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05-19-2012, 02:44 PM   #1
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I LOVE my "new" lens!! Pentax M 50mm f1.7

I am THRILLED that I can buy these OLD lenses to use with my new K-5. I just bought my first prime manual lens and IT IS AWESOME!! I love the manual focusing (reminds of photography class in the 7th grade when I used probably a very similar lens on a pentax film camera). I am very excited with how well the photos are turning out already, they are exactly what I had hoped for! I was debating between the f1.7 and f1.4 which was a little more expensive, so I went with the cheaper one and I think it is going to do everything I need it to do! I just had to share my excitement

FYI - the people pics turned out just as good (or better) than the animal ones I'm sharing (and in my defense the cat one isn't super sharp because I was in the process of focusing when she yawned so I snapped real quick!! haha)


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05-19-2012, 02:59 PM   #2
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Congrats on discovering the fun of the old lenses I made the same discovery with the same lens a couple yrs ago - what a revelation! Keep shooting, and enjoy your 'new' old toy (your photos look good!)
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M50/1.7 is among the best lenses, and very cheap. Congrats.
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I really like the cat shot. How do you find the manual focusing process?

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Without a doubt one of the best manual lenses you can purchase. When you hit the focus and exposure on shots with this lens, the images it produces are amazing. Everybody on this forum should have one.
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My first manual focus lens, and my first prime, my favorite still up to now. Congratz
05-19-2012, 06:20 PM   #7
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Like Kaiserz, it too was my first prime and manual focus lens. I remember when it arrived from Adorama, I couldn't wait to take it out to play. Nothing but great results from that lens. Sold it when I started following the Taks and the older screwmount primes. Ah, LBA is such a cruel cruel beast
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Welcome to the club! I absolutely love my M50 1.7, it's a great lens.

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05-19-2012, 10:26 PM   #9
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Yes, a fine lens! Now do something weird with it, eh? And of course you'll need to get some similar lenses to see how it compares with the SuperTak 55/1.8 and Helios-44 58/2 and...

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Also quite new to Pentax, I've bought three of the M-series in the past month or so and they're all very good or better. This is probably the finest of them all though and apart from the image quality, I find it reassuring that the build is so excellent, because it makes me feel as though I'm in this for the long-term.
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The M50 f/1.7 was my very first lens new in '79. I would never sell it.
05-20-2012, 03:43 AM   #12
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Those 50's are amazing value for what they can do. I have an A-50 f1.7 and an M-50-f2 with a reversing ring for my macro shots. They are very cheap but also very good, and every Pentax owner should have at least one in their bag. Both your cat and dog pics are excellent, by the way.

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Every now and again someone new starts a "Wow, my new manual lens is amazing!" thread, and it's good to see the joy that's been discovered. Most of those threads are for the M 50mm f/1.7...

This was my first manual lens too, and my first prime, and remains my favourite fast fifty.

You made a good choice, the f/1.4 version is nice too, but not as sharp wide open and for usually more than double the price, it's an expensive half stop.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Jonathan Mac Quote
Every now and again someone new starts a "Wow, my new manual lens is amazing!" thread, and it's good to see the joy that's been discovered. Most of those threads are for the M 50mm f/1.7...
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You made a good choice, the f/1.4 version is nice too, but not as sharp wide open and for usually more than double the price, it's an expensive half stop.
And then the threads shift over to comparing the various Pentax Fifties, and maybe we bring up how they have different optical designs for different purposes. The f/1.7s were designed for a flat field, and give different bokeh than the more-curved-field f/1.4s. Enough of us want that extra half-stop that we drive up demand (and price) for f/1.4s, and even more so for f/1.2s. And we don't value the f/2s much (just 1/2-stop slower) and not just for their optics, which worked pretty well in the FF film era.

And then maybe we start talking about other great cheap Fifties that should be tried. The Meyer Oreston / Pentacon Electric 50/1.8, and Rikenon 50/2, and SuperTak 55/1.8, and Helios-44 58/2, ooh ooh. It's hard to stop with just one Fifty. And the world keeps on spinning...

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Yes, it's a good lens. In China, we call it "Cheap Jade"!
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