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01-19-2008, 12:29 PM   #1
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anyone heard of a SMC 55mm 1:2?

01-19-2008, 01:01 PM   #2
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It was the budget version of the K55/1.8.
Builtwise and optically I would say they are almost the same. Not sure if there is any difference at all.
Certainly a sharp, good lens.
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I have got K55/1.8 and it is a very nice lens. A little soft wide open but quite acceptable (to me). Sharpened up very nicely by f2.8

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I have the 1.8 as well, and love it for close work, and portrait work.

01-27-2008, 06:01 PM   #5
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I had a 55mm f2 (which I gave away due to scratch on front of lens which created a 'mark ' on images taken with it) - its not a bad lens, good for portraits.

One thing to pay attention to is its colour rendition - colours looked a bit saturated? Maybe mine was suffering from the yellowing these lens coatings are renowned for.
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The 55/1.8 and 55/2 are exactly the same lens (6 element in 5 groups). Pentax needed an entry level standard lens, so it put a limiter ring inside the 55/1.8 and sold it as 55/2.0. On the early versions of the 55/2, the ring can be removed to turn the lens into a full 55/1.8.


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Why did Pentax add an extra bit (cost increased) in an existing lens and sell it cheaper? It sounds silly.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ddhytz Quote
Why did Pentax add an extra bit (cost increased) in an existing lens and sell it cheaper? It sounds silly.
For the same reason that in 1961, Pentax took the Asahi Pentax S3, erased the 1/1000sec. marking on its speed selection dial, and sold it for a cheaper price under the name Asahi Pentax S1. The mechanism of the shutter was not modified, so clever people at that time just bought the cheaper S1, turned the speed dial to the unmarked notch next to 1/500sec. and enjoyed 1/1000sec. shutter speed just like if they have bought the S3

It is interesting to note that the Auto-Takumar 55/2 also appeared as a kit lens for the Pentax S1, while the more expensive 55/1.8 was sold with the deluxe S3: same camera, same lens but targeting two different market segments...




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