathetic to the subject.

See a couple of shots in my gallery; click for bigger versions.

Magnificent lens. Hope they reissue it with weather sealing.

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07-21-2008, 08:36 AM   #17
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I have 4 lenses that I use for portraits. All are very good and each one is a bit distinctive in it's own way (and/or is used for other functions). You really can't go wrong with any of the following:

Tamron 28-75mm f2.8
Sigma 70mm f2.8 macro
FA 50mm f1.4
FA 77mm f1.8

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I love my 50mm f1.4, but f1.4 is totally useless i mean for portrait ! I usually take by best pictures at f2.4-f2.8 to have all the face clear and in focus.
07-21-2008, 10:20 AM   #19
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QuoteOriginally posted by ll_coffee_lP Quote
I have 4 lenses that I use for portraits. All are very good and each one is a bit distinctive in it's own way (and/or is used for other functions). You really can't go wrong with any of the following:

Tamron 28-75mm f2.8
Sigma 70mm f2.8 macro
FA 50mm f1.4
FA 77mm f1.8

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That is a nice collection of portrait lenses... I have two of them but would love to have the other two...

07-21-2008, 11:48 AM   #20
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My favorite portrait lenses, in order:

M 85 f/2
FA 77ltd
DA* 50-135 at 135mm & f/3.5
FA 50 1.4 at f/2.0+

The DA* 50-135 is so amazingly versatile. It's actually kinda tied between the top 3.

DA* 50-135 @ 135mm f/3.5:
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I recommend Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 as one of the less expensive choice and you can use it for walk around with emphasis on portraits. Of course, the other choices mentioned with limited lens in 70/77/16-50/50-135 are all outstanding choices.

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Best Portrait Lens

Hi all,

As with all "best" lens questions answers will vary and will always subjective. In my own case I set personal parameters on this sort of "best" question. It has to be a lens I own and go to most frequently for the job at hand. There may be "better" lenses out there, almost certainly, but if I don't own that lens who cares. In my case for portraits I reach most frequently for my DA 70mm. In order of use the next choice would be the M 50mm f/1.4 or M 50mm f/4 macro. Finally, for "ambush portraits" I use the K 200mm f/ 2.5.

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07-21-2008, 01:08 PM   #23
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Thanks for your replies & comments.

I am also looking at Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f/1.4 disgned by Cosina. It is available for Nikon & Pentax mounts. The lens is not very expensive but it does not come with Auto Focus. It renders interesting colours and smooth bokeh.

I could not find many samples of portraits captured on this lens despite its focal length is ideal for portraits on cameras with APC-S sensors.

Here is a couple from flickr:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3123/2628826007_f10cb84d5f.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2328/2371056322_fd064c998b_o.jpg

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I have k55/1.8 which is a soft wide open until f5.6. It could be a bargain portrait lens if you want the SF effect.
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There're many more samples on Voigtlander 58mm in this thread

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07-21-2008, 01:43 PM   #26
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Hi Hin....

QuoteOriginally posted by hinman Quote
I recommend Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 as one of the less expensive choice and you can use it for walk around with emphasis on portraits. Of course, the other choices mentioned with limited lens in 70/77/16-50/50-135 are all outstanding choices.

It is great to hear that you finally gave that lens a workout Hin. Nice shots in your blog too. I agree with your thoughts on it. It is my workhorse when it comes to snaportraits of the kids.
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This will be heresy to some, but I had the 77 Ltd and never really used it that much so I sold it. I find that the 50-135 is a fantastic lens and easily covers my needs in the 77mm range.

That being said, my best portrait to date (and the one that's been published a couple of times) was taken with the DA50-200 on my K100D.
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QuoteOriginally posted by rfortson Quote
This will be heresy to some, but I had the 77 Ltd and never really used it that much so I sold it. I find that the 50-135 is a fantastic lens and easily covers my needs in the 77mm range.

That being said, my best portrait to date (and the one that's been published a couple of times) was taken with the DA50-200 on my K100D.
I used my Pentax DA 50-200 for portraits along with my Tamron 70-300 Di LD Macro. They can't match up with DA 50-135, but if you are like me constrained by budget, I used my cheapo gear to the fullest and that includes portraits. With good lighting, those two lens serve me well for candid portraits in outing with my boys

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QuoteOriginally posted by alexgn Quote
Thanks for your replies & comments.

I am also looking at Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f/1.4 disgned by Cosina. It is available for Nikon & Pentax mounts. The lens is not very expensive but it does not come with Auto Focus. It renders interesting colours and smooth bokeh.
These were shot with the 58mm/1.4 Nokton

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I'd say overall, the DA*50-135. It covers a good range for portraits all the way up to head shots and beyond. I was really surprised at how remarkably similar the color, contrast and sharpness was to the DA70 Limited I had, even pixel-peeping it was nearly impossible to tell them apart. By far, the best quality zoom I've used for portraits, including a couple Canon "L" zooms I used to have.
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