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09-14-2008, 10:23 AM   #16
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Go for it. You'll never experience buyer's remorse on this one.

09-14-2008, 10:52 AM   #17
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My only remorse with the FA 1.4/50 was that I did not buy it sooner.
09-14-2008, 01:35 PM   #18
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After my donated 18mm - 55mm and 50mm - 200mm, the 50mm F1.4 was my first real lens purchase.

Things I like about it.

1. For a new photographer such as myself, it is interesting to play around with apatures and seeing the effects on shutter speed and in my images. I probally have it on my K10D at least 50% of the time now.

2. It's small, light, and I can fit it easily into my pocket. It's a really really compact lens, esspecially compared to its competition.

3. What really sells me is the price of it, $200 bucks when the other companies are asking almost double then that for their 50mm F1.4. I had a friend buy one for his D80 / D700 and he paid north of $300 for it. Even if you buy it and have buyers remorse, it's not a big chunk of money to part with.

Also, I am blessed with a loving father that allows me to use his glass whenever I want. Thus, I really do not have to purchase any lenses. That said however, the 50mm F1.4 was the lens that I bought out of my poor grad student pockets even though I could have borrowed my dad's 50mm F1.4 any time I wanted.

In short, this len's is an awesome lens and I love mine.
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Sounds like a good lens to add to the arsenal. Anyone have any portraits taken with the f1.4, 50mm that they would like to share ?

Thanks, Les

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As requested. Lot's of photo's on this current thread...

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09-14-2008, 03:35 PM   #21

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Laws of Photography #101: S/he who is lacking a fast-50 in their kit is merely a collector of gadgets.

Okay, that really isn't a law... but it ought to be.

that's great. one can never have to many 50's. once you own a Pentax 50mm (any version) you will wonder why you didn't have one sooner, and even why your camera didn't come with one!
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QuoteOriginally posted by lesmore49 Quote
Sounds like a good lens to add to the arsenal. Anyone have any portraits taken with the f1.4, 50mm that they would like to share ?
Hi Les, I'm not a portrait photographer, nor is my girlfriend, but we took turns on the beach a few weeks ago with the camera and turned out these:

Exif data is there on both. Pick up any Pentax 50mm f1.4 though you won't be disappointed. Been using my 50mm Takumar more and more and it is a superb lens as well, especially since it costs much less than the FA 50mm. Posted some pics with it over in the post your photos forum:
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mine broke :-(

absolutely brilliant piece of glass but a really ordinary body. plastic and flimsy. mine literally fell apart and it wasn't mistreated at all.

need to send it of to get fixed. anyone in Sydney (Aus) recommend a lens repair shop?

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Thanks Beaumont + Jamontation for the pix taken by the Pentax 50mm F1.4. They're convincers !!
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I highly recommend it! It's cheap, light and the imagequality is simply FANTASTIC And so versatile, its awesome for shooting in lowlight conditions. But also amazingly sharp at smaller apertures under better light conditions.
The only complaint I have is that 50mm on a cropsensor is a bit too much tele sometimes, but I can live with that when I see the results
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Would it be redundant with the 43mm? My LBA has been reignited with my acquisition of a K10D as I've always had a fast 50 on my list...

43mm, F2.4


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