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09-08-2007, 03:58 PM   #1
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Pentax F 50 vs. FA50 1.7's

Hey all,
I just got what I think will be a great deal from Ebay.
I purchased an SF1 body with an F 50mm 1.7 for $50.

My question is this. I have heard lots of Good things about the FA 50's, both the 1.4 and the 1.7. Apart from build year, how do the two lenses compare optically?
I am really looking forward to having an AF fast 50 in my arsenal.
I got lucky with this one. I searched ebay under "Pentax". and sorted by newly listed. I bought this like 5 minutes after the auction opened. I bet this guy is shooting himself for not pricing it a bit higher.
I am also looking forward to getting my hands on a film body I haven't seen before...
Thanks in advance for the comments about the lens.

09-08-2007, 08:20 PM   #2
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Optically, they are identical. Both are 6-in-5. Dimitrov's site gives you all the data you will need.

Pentax "Normal" Prime Lenses

As for quality, I currently own 3 F50/1.7's. Just in case one breaks. It's a fine lens and you got a nice price on it if it's in decent shape. Enjoy.
09-08-2007, 08:24 PM   #3
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I am jealous!!
09-09-2007, 06:50 AM   #4
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Thanks for the link, eric.
I was looking through the Lens Review Database here on the forum. Both reviewers mention the need for exposure compensation when shooting with this lens on a digital slr.
Have you experienced the same?


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