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01-20-2017, 03:20 AM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by AndKM Quote
a great portrait lens around 85mm for a Pentax K-3 II.
Before or after crop 85mm? If after, then the DA*55 is the one to go for.

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QuoteOriginally posted by pres589 Quote
No, I've seen examples of the out of focus rendering with the Tammy 90 and I think it would work great, and I think the field of view on crop would be better than the DFA100's for this purpose.
I think if the OP can get the superb DA*55, it ends up being a classic 85mm on FF portrait field of view.

+1 for the Tamron 90 Macro for portraits, though.

Here's a shot I happened to do with window light with the Tammy and K-1, but on the K-3 it would end up as the classic 135mm portrait FoV. f2.8, 1/250s, ISO 400.


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I have the DA *55 and it is by far my favorite portrait lens. Everything about it seems made for portraiture. I also have the Tamron 90 and it is also a very capable lens for portraits (and you have the versatility of also having a really nice macro in one package). I would also throw an honorable mention in for the Tamron 28-75...a very useful zoom...and the SMC Takumar 135mm f2.5.
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Another vote for the SMC DA * 55mm. I just got mine this week as well as my SMC DA * 300mm, I think I am going to be very happy with the 55 from my limited usage.

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QuoteOriginally posted by gm4life Quote
Another vote for the SMC DA * 55mm. I just got mine this week as well as my SMC DA * 300mm, I think I am going to be very happy with the 55 from my limited usage.
Fantastic combination!
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I find my 70 Limited, 50mm F 1.4 and surprisingly my 18-135 all excellent.
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Curious FA 77mm disconnected? Because of DA 70mm ??
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QuoteOriginally posted by cali92rs Quote
No need to look any further...pull the trigger on the 77mm and don't look back
If you want to spend less, look at the DA 70mm.
If you want to spend more, look for a FA* 85mm.
Well said!

FA 85/1.4 or A 85/1.4 either is terrific and would have my vote over the DA 70 or FA 77 ltd. . I've owned them all by the way, and sold them all except the A 85/1.4

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QuoteOriginally posted by Fenwoodian Quote
Well said!

FA 85/1.4 or A 85/1.4 either is terrific and would have my vote over the DA 70 or FA 77 ltd. . I've owned them all by the way, and sold them all except the A 85/1.4
I shoot a K-3 and have not shot the FA* 85. I loved my A* 85 but sold it and bought the FA 77 because my eyesight doesn't love manual focusing anymore. My A* 85 remains a favorite of mine but I do not miss it as much as I thought I would. It was more jewel than optical device in the end for me as my eyesight didn't make it easy to use and I opted for other lenses to avoid the difficulty.

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These on my blog from my workhorse 50-135: Sun and Shade , Wind and Sun

Great lens!
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If the FA 77 Ltd is within your reach go for it. Limited lenses have their own "drawing style" which makes them pretty special. I lusted over the FA Ltds but went with HD DA Ltds for two reasons 1) cost, 2) I am quite satisfied with the modest APS-C sensor. The HD DA Ltds have a more neutral drawing style than their FA siblings.

Having shot portraits with the FA 35 f/2, FA 50 f/1.4, DA* 50-135 f/2.8, HD DA 40 f/2.8, HD DA 70 f/2.4 and D FA 100 f/2.8 Macro WR - I can honestly say the HD DA 70 is by far my favourite of the lot. The DA* 50-135 offers more flexibility but the AF with the 70 on a K-5II is much faster. Of my 3 HD DA Ltds (21/40/70) the 70 has the most pixie dust.

When I first starting portraits the FA 50 was my go-to glass. Wide open or stopped down to f/2; bokeh was everything to me at the time. As I expanded my skill set into becoming a strobist; lighting became much more important and creative options became endless. Today I shoot most portraits between f/5.6 and f/8 but use a cactus V-6 radio trigger, up to 4 flashes and have an arsenal of light stands, modifiers (gridded soft boxes, reflective umbrellas, shoot through umbrellas, bounce cards, flash diffusers, etc.). When I want to travel light it's RotoLights (LED) and then a faster Aperture between f/2.8 and f/4 is more important. I find f/2.4 more than adequate and hardly ever shoot with the HD DA 70 open any wider than f/2.8.

Ultimately you should make your decision on what you want to capture now but also give thought to where you would like to grow with your skill set.

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QuoteOriginally posted by clackers Quote
Fantastic combination!
I know I had crummy foggy weather today got a couple good shots from the 300 there will be another day. OTOH the 55 is a real gem, I am really going to like shooting that focal length with that lens!

Which is why I highly recommended it here in this thread. If the OP doesn't have plastic fantastic DA 50 that isn't as good but a good value for the performance it will deliver.
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In my opinion the top is the FA*85 1.4 but it is expensive.
If you ar confident with the MF you can have good result also with the M85 2 which is quite cheap.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ANGUS YOUNG Quote
In my opinion the top is the FA*85 1.4 but it is expensive.
If you ar confident with the MF you can have good result also with the M85 2 which is quite cheap.
The M85 is not cheap exactly, but more affordable than the rest. Not an easy lens to master but a real gem.
The M100/4 macro is similar in colours without the same bokeh.

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