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09-19-2008, 05:41 PM   #1
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Post some portraits with "non-portrait" lenses!

I know the 85mm and so on are traditionally portrait lenses, but let's see what can be done with other gear!

Here's one from the 40mm limited to kick things off:


09-19-2008, 05:56 PM   #2
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DA 40 f/2.8 limited

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Another from the DA 40:

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Wow, another show off thread

I got plenty of shots

Fa 31 ltd





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Can I include the Tamron 28-75 ? Non portrait, although I think some folks sure like it for that.



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I apologize in advance- this wasn't shot on Pentax gear

Taken with Nikkor 10.5 fisheye.

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Sigma 10-20

Sigma 10-20 @ 10mm

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Another Fa 31 ltd



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My favorite best value zoom for portraits



Pentax DA 50-200 f/4.0-5.6
Should I withdraw from sale in Marketplace

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with Tamron 1.4x Pz-AF TC

It is of course not the best zoom for portraits but its small size and extremely light weight makes it a low quality lens to others but a jewel for me for traveling and snapshot with my boys. They shine for those moments that I can stay far from my boys catching those precious moments undisturbed. Should I withdraw it from sale? I get offered $100 for it and I have a difficult time to let go. I fail to sell my MF Pentax K 45-125 f/4.0 a week ago and I have let go one of the two lens for LBA Management.
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I keep being amazed by the 50-200mm kit lens ... and I never got one originally ... one day if i pick one up cheap ... I will get one just for the hell of it as a do anything lens.

Out of all the shots above though .... most are portrait lenses from I would class them ... except the 10-20mm ... and the F/E as well ... good to see something from WIDE though.
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keep the 50-200

Hinman , I would suggest keeping the lens it is the only lens that I had and sold that I have bought again. I think its a great small travel lens and all around use lens as well. I would say keep it or you will regret selling it I did.
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Hope you don't mind some comments on photos thus far...

roentarre - cherry blossoms... beautiful. And the others are great as well. Blonde on the street and black and white in particular also both grab me. Very nice work indeed.

xtriky - Wow! That is all I can say, and it is not enough.

OrenMc - perhaps not a "portrait" in some staid sense of the word, but that is a great photo. Reflection is a very nice added point of interest. Well captured.

Hin, what can I say? I've come to really enjoy watching your boys. I have two of my own. Your shots are genuinely engaging and warm.

jsherman999 - love it.

pingflood - very nicely done and the most formal of the lot. This and others really make me want to get a 40.

pentaxman - That is an interesting use of superwide. I like the effect.

I'm with Hin in a lot of ways... My favorite lens for shooting candid portraits has become a telephoto, to wit: the Pentax 55-300mm. I've more recently taken a few gigs taking kids pictures and it allows me to stand off far enough not to be in the faces, which results in much more natural photos. I don't have many examples that I can post since I do not have releases to use that stuff online. I wish I could. Some results are very good IMHO.

Anyway, I'll just post a couple of favorites from other lenses:

Sigma 17-35 mm F2.8-F4.0 EX DG @ 17mm


Pentax FA 28-70mm f/4.0 (yes the one that supposedly has QC issues. Paid me back on this one alone.) @ 65mm


I kind of do consider the Tamron 28-75mm to be a portrait lens. Maybe I am wrong... The following was taken at 55mm with the Tammy, which is effectively an 82mm crop. This is probably therefore right down the middle of using the lens as a portrait lens, but I'll let you decide.


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QuoteOriginally posted by gokenin Quote
Hinman , I would suggest keeping the lens it is the only lens that I had and sold that I have bought again. I think its a great small travel lens and all around use lens as well. I would say keep it or you will regret selling it I did.
You have talked good senses to you. I have withdrawn my DA 50-200 from the Marketplace Sale thread and wrote a PM to buyer for apology. It is also my second DA 50-200. I only thought about selling it as I have overlap with MF lens but the DA 50-200 is the best in traveling and though it is not the best for portrait, it has given me the most memorable shots of my boys. My older boy love hide & seek from my camera. The DA 50-200 zoom shines in those critical moments with good lighting. I don't find a good replacement when I consider the weight and how compact that lens is.
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QuoteOriginally posted by woof Quote
Hope you don't mind some comments on photos thus far...

Hin, what can I say? I've come to really enjoy watching your boys. I have two of my own. Your shots are genuinely engaging and warm.

I'm with Hin in a lot of ways... My favorite lens for shooting candid portraits has become a telephoto, to wit: the Pentax 55-300mm. I've more recently taken a few gigs taking kids pictures and it allows me to stand off far enough not to be in the faces, which results in much more natural photos. I don't have many examples that I can post since I do not have releases to use that stuff online. I wish I could. Some results are very good IMHO.
Thanks for the kind words, your boy's eyes are beautiful in the natural photos. You are hitting a point that is very dear to me -- the zoom that allow you to stand far off from the subjects. I totally forget the lens DA 55-300. That is perhaps the best lens to replace DA 50-200 for candid shots.
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QuoteOriginally posted by hinman Quote
I totally forget the lens DA 55-300. That is perhaps the best lens to replace DA 50-200 for candid shots.
Honestly, I could not be happier with it for this purpose. It is not as compact obviously, but the extra reach really is handy, and it can do so, so much more than just this. Well worth a look, and I do thing IQ is a little better than 50-200 though you make that lens look very, very good Hin!

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