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11-04-2008, 03:40 PM   #1
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Opinions on FA85 2.8 Soft Focus

Does anyone use the FA85 f2.8 Soft Focus on digital? I have a line on one, new in the box for $430 US. Does that seem like a decent price?
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11-05-2008, 01:10 PM   #2
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I hve a copy - see some sample shots at Pentax SMC-FA 85mm f2.8 Soft Focus Portrait Lens Photo Gallery by Jim King at pbase.com

The price is in line with what KEH was getting for used copies in excellent+ condition several years ago...
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Yes, I used it.

I had one before I sold it.
Mounted on my K100D and it's a very nice lens but you have to practice a lot in order to be able to control the softness especially at wide open aperture.
It has no problem and works fine on digital.
You got more reach though, 85x1.5=127.5mm
Very nice lens especially for the focal length and the soft effect.
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Here are some samples of the last time I used the lens:




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Thanks for the replies, I think I will pass this time. Anyone interested in this lens, PM me and I will forward the web site to you.
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