Good portrait/bokeh lens?

WT21

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I am really missing my 5D for portrait shots with good bokeh.

Anyone have a recommendation for a legacy lens that could produce the kind of bokeh (or at least spectral highlights) in the picture below? My wife says I can't post pictures of her on-line, so here she's disguised (though she'd be mad at me even more, if she saw the picture of her I posted, lol! She's a very beautiful woman, but this picture is almost scary!)

Right now I have an OM 50mm 2.0 macro which is my current "portrait" lens, but I'd like something faster. I also have a 50mm 1.4 Pentax Supertak, but it's REALLY soft at 1.4. I'd like something a bit sharper.


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PeteMarshall

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At bargain prices, the Industar f2.8 50mm is a fine lens with wonderful Bokeh.
The Minolta f 1.4 50mm MD/MC is great and both can be found for little cash. Most older 50mm lens will be both cheap and sharp enough for portraits. After all just how sharp do you want?
 

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Though I have only taken a few shots with it, and none as a portrait, I find the Pentax-M 50/1.4 pretty good wide open. Have not really tested the bokeh but hope to use it some this weekend.

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And my Pentax-M 50/1.7 (which my daughter has) was also pretty good wide open, probably a tad better.
 

JoeFriday

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At bargain prices, the Industar f2.8 50mm is a fine lens with wonderful Bokeh.
The Minolta f 1.4 50mm MD/MC is great and both can be found for little cash. Most older 50mm lens will be both cheap and sharp enough for portraits. After all just how sharp do you want?
would that be the Industar-61? I never considered that a portrait lens.. too contrasty.. altho great for other uses

a good Jupiter-8 specimen would be outstanding, tho.. and can be found for $40 or less
 

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I bought a Zeiss Planar 50mm f/1.4 for this purpose. Only taken a few test shots with it, nothing worth posting but my impression is it is a superb lens, lovely bokeh.
 

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For M4/3 the Konica 57 1.2 is a beauty there are some nice samples on the forums here. Another option is a Zeiss 45 or 90 for Contax G. One of the nice things about the Zeiss Contax G lenses besides the wonderful color, sharpness and contrast is the small form factor.
 
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