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Post » Tue Jan 18, 2011 1:36 pm

Lens shopping advice

Going to throw some money at a prime lens soonish, and I wanted to get any camera nerds opinions on athe two options I've got.

Been thinking of either the new(ish) cheap 35mm prime from Pentax, Pentax SMC-DA 35/2,4 AL.

The other, slightly more expensive option is an 85mm prime from Samyang: Samyang MF 85/1,4.

I think the quality of both lenses is fine and I've read good reviews about both, especially taking into consideration the prices. The gf has a 35mm prime for her Nikon and I enjoy that quite a bit. It's a bit faster than the Pentax at f1.8 and that attracts me to the 85mm. I see some great use of 85mm prime lenses on Flickr, but I'm a bit torn.

The 35mm is potentially a little more versatile, and is cheaper, but I wonder if the speed and focal lenth of the 85mm will allow me to be a little more creative. The 85mm also only has manual focus. Don't think thats a huge issue, but it's a small minus.

Anyone with experience of 35mm and/or 85mm got any thoughts to share?
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Post » Tue Jan 18, 2011 7:41 pm

im not an expert but the 85 looks better to me :)
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Post » Wed Jan 19, 2011 2:16 am

what current lenses do you have
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Post » Wed Jan 19, 2011 3:00 am

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Post » Wed Jan 19, 2011 4:09 am

for which camera chicky?
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Post » Wed Jan 19, 2011 6:22 am

get yourself a macro/micro lens

you won't regret it
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Post » Wed Jan 19, 2011 1:54 pm

Camera is a Pentax K-7.

At the moment I've got a Sigma 18-125mm and Sigma 10-20mm and two second hand Pentax lenses, an 18-55mm which never sees the light of day, and a 70-200mm.

Goz, the gf has a 50mm Macro for her Nikon, which is fun to fiddle with, but that's more her thing than mine.
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Post » Tue Feb 22, 2011 12:27 am

Stumped for the 85mm and so far so good. Manual focus is pretty tricky, especially at anything wider than f2.0 and especially especially if your subject moves, even slightly. The focal plane at 85mm and f1.4 is very thin.

Even so, some of the out of focus stuff that's come up has been kind of pleasing. Couple of examples below.

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This woman turned her head very slightly and ended up completely out of focus. Still liking the result though.

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My next door neighbour in the office, sleeping on the job ;)

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Post » Tue Feb 22, 2011 9:10 am

first two are awesome

i love the snow on a fast shutter especially in the 3rd pic
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Post » Tue Feb 22, 2011 10:46 am

I got an Olympus 50mm 1.4 2nd hand.

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Running it with an adapter on my four thirds mount e420.
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Post » Wed Feb 23, 2011 1:37 am

Thanks Shakey..first two are my favourites. The third one is so so close to being the best, but I missed the woman on the bike a bit, so she's not quite in focus and the composition is a bit off.

Was that a good buy Duff? A fast 50mm prime is also on the wishlist, but the Pentax ones are so damn expensive and Sigma doesn't seem to make one so something second hand might be on the cards.
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Post » Mon Mar 21, 2011 8:31 pm

Thanks Shakey..first two are my favourites. The third one is so so close to being the best, but I missed the woman on the bike a bit, so she's not quite in focus and the composition is a bit off.

Was that a good buy Duff? A fast 50mm prime is also on the wishlist, but the Pentax ones are so damn expensive and Sigma doesn't seem to make one so something second hand might be on the cards.
Opps, didnt check this forum till now.

I got the Olympus 50mm with a "Cosina 75-300 1:4.5 - 5.6 telemacro" for around $80 on ebay. The cosina is pretty much brand new, cant see that it had been used at all.


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Using these on the 4/3 system gives some interesting results. The focal length multiplier is 2x.
So:
the Olympus a 100mm 1.4
the Cosina is a 150-600mm

They are both old lenses. Probably from the 70's, for the price i figured it would be good to fiddle around with. The adapter to fit the old lenses cost about $20.
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