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Pentax K SMC f1:1.2

Posted 08/06/2008 - 23:43 Link
Didn't need it, but couldn't resist it !!!!

The K-50mm f1:1.2 on my DS, taken with my K10D + A-50mm f1:1.4

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Seems in good condition, recently serviced and cleaned to remove internal dust, don't want to say what I paid for it, ( duh ), but what would you say I should have paid ???

D-of-F at f1.2 is as thin as a razor-blade,

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But it does improve at f8.0, ( think I may have found what happened to the "Village People", well at least one of them ??? ).

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Posted 09/06/2008 - 00:08 Link
Stopped down it will make a good portrait lens.

I have just dug out my A-50 f1.4 to try a few on my new K20D
Posted 09/06/2008 - 12:45 Link
Stuff available light, that lens takes pics with available darkness
you don't have to be mad to post here

but it does help
Posted 09/06/2008 - 13:34 Link
Galoot wrote:
don't want to say what I paid for it, ( duh ), but what would you say I should have paid ???

Back in 1987 when I was chosing between the KA 50 F1.4 and the KA 50 F1.2, the 1.2 version sold for about 200! The 1.4 was 100.
Bodies: K5IIs, K7, MZ5n, LX, MV
Lenses: DA*16-50, DA18-55WR, DA18-135, DAL35, M50 F2, A50 f1.4, FA50 f1.4, DA*50-135, DA55-300, Tamron 70-300, DFA 100 WR Macro, M135 f3.5, Sigma 120-400 APO DG HSM, Tokina 500 f8.0
Flash: Metz 58, Metz 48
Accessories: BG4, Pentax right angle finder, Pentax mirror adaptor lens, O-ME53 Viewfinder Loupe
Auto 110 System: Auto 110, Winder, 18mm, 24mm, 50mm, 70mm, 20-40mm, AF100P, 1.7x telecon
Posted 09/06/2008 - 16:59 Link
I had the A series one but only kept it for a few weeks. I couldn't see any use for it so sold it for about 150, it was mint.

I wish I'd kept it a bit longer to get a decent price, that was 2 years ago.
Posted 26/06/2008 - 22:05 Link
Just to up-date you, I paid 125 for the lens, and saw one like it on 'ebad' recently for 275. So I'm quite happy. I have wanted one of these for a while so I might have been tempted to go to 275, but then again maybe not.

I love it, here's tonight's dinner at f1:1.2 on the K10D

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Posted 30/06/2008 - 18:08 Link
I couldn't believe my luck !
In 1998 I exchanged my 15-year-old Chinon 50mm KA fit 1.7 for a Pentax SMC 50mm KA 1.4 in mint condition at a now-defunct camera exchange shop. The Pentax was for sale at 25 (TWENTY-FIVE POUNDS ! ! !) and I got 15 for the Chinon, so it only cost me
I'm sure they missed a nought off the end of the 25. No wonder the shop shut down !!
K10D. Tamron 18-250 F3.5/6.3, P-KA 50mm 1.4, Takumar-A 28-80mm F3.5/4.5, Vivitar 70-300mm F4.2/5.8, Teleplus MC-7 2x converter and some Cokin stuff. Also Optio E80(coz I've got big fingers!), Pentax A3 and Chinon CP-7m.
Today is yesterday's tomorrow !
Posted 30/06/2008 - 19:01 Link
dogdirt wrote:
I'm sure they missed a nought off the end of the 25. No wonder the shop shut down !!

For an SMC-A 50/1.4?

A tenner would be good these days, and on ebay your A50/1.4 could well go for 100, but not 250, that's more like the price for an A50/1.2 .

See the "Used Lens price Guide" on

For example, searching for SMC 50 gives:

Pentax SMC 50mm f1.4 A-Series lens. GBP 87.00
Pentax SMC 50 1:1.2 Asahi opt. Lichtriese Neuwertig EUR 242.66 ASHAI Pentax SMC 50mm f1.2 Fast Prime Lens MINT 1.2 GBP 117.00
PENTAX SMC 50mm 1:1.2 f1.2 fast prime lens GBP 139.00

The last three, I guess, are K rather than A.

Searching for Pentax 50 gives:

Pentax 50mm 1:1.2 Lens - Fast GBP 127.00
Pentax 50mm 1:1.2 Lens - Fast GBP 320.00
SMC Pentax 50mm f/1.2 A 1:1.2 lens USD 440.00

The first ione is perhaps a K, and the second is an A, perhaps?

That suggests, about $440 (220) to 320 for A50/1.2 and about 90 quid for an A50/1.4.

Pentax K100D
DA 18-55 kit lens
A50/1.7 A28/2.8 M50/1.4 M135/3.5 A70-210/4
Posted 30/06/2008 - 19:49 Link
Well it was 10 years ago and it was still a bargain.
Posted 04/07/2008 - 13:16 Link
I got my SMC-A 50/1.4 last week - for 25 and a bit : )

I had rung a well known online retailer to ask about one listed on their website for 75. They had sold it but had just received a Pentax kit, which they had just unpacked. The 50/1.4 had a ding in the filter ring. I haggled a little, and agreed 25. The then offered to have the filter ring for 10! So 35 for a perfect 50/1.4A.
Posted 04/07/2008 - 13:20 Link
I also got an SMC-K 50/1.2 a couple of years ago for 50 with an MX. The lens was junk - Michael Spencer at Camera Repairer did his stuff for 25 and I still have the lens, slightly rough loooking but very usable.

Strangely the 50/1.2 does not usually go for more than 150, possibly because it has razor thin dof at f1.2 and does not work perfectly with the digital SLRs?
Posted 04/07/2008 - 20:47 Link
hmm that 1.2 looks very, very nice...
the closest thing I have is the A50 1.7 which I allso love...

Oh my... I just invested in the K20 so no new glass for a while for unless I win the jackpot...
Camera:K20D|Ist*DS|Spotmatic II|MZ-10
Pentax Lenses: DA16-45|DA50-200|50A 1.7
Tamron Lenses: 28-200
Takumar Lenses: SMC 55 1.8
Sigma Lenses: EX DG 50-500 'Bigma'|EX 50mm Macro
Flashes: Metz 58 AF-1|Samsung SEF-36PZF|Pentax AF-220T

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