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QuoteOriginally posted by robbiec Quote
For pup crawl photography, get an A50/1.2, fit an O-ME3 onto your K-1 learn to do it by hand. You'll call me every name under the sun for the first couple of gigs, then the penny will drop and you will be converted. ��
This. For myself anyhow. No substitutions, particularly for the fast-fiddies. AF'ing a 50 makes me feel very awkward.
(Although I've never used that loupe.)

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QuoteOriginally posted by Joshua A Quote
Geez it looks like I've unintentionally opened a huge can of worms here...
You elicited opinions about the many various PK fast glass, in the most common of focal lengths, on the Pentax Forums.
Did you think this thread would be nothing but crickets?

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QuoteOriginally posted by Sandy Hancock Quote
With no images to judge from, I suspect you'll need to do a careful comparison between PDAF and CDAF, and do an appropriate micro-adjustment. What sort of shutter speeds were being used?
I was shooting at 1/90 so I could keep the iso below 3200. I did perform a micro adjustment test.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Wingincamera Quote
I just recently received the DA55* 1.4 to replace four of my 50's, the DA 50mm 1,8, FA 50 2,8 Macro, Takumar 50mm 1.4 and Takumar 55mm 1.8 lens. I wanted a fast lens for shooting inside of our church, low light, and about 50 feet from the stage. The four mention lens all did a pretty good job, sharp enough for me. Since I had to move around a little I didn't care for the two manual lenses, but that was just me. Normally for the depth of field, I needed to keep it at 3.5
Today was the first day I used the DA 55* 1.4 in church. I took about 35 pic's and ended up deleting all of them, all too soft. I was shooting at 2.8 and 3.5, distance about 50 ft, the camera was the KP.
I took a lot of photos around the house with the lens and even at 1.4 it was good, but this was in good light and on a tripod when I was checking the fine focus adjustment. Holding the DA55* handheld I couldn't be consistent above 1.8.
I am going to practice some more with the 55*.

Again, this is with the KP camera. I wanted the 55* for its weather resistance in the rain. I sometimes get caught in wet weather and the only two WR lens I have is the 20-40 and the 18-135 which I only keep because of it is WR.
That's weird. I've had a few lenses so far (24-70, 70-200 etc) and without a doubt the 55 1.4 is the best so far. As soon as I got it, the others became confined to my shelf. I couldn't take it off.
I never shoot at 1.4 since it's a bit soft but from 1.6 which I shoot 80% of my shots (never close past 1.8) it's tack sharp at the centre.
Unfortunately when I was shooting a video in my church, the tripod it was mounted on wasn't stable so it fell down with the lens attached so it doesn't manual or auto focus anymore.
I then got the FA 50mm 1.4 which is a good compromise in value but it isn't as sharp as the 55*. It's say the 55* at 1.6 is a hair sharper than the 50 FA at 1.8. I've had the FA for only three months but I've put it up for sale, not because it isn't good but because I want to raise money for the 50*mm which launches next month.
It's in mint condition with an original Pentax square hood I got only last month.

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