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11-01-2011, 10:00 PM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by Adam Quote

What Adam says.


I no longer have LBA, but the ONE lens I really want is the Sigma 85mm/1.4

The pictures I have seen taken with it are stunning

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FWIW, while I don't have the Stigma 85, I do have an A*85/1.4. As lovely a lens as it is, I find it to be on the long side for portraiture.
Both the DA 70mm LTD and FA77mm LTD are better portrait lengths on the APS-C format, with the 70 being almost perfect and the 77 still a little longish, though very good for head and shoulder portraits. Any time I want to do half length or full length I am reaching for the 70. My shooting room gives me almost 30 feet of backing ability, which is more than you will want shooting school pictures anyway.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Smeggypants Quote
I no longer have LBA
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11-02-2011, 08:54 PM   #19
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For portraits I got myself the Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Macro 1:1. Although it is more of a macro lens, it is way cheaper than the Sigma 85mm, it is a sharp lens also for portraits and therefore kills two birds with one stone.

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Are these three all the same lens being mentioned? (Samyang)

Bower 85mm f/1.4 Manual Focus Telephoto Lens for Pentax SLY85P
Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Pentax 85M-P B&H Photo
Vivitar 85mm f/1.4 Series 1 Manual Focus Lens for Pentax 85MMP

If so, Rokinon-branded is over 50 cheaper than the others...
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yup, same lens. Rokinon is the official distributor for the US, so i think that might have something to do with its prices
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QuoteOriginally posted by Schraubstock Quote
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Realising that I have enough decent lenses to cover all bases. - the only slight exception is a longer focal length wide prime. I'd love a 135mm or 200mm F/1.4, but realise that realistically an 85/1.4 is the closest I'll get
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QuoteOriginally posted by Wheatfield Quote
FWIW, while I don't have the Stigma 85, I do have an A*85/1.4. As lovely a lens as it is, I find it to be on the long side for portraiture.
Both the DA 70mm LTD and FA77mm LTD are better portrait lengths on the APS-C format, with the 70 being almost perfect and the 77 still a little longish, though very good for head and shoulder portraits. Any time I want to do half length or full length I am reaching for the 70. My shooting room gives me almost 30 feet of backing ability, which is more than you will want shooting school pictures anyway.
85mm is too long on APS-C to be a portrait lens. I agree you should look into 77mm limited (120mm FF equivalent) if cost is no object or 70mm (I was told it's actually closer to 65mm, which would make it FF 101.4mm equivalent). 85mm would end up being 132mm which is bit longish for portrait on APS-C.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Nuff Quote
85mm is too long on APS-C to be a portrait lens.
Define 'portrait' please.
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For all my portraits I use the DA* 50-135 ! It's clearness is fabulous !
And most of my macros also. With a Hoya Close Up N3...
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QuoteOriginally posted by RioRico Quote
Define 'portrait' please.
DO we really have to go down this road of stupidy again?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Wheatfield Quote
DO we really have to go down this road of stupidy again?
Some variously think 'portrait' means headshots, or candids, or formal studio sittings, or group shots, or whatever. We can shoot portraits with almost anything at various speeds and distances. So we can't recommend a 'portrait' lens unless we know just what the questioner has in mind. 55-75-90-105-135mm are all 'portrait' lenses. So are 25-35-45-150-180mm, and beyond, depending on circumstances and desires.

The question is not stupid. It is vital. It's like asking about a 'racing' car. That could include anything from go-karts to LSR (land speed record) jetmobiles. If we don't know what kind of racing (or portraits) are involved, our answers won't mean much.
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QuoteOriginally posted by RioRico Quote
55-75-90-105-135mm are all 'portrait' lenses. So are 35-45-150-180mm, and beyond
My 70~210 beats the hell out of most so called portrait lenses...


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QuoteOriginally posted by joe.penn Quote
My 70~210 beats the hell out of most so called portrait lenses...

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Same here with my SMC-A 70-210 f/4 - but most of those portrait shots are outdoors, and between 'foot zoom' and the lens zoom, it's really great.
Inside in limited space or in a small studio, a 28-75 or 50-150 might be wonderful.
I think Rico's right here - definition of portrait and location, as well as desired amount of bokeh can make a pretty big difference in the ideal range of focal lengths.
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