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Thread: DA* 55/1.4 review

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    Default DA* 55/1.4 review

    Dpreview liked it's image quality but apparently had problems which seem to me to be quality control issues.

    Let's talk about the positives first; the Pentax smc DA* 55mm F1.4 SDM is undoubtedly a lens capable of producing wonderful images, with a blend of optical characteristics near-perfectly suited to its intended purpose as a portrait lens... Unfortunately, though, we have serious concerns over two issues with this lens which have to temper our enthusiasm; namely optical alignment and autofocus (which are quite likely related). Over the course of what has become a rather protracted regime of testing, we've looked at three samples of this lens; each has shown a clear tilt to the focus plane, most pronounced in the first sample, and least problematic in the last (which we finally decided to use for the published tests). This does more than simply mess up our studio tests - it clearly results in real-world image quality and focusing problems too. In fact we've never before seen a lens so capricious when it comes to focusing - we're used to F1.4 primes being challenging for cameras' AF systems, but the 55mm was most difficult of all.

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    Feb 2007
    Singapore, Punggol

    Default Re: DA* 55/1.4 review

    i played one 55mm @ MS yesterday.. the image and sharpness are there... but the speed of focus is really slower... it has the slow to focus image....
    K-1 PENCAKE LIMITED: DA15;; DA 35 Macro; DA70; FA31; F50 f1.7

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    Dec 2005
    "River end"

    Default Re: DA* 55/1.4 review

    This lens is known to have a slower auto focus. I did have this lens for more than 2 months already and here's some real life pics from this lens.

    shot at F/1.4

    shot at F/2

    shot at F/2.8

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    Default Re: DA* 55/1.4 review

    yes...all of us love sharp lenses but here its a tag too sharp! reviewing all the flaws of my face

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    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    West Coast Road

    Default Re: DA* 55/1.4 review

    To used at f1.4, you have to know your sensor alignment and the len's curve and angle because it's DOF is super narrow ...
    I think most f1.4 has this problem.

    Last edited by P3ntx; 1st August 2009 at 11:58 AM.


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