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Old Apr 13, 2007, 6:36 PM   #11
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expecially since it can be bought for like 20-30 $, and for portraits autofocus is not important.
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Old Apr 13, 2007, 8:26 PM   #12
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I used the Kiron 105mm f2.8 for the shots for my brother's communion. Worked great, I love that lens.

example: see attachment.


I hear the M42 MC Jupiter-9 is nice too, if you can find one.



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Old Apr 15, 2007, 3:02 AM   #13
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OK but what was your distance with a 105mm (EFL 160mm)?

Like 15ft??? OK outdoors, but not indoors or close quarters out... especially if you want more than just head shot.
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Old Apr 17, 2007, 11:18 AM   #14
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Yes 105mm is a little long for a portrait lens, but the optical quality and handling of that lens makes up for that.


If 105mm works, 85mm will work even better. If you can get a Jupiter-9 for under or little over 50 USD, I'd go for it and take that.

I know a few guys who do studioshoots from time to time, and one of them uses a Canon 70-200mm at the 70mm end, because he likes the bokeh so much.

So 70mm-85mm still works as portrait, you'll just have to take a step back
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Old Apr 18, 2007, 1:34 AM   #15
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So 70mm-85mm still works as portrait, you'll just have to take a step back
Assuming you are in a space that allows that... other than in a studio.... indoors that can be quite problematic or even outside in a crowded situation where someone might walk in front of you.

Even tonight shooting barely beyond portrait (waste up) with a 50mm, I had to throw on the .42x WA front lens to get wide enough from like ~10 feet, plus the people traffic problem.
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Old Apr 18, 2007, 3:27 PM   #16
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Lando, I have one of the 135mm f/2.5 lenses and it is definitely a great deal. A fast long lens like that can be a cheap solution for shooting kids sports and school plays.

It could make a decent portrait lens, if you're talking about candid shots and mostly outdoors. That first shot you took could have been taken with the 135mm from about 25-30 feet away without cropping. You can see how that could be problematic indoors. Even in a very large house, you'd probably have to shove the kid in a corner and stand in a doorframe. Even if you like to take very close up closeups, focusing would be so tricky that you'd need to use a much smaller aperture, in which case you might as well use an AF zoom lens.
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Old Apr 26, 2007, 5:16 AM   #17
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I use my 300mmF4 occasionally for portrait



While looking back some of the portrait with older prime, I cannot help but amazed by its addictive color rendition. Am I baised?

Pict taken (large file) in St Patrick Day parade this yr. See the fabric of this fellow's cap and the color tone of his face. Pict with no PP and no cropping.

http://www.pbase.com/danieltong/image/75845787/original

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Old Apr 26, 2007, 5:42 PM   #18
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I'm wondering which is a good portrait lens for pentax.
I know that for Canon and Nikon the 85mm prime lens is considered ideal, but i can't find this kind of focal length for Pentax, expecially for used manual lenses.
There are Pentax 85 mm lenses, two A* 1.4 on ebay right now. Count on a final bid around 1000 USD. There is also a FA* version, auto focus.

I have the A* 85 mm and can confirm that it's superb. I also use the FA 50mm1.4 for portraits, and the A*200mm 2.8 when I want the benefit of distance.

Sample, FA 50 mm 1.4:
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Old Apr 26, 2007, 5:43 PM   #19
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Sample, A* 200mm:

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Old Apr 27, 2007, 3:48 AM   #20
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Well for portraits there are so many good lenses.

Pentax 35mm f/2
Pentax 50mm f/1.4
Tamron 90mm f/2.8

I have a Pentax 40mm f/2.8 Limited and a Sigma 30mm f/1.4

What i like about these is that they are standard lenses and therefore effective for multi purpose shooting... portraits but also landscape and city shots.


With a 50mm or more , you`ll have trouble fitting everything in the frame when you`ll
want to use it as a walkaround lens.

Here is what the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 can do :

taken indoors with very low light , no flash

ISO 800 - f/2 - 1/60s


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