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03-02-2016, 08:35 PM - 3 Likes   #16
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In the poll at the bottom of the page, 535 want it, 16 claim to own it already, and 14 say they used to own it!


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QuoteOriginally posted by reh321 Quote
I'm not completely clear on your abbrevations.
I understand 50 f1.7 as a 50mm f/1.7 lens.
Does "M" mean a lens labeled "Pentax-M" on the front?
So this would be an M 50 f2
The M stands for "miniature." SMC-M = Super Multi-Coated - Miniature. This is from the 1970's, when a big Pentax design thrust was compact form following the somewhat larger K-series lenses. That DNA persists somewhat in the continued penchant Pentax has for smallness. All of the Limiteds except the zoom accept 49mm filters, for example. It is a trade-off with speed, of course, and many people still complain of few fast Pentax lenses. I think the heritage of compactness ends with K-1, however, and the new trinity of zooms.
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QuoteOriginally posted by reh321 Quote
I have used the A 50 f1.7 that was kitted on the Super Program that I bought in 1984 and was surprised to discover that it may be the sharpest lens I own {I don't think Kodachrome 25 showed its true resolving power}
You are not alone in that observation. Many people have been surprised to find that their vintage lenses perform quite nicely even the K-3.


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QuoteOriginally posted by Marktax Quote
It is a trade-off with speed, of course, and many people still complain of few fast Pentax lenses.
??? There was no shortage of fast glass in the Pentax lineup until the DA series.


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QuoteOriginally posted by Marktax Quote
I think the heritage of compactness ends with K-1, however, and the new trinity of zooms.
Pretty well much stopped at the DFA 150-450......
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I sent an e-mail to the author of this article to clear the air on the sharpness. He was very responsive in the comments under the article on dpreview.
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Well: FA*28-70 = 800gm DFA 24-70 = 787gm

Not really any direct comparison for the 150-450 but the 250-600 is 5400gm
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QuoteOriginally posted by rawr Quote
A good K-1 write-up. And to his credit, he was using a nice sharp lens like the M 50 f1.7.

I also agree with his opening remarks - some cameras just connect with you, and so it's always a pleasure to shoot with them. Others don't, even if technically they may have more features and be 'better'. Same with lenses. Good to hear that the K-1 is one of those cameras that 'clicked' with the author, and was fun to shoot. Hopefully it will work that way with lots of people.
Yes I think some of us suggested he use an m 50 f/1.7 over the f/2 dud they were originally using and I'm glad to see he took the suggestion to heart. LOTS of fringing but otherwise nice photos I think.. I really like how the bg pulls away the subject on FF and the color doesn't seem too shabby.. even with those ancient lenses. Hard to tell about corners though since there weren't too many shots with detail in the corners.

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QuoteOriginally posted by clackers Quote
In the poll at the bottom of the page, 535 want it, 16 claim to own it already, and 14 say they used to own it!


DPR is just a crock of sh...
I'm part of the want it...
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It looks like the SR was set for 50mm not 24 in the 24mm shots
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For the lack of sharpness... Do you notice that the guy says that for ricoh disposition he have to post photos only in VGA resolution?
It's impossible to visualize sharpness in a VGA (640*480) photo.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Leth Dhashyish Quote
For the lack of sharpness... Do you notice that the guy says that for ricoh disposition he have to post photos only in VGA resolution?
It's impossible to visualize sharpness in a VGA (640*480) photo.
I was one of the first to visit the DPreview article and to notice that the motorbike shot was inadvertently posted unresized. So I have the fullsize sample on my HDD now

Based on that photo: the focus is off (it is somewhere behind the fuel tank cap) and the SMC Pentax-M 50mm f/1.7 shows tons of CA and PF (can be corrected in post I think although I never do that). But it definitely SEEMS sharp in the focal plane.

http://www.pentaxian.nl/PeterJ/k1sample.jpg
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The doofuses must have had the 50mm lens on, set the SR for it, then put the 24mm on and just pressed OK when SR prompted them again for that 50mm length.

Where do they find these people?

Why are camera reviewers so bad, seemingly everywhere?

At least they were complementary! 😀
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QuoteOriginally posted by Asahiflex Quote
Based on that photo: the focus is off (it is somewhere behind the fuel tank cap) and the SMC Pentax-M 50mm f/1.7 shows tons of CA and PF (can be corrected in post I think although I never do that). But it definitely SEEMS sharp in the focal plane.
The razor thin plane of focus looks very sharp to me! Longitudinal CA like that is common for a lot of lenses wide open, my beloved DA70 shows it and I guess the FA limiteds (which I don't own) are quite known for it too?
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QuoteOriginally posted by clackers Quote
In the poll at the bottom of the page, 535 want it, 16 claim to own it already, and 14 say they used to own it!


DPR is just a crock of sh...
How's it DPR's fault if people vote against the truth?

If I put a poll up here in PF asking what the solution to '2 + 2' was, and half the answers would be '3', would that reflect on PF or rather on certain users?
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