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FA* 85/1.4 for 700€ good deal?
Posted By: wullemaha, 04-02-2014, 04:54 AM

This shop...

NISSHIN CAMERA - Shop: Pentax gear

is on my way to/from work.
Every day I see the nice used stuff in the window.

And there is this item that I can't get out of my head...
Pentax FA* 85/1.4

If I paid that with my European credit card, it would be 700€ ... damn that sweet exchange rate.

What's your opinion, guys and girls?
One-of-a-kind deal?
Or something I can get any other time again?

The shop is really nice, I bought other stuff there, they give 6 months warranty on second hand articles.

BR René
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04-04-2014, 01:18 AM   #16
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Really in november? I think this is sooner, than I´ll visit Tokyo I will stay in touch than and will contact YOU in september/october

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Congrats on the score, that lens is to die for!

The prices in general on that website shock me, they're even below second hand prices here! Anyone know if Nisshin by chance will ship to Europe?
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Congrats on the score, that lens is to die for!

The prices in general on that website shock me, they're even below second hand prices here! Anyone know if Nisshin by chance will ship to Europe?
I can only find shipping information for Japan... I guess they won't go into that trouble, since their English is quite limited, from what I know from my many visits there ;-) But I can ask the next time I am there.

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Update: I love this lens!
Wish I had more time using it so far.
But situations will hopefully come up.

Some recent shots...








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How much color adjustment did you do? Or do they come out like this?
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There must be a reason why Pentax use this discontinued lens for test shots and displays for new camera models.
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How much color adjustment did you do? Or do they come out like this?
They did come out like this!
I normally I don't do any color tweaking (mostly because I don't know how to, and because I normally don't see the need).

I use Lightroom only for:
- cropping (if the shot needs it)
- white balance
- mabye a little sharpening or contrast (if the shot needs it)
- black and white conversion (if the shot needs it)
- "specials" like this color/b&w mix : Tokyo Tower by night

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That's very nice color rendering; thanks for sharing. I'll be on the look out for this lens to see if there are good deals out there. I heard the A* version of this is also very good ...
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QuoteOriginally posted by mrbrightside Quote
That's very nice color rendering; thanks for sharing. I'll be on the look out for this lens to see if there are good deals out there. I heard the A* version of this is also very good ...
I just found a couple on Amazon if you want to pull the trigger. I am not selling mine.....
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I am not selling mine.....
mine's gonna stay with me as well ;-)
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QuoteOriginally posted by wullemaha Quote
Hm.
Hard to compare the focal lengths though, no?
I have the FA 50/1.4, and I really like it so far.
I think the upgrade to a DA* 50/1.4 would not be worth the money right now.

But thanks for the input.
I don't really want to spend the money anyhow, I am just wondering... ;-)
I am trying to save your money Pentax DA55 and FA50 - a comparison

"when we look at the price of Pentax classic FA 1.4/50 everything becomes clear. It is optically worse than DA* 1.4/55 but only marginally. In reality, it will be difficult to notice any remarkable differences."
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Sorry Yusuf,

I read that article too, and I believed it until I shot with the DA*55. The FA 50 is lighter, focuses faster, but is nowhere near the optical quality and rendering that the DA* 55 is. I truly don't think they are comparable lenses in the sense of optical quality. And I say that knowing that the FA 50 1.4 is fantastic. I've not known anybody yet that has had both and said they are similar enough.
This article is off base - the FA 50 is soft, and really soft below 2.0 - which is its sweet spot for rendering. The DA* 55 is sharp at 1.4. Any indoor baby shoots I do with the DA*55 I shoot at 1.4 or 1.6 otherwise it is just too sharp. Sharpness, maybe similar at 2.8 and above, but not even in the same league at 2.0 and below. Contrast is something that is complained about with the FA 50, but you won't hear any owner that has a properly functioning DA*55 say anything about the contrast or sharpness being poor.

---------- Post added 04-14-14 at 10:47 AM ----------

I would say the the DA*55 is like extending the unique rendering of the SIgma 30, eliminating the distortion, and having sharper (but not super sharp) corners.
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