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06-15-2009, 05:52 PM   #16
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the FA77 is also a really good portrait lens, however I prefer the 31mm because it lets you get closer to the subject so you can talk to them while you're taking photos. when you're working with an experienced model you can could get away with using a fisheye lens if you wanted to...however for more camera shy subjects longer lenses will give you better results.

the Pentax K 50mm f/1.2 is also an excellent choice at f/2 it beats both FA limited lenses and in my opinion it's bokeh rivals the FA31 for smoothness.

- a word of warning, on the K10D the FA77,FA31 and 50mm f/1.2 are so sharp if your subject is wearing any clothing with fine-repeating patterns on it you will get some pretty horrendous moire. i'm not sure how the K20D handles in this regard. but there is a plus side, all these portrait photos I have posted are 100% unsharpened, I actually had to knock the sharpening down in ACR because the FA31 and K 50mm f/1.2 are more than sharp enough....


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QuoteOriginally posted by Digitalis Quote
I actually had to knock the sharpening down in ACR because the FA31 and K 50mm f/1.2 are more than sharp enough....
I know what you mean. Using the finest lenses with the K20D has led to much less interest in sharpening on my part.
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I know what you mean. Using the finest lenses with the K20D has led to much less interest in sharpening on my part.

and I thought the K20 had a harder AA filter.
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and I thought the K20 had a harder AA filter.
I don't know what the reason. I just know that I've had to change my PP in order to do significantly less, since moving from a K100DS to the K20D.

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As far as I'm concerned, it's the 77mm ltd--not just because of the "magic" IQ but because I find the working distance comfortable (especially for candids.)
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