Would it be a good choice


Link Posted 13/01/2011 - 13:17
I notice SRS has the FA 50 mm 1.4 back in stock at a decent price. Would this be a better proposition than the new 55mm 1.4 ?

Just considering a faster lens that's all for general all round photography

Body: K7 of course !!
Lenses: DA18-55WR,DA50-200WR,FA50-1.4


Link Posted 13/01/2011 - 13:23
It would cost a good deal less and it is a good lens.

If you don't need weather sealing and SDM, then yes, I guess it's a good opportunity whilst stocks last.
Best regards, John


Link Posted 13/01/2011 - 20:34
Like most things it is a 'different' proposition, only you can decide if it is a 'better' proposition for you...


Link Posted 14/01/2011 - 01:38
I have one and can highly recommend it.
[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


Link Posted 14/01/2011 - 07:44
Smeggypants wrote:
I have one and can highly recommend it.

Ditto - sharp as, and versatile too.


Link Posted 15/01/2011 - 01:05
Bear in mind that for 60 more you could get the Sigma 50 f1.4. It beats the FA for wide-open sharpness. However it weighs (much) more and isn't quite as sharp at f4-f5.6. You might also have go through a couple (SRS pay for return postage on faulty items IIRC, so only inconvenience rather than cost) before you get one that doesn't front focus.
Last Edited by MrCynical on 15/01/2011 - 01:08


Link Posted 15/01/2011 - 07:57
I'd add another vote for the FA50 1.4 - I also have one and can highly recommend it.

Depending on your tastes, it might be worth looking at a second hand F50/1.7 which should be cheaper than the FA50 1.4 and is sharper wide open.
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