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11-29-2015, 03:41 PM   #1
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Alternative to 90?

Hey folks... I pulled the trigger on the 90 and am having some buyers remorse. It's still way inside of BH return policy and I'm torn. Is the optical difference between the 90 and the 120 macro that severe that it's worth the extra 3k?

Would love to hear how people went about deciding.

11-29-2015, 04:20 PM   #2
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I have the 90 and from what I have read, it has better bokeh than the 120 which can be harsh at times.

I wish the 90 was a 120 OS as I prefer the 90mm equal focal length over the 70 odd of the 90 macro.

There is no doubt that the 90 is better, but depends if you need the OS or not.

Try reading this review, I also think he is a forum member too.

https://www.photigy.com/pentax-645z-review-part2-macro-lens-comparison/

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11-29-2015, 06:05 PM   #3
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I decided to return my copy of the 90. Really strong lens, but I had to evaluate the performance / cost ratio compared to my demand for that focal length / use in my workflow. It didn't match.

That was a hard decision.
11-30-2015, 04:13 AM   #4
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My FA 80-160 is very close at 90mm. Maybe try that as well as the 120.

11-30-2015, 08:29 AM   #5
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QuoteOriginally posted by danielduarte Quote
I decided to return my copy of the 90. Really strong lens, but I had to evaluate the performance / cost ratio compared to my demand for that focal length / use in my workflow. It didn't match.

That was a hard decision.
Kind of like returning a Canon 85LII for the 85/1.8 I suppose. or the 100L for the 100 macro. or the 24-70 2.8 II for whatever kit lens you started out with.
The premium lenses in any camera line are hardly good values if you compare optics alone. Many $500 lenses often perform within 95% of the $2000 ones, so it's not unusual.

What you pay for with the 90mm is the silent motor, weather sealing, and SR, which of course might not be important for you, but stabilization alone does add around $500 to the price of most lenses.
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I use my 90 w the 1.4 and get great results but I hardly ever need it since the 90 is like a 135 ff which gets me back quite away from the subject. The 1.4 gets me out to about where a 70- 200mm zoom would get me for portraits and IQ holds up great.
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