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01-02-2009, 06:50 PM   #16
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Heck, if we're gonna go budget, you can get the DA40LTD and a M/A 50 f/1.7 or a K55mm

OK, here is the definitive list...

40mm
http://cgi.ebay.com/SMC-PENTAX-M-40-MM-f2-8-PRIME-LENS-Pentax-PK_W0QQitemZ22...3A1%7C294%3A50
http://cgi.ebay.com/Pentax-40-F2-8-SMC-M-49-35MM-SLR_W0QQitemZ160307633721QQ...3A1%7C294%3A50

55mm
http://cgi.ebay.com/SMC-PENTAX-1-1-8-55-Prime-Lens-PENTAX-K-MOUNT-EXC-Japan_...3A1%7C294%3A50
http://cgi.ebay.com/SMC-pentax-1-1-8-55-lense_W0QQitemZ150318390355QQcmdZVie...3A1%7C294%3A50
http://cgi.ebay.com/Pentax-SMC-55mm-f-2-K-mount-lens-35mm-SMCP-55-f2_W0QQite...3A1%7C294%3A50


85mm
http://cgi.ebay.com/FAST-SMC-Pentax-M-1-2-85mm-portrait-lense-Bayonet-mount_...3A1%7C294%3A50

35-70mm Zoom
http://cgi.ebay.com/PENTAX-AF-ZOOM-LENS-SMC-F-1-3-5-4-5-37-70-MM_W0QQitemZ32...3A1%7C294%3A50

You have your low light options and your artsy options, your tight options and you fallback zoom option, and saving tons of money.


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QuoteOriginally posted by Michaelina2 Quote
...REALLY artsy... go DA 14 (oops over budget, new)?

...somewhat artsy... go FA 35 (a tiny bit over budget, new)?

...a little artsy... go DA 40 Ltd (US200-250, new)?

...kinda artsy... go FA 43 Ltd (oops... over budget, new)?

...not so artsy... go FA 50 (within budget, new)?

...conventional... go DA 70 Ltd (oops... over budget, new)?

Pick your poison... cheers....
You missed the first choice: 77ltd

Budget? Bah...save your money then buy a keeper.
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I've found my Tamron 90mm F2.8 macro makes a great head and shoulders portrait lens. Almost too good in fact as it might be considered "too sharp".

NaCl(most people don't want to see all their flaws in bright gorey detail)H2O
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Easy pick, the...

QuoteOriginally posted by nostatic Quote
You missed the first choice: 77ltd
FA 77 Ltd ... much TOO conventional...

DYT?

Cheers...

01-02-2009, 07:53 PM   #20
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QuoteOriginally posted by Aaron1971 Quote
I have the Vivitar 135/2.8. I am looking for maybe a shorter lens for candid portraits, etc. Would anybody recommend this lens....Pentax Macro 100mm f4 Lens w/ dental scale * K-mount, for $225?
I'm not sure what advantage it would have over the regular M100/2.8 for portraits. Macro capability, obviously, and might be sharper at most apertures, but the M100/2.8 is already sharp enough for portraiture at wide apertures, and has the advantage of f/2.8 for shallower DOF (not to mention better low light performance and easier handholdability) plus it's half the price. If you're attracted to 100mm, it's an obvious choice, I think. But 100mm *is* still on the long side for most portraiture.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Michaelina2 Quote
FA 77 Ltd ... much TOO conventional...

DYT?

Cheers...
It is so conventional, that it comes full circle to be unconventional. It then moves beyond unconventional to disconventional, and finally rests and antidistestablishmenventional.

I believe DPR did a review of the 77ltd ademv lens awhile back. It rendered brick walls better than anything they'd ever seen. Made them look like rich Corinthian leather stretched over marble by virgins.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Buddha Jones Quote
That 85mm f/2 kinda has me intrigued....

It should! It's one of my favorite lenses.

There were some so-so reviews early on, followed by some 'holy crap, it's
actually great' reviews. I'm solidly in the 'holy crap' crowd.




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QuoteOriginally posted by jsherman999 Quote
It should! It's one of my favorite lenses.

There were some so-so reviews early on, followed by some 'holy crap, it's
actually great' reviews. I'm solidly in the 'holy crap' crowd.


Holy Crap... I just joined the 'holy crap' crowd... beautiful shot Jay
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QuoteOriginally posted by Igilligan Quote
Holy Crap... I just joined the 'holy crap' crowd... beautiful shot Jay

Adorama has one in E- condition for $179 measly USD!

(Although your J-9 can run with the M85 f/2 also.)
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QuoteOriginally posted by Buddha Jones Quote
That 85mm f/2 kinda has me intrigued....
Note the seller reveals in the fine print that the "dust between the glasses might be a fungus." Look at the rear element.

(I cheated on the "no ebay" pledge yesterday and viewed that lens)
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I would stick to Fa 77mm ltd for the protraits since no one is mentioning it :P
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I think the OP had a 300 dollar limit... and if on the off chance you are offering up your FA 77 for that much... I got dibs ;^)
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As Igilligan said, i have budget limit, but can you link me to the 85mm f/2? (btw great shot)

Buddha, i prefer buying new lenses because of warranty issues. so i still stick with 50 mm option. I'll have to go to some shops and check the 50mm myself before i buy it.
btw, the 77mm is too expensive for me , 600+$ (

Michaelina2 , i think only the 50+mm would be options because others lenses wouldn't fulfill the portrait part.


does the 50mm has the "artsy" thingy ?

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QuoteOriginally posted by Idanz0r Quote
As Igilligan said, i have budget limit, but can you link me to the 85mm f/2? (btw great shot)

Buddha, i prefer buying new lenses because of warranty issues. so i still stick with 50 mm option. I'll have to go to some shops and check the 50mm myself before i buy it.
btw, the 77mm is too expensive for me , 600+$ (

Michaelina2 , i think only the 50+mm would be options because others lenses wouldn't fulfill the portrait part.


does the 50mm has the "artsy" thingy ?


Here's the Adorama 85 f/2. I think I'd skip that ebay fungally-challenged 85, although you may be able to get it cheaply and have Eric clean it, ending up with a cheap usable lens, but I'd go with the adorama. The have one at E- and one at E for $30 more.

However, all manual - no AF or even A setting - you have to be willing to green-button it and MF.





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