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Trio of F series prime lenses
Posted By: Wild Mark, 03-06-2015, 02:18 PM

Very nice collection of three F series lenses for sale (I have no relationship with seller).

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I have these and they are very nice. Good for FF use!
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shhhhhh don't tell em. (I want another -F 135mm)...Operator delete this threat!!!
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Ha. That 135mm is an absolute gem. The other two are no slouches, either.
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Sorry Starvi

I have one and it is unbelievable! Yes, nasty PF in certain situations, but correctable in PPing. Sharpness, colour, bokeh and focus speed almost unparalleled. I would love to pit the F series 135 against the A*135 to see differences as I suspect the F series lens is a poor mans 135/1.8 (at least for the range of f stops in common)

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The F 28 is a very nice lens on APS-C. The problem is that its super duper prone to flare. It absolutely needs a hood, and to me that detracts from its elegance. I suspect it might do better with an HD coating. Come on Ricoh, make the HD DA 28 2.8 a reality!

The F 50 1.7 holds a special place in my heart because it was the first lens I ever purchased used through Craigslist. They seem to have fallen out of favor since the DA 50 1.8 is so cheap these days, but the F-series body is so much sexier.

I find it hard to get excited about the F 135 2.8. There were times where I could have gotten one, but it's pretty pricey, and I always felt "why not just get the DA* 50-135?"

As a trio though, these lenses would be nice for the upcoming full frame. The final prices on these auctions will probably be nuts.
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QuoteOriginally posted by EarlVonTapia Quote
Come on Ricoh, make the HD DA 28 2.8 a reality!
Amen, brother!
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Amen, brother!
Why stop at f2.8 ....... f1.4?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Wild Mark Quote
Why stop at f2.8 ....... f1.4?
Size.

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Back when I had the Da* 50-135 I made a comparison to the- F 135mm. the Da* images were brighter even under the same aperture/speed due to better coating I'm sure, CA control was way better on the zoom, in IQ the prime was slightly ahead, but it's the AF performance of the prime that knocks your socks off. I know riffing on SDMs has gotten old, but the crippling the amazing DA* ( the best da zoom to date) like that is a sin. I share WildMark sentiments, the- F 135 to me is special, it's like the Fa 43, no one really needs one, but once you get one you don't ever want to get rid of it. Even Canon 135mm f2 users are impressed by this little guy.

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