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07-03-2019, 04:10 AM - 1 Like   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by biz-engineer Quote
DFA85 will come this year or next year. We saw of plastic molded version at CP+.


No you don't. If you need such lens shortly, you can get a used Pentax FA*85, or Pentax FA77 and resell it almost the same price to finance the new D-FA*85 when it'll be available.
Nobody in their right mind sells a 77. Apart from not focussing quickly enough to be a great dance lens, it is perfect.

That said, I;m hanging out for the DFA 85mm.

07-03-2019, 05:44 AM   #17
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The Nikon started at $2000, but it's couple years old now.



What are you planning to use it for?
What's the rush?
I want the lens for portraits of my two Sons, before they leave for college, and my Granddaughter, when she's born next month.

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QuoteOriginally posted by biz-engineer Quote
DFA85 will come this year or next year. We saw of plastic molded version at CP+.


No you don't. If you need such lens shortly, you can get a used Pentax FA*85, or Pentax FA77 and resell it almost the same price to finance the new D-FA*85 when it'll be available.
I saw some pictures done with the FA 85mm, and they were beautiful!
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QuoteOriginally posted by TerryL Quote
I want the lens for portraits of my two Sons, before they leave for college, and my Granddaughter, when she's born next month.
Oh ya, definitely special use consideration, but you can buy great portrait lenses for a fraction of what an 85 1.4 will cost. Congratulations on the big events. And honestly, for portraits, the new 50 1.4 while great at wide aperture edge to edge , for portraits is probably really no better than one of the older lenses, as edge sharpness is usually wasted on portraits where the subject is close to the centre of the frame and edges are soft and out of focus, no matter what lens you use.

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I saw some pictures done with the FA 85mm, and they were beautiful!
Hows you portrait technique?

LeRolls has posted lots of beautiful FA 85 1.4 images, but I can't take images like that.

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Tamron has a 90mm, think it's F/2.8. Older versions are available in K mount, not the new version unfortunately.

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QuoteOriginally posted by cdd29 Quote
Tamron has a 90mm, think it's F/2.8. Older versions are available in K mount, not the new version unfortunately.
The Sigma 70 macro is my favourite APS-c portrait lens. But I haven't had chance to use my DA* 55 1.4 yet. I just don't get many portrait opportunities.

Hey Tony, those pictures you liked, cut those out for reference. The only time I look at reference images would be portraits and weddings.

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QuoteOriginally posted by TerryL Quote
I want the lens for portraits of my two Sons, before they leave for college, and my Granddaughter, when she's born next month.
Then you need to get the 77mm Ltd to cover those events. The new DFA 85mm won't be out that quickly !

If you can snap up a FA* 85mm 1.4 immediately I would go for that in preference to the 77mm Ltd.
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I would think about buying the DFA* 50/1.4 and crop the pictures a little. I did this last weekend and can't still believe the quality. With the enormous pixel of the K1 it is easy to crop a 4k picture and that is more than I need.

I am a huge fan of 85mm (and an owner of a 85/1.8) but with the new DFA* I will use the 85 very seldom.

At the moment I am thinking if I should by the new 35mm oder FA31, sigh.

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At the moment I am thinking if I should by the new 35mm oder FA31, sigh
Oh come on Olaf, call yourself a Pentaxian !!! Get both

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Oh come on Olaf, call yourself a Pentaxian !!! Get both
Nah...I will visit mapcamera in Tokyo soon and will check if they have both of them in good-used-condition and compare them.
But I fear I will go with the 31, because it has the better look&feel, sigh.

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The 31mm Ltd is the most special of the Ltd's in my opinion.
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If you want a brand-new-in-store "Name brand" 85mm with AF, Pentax's 85 is coming out this year or sometime next.

Nothing wrong with 3rd party lenses, with new 3rd Party being found easily (though manual focus only) online for ~$200 for the Matikon 85mm f2, ~$250 for the Samyang/Rokinon 85mm f1.4, and ~$500 for Lensbaby Velvet 85mm f1.8.

For older lenses with & without AF, yiu're going to paying ~$200 bucks and up either way.
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Well expect it next year and not this one.
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Not trying to talk you out of 77/85, Terry, but when the subjects are your own family you can shoot from distances so close they'd upset a stranger.

Your DFA 50 is perfect for head and shoulders portraits still further away than kids shoot each other today with phones.

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I just wanna see more prime lenses options from pentax, because you know that third part lens brands stop producing lenses for Pentax. We have just pentax options for modern lenses. Pentax makes good quality lenses but the process takes forever, they r so slow...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Kaisas Quote
Pentax makes good quality lenses but the process takes forever, they r so slow.
....and you know that is not going to change.
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