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05-04-2010, 09:06 PM   #31
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QuoteOriginally posted by Pentaxor Quote
ok. I'm going to bite the bullet in this one and I won't wait for the reviews to come out. I got great confidence on the Sigma 85 would be a powerhouse. now I just got to sell 1 or 2 more lenses to minimize the cost and afford it.
Be sure to write a review for us!

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+1 on please writing a review once you get to use it.
I'm currently in the process of selling some lenses to get my portrait lens upgrade going. It's either going to be an FA*, a 77 limited or this Sigma 85, depending on performance. I'd certainly like to vote with my wallet on anyone providing new quality Pentax lenses.
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will do a review. honestly, I was originally was looking for an FA* 85, but the price it was going for a used copy in the market kept me away from purchasing one. I'm sure that it's rarity and great reputation would be enough to warrant a 1k pricepoint. but considering that there is an FA77 which is practically new and selling cheaper makes it less desirable at such price point, especially now that a Sigma 85 came along. I would suppose that the price and demand for the FA*85 would drop as well. from a practical standpoint, the Sigma would be the much logical choice.

would I still consider an FA* 85? not at it's current price, but might if one is sold for $500 in excellent condition.
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Pentaxor: will do a review. honestly, I was originally was looking for an FA* 85, but the price it was going for a used copy in the market kept me away from purchasing one. I'm sure that it's rarity and great reputation would be enough to warrant a 1k pricepoint. but considering that there is an FA77 which is practically new and selling cheaper makes it less desirable at such price point, especially now that a Sigma 85 came along. I would suppose that the price and demand for the FA*85 would drop as well. from a practical standpoint, the Sigma would be the much logical choice.

would I still consider an FA* 85? not at it's current price, but might if one is sold for $500 in excellent condition.
Agreed, but let's wait for the reviews before we count our eggs--just to be sure.

To be honest, I really think it will be a winner too.

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If its anything like my sigma 105mm minus slow AF, It will be the love of my life

85mm on APSC is by far my favorite focal length.
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I don't need a Sigma 85mm f/1.4 since I have this ;-)

The users, most away, are praising this lens right up there with pretty much anything else. I don't have another 85mm to compare it to directly but, I am exceptionally happy with the performance so far. For $300ish CDN, and a new lens, why not?

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Having an autofocus 85mm F/1.4 is a whole different animal hence all the excitement about this lens....
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Having an autofocus 85mm F/1.4 is a whole different animal hence all the excitement about this lens....
AF is good no doubt. However, AF can also be a false positive when shooting at fast apertures. I had more keepers from a M 50mm f/1.4 than when I had a FA 50mm f/1.4.

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I'm confident the Sigma 85/1.4 will be technically very good. The question is: Can they throw in some pixie dust?
Zooms have become very good and most of the time you don't need anything faster than 2.8 so I think the role of specialist primes has changed somewhat to provide some extra qualities, like beautiful bokeh and/or some special rendering.

Let's hope the 85/1.4 won't be just competent, but special.
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Let's hope the 85/1.4 won't be just competent, but special.
I think this is all we are looking for in this particular focal length. but most especially, something of AF. we already have a lot of great mf 85's. the closest AF lens that had come so far is the FA77 which is a lil bit short and slower, and the not so common and discontinued FA* 85.
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QuoteOriginally posted by yeatzee Quote
If its anything like my sigma 105mm minus slow AF, It will be the love of my life

85mm on APSC is by far my favorite focal length.
Pentax released that D FA 100mm WR and has me thinking about trading out my Sigma 105mm which so far is my favorite Sigma of all that I've used except maybe the 150mm.
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Pentax released that D FA 100mm WR and has me thinking about trading out my Sigma 105mm which so far is my favorite Sigma of all that I've used except maybe the 150mm.
See, I've never had any desire for that lens whatsoever..... if Im going to spend that type of cash on a macro there is no excuse for it to be only 100mm....
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See, I've never had any desire for that lens whatsoever..... if Im going to spend that type of cash on a macro there is no excuse for it to be only 100mm....
I didn't either until I saw and touched one. It is definitely ltd like in build. However, aside from that and the aperture blades, I'm not convinced its optically better than our 105mm lenses.
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looking foward to see some test and the street price, the most important thing for me.
i really would like AF in that focal range, but if it ends up to be too pricey i would end up happy enough with the samyang offer.
I think the sigma must be in the 500€ (i know this isn't gonna happen) range to be a winner, or at least show outstanding quality.
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judging by the way how the Sigma 50/1.4 and Sigma 70/2.8 which are two of the most pleasing and outstanding Sigma lenses, are being priced in the market, the Sigma 85 shouldn't go past $800. to be more specific, I would assume Sigma to price it at around $720-$750. just hope that my prophecy is dead on.
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