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06-05-2011, 05:30 AM   #16
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SMC Pentax 50/1.4 (MX, T-Max 100)

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06-07-2011, 02:12 AM   #17
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For a while, I had a Super Takumar 50mm 1.4 attached permanently to the front of my camera. It's still my first choice when low-light or low DoF is concerned.



My second 50mm is the SMC Macro Takumar, a fine lens in all regards.



This one is with about 50mm in extension tubes and a flash.
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I have two 50mm's - a Sears 50mm 1.7 and a standard Pentax-M 2.0 that came with a K1000 I won in an auction. My 2.0 is kind of... quirky. I've really neglected spending time with it to really understand its inner workings. The Sears lens though is pure awesomeness.

Posted most/all of these elsewhere, but here are some of what I pulled from that $16 lens.











I grabbed a copy of the same lens off or ebay for a pretty good (if not as good) price. It's nice wide open, and very sharp stopped down. Possibly even sharper than my M 50 f/1.4.

It just arrived today. When I have some decent photos, I'll post.
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Okay, here is one with my awesome Auto Takumar 55mm f/1.8. I posted a shot from this series in the Takumar Club, but not this shot. It is the same scene, but this is done with a much larger aperture, faster shutter speed & is missing the Hoya ND8 filter. I owned about 10 fast 50's at one time or another for Pentax, and I think this is the sharpest.

f/5.6--ISO 100--1/10th



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QuoteOriginally posted by Designosophy Quote
I grabbed a copy of the same lens off or ebay for a pretty good (if not as good) price. It's nice wide open, and very sharp stopped down. Possibly even sharper than my M 50 f/1.4.

It just arrived today. When I have some decent photos, I'll post.
The MC Sears lenses seem to be great in general. I've heard horror stories about the quality but I now have the 50mm f/1.7, a 135 f/2.8, and now a 75-260 close zoom, and all three are just terrific as far as I'm concerned - especially since they were all extremely cheap. I think the Sears name and the fear of the Ricoh pin (which none of my lenses have) has these lenses undervalued by a lot.

FWIW, all three of mine have the 'Auto Sears MC' bit stamped on the front in varying fonts, so it could be something to look for when buying. I'm actually keeping my eyes peeled as there is a Sears 50mm f/1.4 floating out there, though I have yet to ever see one pop up for sale.
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Do enlarging lens 50mm's count as well?

K 50mm F/1.2 @ F/1.2:










for more click here:
Pentax K 50mm F/1.2 - a set on Flickr

M 50mm F/1.7:









more here:
Pentax M 50mm F/1.7 - a set on Flickr

El nikkor 50mm F/2.8N:










Do 55mm's count?

Auto-Tak 55mm F/1.8:












At F/1.8
07-05-2011, 12:12 PM   #22
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Summer rain

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I hadnīt noticed this lens club before, but I recognise many of the photos from other threads.

My 50mm / 55mm lenses are my most-used manual lenses. Despite what some say, 50mm is a good focal length on digital.

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Here are a couple with the Sears MC 50/1.7, both wide open.





Edit: Actually, I think the first one was down one stop, at 2.8
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Got my hands on an FA 50/1.7 with a slight fungus problem. I'll probably get it CLAed eventually, but it is doing marvelously in its impaired state. It may be sharper than my M 50/1.4; it definitely is sharper wide open.



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QuoteOriginally posted by Jonathan Mac Quote
I hadnīt noticed this lens club before, but I recognise many of the photos from other threads.

My 50mm / 55mm lenses are my most-used manual lenses. Despite what some say, 50mm is a good focal length on digital.


I love 50mm on my K-x. I find that I use 50mm on my 50-200mm quite a bit. For a long while, my 50/1.7 didn't come off my camera.
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I just started on the "old glass" and have been learning all about manual focus with my M 50mm 1.7 and 1.4.

I've been super impressed with low light shots - I can do things with these two lenses that I could never do (or struggle to do) with my sigma and DA kit lenses.

All shots were shot wide open on Av setting.

Some shots with the 1.7:







I don't know if you can tell with the orchid picture, but when you zoom in you can actually see water droplets above the flower itself. And the droplets are perfectly clear without any aberrations. AMAZING! Almost makes me think I don't need a macro, and just more patience. ...almost..

This was taken with the 1.4



As you can see, I'm spending a lot more time with the 1.7 as opposed to the 1.4. Getting the focus *just right* on the 1.4 is a bit of a learning curve. But I'll get there... eventually. I must say though that these two lenses have spoiled me when it comes to sharpness. Most of my other lenses aren't really stacking up in comparison.

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Tried to capture the mood of a rainy Autumn evening around here:



K10D, M50/1.7, 1/10th @ f/2.8(?), ISO 280, handheld
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Tried to capture the mood of a rainy Autumn evening around here:



K10D, M50/1.7, 1/10th @ f/2.8(?), ISO 280, handheld
That captures it quite well for me, Rob.

QuoteOriginally posted by wolfiegirl Quote
I just started on the "old glass" and have been learning all about manual focus with my M 50mm 1.7 and 1.4.

I've been super impressed with low light shots - I can do things with these two lenses that I could never do (or struggle to do) with my sigma and DA kit lenses.

All shots were shot wide open on Av setting.

Some shots with the 1.7:


I don't know if you can tell with the orchid picture, but when you zoom in you can actually see water droplets above the flower itself. And the droplets are perfectly clear without any aberrations. AMAZING! Almost makes me think I don't need a macro, and just more patience. ...almost..

This was taken with the 1.4



As you can see, I'm spending a lot more time with the 1.7 as opposed to the 1.4. Getting the focus *just right* on the 1.4 is a bit of a learning curve. But I'll get there... eventually. I must say though that these two lenses have spoiled me when it comes to sharpness. Most of my other lenses aren't really stacking up in comparison.
Nice. It was quite a revelation to me as well when I got my first fast glass, which was an M50 f/1.4. It's a beautiful lens, and I don't think I'll ever get rid of it. The things you can do with a large aperture are amazing, and they're excellent stopped down in brighter light, too.

For focusing with manual focus lenses, particularly when the aperture is open wide, I find it best to use Live View and zoom in by pressing the info button. This works with the K-5 and the K-r, I think. It doesn't really help with long lenses, unless you're on a sturdy tripod.

A couple more with the FA 50 f/1.7:




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Cosmos Flower at Dusk

I was playing with my relatively new (used) Pentax F 50mm 1.4 at dusk a couple of weeks ago. I like this photo but I certainly can't say it's very sharp. Interesting OOF areas on the branch though... This was taken at f1.4.

Don't you like how I cleverly avoided having to determine the proper singular form of the flower for my photo title?

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