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08-16-2010, 07:45 PM   #1
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Is the A50mm f2 the most common pentax lens ever?

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I'm writing an article for our cyber-magazine and I want to confirm something:
Is the A50 f2 the most common (most built) pentax lens ever? Been the kit lens for ages I think so. Anyone has an idea roughly how many were made?

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08-16-2010, 09:32 PM   #2
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I see way more "M" than "A" 50/2's. I'd assume that was the most common Pentax lens ever.
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Thanks Marc. Digging a bit deeper, I found the M was in production for 6 years and the A for 13 years
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QuoteOriginally posted by ismaelg Quote
Hi,

I'm writing an article for our cyber-magazine and I want to confirm something:
Is the A50 f2 the most common (most built) pentax lens ever? Been the kit lens for ages I think so. Anyone has an idea roughly how many were made?

Thanks,
I would think the Takumar 55/1.8 would be in the running for these sweepstakes. It even made it with a mount change into K 55/1.8. I have one on a Spotmatic F, the S-M-C Takumar 55/1.8.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Canada_Rockies Quote
I would think the Takumar 55/1.8 would be in the running for these sweepstakes. It even made it with a mount change into K 55/1.8. I have one on a Spotmatic F, the S-M-C Takumar 55/1.8.
I would agree with the 55mm f1.8 in its various versions.

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Interesting. Thanks!
Did the 55 evolved into one of the fast 50's or are each of them a differente design?
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I believe the 55 f1.8 has a different design.

Regarding the A versus M, I'd say the A is likely to be more common, but nowadays you see way more Ms on sale (often with a K1000) than As.

Look at the comments here, it should give you an idea too.

If you want to put it differently, you could say that the 50 f2 design has been produced the most, in two incarnations of M and A
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From the prices, it would appear to be one of the most common. It seems to be about the only A lens which can be had on Ebay for less than $50.

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QuoteOriginally posted by ismaelg Quote
Thanks Marc. Digging a bit deeper, I found the M was in production for 6 years and the A for 13 years
Perhaps so, but Pentax sold a heck of a lot of K1000's during those 6 years.
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The 55mm f1.8 was in production from 1958 to 1977 in m42 & K mounts, with the same 6 elements in 5 groups optical design.

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Perhaps so, but Pentax sold a heck of a lot of K1000's during those 6 years.
The K1000 was produced until 1994. From 1983 to 1994 it came with the A. I think the reason you see more M's than A's is that the M was better built and has lasted better than the A's.
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