SMC Pentax-DA 50mm f/1.8


johnriley

Link Posted 09/10/2012 - 10:59
There's an EPZ review of this and it looks very impressive, with outstanding optical results.

I have a feeling this lens sound more my taste than the FA 50mm f/1,4, which I find a bit too bland optically. The new lens looks as though it is more like the 43mm f/1.9, which is also an exceptional lens.
Best regards, John
Last Edited by johnriley on 09/10/2012 - 11:00

MattMatic

Link Posted 09/10/2012 - 11:48
Review here, details on epz here

Matt
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Last Edited by MattMatic on 09/10/2012 - 11:51

Algernon

Link Posted 09/10/2012 - 11:51
It was also on the side panel
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Last Edited by Algernon on 09/10/2012 - 11:51

Pentaxonian

Link Posted 09/10/2012 - 11:53
£250 for a plastic lens with no built in motor in 2012 is just taking the piss, no matter how good it is.

NB Nikon's AF-S 50 f1.8 sells for £160 (which includes a hood and pouch)
K5iis and a couple of lenses.
Last Edited by Pentaxonian on 09/10/2012 - 11:58

K10D

Link Posted 09/10/2012 - 12:08
The lens is optically VG. Is it worth the GBP250 or just under? No. Is it worth the GBP156 USA price, possibly.

Best regards

MattMatic

Link Posted 09/10/2012 - 12:20
Quote:
It was also on the side panel

Only until the next news item knocks it off the list
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Algernon

Link Posted 09/10/2012 - 13:04
True!!
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cabstar

Link Posted 09/10/2012 - 16:06
Pentaxonian wrote:
£250 for a plastic lens with no built in motor in 2012 is just taking the piss, no matter how good it is.

NB Nikon's AF-S 50 f1.8 sells for £160 (which includes a hood and pouch)

That lens was around £210 at launch and that lens does not have motorised af either So what's your point??? I would guess in a years time the da 50mm will be around e same price as the Nikon...
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mille19

Link Posted 09/10/2012 - 16:50
Yep, I have to agree too expensive

DrOrloff

Link Posted 09/10/2012 - 18:02
The Nikon has the silent wave motor, a metal lens mount, hood and pouch and a much lower launch price. Pentax is making a statement that the DA50 is optically streets ahead of the better specced Nikon.
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Smeggypants

Link Posted 09/10/2012 - 18:36
I like my FA50/1.4. No it doesn't have the charm of my A50/1.2 by a long shot, but I like it all the same.
[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
Last Edited by Smeggypants on 09/10/2012 - 18:36

DaveHolmes

Link Posted 09/10/2012 - 19:15
Smeggypants wrote:
I like my FA50/1.4. No it doesn't have the charm of my A50/1.2 by a long shot, but I like it all the same.

Although a great lens I could easily live without mine...

The DA*55-1.4 with its WR feature appeals to me more...
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Digital:
Pentax K5- Vivitar 19mm 3.8; FA35mm f2; D-Xenon 100mm macro f2.8; DA50-200mm WR...
Flash:
Yongnuo YN-560; Vivitar 285HV; Cactus V4 triggers...
Film:
Pentax-MX & M50mm f1.4; Spottie & 55mm f1.8; MG & M40mm 2.8...

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johnriley

Link Posted 09/10/2012 - 19:30
I was just thinking then as far as short telephoto primes go, we have:

40mm f/2.8 Limited
43mm f/1.9 Limited
50mm D-FA Macro f/2.8
50mm DA f/1.8
50mm FA f/1.4
55mm DA* f/1.4

That's six alternatives!
Best regards, John

Algernon

Link Posted 09/10/2012 - 20:56
Maybe they are bringing out a 10X Converter
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froeschle

Link Posted 10/10/2012 - 12:37
In comparison:


[*] German ColorFoto 10/12, page 88
Quote:
[...] Bei offener Blende liegen die Kontraste am Rand selbst für die K-5 eher niedrig, aber abgeblendet übertrifft der Rand die Mitte dann deutlich. Dieser ungewöhnliche Verlauf der Kurven dürfte auf die eingeschaltete Kamerakorrektur zurückzuführen sein, die den nachlassenden Kontrast zum Rand ausbügelt. Insgesamt eine preisgünstige Porträtoptik, die abgeblendet auch für die allgemeine Fotografie gut zu gebrauchen ist. [...]

-> Low contrast at open aperture, behaviour indicates strong in-camera corrections. Useable for general photography, when stopped down.

[*] http://slrgear.com/reviews/showproduct.php/product/1519/cat/45
Quote:
[...] it's an inexpensive lens that fills a gap in Pentax's lineup. Stopped down, it provides excellent results for sharpness, but many people will be buying it for its ability to shoot at ƒ/1.8, where it offers only mediocre performance. If you need to shoot at wide apertures, you are better served with Pentax's more expensive options; if you are looking for a portrait lens that you'll stop down to at least ƒ/2.8, then this could be a good alternative for you. [...]

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