Recommendation for 50mm prime lens


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sebianos

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Hello fellow Pentaxian,

I'm an analogue pentaxian at the moment and am seriously confused with the FA, DA, SMC, WR terms used in describing lens.

Could anybody recommend a good and reasonable prime lens ? I'm looking at 50mm with aperture of F1.4 up. Either k-mount or m42 mount is good.

The criteria is.... hate to say this - good quality but resonably priced. Thanks in advance.

And i'd also like to thank flowerpot for his kindness, thanks man! :D
 

creampuff

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Save your money for a FA 50mm f/1.4. While older non-AF lenses are fine, but AF allows you to do things like shoot one-handed, exploit the usefulness of using LV, plus focus quite a lot faster.
 

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Actually all the pentax 50mm are reasonably prices in their own context :D

You want real cheap and good get the 50/1.7 (any series)

If you want negligible cost (ie. ~$60-$70), then the 50/2 (any series)

I won't recommend a M42 takumar since the price delta between them and a 50/2 or 50/1.7 is too low to bother with an adapter.
 

sebianos

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Thanks Baracus, Creampuff, and Pinholecam... for the advice.

Just saw the 43mm limited SILVER edition courtesy of creampuff, i decided that you're absolutely too poisonous to be around. First the k-7 and now 43mm limited.

Love your photos :p
 

scorpioh

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Oh yeah, the 43 is actually the perfect 50 (normal). In fact, out of the three modern normals, DA40, FA50 and FA43, i'll take the FA43.
 

Baracus

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Thanks Baracus, Creampuff, and Pinholecam... for the advice.

Just saw the 43mm limited SILVER edition courtesy of creampuff, i decided that you're absolutely too poisonous to be around. First the k-7 and now 43mm limited.

Love your photos :p
I managed to nullify the FA43 poison by selling it away to someone else, and he's now in love with it. :bsmilie: I preferred the M50/1.7 despite its lack of AF and lower contrast, but IQ difference is negligible. I'm a slow shooter anyway. But yeah, if you want the convenience of AF, go for the FA43 or FA50.
 

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I'm an analogue pentaxian at the moment and am seriously confused with the FA, DA, SMC, WR terms used in describing lens.
FA = auto focus lens, image circle covers full frame
DA = auto focus lens for DSLR, image circle covers cropped sensors and will probably cause vignetting on full frame
SMC = super multi coat
WR = weather resistant
 

eselite

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Are u going to use the 50mm on your spotmatic or for future upgrade?
 

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Nah, don't listen to them. There is only one 50mm lens that's worth keeping. All the rest are just craps :devil:

 

sebianos

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Hi Charlie, using it on a K1000 not on spotty unless it's screw mount. Got all excited looking at shinapple's bokeh shots. Future upgrade coming soon once i say bye bye to my Nikon. :p

Flowerpot, probably manual for now. I like to take my time taking photos using film slr. Auto when i've dslr... so probably get a crap 50/f2 to shoot for now.

Frank, 50/1.2 looks very very YUMMY!!! How is the dof at f1.2? I'm afraid will pull out my hair because dof is too shallow, and viewfinder will in-focus/out-focus just from breathing. hahaha

Wabbit - thanks for the explanation. :)

scorpioh and baracus - you guys are da bomb. One give poison, one give antidote. hehehe
 

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Save your money for a FA 50mm f/1.4. While older non-AF lenses are fine, but AF allows you to do things like shoot one-handed, exploit the usefulness of using LV, plus focus quite a lot faster.
second this.

plus, as 50mm f/1.4 lenses go, pentax offering is not expensive. :)
 

eselite

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Hi Charlie, using it on a K1000 not on spotty unless it's screw mount. Got all excited looking at shinapple's bokeh shots. Future upgrade coming soon once i say bye bye to my Nikon. :p
Oh i thought you are the one using the spotty, sorry i got mixed up.
Fengwei's 50mm 1.2 is way above my budget.
Go with the FA50! I have one too.:thumbsup:
 

sebianos

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Oh i thought you are the one using the spotty, sorry i got mixed up.
Fengwei's 50mm 1.2 is way above my budget.
Go with the FA50! I have one too.:thumbsup:
hahahaha.... I am the one with the spotty :p Considering the options for prime lenses first, must plan carefully before i'm left with a bunch of neither here nor there lenses.

Thanks nightmare - agree that the range for 50mm primes are very reasonable. Unless you're talking about the FA* 85-3000 in the other thread. :bsmilie:
 

hamustar

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I think it's alright having more than one 50mm! ;) Just different flavours of a great focal length.
For starters, I feel the FA50 1.4 would suit most general purposes, focusing ring is quite smooth for manual focus also.
 

istDeS

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I like the FA50mm 1.4...:)

but i like this slightly more...:D


but but i also bought back a M50 too.:bsmilie:
 

creampuff

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How about another teddy... :bsmilie:
(Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f/1.4)

 

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