Lens choice for portrait - FA 77 f/1.8 Ltd Vs DA * 50-135 f/2.8

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Lens choice for portrait - FA 77 f/1.8 Ltd Vs DA * 50-135 f/2.8


I am a Pentax and Fuji user (but soon will sell all of my Fuji gears ).  I have been monitoring the forums here but recently registered to share views and get some input from the fellow users.

For portraits, I have been using HD DA 70 f/2.4 with my K3-II so far and at low to medium ISO range, the output and colors are gorgeous. But, I am not getting the creamy background bokeh even though I shoot at maximum aperture. Tried Samyang 85 f/1.4 manuals focus but did not like the output much and also the handheld manual focus was not a pleasant experience.

Now, while hoping for the D FA 85 f/1.4 from Pentax some where in 2019 or 2020 or in the next decade .. . , I would like to add either the FA 77 Ltd or the DA * 50-135 for my portrait shooting needs. What is your recommendation on this ?

I also read about SDM failures in 50-135 lens. Is it still a valid concern ? Has this been fixed by Ricoh/Pentax ?  If I have to be lucky not having a faulty lens irrespective of paying the hard earned cash for that, I would like skip this 50-135 option.

From IQ, Bokeh and AF speed point of view, which lens is better for K5IIs/ K3II ? And, what can be the good option if I get a K1 and use that with K1 ?


I don't shoot running kids. I shoot senior portraits.

Thanks in advance for your kindness.

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