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07-16-2017, 04:03 PM   #1
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Hello From Boston... Tips on a low cost Portrait or Telephoto lens for Full Frame

They said that I had to post something... but I also wanted to see if anyone had any recommendations. Low costs for me, is anything less than $500


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You could pick up Tamron 70-200 2.8 for not much more, new or used. Or for manual focus - samyang/rokinon 85 1.4 is a pretty decent lens (tried it on d800 and bought one for my old mft body).
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DFA 100mm WR.

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I can only repeat what has been recommended before. Definitely go for the DFA 100mm WR. It's an amazing lens on the K-1 for almost everything. I use it for landscape, macro and portraits. If you want the convenience of a zoom take the Tamron 70-200 2.8. Those were the two I had to decide between because I had about the same budget. I went for the 100mm because I prefer using primes.
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Hsllo and welcome!

I think you'd get a lot more response posting your question on the Lens Discussion sub-forum. Is auto focus a requirement? There are lots of great manual focus options for a lot less than $500. Not saying the lenses mentioned above aren't great; they definitely are. I love my DFA100, although I'm on APS-C.
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QuoteOriginally posted by landofcourtness Quote
low cost Portrait or Telephoto lens for Full Frame
Welcome to the forum, there are many fine older manual lenses out there, have a look at these reference links.

Pentax Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database

Pentax Lenses by Sigma, Tamron, Zeiss, and more - Reviews and Specification Database - Pentax Lens Review Database
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If you want to buy new, the DFA 100 macro WR is a very good lens and I think meets your budget. Used gives many options. Any Pentax 100mm f2.8 macro will have similar image quality, but without weather resistance and maybe not auto focus.

The Tamron 70-200 provides the versatility of zoom. New is above your budget.

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Here's hoping that a "Plastic Fantastic" 85mm f/1.8 full frame lens exists in the future, without cutting corners on the optical side, to give that classic portrait FL for K-1 users...

In the meantime, an FA or DFA 100mm f/2.8 is a very decent alternative. If the lens is too sharp get one of those "soft fx" type filters, or just do some softening in post
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Just updating folks... I ended up going with a Tamron 90mm 2.8 Macro that I got a pretty good deal ($250)... or that I think is a pretty good deal. I'm liking the Kit that I put together for FF more and more. Already loved the APS-C Pentax Kit that I had put together previously, and likes where the FF lot is headed (still think I'm 1-2 lenses away from feeling a bit finished/complete). I originally purchased the lens to use in an upcoming Headshots/Portrait shoot (next Friday). We'll see how it performs.

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