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06-18-2007, 06:55 PM   #1
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The Best Autofocus Lens Money Can Buy



Perhaps I'll rightfully steal some Google hits from the widely-known (and false) article.

Last week I took possession of a beautiful smc Pentax-FA* 1:1.4 85mm. It is a lens of quality beyond reproach, and gives me bold hope that Pentax can rekindle some of this FA* magic with the upcoming DA* line.

Some meager samples:

K10D, 1/640s, f/2.0, ISO 250


K10D, 1/8s, f/1.4, ISO 800


K10D, 1/250s, f/2.0, ISO 250

I'll be uploading as many samples as possible here. I love this lens.

--Sean

06-18-2007, 07:10 PM   #2
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Wow! That's some nice shots by a great lens, Sean. Very nice indeed.

I just got myself one FA85 a couple of days ago Well, it's not with me yet, but it will in 10 days Funny thing is that I haven't been shooting much lately, but I've been getting some serious LBA problem though. Managed to cut my lens collection to 6, but now they are back to 10 again
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Wow! That's some nice shots by a great lens, Sean. Very nice indeed.

I just got myself one FA85 a couple of days ago Well, it's not with me yet, but it will in 10 days Funny thing is that I haven't been shooting much lately, but I've been getting some serious LBA problem though. Managed to cut my lens collection to 6, but now they are back to 10 again
Thanks, Frank! I'm serious - it is the best lens I've ever used. Be warned, though - it is heavy and the DOF is much smaller than our focus screens show.


On lenses, you have the distinction of owning more lenses than Jim King - just not all at one time!! The next time you're selling a 135/1.8 or 200/4 Macro please send me an e-mail first!
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Looks nice, Sean. Love the shallow dof and the sharpness of the shots. Nice to be "in love" eh? (even if your beloved is a little on the heavy side)

I'll be looking for more samples.

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QuoteOriginally posted by carpents Quote
Thanks, Frank! I'm serious - it is the best lens I've ever used. Be warned, though - it is heavy and the DOF is much smaller than our focus screens show.


On lenses, you have the distinction of owning more lenses than Jim King - just not all at one time!! The next time you're selling a 135/1.8 or 200/4 Macro please send me an e-mail first!

I start to try the A50/1.2 again this week, the paper thin DoF is really hard, but fun I'll be looking forward to using the F85/1.4 soon, and see how it'd perform against the 77 and 70 which I also have.

As to lenses, well, I just like to play all Pentax lenses, but can't keep them all as Jim king

But I still haven't got chance to play the 135/1.8 and 200/4 yet ...
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Nice to be "in love" eh? (even if your beloved is a little on the heavy side)
LOL - you're so superficial!!

(Thanks, Betsy. Are any of these shots 'ordinary' enough?)
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But I still haven't got chance to play the 135/1.8 and 200/4 yet ...
Exactly - let me know after you buy them (because you will) and before you sell them (which you also will!)
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QuoteOriginally posted by carpents Quote

(Thanks, Betsy. Are any of these shots 'ordinary' enough?)
That lens will make the ordinary extraordinary. And thanks for the prompt :).

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It is a beauty. It seems many people feel that the FA* 85 model, is topped by the A*85/1.4. And others don’t feel the same need for the FA* 85, if they have the 77 limited.

In regard to which lens should be the best of the bunch; it seems an even toss between the 77 and 31. A choice will always have a degree of subjective character to it.

I’ve always had a fancy for the FA* limiteds though, came close to going for the FA* 85 myself recently. But can it be justified/needed, if you already have the 77 ?

In regard to best Pentax AF lens, it also seems that people like to include the FA* 200/4 Macro ED [IF], in the contest.

You have a great equipment overview, on your Pbase.
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Awesome!!!! Now we really have to get together. I'd love to check out your 77mm and your new 85mm I'll show you my new 35mm f/2.0

I'm actually selling my A 28mm f/2.8 (along with some of my consumer lenses) to one of my wife's co-workers today. Sorry

BTW, that first portrait is GREAT!
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Congrads on the lens, Sean!

The lens is a stellar copy it seems. I have not used mine enough since I acquired it some time ago...

Your 3 testing shots are really nice in deed, great bokeh with nice mood captured.

Sure I will see more sample shots coming along ...
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Wohoo, Congratulations!

Gotta love the Topic Title!

About the lens? I have never seen one in reality. It's one of the few Pentax lenses I would like to try out. The FL is too long for me but it is a special lens.
Love? To heavy? Extraordinary pictures from ordinary subjects? Ah, what the hell - I can guess the special feeling... and the need for a tripod. The flowers aren't bad, not bad at all.

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