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02-28-2010, 09:15 PM   #1
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Is this lens going to be better or the same than my A50 f1.4mm??

I just bid and won this lens:
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Pentax Asahi SMC Lens 1:1.8/55 1365561 K Mount
Item condition: Used
Ended: Feb 28, 201017:39:24 PST
Bid history: 6 bids
Winning bid: US $27.86
For the price it's worth buying, but did I get a good deal?

02-28-2010, 09:27 PM   #2
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Dragonfly: I have heard good things of this lens but have no experience. I have a SuperTak 55/1.8 which is likely similar and I really love it even though I have a 50/1.4 SuperTak. But, I bought a A50/1.4 so I could have the bayonet mount and the A contacts. As far as a good deal, the price seems good. I assume ~28 USD is not a stretch for you. But, a deal is only good if you use the lens. It would seem a step back to buy this lens given you already have the A50, which gives you the advantage of the A contacts and the faster speed. Hey, I say enjoy the lens. You might like it better and sell the A50 and come out ahead!
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QuoteOriginally posted by dragonfly Quote
I just bid and won this lens:
For the price it's worth buying, but did I get a good deal?
As long as it's in pretty good shape, yes, you got a pretty good deal.

See this thread for examples form this lens.



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I have the K-mount version, and it's been one incredible lens for me. I use it more often than my Super Tak 50mm f1.4

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I was surprised it sold for so little.

The same optical formula was used for about 15 years before the K-mount version. I think they would have changed it if it sucked. I usually pick this lens for a posed natural light portrait. I can't tell you why, but I like the results.
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It's an excellent lens, and you got it for very little. They sell for at least double on ebay. I don't have the A 50mm 1.4, but I think it has the same formula as FA 50mm 1.4, which I had. I wouldn't say the SMC Tak 55mm 1.8 is better or worse than your A 50mm--it's different. Very, very sharp, cooler colors, narrow depth of field. Different personality.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Just1MoreDave Quote
I was surprised it sold for so little.

The same optical formula was used for about 15 years before the K-mount version.
I understand that the K-mount version is still the same optical formula. Why mess with perfection
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I'm not sure it's the same... The K 'version' is 50mm 1.7 (as opposed to 55mm 1.8).

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I'm not sure it's the same... The K 'version' is 50mm 1.7 (as opposed to 55mm 1.8).
No, although there are enough common features between K55/1.8 and M50/1.7 to make people suspicious.

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edit, Dave beat me to it.
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Sorry, my mistake. I didn't know about a 55mm in K mount...
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