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    Default Best 50mm for Pentax DSLR

    85mm used to be my favorite portrait FL on Canon FF, so my hunt for the best 50mm on K5 begins. Currently I have only the A 50f1.4, so I shall start with this.

    A 50f1.4 wide open on K5 shot in raw converted in Lightroom 3.3 and resized in Adobe photoshop.



    Same lens at f2.8.



    There are many 50mms so I will appreciate if you can post some portrait shots of your favorite as it will greatly help me. You can also include 55 and 58mm. Thank you all.
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    Think one of my old threads covered on this.
    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/threa...red?highlight=

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinholecam View Post
    Think one of my old threads covered on this.
    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/threa...red?highlight=
    Thanks JK, I saw the thread but I would like to concentrate on the 50-58 mm FLs. I have the FA31 and 77 fixed. I want to look at these first.
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    Hi Anthony, perhaps you could define what your criteria for "best" is, so the Pentaxians here can help you out. For me, best has to do with size, reasonable sharpness at F/2.8 (F/1.4 has too narrow DOF for my uses). I don't really care about bokeh and all that.

    Perhaps I'll leave it to Fengwei and some of the rest to show you the 50mm f/1.2 - think it's MF though.

    Some of my shots with the 50mm FA F/1.4 for your use, it is my cat lens... And occasional I use it to shoot my loved ones. These days it's mixed with the 35mm f/2.4 - so cheap, yet quite a good performance, and way lighter. The 50mm f/1.4 still has a place in my bag though, that's for sure. It's sharper from f/2.0 onwards.







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    Just a few of my fiancee... Please don't quote, I'll remove these after a while, just a personal policy regarding such photographs on CS.

    (removed - TS can contact me if he wishes to view them)

    Thanks for kind understanding in advance. Perhaps TS could acknowledge the perusal of these so I can remove as and when appropriate.
    Last edited by edutilos-; 8th March 2011 at 03:51 PM.

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    edutilos-: nice pics and natural looking model you've got there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Lee View Post
    Thanks JK, I saw the thread but I would like to concentrate on the 50-58 mm FLs. I have the FA31 and 77 fixed. I want to look at these first.
    Are you talking about Canon 50-58mm FLs ? I think they do not fit the pentax... unless they are modded. I am holding on to a Canon 58mm FL... but cannot test.

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    [QUOTE=edutilos-;7042009]Hi Anthony, perhaps you could define what your criteria for "best" is, so the Pentaxians here can help you out. For me, best has to do with size, reasonable sharpness at F/2.8 (F/1.4 has too narrow DOF for my uses). I don't really care about bokeh and all that.

    Perhaps I'll leave it to Fengwei and some of the rest to show you the 50mm f/1.2 - think it's MF though.

    Some of my shots with the 50mm FA F/1.4 for your use, it is my cat lens... And occasional I use it to shoot my loved ones. These days it's mixed with the 35mm f/2.4 - so cheap, yet quite a good performance, and way lighter. The 50mm f/1.4 still has a place in my bag though, that's for sure. It's sharper from f/2.0 onwards.

    Thanks and appreciate your contribution. I am only interested in the 50-58mm FL range, Pentax and M42 mount only.
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    FA50 f1.4. I read somewhere it's among the best of the 50 f1.4 lens which every brand has..

    My example here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snapnut View Post
    Are you talking about Canon 50-58mm FLs ? I think they do not fit the pentax... unless they are modded. I am holding on to a Canon 58mm FL... but cannot test.
    Must be only Pentax or M42 mount.
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    Quote Originally Posted by le petit prince View Post
    FA50 f1.4. I read somewhere it's among the best of the 50 f1.4 lens which every brand has..

    My example here.
    Yes I love these shots. Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Lee View Post
    Thanks and appreciate your contribution. I am only interested in the 50-58mm FL range, Pentax and M42 mount only.
    Hi, I don't understand what you mean, 50-58mm focal length range, Pentax and M42 mount - doesn't the 50mm f/1.4 FA fit this????

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    Quote Originally Posted by edutilos- View Post
    Hi, I don't understand what you mean, 50-58mm focal length range, Pentax and M42 mount - doesn't the 50mm f/1.4 FA fit this????
    he is only interested with Pentax 50-58mm FL range lens? i am just guessing

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    Quote Originally Posted by edutilos- View Post
    Hi, I don't understand what you mean, 50-58mm focal length range, Pentax and M42 mount - doesn't the 50mm f/1.4 FA fit this????
    Yes FA 50f1.4 is within the 50-58mm range. Meaning, I want to see only Pentax or M42 mount lenses such as the 50f1.7, 50f1.4, 50f1.2, 55f1.4, 58f1.4. There may also be some odd 55f1.2 which I will like to look at also. For other focal lengths I am fixed with FA 31f1.8, FA 77f1.8 and K 135f2.5. Thanks for your help, and I appreciate your FA 50f1.4 images.
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    http://www.flickriver.com/lenses/pentax/ --> May be useful, show photos by lenses.

    Here's another of mine:

    Just looked through my portrait gallery again (http://lepetitphotographe.smugmug.co...91557033_a6NCH), and am surprised there're hardly any FA50mm shots. Most are taken by the DA70, with quite a few by the FA43, DA35 Ltd, and even DA21. I didn't realise how diverse they can get..

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    dont forget about the excellent sigma 50mm f1.4
    it trumps pentax's fa50 optically.. althought it's huge and slightly more exp

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    I don't know which lens is the best. Each lens has its own characteristic IMO

    Super Takumar 50mm f1.4 (8 element)


    K 50mm f1.2


    Revuenon 55mm f1.2


    K 55mm f1.8


    All shot wide open with K-x in jpeg mode.

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    I always missing my M50 f1.7 after used for about 2 months and sold it away, if there is a chance I'm sure I will get it back, probably the F50 f1.7. Below are some of the photos taken with the M50 f1.7:






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    All Pentax 50mm lenses are pretty nice, the faster the better is a general rule here

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    Quote Originally Posted by oceanpriest View Post
    I don't know which lens is the best. Each lens has its own characteristic IMO
    I think so as well.


    But this lens has character

    Revuenon 55/1.2


    The most ordinary things become something special for this lens.
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