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12-08-2012, 09:07 AM   #16
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But unless one already has extension tubes - for the PK lens mount they can be a bit of a challenge to find. Plus one might lose the fully automated settings

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I only bought one because I saw it at a price I couldn't resist - and it has become one of my most used lenses. Great focal length, sharp even wide-open, accurate and quiet focussing... I love it. Some examples:

Wide-open:



f/1.7:



f/5.6:

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That makes me wanted to own the 55 and 50-135. I just love wr fast lenses.
Wow, those two and a 16-50? Personally I'd prefer a set-up with less "overlap", so to speak. I did in fact own, at the same time, the DA*16-50, F50/1.7, and DA*50-135. (I've also owned the FA50/1.4, wasn't that impressed.) The 16-50 and F50/1.7 are gone and my go-to lens is now the FA43 Ltd. So my usual kit is DA12-24, FA 43, and DA*50-135. I will say though, that the 50-135 seems to be softer at the wide end. For "product" shots, (usually sales on Ebay, CraigsList, or here on the forum), I find the "lowly" Tamron 28-75 suits the job very well. But I can also understand your wishing for a complete WR set-up. Otherwise for the money you're willing to spend I'd recommend the FA77 Ltd?

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Wow, those two and a 16-50? Personally I'd prefer a set-up with less "overlap", so to speak. I did in fact own, at the same time, the DA*16-50, F50/1.7, and DA*50-135. (I've also owned the FA50/1.4, wasn't that impressed.) The 16-50 and F50/1.7 are gone and my go-to lens is now the FA43 Ltd. So my usual kit is DA12-24, FA 43, and DA*50-135. I will say though, that the 50-135 seems to be softer at the wide end. For "product" shots, (usually sales on Ebay, CraigsList, or here on the forum), I find the Tamron 28-75 suits the job very well. But I can also understand your wishing for a complete WR set-up. Otherwise for the money you're willing to spend I'd recommend the FA77 Ltd?
Just for reference I own both the DA*55 and the FA77, and the DA*55 spends two or three times as much time on my (digital) camera...

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Wow, those two and a 16-50? Personally I'd prefer a set-up with less "overlap", so to speak. I did in fact own, at the same time, the DA*16-50, F50/1.7, and DA*50-135. (I've also owned the FA50/1.4, wasn't that impressed.) The 16-50 and F50/1.7 are gone and my go-to lens is now the FA43 Ltd. So my usual kit is DA12-24, FA 43, and DA*50-135. I will say though, that the 50-135 seems to be softer at the wide end. For "product" shots, (usually sales on Ebay, CraigsList, or here on the forum), I find the "lowly" Tamron 28-75 suits the job very well. But I can also understand your wishing for a complete WR set-up. Otherwise for the money you're willing to spend I'd recommend the FA77 Ltd?
I think the 77 is long for APS-C. If Pentax comes out with full frame, it will be perfect, but I use the 55 a lot more.

And yes, I own the 55, 16-50 and 50-135 and don't find much overlap at all. I view the 55 as part of prime lineup -- 15mm, 31mm, 55mm, 77mm \, 100mm and 200mm. While the 16-50 and 50-135 are zooms that are for situations where I need more flexibility.
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One thing I think gets overlooked when the 55 is discussed is the optical formula. Like the FA Limiteds, it's unique--they all make interesting images. The 55 is different from the "standard" 50mm optics.

I haven't had the 77 long enough to really make a judgment on it, but I think it and the 55 are different enough to own both.

But for the OP, get a 55. Yeah, it's "only" 5mm longer though 2 stops faster than the 16-50. My opinion is that everyone could use a fast lens and the pictures from it are something else. Between computers right now or I'd post some...
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One thing I think gets overlooked when the 55 is discussed is the optical formula. Like the FA Limiteds, it's unique--they all make interesting images. The 55 is different from the "standard" 50mm optics.
in fact the DA*55 share the same formula base as K / A / FA 50mm f1.2/1.4. However it have 2 more elements : one in the middle, and one at the end (mount side), both almost not curved.

K formula :


DA* formula :


the two elements only adds a bit of sharpness, but almost don't change the other spec. of the lens, like bokeh.

The FA 50/1.4 didn't impressed me, the DA*55 still do
It have this very 3D effect, and a very good micro contrast. My most used lens on film.
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I only bought one because I saw it at a price I couldn't resist - and it has become one of my most used lenses. Great focal length, sharp even wide-open, accurate and quiet focussing... I love it. Some examples:

Wide-open:



f/1.7:



f/5.6:



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I just took out the 55 mm. What a wonderful lens. It is a better focal length than the 77 for me. It does render special like the 77. It must have to do with both being a multiple of 11. Or it could be they both had the same designer.
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yup! I was looking at the lens club for 55*. I love it!
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yup! I was looking at the lens club for 55*. I love it!
I have the 2.8/16-50, 1.4/55 and the 2.8/50-135. In my opinion the 55 is in a world of its own. The results are very, very pleasing. With that in mind, I do like the 50-135 quite a bit. If given the choice of one or the other, I would buy the 50-135 as it would be more useful, but if for low light and you are okay with only 55mm, then you know what your choice is. I also had the 1.8/50 for a small bit. I bought it as a gift for my ex but was able to play with it. I am very pleased with that lens as well. Still though, I imagine you can not go wrong with any Pentax 50 or 55 lens.
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