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04-03-2013, 03:51 PM   #1
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Pentacon 50 1.8 test shots

Bought an old Practica to get the smc takumar 105 2.8 but also got this 50 1.8, Pentacon.
The rating in the lens review is not to high but i think its a nice lens comparing to other 50:sthis one can get extremely sharp in center and soft bokeh And the you can go very near to objects in focus. Very nice for flowers, and details.

I posted some testshots. Its in evening light with my k100d (yep i know, i mmust get a newer camera, but...)

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04-03-2013, 05:27 PM - 1 Like   #2
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I have one of these and love it (came off an old Praktica too!). It probably doesn't 'rate' well because its not pin-sharp across the entire frame (and its not an ltd prime :/).
BUT if you want a 50mm with real character, this is it right here.

(Nice shots from the mighty old K100d too!)
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That is the same lens as the earlier Meyer-Optik Orestor 50/1.8, and it is a fantastic lens. One of my favorite 50s. Not for ultimate sharpness, but for character, and has the least amount of aberrations on digital I've seen from any lens that old. (That may just be because it is fairly low-contrast, but it isn't washed out and is easily boosted in post.)
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Mine has the M42 mount, the only thing it doesnt have the auto/man swich.
The pin must be pushed in och pressing a manual plastic button.

I guess I could do something with the pin.?
Is there somethin different between the m42 and the pentax k fitted lens?
the lens says pentacon auto 50 1.8

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QuoteOriginally posted by Cloapex Quote
Mine has the M42 mount, the only thing it doesnt have the auto/man swich.
The pin must be pushed in och pressing a manual plastic button.

I guess I could do something with the pin.?
Is there somethin different between the m42 and the pentax k fitted lens?
the lens says pentacon auto 50 1.8
All versions of that lens are m42 (unless there is an exakta mount one maybe), and none of them have a auto-man switch, although the meyer versions have a stop-down preview button on the side which is connected to the pin, but won't lock down. So, yes in order for the aperture to stop down as you turn the ring, you've got to glue the pin down or disassemble the mount and put a little sleeve on the pin (from the inside) from a wire or something and then reassemble which will also hold the pin down. (Second method is more reversible, but you've got to take the mount off. Several threads on this forum have directions.) I usually just glue 'em -- which can be dissolved with acetone later if you really need to but I don't think I'll ever need to.
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Still in love with this lens.
I had to test it on living objects so my oldest son had the camera close up his face, and instead of cropping the picture. The close focusing did full frame portraits at 1.8.

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Even the living room carpet looks good with this lens
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04-07-2013, 02:42 PM   #8
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I don't understand why people don't like this lens, it's almost certainly not the greatest 50mm lens ever made, but it certainly isn't the worst - by a long shot. It has so much going for it, it's sharp enough, the colours are good, the build quality is decent, it's cheap, there's plenty available. What's not to like ?

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Never heard anything bad about it -- the bokeh wide-open can be a little crazy, which sometimes works for it, sometimes against. The Domiplan has a bad rep, that one is more deserved...
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