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07-23-2010, 10:23 PM   #31
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You need to click right below the $499.95 where it says "Click to add to cart for lower price". It's that way at B&H and Adorama and virtually all other reputable dealers for most Pentax lenses, because Pentax apparently asks they honor a certain minimum advertised price.


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07-24-2010, 08:41 AM   #32
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QuoteOriginally posted by kharenitin Quote
How is Cosina 55mm?
It's a good lens, optical design by Tomioka (also available as a Revuenon lens). Manual focus, no auto-aperture. Well built, metal and a lot of glass, well-damped focus ring, nine aperture blades so when shooting at f-stops higher than f/1.2 it has a nice out of focus area (and if stopped down with point lights in the frame would give you 18-point stars). There's quite a few posts in the forums here about it, with good examples.

I recently got the Cosina 55mm for $300, whereas the Pentax-K 50mm f/1.2 goes for about $400 (and has eight aperture blades). The Pentax-A 50mm f/1.2 goes for about $500-600 (nine aperture blades and an auto-aperture lens). All those prices have gone up from about 5 years ago, when they were about half their current values.

If you are considering shooting at f/1.2, you'll need to worry about focus shift. Also it will be pretty necessary to get a split-image focus screen, both because it will help with precise focus and because the standard matte screens in cameras today show an artificially large in-focus area such that you will not see where the actual focus area is at any f-stop below f/2.
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DA40 is $339 from B&H
Yes, and the FA 43 ltd is $569. As Marc said, people need to click on "Add to cart to for lower price."
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I'll shamelesly recommend the A50f1.2.
+1 from me.

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