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DA 50mm 1.8 - $181.95 @ b&h and adorama...down from $246
Posted By: maiz, 08-01-2013, 12:34 AM

Pentax SMCP-DA 50mm f/1.8 Standard Lens 22177

Pentax smc DA 50mm f/1.8 Lens22177 B&H Photo Video

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08-01-2013, 12:21 PM   #16
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The last thing I need is another lens, but still.... Soooooo tempting!

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QuoteOriginally posted by Steve.T Quote
FA50/1.4 was used to be $200+ NEW a few years ago.
I saw there are couples of used copies selling here, asking around $250 can't go quickly. I also watched on my local used market, lots of FA50/1.4 asking $200~$250 have been there for weeks and weeks.

btw, my copy of FA50/1.4 has very poor performance at aperature 1.4~2.0. I am only confident of using over f/2.8 for good sharpness.

Full Frame? I think it's a joke for Pentax! ooops, now for Ricoh!
What they were selling for years ago is history. I haven't seen a FA50/1.4 in good shape go for <$240 any time recently. When the 50/1.8 was introduced and was routinely selling for $180 or so the price of the 50/1.4 was stable. As for 1.4-2.0 performance - the 50/1.4 MUST have a hood in order for contrast to be good. Without a hood you are wasting your time and money with a 50/1.4. As for them sitting around - as I said originally I do not find 50mm very useful on an APS-C camera, and I believe many others feel the same way, which is why 35mm and 40mm lenses sell better here on the Forum.
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I think all the pentax lenses are a bit pricey !
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I wonder how much sense this makes if you already have the SMC Pentax-F 50mm F1.7.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Spodeworld Quote
I wonder how much sense this makes if you already have the SMC Pentax-F 50mm F1.7.
Depends. The F series is a bit old, definitely has older coatings, but the 50/1.7 is well regarded. If you use the 50 a LOT then having the newer one could make sense. If you only use it occassionally then sticking with the F, as long as its in good shape, makes sense to me.
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Makes sense. I use it somewhat, but I also have a A 50 1.4. So, it is hard to justify another 50 unless it does something that that others really can't.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Spodeworld Quote
Makes sense. I use it somewhat, but I also have a A 50 1.4. So, it is hard to justify another 50 unless it does something that that others really can't.
I know what you mean. I have a SuperTak 55/1.8, SuperTak 50/1.4, M50/2, M50/4 Macro, FA50/1.4, and DA50/1.8. The first two were among my first online lens purchases and were relatively cheap (and are excellent MF lenses) the M5/2 was a gift. The 50/macro was a great deal and I have since had it CLA's by Eric so its in excellent condition. The FA50/1.4 was a gift and the DA50/1.8 was thrown in with a purchase. I definitely do not need all of them (or even most). If I were to sell I'd probably sell the 55/1.8, M50/4 Macro (I have the M100/4 which I prefer), and the FA50/1.4. I'd keep the 50/2 for two main reasons - it would bring next to nothing and it works well reversed as a macro lens and the DA50/1.8 because it has more modern coatings, excellent IQ, and would bring less than the FA50.
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A "50mm" just isn't a "50mm" anymore right?
I mean the field of view.
FF film lenses have the crop factor, turning a 50 into a 75.
I thought that when I went digital, that would change, but I was corrected when I read that you need to do math with the digital lenses as well, with a 40mm digital lens having a film equivalent of 60mm.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Tighelander Quote
A "50mm" just isn't a "50mm" anymore right?
I mean the field of view.
FF film lenses have the crop factor, turning a 50 into a 75.
I thought that when I went digital, that would change, but I was corrected when I read that you need to do math with the digital lenses as well, with a 40mm digital lens having a film equivalent of 60mm.
FOV is different sure - but that's because of cropping. The lens is still a 50mm, and since it is FF compatible, you can put it on a FF camera and see it is the same as any other 50mm.

As far as whether it's worth getting if you have a FA 50 F1.4/1.7... I have a Sigma 50 F1.4 and it is very heavy (and quite a bit bigger - but that's besides the point). On my k-01 it's kinda out of balance. The DA 50 F1.8 would be pretty good on my k-01 and I am tempted to get it, even though I do have the Sigma 50 F1.4.

So if you have a k-01 and a dslr, it might be worth it to get a DA 50 F1.8 at this price just to stick on the k-01 package.
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Just as an aside:
Most sites specs for the Pentax SMCP-DA 50mm f/1.8 Standard Lens 22177 say it DOES have "Quick Shift Focusing"
NO IT DOESN"T

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I bought the 50 F1.4 a few years ago and while I don't use it often it's there when I need it. Frankly, I probably wouldn't buy the 50 F1.4 today at the price it's at when this lens is available at this price.
Having said that, I don't like the plastic mount and know it will reduce the ultimate life of the lens. Still, as infrequently as most people will use this lens it will probably do the job for the vast majority of photographers.
Fortunately, when I bought the 50 F1.4 a few years ago I spent about what this lens is going for now.

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QuoteOriginally posted by PentaxRev Quote
I bought the 50 F1.4 a few years ago and while I don't use it often it's there when I need it. Frankly, I probably wouldn't buy the 50 F1.4 today at the price it's at when this lens is available at this price.
Having said that, I don't like the plastic mount and know it will reduce the ultimate life of the lens. Still, as infrequently as most people will use this lens it will probably do the job for the vast majority of photographers.
Fortunately, when I bought the 50 F1.4 a few years ago I spent about what this lens is going for now.
The plastic mounts on the DAL lenses have lasted just fine to this point. With modern plastics the worries expressed here, not just in your post, seem......overstated.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Spodeworld Quote
I wonder how much sense this makes if you already have the SMC Pentax-F 50mm F1.7.
It makes sense if you want Bokeh. The F 1.7 is super sharp, great colors, but it's bokeh is not pretty. The 1.8 has rounded blades, and certainly is a huge improvement in that department. If you do portraits at all with a 50 I would recommend the 1.4 or the 1.8, but the 1.7 is too sharp, and it's bokeh isn't smooth. Many people ask the same question of why go from the 50 1.4 to the 55 1.4 - Better bokeh, sharper pictures, better colors. I think the DA-Ls look slick too (but I love the F 50 1.7 on a K-5).
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QuoteOriginally posted by maiz Quote
This will be ordered, today. Thanks !
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Could It Be?

Could it be because Nikon has a very popular 35mm 1.8 at only $197? I'd love to see a shoot out between these two.
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