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11-06-2011, 05:24 PM   #1
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Smc M 50mm f/1.4 or Smc 55mm f/1.8 on a tight budget!

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looking for advice on something I just cannot decide ) Give or take some $ I can get the mentioned lenses for about the same price level. I'm looking for a nice beginner prime for my DSLR body for some everyday portrait shots. Both seems to have good ratings. Reading the specs the slightly faster 50mm attracts me somewhat however Ive heard about the 55mm being a little sharper wide open. Buying both is sadly not an option (ive tied up the $ for now in another 28mm and a tele).

I've looked at the gallery with both lenses and they both seem to produce good pictures.

I guess my question is just what would YOU buy

regards, daniekr the indecisive.

11-06-2011, 05:45 PM   #2
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What are the prices?
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They're both great lenses, but I'd go with the M50/1.4. The extra 1/2 stop *does* make a difference.
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Around $50-60 in good condition.

T_T lost the auction on the 55mm. Going for the 50mm then.


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QuoteOriginally posted by daniekr Quote
Around $50-60 in good condition.

T_T lost the auction on the 55mm. Going for the 50mm then.
Great price now. Go for it indeed.
11-07-2011, 12:52 AM   #6
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Good choice. I have both, and while the 55 is much sharper wide open, the very cool colours it produces are not good for portraits. The M 50 is an excellent lens.
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I've been hunting for a 50 1.4.. I don't think you'll get one for $50-60.. all I've seen have been $90-120
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If the thought of applying a Dremel to shave the lens a bit doesn't frighten you, look for 50/1.4's in Nikon (not AF), Olympus OM, Yashica C/Y (especially the planar ML). These are all very easy to mod for PK mount. Also look for a Tomioka-made 55/1.4 in M42.

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Have you considered the 50mm 1.7 M? I picked one up a couple weeks ago, and have been enjoying it thoroughly. It's sharp at f/1.7 and I love the bokeh, contrast, and colors. And with Catch-In-Focus on my K-x, it is surprisingly usable wide-open. I've been using it like crazy since I got it and you can find a lot of pictures I posted in the following thread, including a few with links to full-size 12MP images for pixel peeping at f/1.7:

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-slr-lens-discussion/163579-pentax-...s-welcome.html

And here are some more recent pictures not included in that thread.

The first set is from when I took the daughters to have their first teeth cleaning the other day. Since my wife works at the dental office, the staff is familiar with me and didn't mind me snapping away while they worked on the girls. Again, all of the pictures are at f/1.7.














And when we were in the waiting room as the sun was setting, I noticed that the windows were casting a rainbow, so I had my girls sit in the rainbow while I took some pictures.





And here's some other random shots from the last few days, all at f/1.7 using CIF:











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No I had not considered the 50mm 1.7 until now! it's on my list now Basically I'm not necessarily out after a specific lens, I just want a reasonably fast prime 50-55mm range for portraits. I'd like to get something faster than f2. I found some good deals on that 1.7, will be on the lookout :-) Thanks for a very nice post, I hope the dentist wasn't too scary ;-)

Edit: Bah, you got me in a dilemma lol. Thought I had settled for the 1.4 but reading a lot of reviews on the 1.7 they all seem to love it and people claim its a bit sharper wide open.... Hmmmm!! Could get'em for around $60 on a buy-now on ebay... I hate waiting days for an auction to end :P

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I've been hunting for a 50 1.4.. I don't think you'll get one for $50-60.. all I've seen have been $90-120
I just missed the auction because I got busy reading reviews (LOL) But the 50 1.4 sold for $53 in good condition with caps n stuff. So just keep hunting!
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QuoteOriginally posted by RioRico Quote
If the thought of applying a Dremel to shave the lens a bit doesn't frighten you, look for 50/1.4's in Nikon (not AF), Olympus OM, Yashica C/Y (especially the planar ML). These are all very easy to mod for PK mount. Also look for a Tomioka-made 55/1.4 in M42.
You don't happen to have have a demo or guide of how & how much to shave off the Nikon mount.. I'm definitely not afraid of using a dremel! Mine is sitting here needing excuses to be used!

I've found this thread when searching, which you posted in
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QuoteOriginally posted by daniekr Quote
I just missed the auction because I got busy reading reviews (LOL) But the 50 1.4 sold for $53 in good condition with caps n stuff. So just keep hunting!
I think there are a couple reasonably-priced M50/1.7's right here in the Marketplace (~$50 or so). Good luck!
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I think the 55mm f1.8 is very underrated. If you have an M42 adapter and do some shopping, you can sometimes find the SMC Takumar versions of this for $20. (I would rather keep three than sell one that cheap.) On APS-C, the focal length works out very well for portraits.

But eventually, many of us cannot resist the lust for an f1.4 lens, even if you have a 55/1.8 that you like. I would get that first to satisfy the lust. Once you use it, you can check it off the "must-have" list and move on - either selling it to the next victim or keeping it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Chex Quote
You don't happen to have have a demo or guide of how & how much to shave off the Nikon mount.. I'm definitely not afraid of using a dremel! Mine is sitting here needing excuses to be used!

I've found this thread when searching, which you posted in
That pretty much says it. Pre-AI lenses fit without cutting. On lenses with a skirt all around the aperture ring, put 1mm spacers behind the lens base. And on AI lenses, shave off the "nub-and-arc" protrusions. To make any of these lock onto a PK mount, cut a slot for the the PK locking pin to engage. Blow away the metal dust and have at it!
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