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12-23-2008, 03:47 AM   #16
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Any reason why you prefer the 55/1.8 over the much higher rated 50/1.4? Just curious 'cause the 55/1.8 is quite a bit cheaper than the 50/1.4. and most users seem to prefer the SMC 50/1.4 ...

because its cheaper, it has a tighter field of view, and stopped down its just as sharp as the 50mm. in low light, the 50 has an edge but not a huge one, especially since all of my 50's are 1.7's. the 55 is like the 50 2.0 of the M or A series. nobody really wants it because its slower, and not as well praised as its bigger brothers. yet because of that, so many 55's can be had in pristine condition for far less money. wide open they are plenty sharp and still give you a nice shallow DOF. the 55 often gets overlooked because everyone talks about the 50's, but they are equally as good as any Pentax 50mm in my experience.


and as mike said 'More importantly, I'm a contrarian and get greater satisfaction using the "underdog" lens that most pass over in favor of the 50/1.4.'

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[QUOTE=séamuis;427245]because its cheaper, it has a tighter field of view, and stopped down its just as sharp as the 50mm. in low light, the 50 has an edge but not a huge one, especially since all of my 50's are 1.7's. the 55 is like the 50 2.0 of the M or A series. nobody really wants it because its slower, and not as well praised as its bigger brothers. yet because of that, so many 55's can be had in pristine condition for far less money. wide open they are plenty sharp and still give you a nice shallow DOF. the 55 often gets overlooked because everyone talks about the 50's, but they are equally as good as any Pentax 50mm in my exper<textarea name="message" id="vB_Editor_001_textarea" rows="10" cols="60" style="display:block; width:540px; height:250px" tabindex="1" dir="ltr">
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because its cheaper, it has a tighter field of view, and stopped down its just as sharp as the 50mm. in low light, the 50 has an edge but not a huge one, especially since all of my 50's are 1.7's. the 55 is like the 50 2.0 of the M or A series. nobody really wants it because its slower, and not as well praised as its bigger brothers. yet because of that, so many 55's can be had in pristine condition for far less money. wide open they are plenty sharp and still give you a nice shallow DOF. the 55 often gets overlooked because everyone talks about the 50's, but they are equally as good as any Pentax 50mm in my experience.


and as mike said 'More importantly, I'm a contrarian and get greater satisfaction using the "underdog" lens that most pass over in favor of the 50/1.4.'
Thanks for the explanation

Never had a 55/1.8, but did have a couple of 50/2 before. And I did feel they are pretty capable lenses.

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I have an SMC Pentax 55 1.8, SMC Takumar 55 1.8, S-M-C Takumar 55 1.8, and a Super-Takumar 55 1.8. all of which I got with a camera. I don't need them, yet cant seem to part with them. actually I will have two Super-Takumar 55 1.8's I just bought a Spotmatic SP on the bay that comes with one.

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All,

My fiancee received a Spotmatic II and three lenses as a hand-me-down from her father some years ago. Today, I dragged the box out of the closet. Here are the lenses. They are all the M42 screw mount. What have I got? Are these good lenses?

Images are attached. The markings are:

1. Vivitar 28mm 1:2.8 No. 62794 AUTO
2. Super-Multi-Coated TAKUMAR 1:1.4/50 5844507 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN
3. Auto Vivitar TELE ZOOM LENS 1:3.8 85-205mm No. 30826

They seem to need a little bit of TLC. The 28mm has some dust blobs inside somewhere, and the 50mm has had a couple of screws come out and they are knocking around between the front element and the UV filter that's attached.

Can I take these apart and fix them up? I'm quite handy, but I'm no magician. (I looked at the thread where the fellow took apart his modern 18-55 autofocus zoom, and putting that back together seems way out of my league.)

What an exciting weekend! I think that it could be a blast to play with these guys.

Many thanks,

Reid
First of all, welcome. You seem new here.

I'm not as familiar with the Vivitars, but for the price you got them, they're already bargains in my book. I'd rather not do the cleaning myself, though. It's best to have them cleaned by experts. They have all sorts of workbench tools and a dust-free area for their work.

I can vouch for the 50/1.4, as will others. Happy shooting, friend. But beware of Jsherman999. Contracting LBA by one's self is already bad enough. Jsherman999 only accelerates the infection ten-fold.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Mike Cash Quote
2. More importantly, I'm a contrarian and get greater satisfaction using the "underdog" lens that most pass over in favor of the 50/1.4.
Lol Mike, I know exactly what you mean. I KNOW any of my limited's or my * lens or my FA 50/1.4 will give me a great picture, well if I do my job. But pulling out an "underdog" and getting a great pic gives great satisfaction. I remember posting a pic a while back that I really liked with my K 55/1.8 and someone commented about it being the "kit lens" back in the day, well, it was a great kit lens!
I've now got covered most of the important prime lenses covered by my A 35-105 but every time I pull it out and use it I'm blown away by the pictures it produces. This really is the pull Pentax has over me, the ability to use all the great old glass they've provided us over the years.
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QuoteOriginally posted by séamuis Quote
I have an SMC Pentax 55 1.8, SMC Takumar 55 1.8, S-M-C Takumar 55 1.8, and a Super-Takumar 55 1.8. all of which I got with a camera. I don't need them, yet cant seem to part with them. actually I will have two Super-Takumar 55 1.8's I just bought a Spotmatic SP on the bay that comes with one.
I currently have or had all of these also, and know exactly what you mean -
getting stunning images from a $25 lens just feels better than getting stunning
images form a $600 lens.

I horde 50's and 55's also, I just love 'em.

My most expensive is my latest - $200 new-old-stock Cosina 55 1.2, but there
you're paying for the f/1.2 bucket of light and Dr. Suess bokeh - it's IQ isn't really
any superior to the Super Tak 55 1.8 or 2.





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oh my, the colors from the lights in the second photo are just dreamy. you never cease to amaze me. seriously I LOVE that second photo, I could just stare at those colors all day.

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QuoteOriginally posted by séamuis Quote
oh my, the colors from the lights in the second photo are just dreamy. you never cease to amaze me. seriously I LOVE that second photo, I could just stare at those colors all day.

Thanks, but you should check out duh-vinci's shots in the Cosina 55 thread - I was
just trying to do what he did better there.

What was this thread about again? Oh, yeah, congrats Reid! Use that Tak at the very least.


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