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11-17-2013, 08:23 PM   #1
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Hello all, I recently purchased a K50 with the 2 lens kit (18-55 and 50-200). I also have a 35/2.4 as well, however I am looking to add a legacy 50mm to my gear. The lenses that I am comparing are the DA 50/1.8, A 50/1.7 and the M 50/1.7. I know that many of you have had experience with one or all of these lenses and I am hoping that someone can provide some insight on them. Any one of these stand out against the other? Input appreciated! Thanks!

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The DA 50 f/1.8 is a modern lens with auto-focus and auto-aperture SMC Pentax-DA 50mm F1.8 Reviews - DA Prime Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database
The A 50 f/1.7 has auto-aperture but not auto-focus SMC Pentax-A 50mm F1.7 Reviews - A Prime Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database
The M 50 f/1.7 is all manual SMC Pentax-M 50mm F1.7 Reviews - M Prime Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database
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Thanks for the links!
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Of the three lenses you list, the basic differences are:

Only the DA has autofocus (if that's important to you).
The DA and A will report aperture to the camera (no need to use the green button)
Optically, they all have 6 elements in 5 groups.
Obviously the newer lenses may have upgraded coatings.

Just a question though, is there any reason the F and FA 50's aren't on the list?
I use the F version of these lenses and I wouldn't trade it for any other.

good luck with your search and enjoy whichever you end up getting.

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QuoteOriginally posted by skunktail Quote
I use the F version of these lenses and I wouldn't trade it for any other.
+1 on that. I have the Pentax-F 50mm f/1.7 and as long as you don't mind the retro look it is a great lens.
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I didn't really think about the F and FA lenses. I suppose if I found one for a good deal I would bite. Thanks again gents.
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The DA 50mm is now $209 @ Amazon Amazon.com: Pentax DA 50mm f1.8 lens for Pentax DSLR Cameras: PENTAX: Electronics

So that's your mark, if you can get an F or FA for that price or less go for it, but otherwise the DA is a good lens, assuming you want AF & AA. If manual focus is OK the Pentax-A goes for less than $75 if you are careful. Sometimes a lot less.
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After reading reviews on the F and FA lenses they definitely captured my attention. Truth be told the retro look kind of draws me to it.

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The F 50/1.7 is as sharp as. Noticably more so than my M 50/1.7.
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Looks like I'm on the lookout for a F or FA 50/1.7. Thanks for the suggestions fellas!
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I have the A50/1.7, M50/1.7 and the tak 55/1.8. The tak is a little different (probably the coatings) but all perform similarly enough for me. All of course perform awesome. I haven't read it anywhere but I have long wondered if the tak 55/1.8 and A/M/F/FA/DA optics are the same.

If you want AF then I would get a new DA50/1.8. Nothing against the F/FA versions but I don't think you will save much money on them and I would rather buy a new lens than an unknown lens.

If you want MF then get either the M or the A. Once you get the hang of it green button metering (needed on M lenses) is easy but I always forget when I'm switching lenses. Sometimes it's nice to have aperture info when processing/commenting on photos. M lenses don't have it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by sjducks Quote
The lenses that I am comparing are the DA 50/1.8, A 50/1.7 and the M 50/1.7
I have the A 1.7 and the DA 1.8. I got my A1.7 off ebay in like new condition for about $60. I think that is the main and realistic advantage of this lens (Price).
When I started like 6 months ago, I did not want to start throwing lot money away in stuff I was not going to use. So I go some Pentax-A lenses (50mm, 28mm) for cheap. Note that teh F and FA versions of these lenses run for $250-$300+.

I instantly got in love with my Pentax-A 50mm 1.7. The focal lens was just perfect for what I was doing. My copy is really sharp, but I got a love-hate relationship with manual focus. So I got the DA about 1.5 weeks ago.

I almost bought a copy of an F 50, but it was like $300... There is an special in henrys.ca for the DA50 $169... I got that one shipped and taxes included for about $185. You might want to grab the amazon.com deal mentioned above.

Yes it has a plastic mount (I was extremely skeptical about this) but its just fine. and I feel right now having the autofocus is worth it. Yes, the F and FA might be build like tanks, but when I compare the build quality of my DA to my A (which is metal), I am not sure if I would pay more for a Pentax-F just to have metal mount. After all, NONE of these lenses are WR or even close to be. So all of them will basically get you to the exact same place.

But that is just me, if you feel you're going to be dropping your lenses in the floor, or you tend to break your gadgets, I would say then pay the premium for the F, otherwise save yourself the $100 and get a DA50.
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