Super Tak 85/1.9 vs M85??


axl

Link Posted 15/02/2010 - 23:18
Does anybody have experience in comparing these two?
In general, from what I have read, the 85/1.9 is regarded bit less than it's f1.8 cousins.
But Taks 85/1.8 and K85/1.8 are regarded better than M85/2.
So how do these two "underdogs" compare?
Which is better? (sharpness, contrast)

TIA
Peter
my PBase --- PPG
K-7 + O-ME53, K-x blue, AF280T, AF240Z, AF160SA
SMC: FA*24 - FA31ltd - DA*55 - FA100/2.8

johnriley

Link Posted 15/02/2010 - 23:41
There are two approaches to designing 85mm "portrait" lenses.

The first is for it to be fairly soft at wide apertures (for flattering portraits) and crisp when stopped down. The second is to have biting sharpness at all apertures.

The f1.9 is the former. The f2 M series lens I always found disappointing. The f1.8 versions are the ones I would probably seek out, or the later f1.4 K mount version.
Best regards, John

axl

Link Posted 16/02/2010 - 08:22
Thanks John.
I'm not looking at the f1.4 versions in whichever incarnation. It's simply too far out of reach.
But I wouldn't mind getting 1.8/1.9/2.0 version of Pentax 85.
Oh, well. I'll see

BR
Peter
my PBase --- PPG
K-7 + O-ME53, K-x blue, AF280T, AF240Z, AF160SA
SMC: FA*24 - FA31ltd - DA*55 - FA100/2.8

Kfrog

Link Posted 16/02/2010 - 13:03
axl,

I have the Super-Tak 85/1.9 and it's a fine lens. Smooth focus and excellent sharpness. If you can find a good one grab it, as the prices are continuing to go up. Of course I'd grab a 85/1.8 if I could afford one but for me the 1.9 will do just fine. Also look for the SMC version so you can get the excellent coatings to reduce flare that the Super-Tak does not have.

johnriley

Link Posted 16/02/2010 - 13:47
There are a few late manufacture Super Takumar lenses that are actually SMC ones. The main clue is that they will have the open aperture coupling for the ES. So worth watching out for.
Best regards, John
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