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04-29-2010, 03:51 PM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by Pentaxor Quote
if you want cheap and can handle MF, the M85/2 would be the logical choice. if you want faster aperture and AF, then the FA77. if you want longer, faster aperture and AF, then you should wait for the Sigma 85/1.4.
If you want ponderous and heavy, and soft wide open, but worth having none-the-less, get a Jupiter-9 85/2


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Since you live in tokyo, you may be able to check some nice places for used gear. I recommend you to go to a old used camera shop to search for lenses, also yahoo auctions can be really of help.
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Well I have just put a severe dent in my bank balance and bought the 77Ltd $550. Excellent condition with box etc and 1 year Pentax guarantee. Not too bad I think.
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Tell me where you bought it and I'll go buy three You got a really nice price there.

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That is cheap for a 77Ltd ... especially in ex. condition.
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QuoteOriginally posted by kiwao Quote
Well I have just put a severe dent in my bank balance and bought the 77Ltd $550. Excellent condition with box etc and 1 year Pentax guarantee. Not too bad I think.
Good lord! I'll fly to tokyo just to get that price! Please feel free to PM me the location. The next workmate I have visit Tokyo, I'm certainly going to try to have them pick one up! Heck, how much are they selling the "outdated" FA* 85mm out there?
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QuoteOriginally posted by jsherman999 Quote
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A used 77ltd for $500, if it's in good condition, is hard to pass up. But so is an M 85 f2 for $220, a fair price. I own both and they'll probably be buried with me.

Couple months ago I did a quick resolution shootout with my M 85 f2, 77ltd, and Nikon 85 1.8D, all at f/2, and the M 85 basically tied the 77ltd and both the M and FA beat the Nikon 85. (different sensor, though too, so it was more of a lens + body combo trial.)

Here's an f/2 shot from the M 85 from a contemplative moment a couple summers ago, you can stare into the glowing embers and ponder your decision....


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....And shot from the next morning, to help you embark on your journey through the unknown waters of lens acquisition...





...where you're bound to meet many strange and frightening characters along the way...







...just keep your wits about about you and you'll end up where you need to be.






Great images, but you're supposed to say "Burma Shave" at the end. tsk, tsk
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