what is your best budget autofocus 50mm lens for pentax


sunnycamera

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what is your best budget autofocus 50mm lens for pentax.

it seems the under 150SGD option is only manual M 50mm f1.7 pentax lens.

for beginner, it is much to go for f1.4.

what is your idea

while lots of people say DA 35mm f/2.4 AL, but 200 SGD for a f2.4 is still too much

============Thanks for the reply ===========

i think i will save for the smc PENTAX FA 50mm F1.4 then
 

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who told u 200sgd can get u a 35/f2.4? lol
and are u asking for autofocus or manual focus?

and if u're looking for something similar to canikon's 50/1.8, then u gotta look at canikons
 

felixcat8888

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what is your best budget autofocus 50mm lens for pentax.

it seems the under 150SGD option is only manual M 50mm f1.7 pentax lens.

for beginner, it is much to go for f1.4.

what is your idea

while lots of people say DA 35mm f/2.4 AL, but 200 SGD for a f2.4 is still too much
DA35 F2.4 is about $300 plus.

Pentax lenses at 50mm are the M, K A (F1.4, 1.7, 2.0) F (1.4, 1.7) FA, DA* series and the F stop is 1.4

The AF lenses are F and FA and DA* series but the FA and the DA*is the only one that is available new and at F1.4 is our best lens
 

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what is your best budget autofocus 50mm lens for pentax.

it seems the under 150SGD option is only manual M 50mm f1.7 pentax lens.

for beginner, it is much to go for f1.4.

what is your idea

while lots of people say DA 35mm f/2.4 AL, but 200 SGD for a f2.4 is still too much
Kit 18-55mm at 50mm. For the price, you get quite a lot.

As for the 35mm being somewhat expensive, dont forget that current Pentax bodies have built in Shake Reduction. Now..how much do you think Canikon 35mm fast lens will cost with stabilisation?
 

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oceanpriest

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If you're lucky you can get F or FA 50 1.7 < S$ 300 at 2nd hand market (ebay or pentaxforum)
 

detritus

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TS's question is basically "does pentax have a cheap AF 50mm F1.4".

he does not want a 35mm that costs > $300, he does not want a cheap MF 50mm.

so the short answer to the question is "no".

if that's the only thing that TS wants, there are other systems that better suits his needs.

though i would mention that this is exactly a case where it gives with one hand, and takes away MORE than u received with the other when TS wants to move beyond a 50mm fast prime :think:
 

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Actually my suggestion would be save up for the FA 50mm. The auto focus feature is very useful for portraits work. Who knows after you got the manual focus lens and you need the auto focus function, you end up spending more moola:confused:

B&S have quite afew sometimes selling at good price, $380~450.

Like me, i use my 18-55 and save up until i got the moola for my FA 50;)
 

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Pentax-A 50mm f2.0 (~$80 ?)... sharp from f2.0
Hold camera in right hand, turn with left
With the Catch-in-Focus funtion... the camera will AF (auto fire) when it is in focus :bsmilie:

Well there is no cheap Pentax AF 50mm... but tons of very good, easy to use MF 50mm lenses
 

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But FA50 is not a portrait lens, it is just a normal lens. while DA*55 is designed to be a protrait lens. :)

Actually my suggestion would be save up for the FA 50mm. The auto focus feature is very useful for portraits work. Who knows after you got the manual focus lens and you need the auto focus function, you end up spending more moola:confused:

B&S have quite afew sometimes selling at good price, $380~450.

Like me, i use my 18-55 and save up until i got the moola for my FA 50;)
 

poppyer

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it's nothing about the 5mm, it is about the optical design.
just like sony 50/1.8 is a portrait lens, while minolta 50/1.7 is a normal lens.

your distinction is lost on me :confused: why does an additional 5mm define your label of the lenses as "portrait" or "non-portrait" ?
 

felixcat8888

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But FA50 is not a portrait lens, it is just a normal lens. while DA*55 is designed to be a protrait lens. :)
What are you talking about? The FA 50mm F1.4 can also be used as a portrait lens. So why and where did you see that the FA50 cannot be considered portrait lens?
 

poppyer

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you misunderstood me. any lens can be used to take portraits, why not.
i just reply to the post that "autofocus" is more useful than manual lens in dedicated portrait work. in that sense, a dedicated portrait lens is also, if not even, helpful.

as for the DA*55, just two short descriptions from dpreview.
"Pentax is marketing the lens as purpose-designed for portrait work, and the spiritual successor to the company's film-era FA 85mm f/1.4."
"Conclusion - Pros: Good balance of optical properties for its intended (portrait) role".



What are you talking about? The FA 50mm F1.4 can also be used as a portrait lens. So why and where did you see that the FA50 cannot be considered portrait lens?
 

detritus

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you misunderstood me. any lens can be used to take portraits, why not.
i just reply to the post that "autofocus" is more useful than manual lens in dedicated portrait work. in that sense, a dedicated portrait lens is also, if not even, helpful.

as for the DA*55, just two short descriptions from dpreview.
"Pentax is marketing the lens as purpose-designed for portrait work, and the spiritual successor to the company's film-era FA 85mm f/1.4."
"Conclusion - Pros: Good balance of optical properties for its intended (portrait) role".
ah... thats splitting hair imo... ;p not to mention that its also a heavy dose of "marketing talk".

in any case, we digress.
 

CorneliusK

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you misunderstood me. any lens can be used to take portraits, why not.
i just reply to the post that "autofocus" is more useful than manual lens in dedicated portrait work. in that sense, a dedicated portrait lens is also, if not even, helpful.

as for the DA*55, just two short descriptions from dpreview.
"Pentax is marketing the lens as purpose-designed for portrait work, and the spiritual successor to the company's film-era FA 85mm f/1.4."
"Conclusion - Pros: Good balance of optical properties for its intended (portrait) role".
PentaxImaging product page for the FA 50

- Indoor photography, portraiture, low light photography, still life, weddings

It may not be as good as the DA*55 or the FA Limiteds, but it can definitely count portraiture as one of its strengths.
 

poppyer

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PentaxImaging product page for the FA 50

- Indoor photography, portraiture, low light photography, still life, weddings

It may not be as good as the DA*55 or the FA Limiteds, but it can definitely count portraiture as one of its strengths.
aiya, how come so many misunderstandings..
don't M50/1.4 and M50/1.7 have all the above "strengths" as well?
 

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If you're lucky you can get F or FA 50 1.7 < S$ 300 at 2nd hand market (ebay or pentaxforum)
Yeap, I got an F50 f1.7 <SGD300 after conversion off Pentaxforums marketplace recently.

Yeah, I was similarly gutted about not having an "cheap" SGD100+ 50 prime lens from Pentax at first, and I even bought the Canon 50 f1.8 for a friends birthday in Dec, but if you want to step up to the f1.4 with Canon, the price is around S$500 or so as well.

The point raised by one of the others here about IS is also quite relevant in that with Pentax, every lense has Shake reduction through the body.

And for Portraiture, a Manual lens should also work, IMO, if you really want a more affordable AF Pentax lens, do consider the 35 f2.4 as its a really good lens for the $$$ and its closer to being a true 50mm equivalent in 35mm format as well. And it'll give you a nice walkabout lens as well.
 

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