Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home
 

Reply
Show Printable Version Search this Thread
02-01-2013, 12:47 AM   #1
New Member




Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 8
Pentax A 50mm f/2 vs Pentax M 50mm f/1.4

Hi there,
I would just like to hear everyones opinions on which lens for my k1000 would be better for portraits as im trying to get into that side of photography. Would there be any major differences, and also do you have any tips for starting portrait photography with 50mm lens ? Look forward to your replies

Cheers,
Kerran

02-01-2013, 01:21 AM   #2
Senior Member




Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Edmonton, Canada
Photos: Albums
Posts: 202
series M f1.4/50
series K f2/55

Get close.
Study the different light effects: back, side, front, fill lighting.
Use flash but never aim directly at the subject.
02-01-2013, 01:46 AM   #3
New Member




Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 8
Original Poster
Thank you for the reply im just wondering if 1 and a half feet is close enough ?
02-01-2013, 01:47 AM   #4
Administrator
Site Webmaster
Adam's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Arizona
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 41,614
QuoteOriginally posted by Kerran_156 Quote
Hi there,
I would just like to hear everyones opinions on which lens for my k1000 would be better for portraits as im trying to get into that side of photography. Would there be any major differences, and also do you have any tips for starting portrait photography with 50mm lens ? Look forward to your replies

Cheers,
Kerran
The F2 version isn't as good optically, but it should be sufficient to experiment a bit with portraits. Eventually you may wish to try a slightly longer lens, like the M 85mm F2.

Here's some more info on the two lenses:
50mm Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database


Adam
PentaxForums.com Webmaster (Site Usage Guide | Site Help | My Photography)



PentaxForums.com's high server and development costs are user-supported. You can help cover those costs by donating. Or, buy your photo gear from our affiliates, Adorama, B&H Photo, or Topaz Labs, and get FREE Marketplace access - click here to see how! Trusted Pentax retailers:

02-01-2013, 01:51 AM   #5
New Member




Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 8
Original Poster
But will the M f/1.4 have a slight advantage? I was lucky enough to pick it up attached to a me super for only $10!
02-01-2013, 04:14 AM   #6
Site Supporter
kiwi_jono's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 1,057
QuoteOriginally posted by Kerran_156 Quote
But will the M f/1.4 have a slight advantage? I was lucky enough to pick it up attached to a me super for only $10!
$10 - great deal! The M is a very good lens - and not that hard to use after a bit of practice. better IQ and also the possibility of very shallow depth photography.
I was very happy with my M50 until I got a A 50 f1.4 which slightly better across the frame and more convenient with the A setting.
02-01-2013, 04:34 AM   #7
Pentaxian




Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Southern California
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 3,181
The M50/1.4 I had gave rendering (mostly color, I think) that was a bit odd, but it still gave beautiful images.

The A50/2 gives decent images from what I've seen, but I think the M50 may produce more interesting results, and should be experimented with between f/1.6 and f/2.5.
02-01-2013, 11:23 AM   #8
Site Supporter
gofour3's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Posts: 5,194
For film you will need something longer for portraits, like 85mm - 135mm. Any K or M series lens in this focal range will suffice.

I would start with a 85mm or 100/105mm lens.

Phil.

02-01-2013, 12:49 PM   #9
Site Supporter
stevebrot's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Vancouver (USA)
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 26,627
QuoteOriginally posted by gofour3 Quote
For film you will need something longer
"Need" is such a strong word! It all depends on the desired working distance and that value is dependent on the the intended perspective and the amount of working space available to the photographer.

Having delivered my standard portrait lens rant, the conventional wisdom is as Phil stated...short teles generally work well for portraits with traditional lengths being in the 85-135mm range.


Steve
02-01-2013, 02:11 PM   #10
Senior Member




Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Edmonton, Canada
Photos: Albums
Posts: 202
It might be better to practice with a normal prime before going up to the telephoto lens, simply because that way you have to move the camera, which means extra careful positioning of the lighting, and so on. I think a telephoto lens can be postponed until after the real hurdle -- the different lighting effects -- are well in hand,
02-01-2013, 03:31 PM   #11
Veteran Member
Finn's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Phoenix
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 1,056
An A-series lens doesn't really get you anything on a K1000 since there is no auto exposure, and it does not handle nearly as well as an M-series lens. The M 50/1.4 is still my go-to fast 50, even on a DSLR...

And I think 50mm is a great focal length for portraits, as long as your subject doesn't mind you getting friendly.
02-01-2013, 07:28 PM   #12
New Member




Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 8
Original Poster
Thanks for the helpful replies everyone! Yeah, a pentax dslr would be quite helpful thanks to the crop factor, assuming its its aps-c sensor? Which would give a focal length of around 80-85mm if im correct ? Im pretty sure the 1.5 feet focus length isnt too much of a big deal. But I dont really know the deal with lighting. Will need to do some major experimenting before I get the hang of it. Any lighting tips?

Kerran
Reply

Bookmarks
  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
50mm, 50mm f/2 vs, lens, pentax, pentax a 50mm, pentax m 50mm, photography
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Pentax DA 50mm/1.8 vs. FA 50mm/1.4 vs. F 50mm/1.7 lukelbd Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 35 01-05-2013 06:33 PM
For Sale - Sold: Pentax-M lenses 50mm f/1.7, 100mm f/4 macro, 28mm f/2.8, 200mm f/4 dcshooter Sold Items 8 11-06-2011 08:43 PM
For Sale - Sold: Pentax *ist DL, FA 50mm f/1.4, DFA 100mm f/2.8 macro, DA 18-55mm, A 50mm f/2.0 chemxaj Sold Items 14 05-31-2010 09:34 AM
For Sale - Sold: 3 Manual Primes: A-28mm f/2.8, A-50mm f/1.7, and M-50mm f/1.4 (US) Rich_A Sold Items 6 03-24-2010 02:25 PM
all in f/1.4 form: 50mm-K/M vs. 50mm-A vs. 50mm-FA ??? m8o Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10 07-29-2007 10:42 AM



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 10:26 PM. | See also: NikonForums.com, CanonForums.com part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
register
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]
Top