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09-24-2011, 06:49 PM   #1
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Picked up a 50 1.4 today. Is this a "M" series???

I picked this 50mm 1.4 up today at a yardsale for 3$. yup. 3$. I am thinking I am going to sell it, because I have a 50 FA 1.7 I use all the time, and a 55mm M that I love. I could use a few extra $$$'s, BUT this lens doesnt say "M". It is an M right?? I cant really tell what its worth if I dont know exactly what I have!

I know I've come to the right place with this question. Thanks in advance

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oh and sorry for the poor picture. Just snapped it a few mins ago. I couldnt be bothered to get up from the couch. LOL
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This is the SMC "K" 50mm 1.4

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Yes, that's the highly-regarded K version. I'll trade you my Super-Takumar version, OK?

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KEH quotes $62 for that lens in EX condition. That means they think they can sell it for at least $120.
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Yeah, the "K" version.
I love mine.
It gets a good workout when I use my tripod.
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It should be noticeably sharper wide open than your A 50/1.4. Different rendering, too.
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Hmmmmm...... maybe I should keep it. LOL.

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I suggest you give it a run, compare It to your current 50 and just choose which one you like the most.
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problem is although I am decent with manual focus I dont trust myself during shoots with it, and with my 2 yr old at home its hard to catch her still for even a second to focus. BUT I know with practice I'd be better... I was getting pretty good, then got this FA and got lazy!

I'll play around with it. Thanks so much guys, as always you all's knowledge was just what I needed!!
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A very desirable lens for only $3. Worth 20x that at the very least in my estimation. Give it a spin before you consider selling. You may decide to never let it go.


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QuoteOriginally posted by CEWren Quote
problem is although I am decent with manual focus I dont trust myself during shoots with it
That is a very reasonable concern, particularly wide open with the stock focus screen on your dSLRs. The viewfinder image typically will show significantly greater DOF than what is actually present at the film plane for any lens faster than about f/4 maximum aperture. An aftermarket screen with focus aids will increase your MF success dramatically.

Taking a quick look at your signature lens list, I notice that you have the Rikenon 55/1.4. I too have the Rikenon and while it is a very decent piece of glass, the Pentax-K should be significantly better in most, if not all aspects.

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QuoteOriginally posted by CEWren Quote
problem is although I am decent with manual focus I dont trust myself during shoots with it, and with my 2 yr old at home its hard to catch her still for even a second to focus. BUT I know with practice I'd be better... I was getting pretty good, then got this FA and got lazy!

I'll play around with it. Thanks so much guys, as always you all's knowledge was just what I needed!!
Catch in Focus is your friend. I put my camera on continuous shot (low) hold down the release and just turn the focus ring with a moving subject. It'll snap picture after picture as long as it senses focus confirmation (AF-S).

Nice lens especially at $3.

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I'll take it! I'll even double the money - $6!
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I had the m-version of the 50/1.4. Loved the colors, hated the fact I was missing the focus most of the time.
Must have something to do with low contrast wide open. Stopping down a bit while focusing might help.
If it doesn't work: Don't bother, you allready have one of the best 50mm lenses.
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