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Pentax DA*200/2.8 1381.25%
Used Canon 5D MKI 318.75%
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01-14-2009, 09:33 AM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by lol101 Quote
Isn't the DA*200 a bit long for portraits especially on APS-C?
What about a DA 70 ltd or better yet a 77f1.8?

Now if you're into low light portraits, the 5D works pretty well (it's the reason I bought one after all...) and I would go for the 85f1.8 USM with it.
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01-14-2009, 09:39 AM   #17
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Very nice!

Of course you are right, I was thinking about indoor portraits but for outdoor portraits it's very fine!

After all, I used the FA 135f2.8 as my main outdoor portrait lens from 1995 to 2008 and it's not that different.
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QuoteOriginally posted by leeak Quote
I have been shooting Pentax for the past 1.5 years and I mostly shoot portraits of family members, especially my little 7-month old. With the recent release of the 5DMKII, a used 5DMKI can be had for about US$1000. It is a very tempting price for a FF camera, and the 5DMKI would give me better AF and ISO performance. But on the other hand, I really like my Pentax gear and am really interested in trying the DA*200/2.8 for portraits. I used to have the DA*300/4 but I didn't use it much because it was way too long for me.

I know the cost of the 5DMKI is for body only and I would have to sell a lens or two to get a 24-70/2.8L. But with all things considered, if you were me, what would you pick? A DA*200/2.8 or a used 5DMKI?
the 5D is not going to give you better images, you are grossly uninformed of the benefits of FF.
01-14-2009, 12:55 PM   #19
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Thank Adrian and Buddha for your input on the DA*200/2.8. And Buddha, I love your portrait shot with the DA*200/2.8 and it gives the exact rendering and DOF I am looking for.

I love my Pentax gear and would hate to run two systems. As Alan said, I probably won't be too happy with having two half-baked systems. You're right Gooshin, 5D will not get me better images, but it's the AF and ISO that I am after. I hate to admit this, but when I am shooting indoor with natural light, I often long for faster AF and better ISO.

As of now, I am currently leaning towards the DA*200/2.8 and I'll wait patiently for PMA for any info. on the K30D. In the meantime, I have to practice responsible LBA and I am happy to say that I haven't bought a lens for over 1.5 months now!

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Hmm I would say it depends on what exactly you are looking for in portraits. I know how you feel about the AF and ISO, I came from the excellent Nikon system but there's something about Pentax I love. I honestly love the ISO and while AF could be better, the way the Pentax renders and the detail it gives is just amazing IN PRINT. If you're mostly using online photos, I can't see much difference.

Seriously, I'm amazed at how much time flies when enjoying my current gear. I started out with my K20D + 16-50 (didn't want to just rush and buy everything replacing my Nikon system), to just having the DA40, and now I've completed the DA Limiteds. Again, time flies when you decide to use and enjoy your equipment

But then again, if your work and living absolutely depends on the DOF, AF, and ISO of the 5D then go for it.

Honestly, I would spend on... more time with your gear looking through the viewfinder

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