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12-30-2008, 02:38 PM   #16
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I second or third with the other guys, the SMC Pentax A* 85mm F1:1.4, but hey the 50mm F1:1.2 is a pretty mean performer too.

12-30-2008, 03:13 PM   #17
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Have a look at Kelly's thread on the previous page.

For me ... I love my Super Takumar 85 f/1.9 for bokeh .. so smooooooooth.
12-31-2008, 08:48 PM   #18
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k or a 50 1.2

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Tele Bokeh

Hi all,

I was playing around with the Pentax M 400/5.6 today. It's just an old weed from last year I found down by the pond. Nothing special in itself but but I liked the way the lens rendered the background in this image.



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The pentax 50mm f/1.2 is a pretty tough lens to beat...and I have used a lot of ultra fast lenses. From the Leica Noctilux (f/1.0) to the Noct Nikkors, and I can say that this is one of the best superspeed 50's...it matches the rare and famous Noct Nikkors, which were designed for optimum performance at wide open....but the 50mm performs superbly when stopped down which is something alot of superspeed lenses fail at.

Here's a wide open shot,the 50mm needs a bit of "kick" when you sharpen the images but that's the only drawback of using this lens on digital.

Pentax K SMC 50mm f/1.2 2500/s @ f/1.2 ISO 100

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03-18-2009, 06:55 AM   #21
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QuoteOriginally posted by Buddha Jones Quote
There isnt a best, but there def are some worsts!
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However, many lenses do perform well for bokeh at least sometimes, as long as the situation is not too "difficult":
[ Other, more favorable examples at PENTAX SMC (K) 105/2.8 ]
03-18-2009, 07:59 AM   #22
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I really liked the Tamron 60b 300mm f/2.8

all the backgrounds were like a Gaussian blur filter. Total isolation.
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I am starting to like some "things" in the background. I no longer think total isolation is the best attainable. Is this a matter of evoluating preferences?

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QuoteOriginally posted by kerrowdown Quote
I second or third with the other guys, the SMC Pentax A* 85mm F1:1.4, but hey the 50mm F1:1.2 is a pretty mean performer too.
For all-around "dependably good" bokeh, I think that the A* 85/1.4 and the K or A 50/1.2 are hard to beat.

(This is not to say that they are absolutely perfect lenses, however, although their flaws are few.)
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and let's not forget the 77mm f/1.8 limited...there are only a few lenses that can match it... I can't think of one that I'd place above it.

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The sleeper....

I agree with all the pentax lenses listed above... but ...

SMC Takumar 135mm f2.5 part number 43812.

OMG, what a lens for bokeh!

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FA 31 Ltd for me is the beste ever.
Then 77 Ltd, A*85, Tokina Bokina and Pentacon 135/2.8 pre-set.
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Damn, someone beat me to it.

I instantly thought of the smc pentax 135mm 2.5. Here are some examples from flickr taken with the lens (not mine):
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The Minolta/Sony STF 135mm has the best bokeh. It was specifically designed for that.
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