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08-02-2012, 05:46 PM   #1
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I love my Pentax-M 50mm F4 Macro

I can't write reviews because I have no idea what I'm talking about. But I know I love this lens so I'm putting a pic up here. Not bad for a lens I paid 90(US) bucks for.

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08-02-2012, 06:07 PM   #2
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It is amazing that one can get a gem of a lens like this one for less than $100. Nice work!
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Nice. The M100/4 is also a terrific lens.
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Very nice. I really like my (Sigma) 50 macro, since I don't do bugs I don't mind getting close to my plants and water-drops.

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Very nice shot. I have both the M 50 and M 100. They are great lenses and a bargain.
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I have the K series 50mm macro.I don't know how optically it is different to the M series,but it is on the sensational list as well.Sharp as a tack!!
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Good, because I just snatched one off fleabay. A bit pricey ($140), but 'new old stock.'
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QuoteOriginally posted by Barnster Quote
I have the K series 50mm macro.I don't know how optically it is different to the M series,but it is on the sensational list as well.Sharp as a tack!!
I have read that they are the same optically, but the K version is a lot heavier and looks bulkier. The M50/4 is pocketable. I sometimes travel with the same Sigma 50/2.8 1:1 Jim mentions as my only 50, sometimes the M50/4 plus the F50/1.7 instead.

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Congrats on the M 50/4 macro.

A great little lens and the real sleeper in the M series line.

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Is this because it is a tessar type design, how much difference does that make?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Just1MoreDave Quote
I have read that they are the same optically, but the K version is a lot heavier and looks bulkier. The M50/4 is pocketable. I sometimes travel with the same Sigma 50/2.8 1:1 Jim mentions as my only 50, sometimes the M50/4 plus the F50/1.7 instead.
I’ve owned both the M50 & K50/4 and yes the K series is much bigger. It’s closer in size to the Takumar version. I believe all three had similar optics.

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My M50macro rarely ever finds it way into my backpack. It's great at macro and close focus but usually I have my DA40 or A50f1.7 at that focal length. Now that I have the DFA100WR I'm not sure if I'll ever use it. Here's one I took with it.


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QuoteOriginally posted by TheOsOProject Quote
I can't write reviews because I have no idea what I'm talking about...
By the way, this doesn't stop many people from writing reviews.
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I got my (mint) copy yesterday and took it out for a few hurried test shots. What can I say? Spectacular. Bokeh is a bit nervous in macro mode, but not bad. Sharpness? Uber-sharpness at all apertures, corner to corner. I think it'll make a great landscape lens.

And it's unbelievably small for a macro lens... I had a Vivitar 55mm macro (well, it was faster: f2.8), which was huge by comparison--reason for my selling it. The Pentax M is a keeper: I can actually have it with me to use it
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QuoteOriginally posted by causey Quote
I got my (mint) copy yesterday and took it out for a few hurried test shots. What can I say? Spectacular. Bokeh is a bit nervous in macro mode, but not bad. Sharpness? Uber-sharpness at all apertures, corner to corner. I think it'll make a great landscape lens.

And it's unbelievably small for a macro lens... I had a Vivitar 55mm macro (well, it was faster: f2.8), which was huge by comparison--reason for my selling it. The Pentax M is a keeper: I can actually have it with me to use it
Look at the whole picture from corner to corner - extremely FLAT. It's got so little distortion its terrific. The front element is so recessed that a hood almost seems superfluous.
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