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01-03-2016, 09:34 AM   #1
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Pentax FA 50 Macro

I started using a Pentax-A 50mm 1.7 last year and I have been very happy with it. I miss the auto focus though. I am getting a Pentax FA 50 Macro here for 50$ but it seems that it has some fungus. I can get the fungus cleaned by a professional but I wanted to check whether it is a good deal? I have a 40mm limited already. I want to pick up a macro just to try it out.

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QuoteOriginally posted by boraclicks Quote
I am getting a Pentax FA 50 Macro here for 50$ but it seems that it has some fungus. I can get the fungus cleaned by a professional but I wanted to check whether it is a good deal?
If the fungus cleaning costs $300, then no. But the FA 50mm macro is a great lens. I think it comes down to how expensive the fungus cleaning is, and whether the fungus will leave any optical damage (probably not, if its removed professionally)

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I have a 40mm limited already. I want to pick up a macro just to try it out.
These two are very different lenses, you will see. The FA 50mm macro has true 1:1 magnification and some other features that DA limited lenses don't have (like aperture ring, so you can use it even on old K-mount film SLR cameras). But the DA 40mm ltd is a little wider and has nice bokeh (for such a slow lens, imo), plus its super compact. I think you can justify having both.

More info on the FA 50mm macro here: https://www.pentaxforums.com/lensreviews/SMC-Pentax-FA-50mm-F2.8-Macro-Lens.html
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QuoteOriginally posted by dcshooter Quote
If you are paying $300 to get fungus cleaned,you are getting horribly ripped off.
Oh yeah, I didn't mean to say $300 was standard cleaning fee, I meant to say that for under $300 the FA 50mm macro would be something to consider. Sorry if I was unclear. I agree with you
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How bad is the fungus? Fungus eats the lens coating. Pentax coatings are quite tough, but if the fungus has eaten down to the glass you may end up with a lens that has issues with flare.

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Boraclicks, I don't know anything about the fungus issue, but the FA 50mm macro is a magical lens with astounding sharpness and bokeh.
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Thanks for the inputs. I am buying it. The cleaning cost shouldn't be more than 20$ here at my place.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Brucie Quote
the FA 50mm macro is a magical lens with astounding sharpness and bokeh.
True indeed.

I prefer using the A 50/2.8 for my "short macro lens", but I used to own an F 50/2.8 Macro (optically identical to the FA version), and it was just about the sharpest lens I'd ever seen -- in fact, it was so sharp that (as the joke goes) I'd need band-aids on my fingers after using it..

[The A 50/2.8 Macro is just a wee tiny bit less sharp than the F/FA 50/2.8's, but is soooo much nicer to use due to its build quality, especially for manual focusing.]
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Several thumbs up for the FA-50mm macro! You will immediately be spoiled forever! Sharpness will be judged by comparison to the FA-50 from now on! A truly remarkable lens. I only THOUGHT I knew what sharpness was until I got mine. If I had to give up every single lens I own except one, I'd keep the FA macro, hands down.

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