Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home
 

Reply
Show Printable Version Search this Thread
06-15-2009, 01:55 AM   #1
Senior Member




Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: HK
Posts: 171
lens for portrait photography?

among DA*55, DA 70, FA 77

which one is the best for portrait photography?

06-15-2009, 02:09 AM   #2
and
Veteran Member




Join Date: Mar 2007
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 2,471
They are all good, so one approach is to get the one you can afford.

The 55 is the only weather sealed one so if you need that then get that. Also the only with silent SDM so again if you need that.

The 70 and 77 are very close in Focal Length but the 55 is shorter, so that is up to your preference. Personally I tend to use 100mm or more for portraits, some like 50mm, its a matter of preference.

So there is a lot of factors that are subjective to you.

If you want one answer then I will say the 77. For the following reasons:
- its very sharp and usable wide open (not sure if I would use the 55 wide open)
- it has very nice bokeh and rendering
- it is a legend
- it is also nice for manual focus, and the build is superb
- I dont like the 55 so much because its too expensive and big for what it is, pretty much a fast 50, you can get so many good fast 50s for less money, it is also very slow to focus
- the 70 is a very nice lens but the 77 is slightly better so if you have the money then its the better choice in terms of iq (70 wins in size and af speed and also has quick shift)
06-15-2009, 02:57 AM   #3
Veteran Member
nulla's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Melbourne Australia
Posts: 1,560
FA 77 best portrait lens for sure.


Neil
06-15-2009, 04:06 AM   #4
Veteran Member
soccerjoe5's Avatar

Join Date: May 2008
Location: Philippines
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 1,354
Another portrait lens thread? The search function would help. A LOT of threads on the same topic.

06-15-2009, 04:25 AM   #5
Veteran Member




Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: The Untied States
Photos: Albums
Posts: 1,882
After much training and manual-reading, I've found out I can take pictures of peoples' faces with almost any lens now
06-15-2009, 04:38 AM   #6
Ash
Community Manager
Loyal Site Supporter
Ash's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Toowoomba, Queensland
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 22,695
Yes, do research this forum for topics related to portrait lens choices.
My pick, 77 ltd for sure, but the 70 ltd is decent also.
06-15-2009, 04:47 AM   #7
Pentaxian
Digitalis's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Adelaide.
Posts: 8,795
many of my best images have been made with the FA31 limited...though that was in a studio..


06-15-2009, 05:28 AM   #8
Ash
Community Manager
Loyal Site Supporter
Ash's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Toowoomba, Queensland
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 22,695
Great examples there.
And there are many other appropriate options, including the DA* 16-50, many examples of which codiac2600 has posted in the forum.

06-15-2009, 05:37 AM   #9
Veteran Member
roentarre's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Posts: 11,794
Fa 77 lid is my favorite choice

Roentarre lens gallery
06-15-2009, 07:58 AM   #10
axl
Veteran Member




Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Nove Zamky, Slovakia
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 7,181
what kind of portraits?
as digitalis proved, you can do great portrait stuff even with wider lenses.
I for one use 31 in tight spaces and if I want to show some of the surrounding. 40 for tight framing and 50/1.7 for upper body shots... I'd love to have 70-85 lens for head shots etc but can't justify it...
anyway, back to you. What kind of portraits do you want to do? Choose lens accordingly, it's no good to get lens recommended to you by people whose style is different to yours and they are using the lens differently than you'd want/you would.

BR
Peter
06-15-2009, 09:03 AM   #11
Pentaxian
Wheatfield's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: The wheatfields of Canada
Posts: 10,157
Of the three lenses you mention (I have all of them), the DA*55 gets my vote, if all I get to choose is one. It's long enough (just) to do fairly tight head shots (the 70 or 77 would be better), but still short enough to do full lengths without backing up into the next county (something in the 35mm range would be better though).
As the other posters have said, there is no "one best lens" for this, but I do believe there is one best compromise.
When we shot 35mm film, this best compromise was the 85mm focal length, with cropped sensor format DSLRs, that translates into the 55-60mm range.
As an aside, the Voigtlander Nokton 58/1.4 (I also have one of these) is a very nice portrait lens. It isn't up to the DA*55/1.4 in terms of image quality, I don't think many lenses are, but it is a heck of a lot less $$.
06-15-2009, 09:31 AM   #12
Veteran Member
rparmar's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2008
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 8,783
Many possibilities exist, though I would say you want the opportunity to use the widest possible aperture, so long as image quality is maintained.

Therefore I recommend FA77 or FA43 if you want more of the subject (or, say, three people in head'n'shoulders crop).

Or the smc Pentax 50mm f/1.2. Any cheaper fast fifty will do in a pinch.
06-15-2009, 02:37 PM   #13
Inactive Account




Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 1,972
FA77 is probably the best of those that you listed for portraits (IMO).

If you aren't sure about what focal length you'd like to shoot at the Tamron 28-75 f2.8 zoom is a really nice option that covers a great range for people shooting. It's IQ is excellent and really is a super lens. Just another option for you...

c[_]
06-15-2009, 03:05 PM   #14
Forum Member




Join Date: May 2008
Location: London
Posts: 53
have you thought about the 50-135DA* ?

other than that...the K7 has a facial recognition...so that makes it a great Portrait camera!
06-15-2009, 03:17 PM   #15
Veteran Member
nostatic's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: socal
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 1,576
77 is a magic lens

50-135* is amazing for a zoom and near prime territory wrt iq

77 is a magic lens
Reply

Bookmarks
  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
k-mount, lens for portrait, pentax lens, portrait, slr lens
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Portrait photography Kashmir Pentax DSLR Discussion 17 07-05-2010 07:32 AM
Portrait Photography alhpro Photographic Technique 7 06-26-2010 01:19 AM
Please help in using expired film in portrait photography danielleb3ar Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 4 04-12-2010 10:06 PM
Looking for a Good Portrait Photography Book Kornbread Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 3 08-03-2009 10:38 AM
portrait photography lodi781 Photographic Technique 13 10-24-2008 08:06 AM



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 03:24 PM. | See also: NikonForums.com, CanonForums.com part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
register
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]
Top