Anyone Recommend an 2n hand autofocus 50mm Lens for K10D


campbew

Link Posted 12/01/2014 - 08:48
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AndrewA

Link Posted 12/01/2014 - 09:03
It does depend on your budget, I have a Sigma f1.4 and can highly recommend it, but it would come at a price of around 150 upwards for a used copy.

It is a large lens though compared to the Pentax DA f1.8 which other forum members use and also rate highly.
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richandfleur

Link Posted 12/01/2014 - 09:54
The DA f1.8 is presently fairly cheap from memory.

Spec wise it seems to score better on sharpness than the 35mm too.

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dougf8

Link Posted 12/01/2014 - 10:18
As above the Da 1.8, cracking value for money.

The 35mm f2.4 is equivalent 52mm and again is cracking VFM.
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JonSchick

Link Posted 12/01/2014 - 12:48
Assuming you mean 50mm, rather than the equivalent of a 50mm field of view (which would head you towards the 30-35mm options), the most obvious Pentax contenders would be the 55mm DA* (superb but pricey portrait lens), 50mm FA (deservedly popular and a lens with some character esp wide open) or 50mm DA L (excellent images but built to a price), the latter being the cheapest option but still offering great image quality. A more expensive wildcard would be the 43 mm FA Ltd - slightly odd focal length on APS C though. Outside Pentax, Sigma would be a good contender, but bulky.

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johnriley

Link Posted 12/01/2014 - 15:12
In terms of overall character, I've settled on the 43mm Limited, but the 40mm is also good. It's basically a long standard lens on APS-C, but not too far adrift from the 58mm that was at one time still considered within the standard bracket for film.

The 55mm f/1.4 is the APS-C equivalent for the film 85mm f/1.4 lenses.
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CIBarker

Link Posted 12/01/2014 - 16:10
johnriley wrote:
In terms of overall character, I've settled on the 43mm Limited, but the 40mm is also good. It's basically a long standard lens on APS-C, but not too far adrift from the 58mm that was at one time still considered within the standard bracket for film.

The 55mm f/1.4 is the APS-C equivalent for the film 85mm f/1.4 lenses.

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I've had F 50mm f1.7, DA*55mm, DA 40mm Ltd and FA 43mm Ltd and for size, balance, iq, colour rendition, build quality the FA 43mm ticks all my boxes for a standard prime.

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ronniemac

Link Posted 12/01/2014 - 18:05
The Limited lenses are on my wish list, all of them, but back in the real world where funds have to be shared with other family requirements I have found true photographic happiness with the smc Pentax-DA 1:1.8 50mm - useful for portraits or short tele, (and the smc Pentax-DA 1:2.4 35mm AL as my standard lens)

Bought thE 50mm fortnight ago for 99 +p&p NEW from Bristol Cameras. I don't think you will pick up any second hand autofocus 50mm for less than that!

Hope you find what you are looking for.
Last Edited by ronniemac on 12/01/2014 - 18:05

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richandfleur

Link Posted 12/01/2014 - 18:40
ronniemac wrote:

Bought thE 50mm fortnight ago for 99 +p&p NEW from Bristol Cameras. I don't think you will pick up any second hand autofocus 50mm for less than that!

Yes I don't think you'll see too many of these 2nd hand as a realistic 2nd hand price would be too low for most owners to contemplate selling for. If it's 99 new, then second hand would be say 70 for a good example? and most owners obviously paid much more than this originally.

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Mannesty

Link Posted 12/01/2014 - 19:32
There are Pentax 50mm AF lenses available from the film era that work perfectly well with all Pentax SLR's including digital.

Notably, those from the smc Pentax-F and smc Pentax-FA series.

See them all here.

You have a choice of maximum apertures of 1.7 and 1.4, the larger aperture lenses being more expensive.

There is also a 50mm macro lens in both series with a max. aperture of f2.8.
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dougf8

Link Posted 12/01/2014 - 20:48
Thinking about it, on the K10 with its bigger sensor pixels you might be OK having a play with an F35-70.

Not a prime, bokeh monster but inexpensive, compact, sharp zoom with a handy macro focus too.

50 should sort you one and you should only lose the postage if you sell.
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Last Edited by dougf8 on 12/01/2014 - 20:52

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