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SMC Pentax 85mm F1.8

Sharpness 
 9.6
Aberrations 
 9.4
Bokeh 
 9.9
Handling 
 9.4
Value 
 9.2
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100% of reviewers $330.21 9.68
SMC Pentax 85mm F1.8

SMC Pentax 85mm F1.8
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SMC Pentax 85mm F1.8
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Description:
This is the fastest 85mm lens in the M/K series.



SMC Pentax 85mm F1.8
Image Format
Full-frame / 35mm film
Lens Mount
Pentax K
Aperture Ring
Yes (no A setting)
Diaphragm
Automatic, 8 blades
Optics
6 elements, 6 groups
Mount Variant
K
Max. Aperture
F1.8
Min. Aperture
F22
Focusing
Manual
Min. Focus
85 cm
Max. Magnification
0.13x
Filter Size
52 mm
Internal Focus
No
Field of View (Diag. / Horiz.)

APS-C: 19 ° / 16 °
Full frame: 29 ° / 24 °
Hood
PH-R52
Case
Dedicated hard case
Lens Cap
Plastic clip-on
Coating
SMC
Weather Sealing
No
Other Features
Diam x Length
64 x 56 mm
Weight
331 g
Production Years
1975 to 1977
Engraved Name
SMC PENTAX 1:1.8/85
Product Code
23040
Features:
Manual FocusAperture RingFull-Frame SupportDiscontinued
Price History:



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Senior Member

Registered: July, 2008
Location: France
Posts: 128
Lens Review Date: August 16, 2008 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $240.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Sharpness, bokeh
Cons: Missing "interface" with new Pentax DSLRs ...

I bought this lens two years ago. Since then, it has become one of my most used lenses. Quite soft fully open, but still usable. Great bokeh, and really sharp from f/2 on ... 9/10 only because i cannot have the current f/stop value shown in the viewfinder of my K10D, otherwise it would have been a full 10/10 ...
   
Senior Member

Registered: February, 2007
Location: Michigan/USA
Posts: 173
Lens Review Date: November 6, 2007 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $400.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Color, sharpness, oof rendering, size.
Cons: K lens have to use in manual mode, prefer PK-A.

I have a lot of nice lenses, this one is a favorite. The focusing is so easy and smooth, bright viewfinder, the color and clarity of the photo even at 1.8 is impressive.
   
New Member

Registered: March, 2007
Location: Norway
Posts: 1
Lens Review Date: March 13, 2007 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $400.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Sharp, nice out of focus rendering. Nice handling.
Cons: None

A bit soft when wide open, but sharpens nicely when stopped down. Very solidly built. Nice OOF rendering.
I have not tested on digital, but I suspect it would compare nicely with the FA77mm.
   
Senior Member

Registered: September, 2006
Location: Chicago, IL, USA
Posts: 147
Lens Review Date: January 26, 2007 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $100.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: small, crisp focusing, superb bokeh, sharp at f2
Cons: not f1.4 but that is rather obvious, non-A

The tag line "beat by the speed of the FA* and A*" is sort of silly. As if that sums it up. I'm happy with this lens so far -- I have a sample locally for a relatively low cost compared to eBay. A few photos here:

http://oomz.net/mf/viewtopic.php?id=4572

Update: Here are some more photos (a lot at f1.8 with ND4 filter during day):

(Non working link removed)

At first, I hesitated to use it wide open but I decided to give it a try and I like it. Sure, it is less sharp wide open but the images it produces are very good. Even if you pixel peep! The DOF is razor thin though at close range. This is my favorite lens.
   
Site Supporter

Registered: October, 2006
Location: 44266
Posts: 431
Lens Review Date: January 8, 2007 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: N/A | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Fairly sharp, good bokeh
Cons: Heavy?

I bought this lens new in the mid to late 80's I think and it has served me well. I have shot a lot of Tri-X with this one. A good 'short' portrait lens as well as good for some woodland pictures where the 1.8 is a help.
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