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SMC Pentax SOFT 85 mm f/ 2.2 Lens

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SMC Pentax SOFT 85 mm f/ 2.2 lens

SMC Pentax SOFT 85 mm f/ 2.2 lens

SMC Pentax SOFT 85 mm f/ 2.2 lens

Format: 35mm SLR

Type: Prime lens

Focusing: Manual Focus (MF)

Lens mounts: Pentax K

First year of production: 1986

Last year of production: 1990

Optical design: 2 elements in 1 group

Features: Soft lens
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Average price: $440


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The SMC Pentax SOFT 85mm f/2.2  is a fast soft focus portrait prime lens for 35 mm Pentax K SLR cameras.

The lens is very unusual: the pictures taken with it are quite unique, as is its exterior,  unlike to other Pentax cameras.

Its general use is portrait photography. Its optical formula has been designed in the way that the image gets softer on widening the aperture, i.e. the aperture ring controls both the aperture and image sharpness. The lens is very soft at f/2.2, getting rather sharp at f/5.6. The center is sharper than corners. The aperture ring has no click stops, so the image sharpness can be precisely controlled.  The pictures taken with this lens are very peculiar and pleasant even when compared to other soft lenses.

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Posted by: Rabkor   Date of publication: 11.02.2013

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