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PENTAX FA* 85mm f1.4
Posted By: pjv, 04-03-2018, 01:36 AM

Just saw this, if anybody is interested. I have no affiliation with the seller.

RARE!! EXCELLENT!! PENTAX FA*85mm F1.4 [IF] A+++++ | eBay
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04-10-2018, 05:40 AM - 1 Like   #16
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Bruce - I've not used it, but people swear by its portrait abilities - the Pentax FA 135 2.8. They aren't common, that gives you the longer part of the group you are looking for, it is said to have good close focusing, and rendering is in the ball park of the limiteds. Ebay $300-350. That or the SMC K135 2.5 are on my short list. 135 is a hint long on APS-C, but it would probably be a gem on your K-1. Just food for thought. Otherwise, it is short for portrait work, but I'm very impressed with the image quality of the DA 50 1.8. I have the DA 55 1.4, but I think the DA 50 1.8 is really terrific. But you say you want something special - go with the Rok 85 or the FA 135 2.8. The Rok does portraits as well as nearly anything you can buy. The FA 135 gives you AF, a Pentax prime, and they are said to be terrific at portraits.

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QuoteOriginally posted by zbrueningsen Quote
I loved the Rokinon 85 1.4. I accept what it was for and what it was good at. My copy was accurate focus, and produced very stunning portraits. The reality of that lens: it is an extremely good optic without great coatings and isn't really smooth manual focus. Overall, it is a terrific product for portraits. The Pentax one has the A so it has auto aperture, which is good for manual lenses.
A note for clarity: Samyang/Rokinon lenses in Pentax mount also have the A setting for auto aperture, despite stock product photos oftentimes not showing it (because usually they're just using the photo of the Canon or Nikon mount version which would not have the A setting).
04-10-2018, 12:47 PM   #18
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QuoteOriginally posted by Scintilla Quote
A note for clarity: Samyang/Rokinon lenses in Pentax mount also have the A setting for auto aperture, despite stock product photos oftentimes not showing it (because usually they're just using the photo of the Canon or Nikon mount version which would not have the A setting).
And Focus Confirmation, can use Catch-In-Focus with them as well if so desire.
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