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Entries in 77mm limited (18)


63/365 Primes: Old School 200 for Portraits vs 77 Limited


I've long read arguments for using a focal length of between 85mm and about 105mm. But I read an article somewhere about doing headshots with a 200mm lens. Also outside this "normal" focal length for portraits is the 77 Limited.  But I heard people talk about it and I saw images that made me oo and ah.  So..

Set Up:

I wanted a FF body for this because the way it creates shallow depth of field is more pronounced.  We can do the whole circle of confusion discussion later or just search it out.

Camera: Pentax K1

Lens: SMC Pentax 200mm f/2.5 K-series

Lens: smc Pentax-FA 77mm f/1.8 Limited

Light: 7pm golden hour and a 30" or so round scrim.

Model for the project: Tasia Larkin

ISO 400   200mm   f/2.5   1/400th Tripod mounted.

ISO 400  77mm   f/1.8   1/125th Hand held.


Both lenses are nice but the 77 Limited is easier to use. It often does not need a tripod and with auto focus I nail focus more often.  The 200 f/2.5 is harder to use but it does obliviate the background and compress the subject.



57/365 Primes 77 Limited and Rachelle Krause

I photographed Rachelle Krause for her modeling portfolio.  These are a few shots done with the 77 Limited.

Camera: Pentax K1

Lens: smc Pentax-FA 77mm f/1.8 Limited

ISO 200  77mm  f/8.0  1/125th Hand held.

ISO 200  77mm  f/8.0  1/125th Hand held.

The 77 Limited gets wonderful detail at f/8 and I like it for both full body shots as well as head shots. 


55/365* Primes 77 and a Model Wide Open


* I set my camera up and placed it on the couch so I could grab it on the way out the door to have our family portraits done. I figured I could get some beautiful scenery while Jeremy shot my wife and kids.  I left it on the couch so no pics today. :(  But 3 days ago I photographed a model and I posted shots with the 31 Limited. So I thought I would fill in the gap today with the same session but images from the 77mm Limited.

Background and set up.

I posted a link to a review of the Pentax 77mm f/1.8 Limited a week or so ago. That review said the 77 Limited was unusable at f/1.8.  So I shot at f/1.8.  Lets see what you think. (please comment)

Over cast skies. It rained the whole day and just quit minutes before my model arrived.

Camera: Pentax K1

Lens: smc Pentax-FA 77mm f/1.8 Limited

ISO 400  77mm  f/1.8  1/1000th Hand held.

I you look at the eye lashes you see there is a good deal of crispness. The bokeh is fabulous and even with crazy shallow dof her whole face i

s acceptable sharp. The ony adjustments to this image is a gentle tone curve.


ISO 1600  77mm  f/1.8  1/1600th Hand held.

Nope, I didn't need that much ISO! Oh Well.

ISO 1600  77mm  f/1.8  1/2000th

I did not bring lights with me so the sky is over exposed but the eyes are clear and I am happy with the image.


All three shots at f/1.8 and plenty others to. Does this seem "unusable" to you? Use the comments to ttell me what you think.


47/365 Primes 77 Limited Studio Portrait

Todays image comes from a portrait session. I have not edited any of the images from the set. I am including one crop of the eyes to show clarity.

Camera: Pentax K1

Lens: smc Pentax-FA 77mm f/1.8 Limited

ISO 200  77mm  f/10  1/160th Hand held.


Nice detail cropping in.   I shot this at f/11 because it was quicker to lower the aperture than bringing the lights down.


38/365 Primes 77 Limited Portrait

Melanie has had a few setbacks in life and her body has been a struggle since birth. But she wanted some "modeling" photos. Here are her firt "teasers" from the set.

Camera:Pentax K1

Lens: smc Pentax-FA 77mm f/1.8 Limited

ISO 3200, 77mm, f/2.5, 1/2000th Hand held

ISO 100, 77mm, f/13, 1/125th Hand held

I think she is going to love these.