For portraits - FA 50mm f/1.4 or HD DA 70mm f/2.4 70mm?

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For portraits - FA 50mm f/1.4 or HD DA 70mm f/2.4 70mm?
4 months ago

Hi,

I would like to purchase a lens specifically for family portraits for my K-5. I'm choosing between the SMC Pentax FA 50mm f/1.4 and the (new) Pentax HD DA 70mm f/2.4.  If price were not factor, I'd probably get the 70mm lens since the length seems more ideal for portraits.  But it is almost $300 more than the 50mm lens.  Does anybody have a view on whether it is worth it to spend $650 on the 70mm lens rather than buy the 50mm lens for $350?  I also like that the 50mm lens opens further to 1.4.

Thanks.

Pentax K-5
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