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10-26-2008, 05:35 AM   #1
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K20d Portrait Lens

Can anyone suggest a very good portrait lens for use on the k20d. I would like great sharpness and bokeh and also a lens that wont break the bank.

Not sure if this lens exists but any advise please ?.

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DA 70 Limited?

I don't own one, but I know a lot of people like it a lot for portrait work.
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DA 70 Limited?

I don't own one, but I know a lot of people like it a lot for portrait work.
For the 1.5 factor would that be a better option than The 40mm "pancake" or the 50mm 1.4 ?
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What kind of portraiture? Closeup? Bust? Half or full body? All of the above?

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What price range are we talking about, and does it need to be AF?

Some suggestions:

Takumar 55 1.8: $25 - $75
FA 50 1.4: $140 - $220
M 85 f/2; $200 - $350
Takumar 85 1.8 or 1.9: $200 - $450
Jupiter-9 85 f/2: $125 - $250

DA 70, FA 77 or A* 85, FA* 85 1.4 would be more.
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The Voigtlander 58mm f/1.4 Nokton works beautifully for portraits. Wide open, it's soft and creamy. Closed down a stop or two, it has a very sharp focal point with the same creamy bokeh. It's under $400 new.

It's manual focus, which may or may not bug you, but you'll forget about that when using this dream of a lens.
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What kind of portraiture? Closeup? Bust? Half or full body? All of the above?
Probably all of the above if possible, also getting some really good shots of the kids (5 months and 22 months).
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What price range are we talking about, and does it need to be AF?
I would like AF

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QuoteOriginally posted by Matt Miller Quote
The Voigtlander 58mm f/1.4 Nokton works beautifully for portraits. Wide open, it's soft and creamy. Closed down a stop or two, it has a very sharp focal point with the same creamy bokeh. It's under $400 new.

It's manual focus, which may or may not bug you, but you'll forget about that when using this dream of a lens.
Voigtlander 58mm f/1.4 Nokton is very nice!

but also FA 50 1.4 and Jupiter-9 85 f/2: not expensive and good quality

QuoteOriginally posted by Murphy2004 Quote
I would like AF
FA 50 1.4 or F 50 1.4

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The lens ranges you should look at are between 35mm and 100mm

all depending on what you are trying to shoot. Do remember that if your planning any close up tight shots a lens shorter than 60mm or so ( on aps-c ) may cause some unpleasant effects ( too large nose etc ). So generally you want a lens between 60 or more.

The DA 70mm is well liked as it is available for around $450 or so, the 77mm is a bit better. You can also use a good 28-70mm f2.8 zoom or long macro lens like the tammy 90mm or sigma 100mm if you want to. If your good with manual focus lenses jsherman has a good list to.
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The lens ranges you should look at are between 35mm and 100mm

all depending on what you are trying to shoot. Do remember that if your planning any close up tight shots a lens shorter than 60mm or so ( on aps-c ) may cause some unpleasant effects ( too large nose etc ). So generally you want a lens between 60 or more.

The DA 70mm is well liked as it is available for around $450 or so, the 77mm is a bit better. You can also use a good 28-70mm f2.8 zoom or long macro lens like the tammy 90mm or sigma 100mm if you want to. If your good with manual focus lenses jsherman has a good list to.

When you say 60mm or more do you mean 40mm or more taking into account the 1.5 factor or 60mm which would be 90 mm ?
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what is the DA 70mm limited's bokeh like ?
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60mm so it will be more like 90, a 55mm will work to. there is a thread about the 70mm to in the lens section, here

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-slr-lens-discussion/40219-da-70mm-...le-images.html

it's a nice lens that you can't go wrong with overall.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Murphy2004 Quote
Can anyone suggest a very good portrait lens for use on the k20d. I would like great sharpness and bokeh and also a lens that wont break the bank.

Not sure if this lens exists but any advise please?
FA 50mm 1.4. is super fast, for low light shots and isolating the subject. 75mm on APS-C is near the lower level of portrait length, and not too long for shooting indoors. Price/quality ratio is untouchable. You can't go wrong with this lens for $200.

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Auto focus portrait's lens:

1. Pentax 85mm* /1.4
2. Pentax 77mm /1.8 limited
3. Pentax 70mm /2.4 limited
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