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10-06-2008, 01:40 PM   #1
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77ltd vs 50-135* Thoughts...?

I currently have the 31ltd and am I always amazed with it's abilities as well as the benefits of its rather fast speed (1.8). However, I do find myself requiring a longer focal length, which as a result, I've been pretty convinced that one of my next lens purchases would be the 77ltd.
I also have an 18-250 which has proven to be a great vacation lens, albiet a great "outdoor" vacation lens because of its relatively low speed. Now, with the recent thread testimonials pertaining to the 50-135*, I'm thinking of possibly selling my 18-250, forgeting about the 77ltd and picking up a 50-135*. The 50-135* would certainly be more versatile than the fixed 77ltd. Coupled with the new 1.4 teleconverter, it would transform into a 70-190 (albiet slowed down a little). I don't think I'd miss the 190-250 range too much, I'd be gaining the weatherproofing (which isn't a "deal-breaker" to me), but losing the potential FF abilities of the FA.
Therefore the question is, how would you rate the abilities/results of the 77ltd vs the 50-135*? What else am I missing?...
Thx in advance for the feedback

10-06-2008, 01:51 PM   #2
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I really doubt you'll see a difference at the same apertures.

IMHO this realy comes down to size and weight, if you're willing to tote the 50-135 all day then i'd go that route.
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Consider this.
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The 50-135 is a stunning lens, and a perfect Portrait lens. Now the 77mm will have to be truly exceptional to beat it. Having said that I would love a 77mm as well, but I have LBA........ lol

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I had both and sold the 77Ltd because the 50-135 was good enough to me, that I rarely switched over to the 77Ltd. I'm not saying the 50-1356 is absolutely better, but it's close enough that I don't miss the 77Ltd (other than the tactile experience of holding and using that fine, precision metal lens).
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Thanks for the feedback guys. A tough decision...
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QuoteOriginally posted by rfortson Quote
(other than the tactile experience of holding and using that fine, precision metal lens).
that to me is worth a lot

but the versatility of the 50-135 is awesome, it's just if you're willing to lug it everywhere.
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Pentax 77mm /1.8 Limited and Pentax 70mm /2.4 Limited is much better than Pentax 50-135* /2.8 But, 50-137* is more comfortable for daily use

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I think for portraits you need 77 limited at f1.8 Star 50-135* is not so good for professional portraits.
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QuoteOriginally posted by suro Quote
I think for portraits you need 77 limited at f1.8 Star 50-135* is not so good for professional portraits.

I don't know if I'd agree with that, with my 50-135 I'm consistently able to get
shots like this with no real effort:




I think I've seen actual portrait photogs posting shots in this forum taken
with the 50-135 that blow me away.

The 70 & especially the 77 are probably superior for portrait work, but not
by much if so.


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QuoteOriginally posted by jsherman999 Quote
I don't know if I'd agree with that, with my 50-135 I'm consistently able to get
shots like this with no real effort:

I think I've seen actual portrait photogs posting shots in this forum taken
with the 50-135 that blow me away.

The 70 & especially the 77 are probably superior for portrait work, but not
by much if so.
Pentax 50-135* is just good zoom Pentax 77mm /1.8 - is legend with amazing image
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if you need more convincing, read MJ's article here
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although he seems much more caught up on the DA35 now :P
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QuoteOriginally posted by k100d Quote
if you need more convincing, read MJ's article here
sm-02-05-02

although he seems much more caught up on the DA35 now :P
The money quote:

QuoteQuote:
"The Greatest"

All three are utter standouts optically. With the vagaries of personal taste taken into account, no lens, however deluxe, can be called the "best" for everyone, but the Limiteds are certainly among the best. Popular Photography in its March 2002 issue called the Pentax SMC-FA 31mm Limited one of the greatest prime lenses it had ever tested (the other two were the Voigtländer Heliar 50mm f/3.5 and the Nikon Nikkor 45mm f/2.8P Tessar-type. This wasn't clear in the issue itself, but I contacted the Editor, Jason Schneider, who confirmed it). Yet all things considered, the 77mm may be the best lens of the three. A nearly ideal short tele, the 77mm Limited is superb — contrasty, excellent for portraits wide open, with a truly beautiful, delicate bokeh that compliments the almost 3-D vividness of the in-focus image. Tops in its class? There are certainly a lot of great short teles out there. But I can't name an AF SLR short tele I'd put above it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by k100d Quote
if you need more convincing, read MJ's article here
sm-02-05-02

although he seems much more caught up on the DA35 now :P
QuoteOriginally posted by jsherman999 Quote
The money quote:
Thanks for the response. I certainly have no doubt about the abilities of the 77. I guess I'm just wondering if the 50-135 has "caught up to it" (as those reviews are a few years old now)?
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What the DA*50-135 can't give you is the shallow depth of field resulting from apertures wider than f/2.8.
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