K-01: Samyang 85mm f/1.4 or Tamron Adaptall-2 90mm f/2.5?

Started Feb 12, 2013 | Discussions thread
Unexpresivecanvas Senior Member • Posts: 1,158
Re: I have made bad decisions in my time ...

Hi Kyogle,

I think I understand where you are coming from. Using primes and focal fixed lenses definitely gives a different flavor to your pictures. Why don't you rent or buy the Pentax FA 1.4 50mm? It will give the equivalent of 75mm which is a good focal distance for portraits and it can be used on both manual and AF. Shot wide open allow you to get a nice bokeh and isolate the subjects from the background.

I believe as a previous poster mentioned, that current zooms offer a valid and good alternative to primes.

Now, if you have the DA 18-135mm WR or the 55-300mm DAL, you already have a good lens that can do good portraits if used adequately. Any focal distance, going wide open, will allow you to capture good portraits. Only thing is they start a f3.5, which means you may have to use high ISO for indoors.

Here are some shots taken with the 55-300mm.

I am of the idea that we have to try several approaches and   the zooms may give you the answers you are looking for.

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