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03-12-2015, 10:16 PM   #1
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645Z portrait lenses

Hi All,

this is my first post😊
I am a landscape/portrait photographer living in the beautiful South island of New Zealand.
I have been working mainly with proNikons and love my Fuji X-system.
Waiting for my 645Z, I wanted to get some opinions on portrait lenses for this system.
I have a 35 and a 75, so if you guys or ladies could give some advice on anything longer than that, it would be greatly appreciated.
my research has pointed me towards the 90macro, at the top end 💰,
the older 120f4 and the 150f2.8.
what I am interested in is rendering, sharpness wide open, focussing speed and accuracy and weight/handling.
I own a T*150f4 Sonnar which will go onto the 645Z with an adapter. this is sort of my reference lens in terms of sharpness and rendering.
so if you feel you could help me along my way into a new system, please feel welcome.
cheers
Stephan

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03-12-2015, 10:43 PM   #2
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I am also in the same boat. I just shot a couples portrait session and I found the 75mm to be good for full-body shots. I used the 200mm F4 for the closer shots but I was wishing for something in between that would work for both full-length and tighter shots without needing to switch lenses. The 3 you mentioned are on my list of options. Also on my list of considerations is the Pentax 67 105mm F2.4, and the Zeiss 110mm F2 at the higher end. Both of those lenses require adapters and will be manual focus only, but the wider apertures are exciting to me.
03-12-2015, 11:43 PM   #3
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80-160

dont forget the 80-160 FA zoom. very useful in these situations. not super sharp past 135mm but I can get a lot done with portraits between 80-135 in this format.
03-13-2015, 05:19 PM   #4
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The FA-120 macro is an excellent lens. AF is valuable for portraiture, so I would go with that. Get the nicest copy you can find used out of Japan.

03-13-2015, 06:50 PM   #5
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I have the 80-160 FA and it is a great lens. However for portraits I want shallower DOF than you can get with F4.5.
03-13-2015, 11:45 PM   #6
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You need AF so I would suggest the DFA 90mm macro or the FA 120mm macro. The 120 is great used for the cost. The 90 is exceptional but possibly a little short.

You do have heaps of res to crop though.
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On the long end, the 165LS for the 6x7 may be a candidate unless it is too long. Optical design wise, it is in the same family as the Sonnar and has a leaf shutter.
03-15-2015, 03:31 AM   #8
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I have the 120mm and 150mm, and both are great portrait lenses. The 120 starts out sharper at f/4, but both are razor sharp by f/8. If money isn't an issue, of course the 90mm Macro would be a great alternative, and I would assume it has the best optics of any current Pentax lens.

Don't worry about having a shorter focal length too much, you'll have enough detail with 51MP to shoot a portrait from the waist-up and still have the same number of pixels on the face as from a lesser camera.

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The 80-160 is a versatile lens which is also very good for portraits; however, if you want shallow(er) DOF than the f/4.5 will allow, I'd definitely suggest the 150mm f/2.8 - a great portrait lens. However, if you can find a good copy and you aren't afraid of using manual focus, I'd throw in the old 150mm f/3.5 MF: faster than the 80-160, way smaller and lighter than the 150mm f/2.8, draws very nicely for portraits. Best of all, it can be had for a song.
03-19-2015, 03:52 PM   #10
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To me there are almost too many good choices for portraiture. Like others the 80-160 has versatility, the new macro 90/2.8 has detail and the 150/2.8 has lightness combined with sharp images. I am new to the 645Z, but so far I am imoressed with the lens choices available and their use.
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QuoteOriginally posted by zobeleye Quote
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what I am interested in is rendering, sharpness wide open, focussing speed and accuracy and weight/handling.
I own a T*150f4 Sonnar which will go onto the 645Z with an adapter. this is sort of my reference lens in terms of sharpness and rendering.....
zobeleye
Hi Stephan,

welcome to the forum.

I'd assume all has been said, so there is not too much to add, except rendering style of those lenses. This is of course a highly subjective matter. After testing a few of the mentioned Pentax lenses and comparing them to my old Hasselblad V-System lenses (CFi150 and CFi100) I'd recommend to stick to your Sonnar as long as manual focusing and max aperture aren't an issue.

Just my 2c.

All the best,
Udo

p.s. here is a link to an older post which interest you:
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/48-pentax-medium-format/254060-645d-hasse...ml#post2747221

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QuoteOriginally posted by The Madshutter Quote
The 80-160 is a versatile lens which is also very good for portraits; however, if you want shallow(er) DOF than the f/4.5 will allow, I'd definitely suggest the 150mm f/2.8 - a great portrait lens. However, if you can find a good copy and you aren't afraid of using manual focus, I'd throw in the old 150mm f/3.5 MF: faster than the 80-160, way smaller and lighter than the 150mm f/2.8, draws very nicely for portraits. Best of all, it can be had for a song.
Hi Vieri,

good to see you back here!!!

All the best from the Red Sea,
Udo
03-20-2015, 09:56 PM   #12
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Just gotten the new fotodix adapter and I have taken a few shots with 67 104 f2.4 old manual lens.

shot wide open...





Manual lens and the subject was not posing for me. Captured it when she was chatting with another photographer. Distacne about 2 metres but getting point of focus is quite a challenge for f2.4.

This lens is almost brand new when I purchased it last year, at say us 150, dollars, almost the price of kit lens apsc camera.

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QuoteOriginally posted by desertdiver Quote
Hi Stephan,

welcome to the forum.

I'd assume all has been said, so there is not too much to add, except rendering style of those lenses. This is of course a highly subjective matter. After testing a few of the mentioned Pentax lenses and comparing them to my old Hasselblad V-System lenses (CFi150 and CFi100) I'd recommend to stick to your Sonnar as long as manual focusing and max aperture aren't an issue.

Just my 2c.

All the best,
Udo

p.s. here is a link to an older post which interest you:
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/48-pentax-medium-format/254060-645d-hasse...ml#post2747221

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Hi Vieri,

good to see you back here!!!

All the best from the Red Sea,
Udo
Hi Udo,

and you!!! Looking forward to seeing you soon, email coming up your way

Best from le Marche,

Vieri
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