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03-10-2007, 10:56 AM   #1
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DA* 55mm 1.4 USM Annouced

along with some other interesting tid bits about revised roadmap for pentax

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I wish they could come out with a DA 70mm 1.4

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QuoteOriginally posted by slipchuck Quote
I wish they could come out with a DA 70mm 1.4
NOOOO!!!

I just bought the DA70 2.4, I don't need temptation to buy another
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QuoteOriginally posted by slipchuck Quote
I wish they could come out with a DA 70mm 1.4
But think about it, that would be a 105mm f1.4...

The point of many new digital-only lenses is that they're 35mm equivalents - like the 50-135 - multiply by 1.5 & you get 75-202.5 (close to 80-200).
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QUOTE=SupremeMoFo;35084]But think about it, that would be a 105mm f1.4...

The point of many new digital-only lenses is that they're 35mm equivalents - like the 50-135 - multiply by 1.5 & you get 75-202.5 (close to 80-200).[/QUOTE]

But a 70mm 1.4 would be the ultimate portrait lens, in my opinion

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But a 70mm 1.4 would be the ultimate portrait lens, in my opinion

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Except that it is too short, good portrait length is 90mm+, i am waiting for a DA* 90 f1.8 or faster.
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QuoteOriginally posted by joele Quote
NOOOO!!!

I just bought the DA70 2.4, I don't need temptation to buy another
I've got an idea! Donate your 70/2.4 to me and then you can by the 70/1.4 when it comes out!
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I've got an idea! Donate your 70/2.4 to me and then you can by the 70/1.4 when it comes out!
lol, mmm not too sure on that one
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Except that it is too short, good portrait length is 90mm+, i am waiting for a DA* 90 f1.8 or faster.
I guess I am a little confused, but that isn't uncommon LOL
85-105mm being around the "perfect" portriat lens, when you convert my "wishfull" thinking 70mm 1.4 x1.5 wouldn't that come in and around 102mm?

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btw, I would take anything that fast 70mm and above

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QuoteOriginally posted by slipchuck Quote
I guess I am a little confused, but that isn't uncommon LOL
85-105mm being around the "perfect" portriat lens, when you convert my "wishfull" thinking 70mm 1.4 x1.5 wouldn't that come in and around 102mm?

cheers

btw, I would take anything that fast 70mm and above

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IN 35mm terms 135+ is the ideal focal lengths for portraits, gives you working space etc, so your not up in the people's face, and you get a nice perspective (due to having to backup) for the facial features. So in APS-C terms, that would equate to 90mm+
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Sounds like a juicy lens, but I'd have to get an K10 to mount it on and I don't think the financial planner would allow it!!! Bless her and my LBA goes unfulfilled.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Cideway Quote
IN 35mm terms 135+ is the ideal focal lengths for portraits, gives you working space etc, so your not up in the people's face, and you get a nice perspective (due to having to backup) for the facial features. So in APS-C terms, that would equate to 90mm+
That seems like a rather rigid definition of what a portrait can be. Why else has the 85mm been so popular since before digital? I think some photographers have also successfully made portraits with the 77 and 70.
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That seems like a rather rigid definition of what a portrait can be. Why else has the 85mm been so popular since before digital? I think some photographers have also successfully made portraits with the 77 and 70.
And a lot of photographers have made good portraits using 200 and 300mm primes on 35mm.

Personal preference, i find that most portraits under about a 90 equivalent give a distorted appearance to the nose, i find personally that i get far better results using between 135 and 200 on 35mm, the 77 i would find to be only just approaching long enough.
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My favourite portrait lens has been (in film-slr-days) the A* 1.8/135 (that I sadly don't have any more) - followed by the A* 2.8/200 (still in use).

I dídn't find the 85 that superb for portraits: A bit too short for me and therefore I tend to use either my Tamron 90mm macro or my old Meyer 2.8/100 for portraits.
Just bought me the Tokina AT-X 2.8/60-120 which should give me the perfect range for this kind of work on dslr.
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Why do you guys prefer longer lenses for the portraits? It seems like you'd have to stand really far away and have a really steady hand with such long lenses. Is it for the narrow field of view and depth of field?
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