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03-22-2009, 07:10 AM   #1
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DA* 55/1.4 Picture

Let me tell you folks, this is one nice piece of glass. Sure, the AF is slow, which is too bad, but it is the only fault I can see.
This was shot at f/3.2. I tried to split the DOF to get both the Panasonic camera and the eyes in focus, I managed to get the nose razor sharp.
I might just sell my Nokton......




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03-22-2009, 07:25 AM   #2
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keep the Nokton, even though I don't particularly like it's rendering, it's harsh and prone to flare but it is nonetheless a special lens in it's own right. nice bokeh on the DA*55.
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Interesting. Do you have an FA50mm f1.4 or the A version to compare this lens to those? If not how would you rate the lens wide open? Sharpness, bokeh etc. I wonder why it's slow to focus? The FA isn't a rocket either but not bad. How is the focus in brighter daylight conditions?
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I noticed it's control of purple fringing is very good.

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@ wheatfield

more pics please. at thinest DOF if u will.

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wanna see more bokeh from it.
03-22-2009, 07:56 AM   #6
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QuoteOriginally posted by Peter Zack Quote
Interesting. Do you have an FA50mm f1.4 or the A version to compare this lens to those? If not how would you rate the lens wide open? Sharpness, bokeh etc. I wonder why it's slow to focus? The FA isn't a rocket either but not bad. How is the focus in brighter daylight conditions?
I have more 50 1.4s that you can shake a stick at.
I have a studio shoot lined up for next Sunday. If I have time, and if the model is willing, I might just see how all my 50s stack up.
That would be a K, M, A, FA, DFA, as well as the Nokton.
We are getting really ugly weather here at the moment, so any outdoor comparisons are going to wait until it warms up a bit.
My initial impression is that it is sharper wide open than my other 50/1.4s, but I'd like to do a direct comparison.
The focus is just slow. It doesn't matter what the light conditions are, the mechanism doesn't go very fast. It locks on just fine once it gets there, but it takes it's time about it.
It makes for a bit of a strange lens. The AF really isn't fast enough to track anything moving beyond a geriatric walking pace, which some would say is OK because the lens is designed for portraiture, but the lens is too darned sharp for portraiture.
I can see myself breaking out the Softars for this one.
03-22-2009, 08:55 PM   #7
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This lens looks promising. However, I would not break the bank to purchase it tho!
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Excellent image. Sharpness and colour rendition looks first rate as is the contrast.... but... erm... Lumix G1???

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Excellent image. Sharpness and colour rendition looks first rate as is the contrast.... but... erm... Lumix G1???
He uses Canon. The G1 is an improvement.
Actually, when I was at his place, I dropped of a few of my unused Pentax lenses for him to use on the G1.
I suspect he'll be doing a lot of shooting with that camera and a Pentax 50/1.4, 85/2, 150/3.5 and 200/4.
And after all, isn't the glass more important than the camera?
03-23-2009, 08:25 AM   #10
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Your subject may just think that lens is too sharp... It seems like Pentax has a winner on its hands sure to be a classic. Looks like I'll have to put it on my "another lens I don't need" list to buy.

edit: just read your follow-up. Glacially slow focus? Ugh. oh well.
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And after all, isn't the glass more important than the camera?
Abso-friggin-lutely!
03-23-2009, 09:29 AM   #12
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Incredible lens...

QuoteOriginally posted by Wheatfield Quote
Let me tell you folks, this is one nice piece of glass. Sure, the AF is slow, which is too bad, but it is the only fault I can see.
This was shot at f/3.2. I tried to split the DOF to get both the Panasonic camera and the eyes in focus, I managed to get the nose razor sharp.
I might just sell my Nokton......
looks to me like they've chopped down the FA* 85...beautiful. Sharp as a tack with gorgeous bokeh...Pentax sure can make lenses when they want to (so why can't they make a camera that is up to that standard?). It is going to be wonderful in the studio. Send us some wide open, and some around f8...and some at the cameras MTF pick...

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03-23-2009, 02:27 PM   #13
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I am so glad I got this lens... Even got a "Very Nice" out of a friend who owns the canon L 50mm f1.2
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Click to see it on black...

At F1.4


At F16


In the rain...

At 440 € it's a bargain...
03-23-2009, 05:55 PM   #15
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mmm, I would get this lens to give it a try too. I can see that it is not that bad as a lens after all.

Thanks for the posting
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