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DA 50mm F1.8 $95 at B&H
Posted By: Adam, 08-19-2015, 01:07 AM

Another steal!

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08-19-2015, 02:56 PM   #16
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If one has any interest at all in the DA 50mm f/1.8, now is the time to pull the trigger. Under $100. Amazing. I have to wonder what's going on with all of these Pentax lens discounts - not that I'm not pleased. But the DA* 16-50 and 50-135 can now be purchased for what I paid for them in 2008. I have to wonder if we're about to see a slew of replacements. Or has Ricoh finally realized they weren't going to grow any market share with the pricing regime they had on all this glass? Either way, good times for as long as they last!

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QuoteOriginally posted by Biro Quote
If one has any interest at all in the DA 50mm f/1.8, now is the time to pull the trigger. Under $100. Amazing. I have to wonder what's going on with all of these Pentax lens discounts - not that I'm not pleased. But the DA* 16-50 and 50-135 can now be purchased for what I paid for them in 2008. I have to wonder if we're about to see a slew of replacements. Or has Ricoh finally realized they weren't going to grow any market share with the pricing regime they had on all this glass? Either way, good times for as long as they last!
I'm going with these "stripped down" lenses are cheap to produce, and, once you get used to the IQ, you're going to start looking for better glass. I think every company needs to be able to introduce really good quality at a rock bottom price, to create interest in their other top of the line lenses. My guess is, Pentax realizes they've sold to a lot of people who haven't moved beyond the kit.
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If you don't have this lens...or any other fast fifty then get this. Really can't be beat for this price.
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QuoteOriginally posted by larryinlc Quote
Just like that. Refund complete. B&H, you folks are good.
Yes they are. Solid company.

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QuoteOriginally posted by normhead Quote
My guess is, Pentax realizes they've sold to a lot of people who haven't moved beyond the kit.
And from what I've occasionally seen of this lens bundled with a K3 or K3-II, sometimes this IS the kit. After all, what's the practical difference between "kit lens" and "thrown in as a freebie with a body-only order"? Everything old is new again. I'm half expecting a FF option in chrome and leatherette with an FA 50/1.7 tacked on the front as a salute. I know they really can't afford to wait any longer to release the camera, but perhaps a special edition with whatever new 50mm prime they're cooking up could come out next year to celebrate 40 years of the K mount?
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Tempting. I've been tinking on buying one for the autofocus, but the M 50mm 1.7 fills most of my needs. Has anyone compared both?
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QuoteOriginally posted by erangel Quote
Tempting. I've been tinking on buying one for the autofocus, but the M 50mm 1.7 fills most of my needs. Has anyone compared both?
There's no law that says you can't have both

There are things the M 50 can do that the DA can't, like be used reversed for macro...
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No but I have compared manual focus to auto-focus, You manual focus when you have to. You use AF, all the time, everywhere. At least i od. My MF lenses barely ever get out of the cupboard, except for my A-400. And I have nothing close to that focal length in AF. My m135 and 50ƒ2, have probably had less than 20 images taken with both of them.

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There's no law that says you can't have both

There are things the M 50 can do that the DA can't, like be used reversed for macro...
The laws of LBA say you must have both, and not having both will lead to a lifetime of regret.

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QuoteOriginally posted by normhead Quote
The laws of LBA say you must have both, and not having both will lead to a lifetime of regret.
Wise words. This is why I am itching to get the DA 16-85 even though I have a DA 18-135. I'd probably keep both to use in different situations.
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QuoteOriginally posted by seventysixersfan Quote
Wise words. This is why I am itching to get the DA 16-85 even though I have a DA 18-135. I'd probably keep both to use in different situations.
My need for a 16-85 is greatly reduced by owning a Sigma 8-16. I know I should have both, but I had a very cheap Scottish grandmother who instilled values in me that preclude giving into LBA as completely as some on the forum have.

She was of the "Tell me what you need and I'll show you how to live without it." school of thought. Whenever I channel her spirit on the forum I always get in big trouble. People don't want to know how to do things, they want to buy more stuff. And that's why Pentax has survived to this day. If my grandmothers spirit was in charge, we'd still be using my Program Plus and 50 after all, why would you buy something new when the old stuff still works. Zoom with your feet.

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QuoteOriginally posted by normhead Quote
I had a very cheap Scottish grandmother who instilled values in me that preclude giving into LBA as completely as some on the forum have.
I didn't, but at least I mostly pursue secondhand lenses. The number of lenses I've bought new via any sort of camera store can still be counted on one hand, though I'm not sure I can maintain that for long. My personal lens roadmap calls for a DA15/4 or DA21/3.2 early next year (haven't decided yet), but this may change depending on what comes out with the FF and how this affects lens prices across the board.
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Nice price, but way to expensive shipping to Norway. Shipping costs and taxes eats up more then all the price advantage. B&H should find another shipping company for norwegian customers.
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But I already have a 43 ltd, 50-135, and 18-55. I love a deal, but just don't know when I would use this - I'm more interested in the 35mm 2.4 - or maybe I just need another camera body...
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Nice price, but way to expensive shipping to Norway. Shipping costs and taxes eats up more then all the price advantage. B&H should find another shipping company for norwegian customers.
Yup that would be nice. International shipping costs seem to be decreasing over time, but I think liability is an issue for B&H when going with carriers like the postal service for international shipments.

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I have a few 50's and 55's but none of them are auto focus. This deal just happened to come along the same time my pension deposit arrived. Needless to say, I now own a DA 50.
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