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View Poll Results: If you could have only 2 lenses in the 50mm(ish) range, which two would you pick?
SMC Pentax-DA* 55mm F1.4 SDM 4325.44%
SMC Pentax-FA 43mm F1.9 Limited 7343.20%
SMC Pentax-FA 50mm F1.4 2514.79%
SMC Pentax-FA 50mm F1.7 63.55%
SMC Pentax-FA 50mm F2.8 Macro 1911.24%
SMC Pentax-F 50mm F1.4 21.18%
SMC Pentax-F 50mm F1.7 84.73%
SMC Pentax-F 50mm F2.8 Macro 74.14%
SMC Pentax-A 50mm F1.2 4023.67%
SMC Pentax-A 50mm F1.4 31.78%
SMC Pentax-A 50mm F1.7 21.18%
SMC Pentax-A 50mm F2 10.59%
SMC Pentax-A 50mm F2.8 Macro 52.96%
SMC Pentax-M 50mm F1.4 74.14%
SMC Pentax-M 50mm F1.7 52.96%
SMC Pentax-M 50mm F2 21.18%
SMC Pentax-M 50mm F4 Macro 10.59%
SMC Pentax 50mm F1.2 (K) 52.96%
SMC Pentax 50mm F1.4 (K) 10.59%
SMC Pentax 50mm F4 Macro (K) 10.59%
SMC Pentax 55mm F1.8 (K) 31.78%
SMC Pentax 55mm F2 (K)   00%
Sigma 50mm F1.4 EX DG   00%
Sigma 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM 95.33%
Sigma MACRO 50mm F2.8 EX DG 10.59%
Cosina 55mm F1.2 31.78%
Zeiss Planar T 50mm F1.4 74.14%
Rikoh Rikenon P 50mm F1.7 10.59%
Ricoh XR Rikenon 50mm f/2.0   00%
Voigtländer 58mm f1.4 31.78%
Voigtländer NOKTON 1.4/58mm SL II 2213.02%
Helios 77M-4 MC 50mm F1.8 10.59%
Porst 55mm F1.2 Color Reflex MC Auto 21.18%
Porst 55mm f1.4 Color Reflex Auto   00%
KMZ Helios 44-2 58mm F/2 52.96%
Auto Chinon 50mm f1.7 10.59%
Lensbaby Muse   00%
Lensbaby Composer 10.59%
Lensbaby Control Freak   00%
Other 42 through 58mm prime lens 84.73%
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04-03-2010, 10:44 PM   #61
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QuoteOriginally posted by cgoudie Quote
Why more votes for the M/1.4 than the A/1.4?
maybe they thought M means macho.

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maybe they thought M means macho.
I guess the M is all metal construction and the A has a plastic focus ring...
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QuoteOriginally posted by cgoudie Quote
Why more votes for the M/1.4 than the A/1.4?
I would say it's the availability.
There is more and cheaper Ms around then As + Ms are bit better built. Combine those two, and the fact that more people probably owns M and not A... and that's what they voted for...
04-04-2010, 08:08 AM   #64
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QuoteOriginally posted by cgoudie Quote
I guess the M is all metal construction and the A has a plastic focus ring...
My A 50mm f1.2 and A 400mm f5.6 are built as well as any M I have. In fact, the optical forumulae of these 2 don't have a counterpart in the M series. If you go look at the M28mm f2.8 you will see that there are 2 versions of it and the 2nd one is more like the A 28mm f2.8 than the 1st version.

While many of the M lenses are made better than some of the A counterparts, its not a blanket statement plus there are several lenses that don't have a counterpart in the other series.

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it's their underrated status that kept it cheap. only people with first hand experience knows what this lens is capable of or what to expect. and honestly, I prefer this over it's 1.4 and 1.7 cousins. the bokeh of the K55/1.8 somehow renders to my liking. honestly, it's the 2nd best 50mm in terms of bokeh and colour rendition, next to the 1.2.
I'm confused which is better? The 1.7 Chinon or the 1.4 Chinon?
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