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04-16-2009, 10:43 AM   #16
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I had the 50-135 and it was really a outstanding lens. But if it were me I'd go for the FA 77mm LTD. Either that or save up and get the FA* 85mm. I just got it at it's quickly becoming my favorite lens, and I haven't even used it for portraits just yet.
Votesh, may I ask for your more detail reason as to why?
since you own both DA*50-135 (that I'm thinking to buy) and FA*85/1.4 (that I want to have)

BTW, you took great photos with those two 85/1.4.
I still can't imagine having those 2 legendary lenses.
Gosh..you're lucky man!

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The reason I suggested getting the 77mm or 85mm was due to the fact that they offer something that neither your FA* 80-200mm or the DA* 50-135mm can, which is the faster aperture. This would likely come in handy often with your plan of using the lens you buy for portraiture. I guess that depends on what type of portraiture you do, though.

The 50-135mm is great and I'm sure if you get it you will have no regrets. It seems like you may benefit more from getting the 77mm LTD now and if you decide you still need to cover 50-80mm you can get one of the 24-70mm or 28-75mm lenses suggested earlier in the thread.

I sold the 50-135mm to fund the purchase of the A* 85mm, and even though there have been a few times I've missed it, the A* and now FA* 85mms have filled in well for what I used to use the 50-135mm for.

Thank you for the compliment. Yes, I am lucky in that I have few bills to pay, and currently have a job that provides rent free housing and pays fairly well. Otherwise I'd probably have neither. Unfortunately I'll probably eventually have to sell one of them, but at least I get the chance to use them both and test them to decide which one I will keep.

QuoteOriginally posted by HermanLee Quote
Votesh, may I ask for your more detail reason as to why?
since you own both DA*50-135 (that I'm thinking to buy) and FA*85/1.4 (that I want to have)

BTW, you took great photos with those two 85/1.4.
I still can't imagine having those 2 legendary lenses.
Gosh..you're lucky man!
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Thanks for the insight, Votesh.

It's true that I can benefit from a fast glass for portrait.
I do have a plan to get the 77Ltd one day once I have enough fund for it or even maybe the FA*85/1.4.

Your experience makes me think again about what I really need.
I'll just hold for now and find out which one will suit me better.

Thanks again.


QuoteOriginally posted by Votesh Quote
The reason I suggested getting the 77mm or 85mm was due to the fact that they offer something that neither your FA* 80-200mm or the DA* 50-135mm can, which is the faster aperture. This would likely come in handy often with your plan of using the lens you buy for portraiture. I guess that depends on what type of portraiture you do, though.

The 50-135mm is great and I'm sure if you get it you will have no regrets. It seems like you may benefit more from getting the 77mm LTD now and if you decide you still need to cover 50-80mm you can get one of the 24-70mm or 28-75mm lenses suggested earlier in the thread.

I sold the 50-135mm to fund the purchase of the A* 85mm, and even though there have been a few times I've missed it, the A* and now FA* 85mms have filled in well for what I used to use the 50-135mm for.

Thank you for the compliment. Yes, I am lucky in that I have few bills to pay, and currently have a job that provides rent free housing and pays fairly well. Otherwise I'd probably have neither. Unfortunately I'll probably eventually have to sell one of them, but at least I get the chance to use them both and test them to decide which one I will keep.
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I have the 50-135, but am considering selling it to fund for an FA*80-200...why? Though the 50-135 is near perfect in every way, I always yearn for more reach. For studio work, I use the 16-50, and rarely use my 50-135. Outdoors, I rarely use the 50-135 because I find the reach, well, limiting... I tend to use my Pentax A 70-200/4 for the reach...

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Just keep an eye on eBay. Mine got stolen a few weeks ago, so it might show up there. Who knows?
Have you posted the serial number of the lens here? If not, please do so (or point me to the right thread), because it would help identify the lens, if it comes up on ebay.

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QuoteOriginally posted by HermanLee Quote
Thanks for the insight, Votesh.

It's true that I can benefit from a fast glass for portrait.
I do have a plan to get the 77Ltd one day once I have enough fund for it or even maybe the FA*85/1.4.

Your experience makes me think again about what I really need.
I'll just hold for now and find out which one will suit me better.

Thanks again.
Herman, I thought along the same lines as you, though I only have the Sigma 70-200/2.8 (because the Fa 80-200 seemed always too big and heavy for my liking). I was considering the 50-135 seriously, but in the end decided, I wouldn't need it really. For portraits I mostly use the FA 50/1.4 or the FA 85/1.4. Sometimes, if "journalistic style" portraits (kids in action) are on the schedule, I take the FA 28-75/2.8, which is fast enough for that purpose, as you need a bit more depth of field, when portraying people in motion. The one lens, I really long for, would be the A 135/1.8 - ideal for portraits outside. But the few, that turn up on ebay are too expensive. So, personally I would either get the 77mm Limited or - even better - the FA 85/1.4.

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To be honest, Da* 50-135mm f2.8 will be a great buy if focal length is not a problem.

Go for it. You will not be dissapointed.
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I have the 50-135, but am considering selling it to fund for an FA*80-200...why? Though the 50-135 is near perfect in every way, I always yearn for more reach. For studio work, I use the 16-50, and rarely use my 50-135. Outdoors, I rarely use the 50-135 because I find the reach, well, limiting... I tend to use my Pentax A 70-200/4 for the reach...
Thanks for sharing your field experience, Leadbelly. It's very important for me to know this.

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Herman, I thought along the same lines as you, though I only have the Sigma 70-200/2.8 (because the Fa 80-200 seemed always too big and heavy for my liking). I was considering the 50-135 seriously, but in the end decided, I wouldn't need it really. For portraits I mostly use the FA 50/1.4 or the FA 85/1.4. Sometimes, if "journalistic style" portraits (kids in action) are on the schedule, I take the FA 28-75/2.8, which is fast enough for that purpose, as you need a bit more depth of field, when portraying people in motion. The one lens, I really long for, would be the A 135/1.8 - ideal for portraits outside. But the few, that turn up on ebay are too expensive. So, personally I would either get the 77mm Limited or - even better - the FA 85/1.4.

Ben
Thanks, Ben. I agree that 77mm and FA85/1.4 is probably almost the best for portrait in Pentax lineup right now. For the same amount of money I can get either the 77mm or 50-135mm. Tough choice.

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To be honest, Da* 50-135mm f2.8 will be a great buy if focal length is not a problem.

Go for it. You will not be dissapointed.
James, I appreciate your encouragement. May I ask you, in what kind of subject do you find the 50-135mm focal length is a problem?

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