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06-05-2019, 02:42 AM   #1
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Which one to keep? smc pentax-m 1.4 50mm, smc pentax-m 1.7 50mm or tsmc Tak f2 55mm

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If you had to keep only one 50mm lens which one would it be.

I have the:
smc pentax-m 1.4 50mm, smc pentax-m 1.7 50mm and the smc Takumar f2 55mm.

I can't keep them all and don't see any reason to.

Which one would you keep?

Thanks for the help.

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I've never understood the entire "I can't keep them all" thing - why not?

you've already paid for them, they don't require feeding or veterinary care...

keep all three and look for more!
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I've never understood the entire "I can't keep them all" thing - why not?

you've already paid for them, they don't require feeding or veterinary care...

keep all three and look for more!
Because I don't want to be greedy. And I do need to feed my kids. :-)

No seriously. Which one would you keep?
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I'd shoot each one for a solid month in the Single In Challenge - at the end of three months, decide which one's shots you like the best and sell the other two...

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QuoteOriginally posted by pepperberry farm Quote
I'd shoot each one for a solid month in the Single In Challenge - at the end of three months, decide which one's shots you like the best and sell the other two...
Yep. Doesn’t matter which one I would keep, which would the OP keep?
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QuoteOriginally posted by pepperberry farm Quote
I'd shoot each one for a solid month in the Single In Challenge - at the end of three months, decide which one's shots you like the best and sell the other two...
I second the motion.

I have M50f1.4/1.7/2/4. I've shot my month with them with APSC body and based on it I will let 1.4 and 2 go after I've shot an other month in FF with them. On condition that I get most of my 90 and 30 back from them. With these prices there really isn't any point to dump them at discount.

So my answer to your question is that I would keep M50/1.7.
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Based on my experience, I agree with iheiramo and would keep the M50/1.7.
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I've had various Pentax 50s and if I had to keep only only one it would be the M 50mm f1.4. The "glow" wide open is a nice thing to have once in a while, as is the shallower DOF. Stopped down, they are all about the same, even the lowly 50mm f2.

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I've had a flare issues with the 1.4. If I was allowed to only keep one without accessories, it would be the 1.7. With accessories (lens hood), it would be the 1.4. I think the artistic rendering on the 1.4 is preferable to the perhaps 'sharper' renderings of the 1.7.

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Based on my experience, I agree with iheiramo and would keep the M50/1.7.
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I would keep the 1.4, for low light and thinner depth of field.
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I own all three and the first I would let go is the M 1.4. The Tak 55 f2 is nice but I would own it only due to having an m42 camera. The M 1.7 is a fantastic lens that I've considered getting a second as back-up. I believe the sharpness / resolving power it provides is equal to the M 1.4 closed down to f2.

At some point I'd like to sell the M 50 1.4 I own and use that to partially fund the purchase of a 55 f1.2.
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The M 50/1.7 is arguably the best optically and the M50/2.0 (not so arguably) the worst. The M 50/1.4 is useful if you need additional 1/2 stop maximum aperture. As noted above, unless you need the money, there is no harm keeping all three.

Edit: The OP did not include the M50/2.0, but did wonder about the SMC Takumar 55/2.0, a pretty decent lens. I would keep it, assuming that one likes the rendering and does not mind using full manual aperture.


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Lots of great advice above. I concur with the general agreement: shoot with all three for a while, compare the results and keep the one you
like best. All three are capable of great results.

Personally, I'd keep the M50/1.7, partly for sentimental reason. My first SLR was a secondhand ME Super with 50/1.7. I shot solely with that
combination for 2 years before I added another lens. I learned all the basics with that lens and captured a few decent images, (and perhaps
one or two really nice images). I've since acquired 4 more copies of the M50/1.7. Two of those additions are in better condition than my original,
but I could never give up that first lens.
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Why are people talking about the M 50 f2 when it's not it the OP's post at the top of the thread? He's asking about the Takumar 55mm f2.
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