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12-05-2010, 11:14 PM   #1
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How much is a used FA 50 1.4 worth?

I've seen them go for all sorts of prices, and the lens database is useless due to the recent price hike, so I figured I would ask your opinions on how much would be a fair price for the FA 50 1.4, used in excellent condition?

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$300 would be good. I sold mine right before the price hike about 2 years ago for dirt cheap, well, thats before I got into Primes...

By the way, I am thinking about selling my F 50mm f1.4, excellent condition with box and all paper works...
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$250 to $270
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They seem to be listing in the $250 to $300 range, though location and condition will probably make a difference. For whatever reason, back when the FA 50 was available for ~$200 new they seemed to sell for around $200 used here on the forum as well, but after the MSRP hike the retail price (around $370 or more, plus applicable taxes) and resale prices have spread out quite a bit.

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As other have said. I'd say $250-275 (depending on condition and whether you have the original box and caps).
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Thanks everyone.

Is the 1.4 "worth it" for that price if you already have the DA 40? I would be buying i for the 2 extra stops.

Manual focus on my manual primes is frustrating in many situations.
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i've just sold my EX+ FA50/1.4 on local market for 300$ (and i must say my Pentax local market almost don't exist for both: new and second-hand gear).
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and craziest thing about it, i did it to fund the purchase of DA 40mm Limited ))

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QuoteOriginally posted by greymda Quote
purchase of DA 40mm
Congrats! The DA 40 is a great lens if you don't need the speed. I'm considering the 50 1.4 as a complement to my DA 40, because I'm getting tired of manually focusing my 50's on this focusing screen... and I don't want to give up spot metering to install a split prism.

I like the soft look of the 50's that you can't really get with the 40... so I was thinking of buying the 1.4 and trying to sell off my other 50's (because I don't want to turn into a collector ).

Curious if you guys think this is a good idea?
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QuoteOriginally posted by paperbag846 Quote
Thanks everyone.

Is the 1.4 "worth it" for that price if you already have the DA 40? I would be buying i for the 2 extra stops.

Manual focus on my manual primes is frustrating in many situations.
I would say yes, it's worth it. I use my 50 F1.4 a lot indoors and at night, plus image wise, it's one of the best Pentax lenses IMHO.
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maybe, i will "re-buy" the FA50/1.4 in the future, BUT only when it will be prices normally, at 250USD (new) as it was a year ago
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QuoteOriginally posted by paperbag846 Quote
Congrats! The DA 40 is a great lens
thanks, really hope that's the way i will find this lens!
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QuoteOriginally posted by paperbag846 Quote
...I like the soft look of the 50's that you can't really get with the 40... so I was thinking of buying the 1.4 and trying to sell off my other 50's (because I don't want to turn into a collector ).

Curious if you guys think this is a good idea?
It's worth trying. The worst-case outcome is finding out the FA50 doesn't work for you, so you have to sell it. It would be hard to lose a lot of money on the deal, and you'll gain knowledge.

You already know something about the focal length, using a prime and shooting at f1.7. The greatest unknown about the FA50 is whether AF is going to work for you. The narrow depth of field at f1.4 and lower wide-open contrast are very challenging for AF. And you are more likely to use this lens in challenging conditions. Manual focus is going to be harder too, because the lens is not really built for it.

You can find plenty of former owners who could not get the camera/lens to work reliably for them, and plenty who get it to work just fine. I think the lens requires some skill and technique to use, and the only way to know if you can do it is to try.
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Great advice, thank you.

I found the lens somewhere within your recomended prices so I think I am going to give it a go.

I typically use AF with center-point only, and recompose. Hopefully this will be an improvement from the manual focusing I am used to.

My K55 meters terribly on the K20d, and the A50 1.7 is really hard to properly focus on the stock screen, so my guess is that the FA 50 1.4 will be an improvement in the keeper rate. I believe this is because the K55 is very sharp wide open, but the 50mm 1.7 is only so-so wide open. It's hard to see when the image is optimally sharp with the 50 1.7. The 1.4 is not sharp wide open either, but I will have a computer doing the grunt work for me, which will be interesting to try.

The keeper rate is really why I would be investing. I'm interested to see how this one goes...
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Spot metering on split prism

QuoteOriginally posted by paperbag846 Quote
Congrats! The DA 40 is a great lens if you don't need the speed. I'm considering the 50 1.4 as a complement to my DA 40, because I'm getting tired of manually focusing my 50's on this focusing screen...and I don't want to give up spot metering to install a split prism.
I'm not sure I get this. I had, and will probably get again, a KatzEye and it spot metered just fine on FA and DA lenses, but did not on an M135. My understanding is that all the manual Pentax lenses default to center weighted metering, so it's the lens and not the screen doing it, or am I incorrect on that?
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