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11-28-2009, 08:39 AM   #1
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SMC Pentax-A 1:2 50mm EXC LX ME KX

is this a good lens to buy for a k7 to use as prime lens at weddings and parties without flash? i don't understand all the abbreviations in the lens description. tia

11-28-2009, 09:16 AM   #2
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Super Multi Coated A series (will expose automatically) lens 50 millimeters in excellent condition and will work on a Pentax LX, ME, KX (any k-mount camera really)

these things are usually dirt cheap, it's a good starter if you don't have any fast lenses, but rather long for party shots
you should also realize this lens is manual focus
11-28-2009, 09:17 AM   #3
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There's the lens in questions
A 50/2

Pentax A- means you can control the aperture from the body, no need to use aperture ring.

EXC just means excellent. Unless it's from KEH or somewhere with a well defined standard... excellent doesnt mean anything since it's easy to call anything excellent.

LX, ME, and KX are popular Pentax film bodies

To answer the question, it will depend on how you will be using the lens. 50mm is tad long for most purposes imo. Try sticking your kit lens at 50mm and walk around with it and shoot people at the ranges you'll anticipate.

Another thing is that this is a manual focus lens, but with K7 you should be able to MF relatively easy since it has the pentaprism viewfinder. I wouldn't recommend doing it in a wedding without practice though.

If money is of no object, I'd rather recommend FA31, FA 35, FA 43, or FA 50 for the job. All fast primes with autofocus. You can get good at MF but for weddings I still like AF more... not that I've shot more than one After the wedding that Pentax-A 50mm will be a fun lens to use though and wouldnt burn a hole in your wallet.
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