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08-01-2020, 05:18 AM - 1 Like   #241
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You can't have too many fast normals


agreed....

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Don't know which lens to buy? Ask in SIC thread!
It seems there is only one right answer. Get them all

Looks like I need to win some money or sell the horse...
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I love that question - should I buy lens A or lens B?

I always answer the same - both; then join the SIC and shoot each for a month solid and at the end, decide which to keep.....
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It seems there is only one right answer. Get them all

Looks like I need to win some money or sell the horse...
Keep the horse or you lose the wife and much more

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The only horse I have on hand is my Ford Mustang, and I've been considering selling it for quite some time to fund a trip to NZ and Oz.

In short, I'm practicing delayed gratification regarding new gear. I wouldn't mind getting the new D-FA's but I did purchase some Topaz software, so I'm revisiting older images to improve them,, as well as actually trying to learn post processing with Raw Therapee, as well as trying out the features of my K-1 to really make the most of this great camera. Until I know my gear and post processing much better, no new lens will be improve my images.

Now, if I did sell my Mustang, and COVID prevented me from taking a trip, I saw a great deal on a used 645Z and several lenses ....
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Roundup for the SMC-M 85mm f/2.

A fairly substantial change in focal length from the Takumar 35mm f/3.5 that I sported in June, so took some getting used to, especially the relatively long MFD (again, versus the 35mm...).
However, it definitely didn't take long to get used to. This example is a good one. I bought it for 50 as it had a 'foggy' rear element. I took a punt that it wasn't balsam separation and it paid off, a little acetone, isopropanol and naphtha later and it came up beautifully clear. Now, I did get a little dust in the lens carrying out that treatment, but the dust isn't so terrible that it unduly effects the working of the lens. I'll be sure to take it apart again at some point and give that dust a clean out but I digress.
A good example will focus smoothly and stop down confidently. It's easy to find your focus slightly stopped down but it has a mighty thin DoF wide-open, so can be a little tricky without focusing aids (such as Live-view, an EVF or similar).
It does produce CA. Mostly, this isn't a huge issue as it's bright purple, easy to spot, usually the only purple thing in your frame and subsequently easy to deal with, but it can give CA in spades if you're shooting busy scenes. For B&W shots, however, it's a dream. Minimal effort and you get solid, contrasty photos with oodles of character. Wide-open is a little soft and sometimes marginally glowy but it's jam-packed with character - perfect then for portraits.
My only real gripe with this lens is the, of it's era, hexagonal bokeh. Again, it's a minor gripe, but with a number of my lenses donning 6 aperture blades, it'd be nice to have an 85mm that brings a different bokeh to the table, stopped-down. I'd like something that gives me some roundness through the apertures without costing the world.

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f/2 is more than fast enough for modern cameras and their high-ISO capabilities. It gives a lovely, round, soft bokeh, thin depth of field but no harsh drop-off.

A lovely lens and one I'm pleased to have amongst my arsenal. It's a good focal length once you're used to it but takes some getting used to shooting indoors, having to focus a lot with your feet until you're comfortable with the MFD.

Edit: Oh, one other thing. It works just fine with extension tubes! In fact, for some shots, the extension tubes suited it perfectly. No real degradation to the image quality from what I saw with a 21mm tube, typically, and gives some extra breadth to its capabilities

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