Lens Shootout: Pentax Prime Lenses 50-55mm


DrOrloff

Link Posted 01/02/2013 - 12:05
I should be grateful to anyone who adds their images taken with a Pentax prime lens in the 50-55mm range to this thread. It could be an interesting and useful resource.

I have four such primes but I only use one. I'm particularly interested in seeing images from the FA50mm 1.4 as it gets both rave reviews and poor reviews.

I'll start with a few shots and add more later if it gets going. Comments are appreciated and chinwag is good but I'd really like to see lots of piccies:


SMC Takumar 55mm f1.8 (circa 1972):





SMC Takumar 55mm f1.8





SMC Takumar 55mm f1.8





SMC Takumar 55mm f1.8



You can see some of my photos here if you are so inclined

smudge

Link Posted 01/02/2013 - 14:03

This shot was taken with FA50 wide open at f1.4 1/60 ISO 800 on a K10d (before any p/p).

I chose this shot because to me it is typical of the look of the FA50 wide open - not particularly sharp and slightly 'dreamy' looking. Can be quite pleasant and can of course be adjusted to suit afterwards.

TBH I don't use it much since I bought the FA43 unless I really need f1.4
Regards, Philip

obione

Link Posted 01/02/2013 - 14:35
All Jpeg unedited just resized.

50 mm f1.4 FA At f2.8


50mm f1.4 FA At f5.6


Smc Pentax (not Tukumar)55 mm M f1.8 At F5.6


Smc Pentax (not Tukumar) 55 mm M f1.8 At F2.8



SMC Pentax (not Tukumar)55mm M goes from F1.8/F2.8/F4/F5.6
FA 50mm goes from F1.4/F2/F2.8/F4/F5.6.
k-5, K-5ii,60-250 f4, 50 f1.4 af,17-70 f4, 100mm macro wr,siggy 10-20 siggy 100-300f4
Last Edited by obione on 01/02/2013 - 15:19

redbusa99

Link Posted 01/02/2013 - 20:32


just outside your limit but close a Zenit Helios 44M-4 58mm f2 came with my father in law,s old Zenit 11 he gave me last year along with a photax 135 f3.5. just put it on K5 and did a quick snap across the roof tops. straight raw to jpeg conversion ,i was quite surprised at the result but have not used it since. think i will be having revisited this pic.
odd lens or 2

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Algernon

Link Posted 02/02/2013 - 08:03
obione wrote:

Smc Pentax (not Tukumar)55 mm M f1.8 At F5.6

Both shots with this lens look to be at f/2.8 ?

Looks a lot more interesting than the 50mm FA 1.4
which is the most boring of the Pentax 50mm's
I sold mine because it was so dull

The 'A' series is much better f/1.7 or f/1.4
Half Man... Half Pentax ... Half Cucumber

Pentax K-1 + K-5 and some other stuff

Algi
Last Edited by Algernon on 02/02/2013 - 08:04

obione

Link Posted 02/02/2013 - 11:45
one was f2.8 1/125 iso 1600 and other f5.6 1/125 iso 6400
Algernon wrote:
obione wrote:

Smc Pentax (not Tukumar)55 mm M f1.8 At F5.6

Both shots with this lens look to be at f/2.8 ?

Looks a lot more interesting than the 50mm FA 1.4
which is the most boring of the Pentax 50mm's
I sold mine because it was so dull

The 'A' series is much better f/1.7 or f/1.4


k-5, K-5ii,60-250 f4, 50 f1.4 af,17-70 f4, 100mm macro wr,siggy 10-20 siggy 100-300f4
Last Edited by obione on 02/02/2013 - 11:53

Algernon

Link Posted 02/02/2013 - 12:44
obione wrote:
one was f2.8 1/125 iso 1600 and other f5.6 1/125 iso 6400

That's for the FA Lens only...... Look at the Exif data.

The other lens is 1/125th ISO800 for both shots

Maybe the blades are sticking?


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Half Man... Half Pentax ... Half Cucumber

Pentax K-1 + K-5 and some other stuff

Algi

LennyBloke

Link Posted 02/02/2013 - 12:50
Pentax K 55mm at f1.8.....



It doesn't have the clinical sharpness of some of the newer lenses, but still a good performer
LennyBloke

DrOrloff

Link Posted 02/02/2013 - 13:01
Interesting, keep 'em up, the more the merrier. I think the K55 is sharp, just takes a lot of getting used to the focus and pinpointing where used at wide apertures.

More from the Tak, which I believe is optically the same as the K, probably taken at f2, certainly no less than 2.8:

SMC Takumar 55mm f1.8





SMC Takumar 55mm f1.8




SMC Takumar 55mm f1.8




Here's my one and only shot from the FA50mm f1.4. It will either come out of the box or go into the classifieds, haven't decided yet.

FA50mm f1.4 @ 1.8



You can see some of my photos here if you are so inclined
Last Edited by DrOrloff on 02/02/2013 - 13:04

Algernon

Link Posted 02/02/2013 - 14:20
Straight from JPG's No PP... just slight crops.

Pentax-K 50mm f/1.2 @ f/1.2 Poor available light. ISO400
Handheld 1/30th sec.

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Cherry Keyboard




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Half Man... Half Pentax ... Half Cucumber

Pentax K-1 + K-5 and some other stuff

Algi

MrB

Link Posted 02/02/2013 - 20:41
These were shot recently at Hughenden Church, Bucks, on a Pentax K-5 with the SMC Pentax FA 1:1.4 50mm lens.

This old lamp was shot against a bright grey sky - #1 is most of the OOC Jpeg; #2 is a 100% crop from the lamp plus default sharpening in PSP X4.
#1


#2



This is one of many wonderful stained glass windows in the church; #3 is most of the OOC Jpeg; #4 is a 100% crop of the centre right section plus default sharpening in PSP X4.
#3


#4



I like this lens very much.

Philip

DanielH

Link Posted 02/02/2013 - 21:38
PENTAX F 50mm shot at 1.7 cropped square in camera, no PP


Last Edited by DanielH on 02/02/2013 - 21:39

timcx500e

Link Posted 02/02/2013 - 22:27
f 7.1

K30 f:6.3

Both Pentax F 1:7 taken this morning f:5.6


Last Edited by timcx500e on 02/02/2013 - 22:44

Smeggypants

Link Posted 03/02/2013 - 00:02
Here's some - Click on 'em for full size


A50/1.2 @ 1.2



















A50/1.4 @ 1.4









[i]Bodies: 1x K-5IIs, 2x K-5, Sony TX-5, Nokia 808
Lenses: Pentax DA 10-17mm ED(IF) Fish Eye, Pentax DA 14mm f/2.8, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8, Pentax-A 28mm f/2.8, Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.2, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.4, Pentax-FA 50mm f/1.4, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.7, Pentax DA* 50-135mm f/2.8, Sigma 135-400mm APO DG, and more ..
Flash: AF-540FGZ, Vivitar 283

womble

Link Posted 03/02/2013 - 11:27
SMC 'K' 50mm f/1.2 @ 1.2




K.
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