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04-13-2009, 06:10 PM   #1
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What lens have Interesting Bokeh or IQ?

Hello Pentax People, I've been reading these forums for awhile and I really enjoyed it.

The only problem i have while I can get a very good idea about lense choices, it's mostly bokeh that I'm interested in.

Here is my questions
Not caring about Sharpness that much
And not caring about CA to much also.(actually sometimes it's not that bad)
Also I'll even deal with screw mount lenses
I'm looking for lenses that have great or even better unique Bokeh.
Or heck even unique image quality(not including lense babies )

Any suggestions? Uniqueness in a line of lenses is important to me,
It's the reason why I switched from Minolta to Pentax.
While Minolta/sony lens are good,
I always felt especially compared to pentax, that there lenses lack a diversity in look.
It's like you can always tell that it was taken with a Minolta lens.
While not a bad thing, the same can't be said to Pentax, and it is why I switched.
Pentax lenses are the biggest selling point to go pentax.

So direct me to some interesting choices PLZ!

04-13-2009, 06:25 PM   #2
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The cult classic bokeh value queen (until recently, at least):
LZOS Jupiter-9 85/2
Unfortunately, the price new (from Russia) has almost doubled in the last year or so. Although it is somewhat inconvenient in use, the clumsiness is outweighed by the fine images this lens is capable of producing (see reviews here). J-9s in good shape come through the marketplace every once in a while and can be had used on eBay as well. If purchasing new, there are various gray (black?) market online vendors. It is also possible to purchase new direct from the factory (LZOS Optical Glass Factory) for somewhat less money.


(For a few of the many example photos on this site, search for "Jupiter".)

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04-13-2009, 07:15 PM   #3
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I love the bokeh on the FA 50 1.4
Obviously the LTD's all of them have a great bokeh
I know you say that you don't care about sharpness but I think that a great bokeh goes hand in hand with 3D effect and sharpness. you want the BG to be blurry but the focus to pop . and the winner in my opinion for that is the FA 31mm
04-13-2009, 07:27 PM   #4
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Bokeh is subective. The most desirable is the creamy bokeh, many others like busy bokeh.
Probably my favourite is the Voigtlander 58mm f/1.4 SL II Nokton. Here's a thread with a lot of sample images;

04-13-2009, 07:35 PM   #5
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The FA 50 has a very delicious bokeh, almost ripple-y. And it's quite an inexpensive lens, too.
04-13-2009, 10:26 PM   #6
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QuoteOriginally posted by ILoveVerdi Quote
The FA 50 has a very delicious bokeh, almost ripple-y. And it's quite an inexpensive lens, too.
My M42 Super Takumer 55 f1.8 rocks my world in my collection.

Super Tak equals Super Creamy bokeh!
04-13-2009, 10:42 PM   #7
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The Three Amigos (FA31/1.8 Ltd, FA42/1.9 Ltd and FA77/1.8 Ltd)
Also I could add the DA 35/2.8 MACRO Ltd in that category...
Tokina ATX 90mm, F2.5 (also known as Bokina) has a fine reputation amongst pentaxians…
04-14-2009, 02:11 AM   #8
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Pentax bokeh is the best with fa 77mm from my own lens line up.

FA 77 limited gallery

Some bokeh from this wonderful lens. Bokeh CA can be a great concern though.

04-14-2009, 02:16 AM   #9
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Then again, Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f1.4 is my favorite to use for bokeh rendering.

Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f1.4 is a great lens, ultra sharp above f2.8 within focus. Below that aperture, images are really blurring out nicely. However, Purple fringeing is a headache and bokeh are nice except with metallic surface reflection/glares.

VL Nokton 58mm f1.4 SL II Gallery

Images of bokeh from this lens

04-14-2009, 02:32 AM   #10
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I think some of the older Super Takumars are capable of really nice bokeh as well.

Super Takumar 135mm f/3.5

Super Takumar 85mm f/1.8


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