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03-11-2009, 07:32 PM   #1
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M series 50 mm 1:2

In searching the M series database I find no reference to a lens I bought off c-list. Does anyone know anything about a 1:2 50mm m series prime? Is it rare or run of the mill? Just curious.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Plumas Quote
In searching the M series database I find no reference to a lens I bought off c-list. Does anyone know anything about a 1:2 50mm m series prime? Is it rare or run of the mill? Just curious.
Quite common in occurrence, and quite mundane in performance.
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This lens is kind of like the K1000 that it usually came on. It is very common, produced for a really long time, often overlooked for lenses with "better" specs and perfectly capable anyway. Older lenses were made in Japan with more metal. Later lenses were made in Taiwan, still mostly metal. They were not produced for quite as long as the K1000 - early K1000s came with the SMC Pentax 55mm f2, and late ones came with the SMC Pentax-A 50mm f2. The coatings have a deep purple reflection, somewhat different than the other 50mm lenses.

Performance is not as good as the other 50mm lenses, and lens snobs won't admit to ever owning one. So you might have to stop down to f5.6 before this lens is completely indistinguishable from all the other 50s. I think it's worth owning and using.

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here is a bunch of shots ive taken with that lens

Picasa Web Albums - Jeremy - Pentax M 50mm...
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i've got this lens for my k1000 (i assume it came as a kit when my father bought it). Works fine for me but after using an fa 50mm f/1.4 I now see why this lens is deemed poor by some
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