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12-06-2009, 10:10 AM   #1
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Pentax 50mm f/1.7 SMCP-FA

Cambridge World, Item Details: Pentax 50mm f/1.7 SMCP-FA Standard Lens


would this be a good standard autofocus lens for my new k-x?

12-06-2009, 10:20 AM   #2
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Yeah it's a great lens for a great price, but the price looks too good to be true.
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there have been nothing but bad reviews about these sellers. Buyer beware...

http://www.resellerratings.com/store/Cambridge_Camera
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there have been nothing but bad reviews about these sellers. Buyer beware...

Cambridge World - cambridgeworld.com - Reviews, Ratings and Prices at ResellerRatings
thanks for that! it is strange though that a lot of those complaints are from 2002! but there are two from this year. guess i'll keep looking. it sucks that pentax lenses are sooooo expensive!

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does anybody know if there is a different manufacturer (tamron ?) that makes a comparible lens?
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I noticed that they offer some of the rare Pentax lens. it looks like more of a bait if we are going to consider their price and the lens that they offer. better stay away. but if you are really persistent, the best way would be is to visit the shop personally. don't buy online if the store is not credible.
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Look for a Pentax F 50mm/1.7 from ebay. It is a very nice lens and I have seen them there quite oftem for a good price.
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Cambridge is a weird place. At one time, they were one of the top mail-order camera stores and had an excellent reputation as well. In recent years, the reputation has gone way downhill along with the business in general. Apparently they have significant stocks of old and strange stuff, but their Web site is usually out-of-date and order fulfillment is unreliable.

I would call to confirm price and availability before ordering anything from them and be prepared for poor customer service and possible non-delivery.

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QuoteOriginally posted by lukevega Quote
it sucks that pentax lenses are sooooo expensive!
Some are, some aren't. If you want a 50/1.4, Pentax's is actually cheaper than most of the others, even after the recent price increases. The 50/1.7 is expensive because it is long discontinued and therefore hard to find. But for $20 at any pawn shop, you can find perfectly usable manual focus 50's. That's what I'd recommend - why spend hundreds of dollars on a focal length that isn't all that useful?
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QuoteOriginally posted by lukevega Quote
thanks for that! it is strange though that a lot of those complaints are from 2002! but there are two from this year. guess i'll keep looking. it sucks that pentax lenses are sooooo expensive!
I grabbed a used F 50/1.7 for about the price in your OP, works great.
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But for $20 at any pawn shop, you can find perfectly usable manual focus 50's. That's what I'd recommend - why spend hundreds of dollars on a focal length that isn't all that useful?
Can you please provide more details on your claim? It's rare to hear that a 50mm is not that useful, even on aps-c.
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I grabbed a used F 50/1.7 for about the price in your OP, works great.
where did you find yours? i am keeping my eyes on ebay with the recent 15% and 20% bing cashback offers!
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I used the wanted forum here and got one at a reasonable price. (I had to turn down several offers) I definitely got into this hobby a year too late though. At least as far as Pentax lenses are concerned.


Edit: I got the "f" version, but did get a couple of responses for the "fa" version as well.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Marc Sabatella Quote
... - why spend hundreds of dollars on a focal length that isn't all that useful?
My 50mm is the lens I use the most.
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I use my 50s (I have a lot of them) very frequently, though I have to agree with Marc, that for most users on this site, it is a somewhat clumsy focal length. Too long for general shooting...too short for tele work. Where they shine is for product shots, flowers, portraits, and for macro when mounted on a bellows or extension tubes. Sort of the same strange niche occupied by 70mm to 85mm lenses on 35mm film. Happily, while 85mm lenses have traditionally been expensive, good 50, 55, and 58 mm lenses are plentiful and cheap. Woo! Hoo!

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