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SMC Pentax-M 50mm F1.7

Sharpness 
 9.5
Aberrations 
 8.8
Bokeh 
 9.1
Handling 
 9.4
Value 
 9.8
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100% of reviewers $40.91 9.38
SMC Pentax-M 50mm F1.7

SMC Pentax-M 50mm F1.7
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SMC Pentax-M 50mm F1.7
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Description:
The SMC Pentax-M 50mm F1.7 is a common standard lens that shipped with many early Pentax bodies.

SMC Pentax-M 50mm F1.7
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Image Format
Full-frame / 35mm film
Lens Mount
Pentax K
Aperture Ring
Yes (no A setting)
Diaphragm
Automatic, 6 blades
Optics
6 elements, 5 groups
Mount Variant
K
Check camera compatibility
Max. Aperture
F1.7
Min. Aperture
F22
Focusing
Manual
Min. Focus
45 cm
Max. Magnification
0.15x
Filter Size
49 mm
Internal Focus
No
Field of View (Diag. / Horiz.)

APS-C: 32 ° / 27 °
Full frame: 47 ° / 40 °
Hood
Various types
Case
Dedicated hard case
Lens Cap
Plastic clip-on
Coating
SMC
Weather Sealing
No
Other Features
Diam x Length
63 x 31 mm
Weight
185 g
Production Years
1977 to 1984
Engraved Name
smc PENTAX-M 1:1.7 50mm
Product Code
20877
Reviews
User reviews
Notes
Lens was sold without hood. Several hoods will fit like PH-S49 (50mm) and screw-in type metal and folding rubber hoods
Features:
Manual FocusAperture RingFull-Frame SupportDiscontinued
Price History:



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New Member

Registered: June, 2010
Location: Slovakia
Posts: 14
Lens Review Date: August 27, 2018 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $45.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp, bokeh, atmosphere, 3D, size,price.....
Cons:
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: K-5   

I love this lens. Allways with me in. Make pictures in old fashion(good) look. Beautifull bokeh.
   
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Registered: April, 2013
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 388
Lens Review Date: August 25, 2018 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $50.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Sharp, small, fast, cheap
Cons: Can be too sharp/harsh at times
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 7    Bokeh: 6    Handling: 10    Value: 9    Camera Used: K-5II   

A great little lens... it was the first manual lens I purchased for my K-5II. Out of all of my lenses, this is probably the least used - or has the least amount of keepers. It handles well and is built like a tank... it just doesn't render to my taste.... usually a bit too harsh. Here are a couple examples of it doing what it does well:

Pretty harsh bokeh, but very sharp:
JAB_9095 by James Baron, on Flickr

A bit softer bokeh but still not great. Nice separation and sharpness though:
JAB_9098 by James Baron, on Flickr

This one represents the scene well and has good border sharpness, but it is a bit more clinical than I like:
Hidden Waterfall at Fall Run Park IV by James Baron, on Flickr

Another one that represents the scene pretty well. The focus transitions aren't nearly as nice as you'd see on the similarly priced K 55 1.8. This is another pretty sharp but clinical scene:

Fall Run Park Stream Bed by James Baron, on Flickr

Finally, here's a couple that show you can get good bokeh with the right scene... these both achieve a dreamy look:

JAB_1351a by James Baron, on Flickr
Spring Halo by James Baron, on Flickr

Overall, it's worth the small amount of money that you can get it for... it definitely has it's uses and at the very worst, it is a good learning tool to help you distinguish the differences in how different lenses resolve.
   
Senior Member

Registered: July, 2018
Posts: 268
Lens Review Date: August 25, 2018 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $25.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: size, weight, performance, quality
Cons: manual focus

I take about 5 thousands photos with this lens on my old K200D body. Very time it was good replacement for kit version II. Small, compact. Few times I use cap and jacket to get them with me. It is very comfortable to get them with you. It is very nice ring for aperture. Manual focusing if you have good eyes is not a problem. Marks are good and without trouble you can use them to get information about distance etc.

Quality of pictures is amazing for this price (I get it from second hand). If you get sharp image you can take excellent bokeh and photo with F1.7. You have a lot of fun with DoF if you undestund how them use allright. In low light condition my old K200D get new life with them. I use them a lot of with warmer Tiffen 49mm 80A filter. It was duo working very well. I take shot on small rain, mountains, fogs and len work well.

If you look for portrait lens it is for you. It has nice 50mm to use. Extreme constrast what no deal with this lens. My 77 limeted sometimes make me purple edges. On my old 50 it was not possible. Direct sunlight it was not problem. Small filter size, small weight and limited like build quality is why I recommended this lens.

Overall 9/10 is because 77 limited is sharper and is manual focus what sometimes makes troubles in dynamic situations like kids.
   
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Registered: July, 2013
Location: Woodstock, GA
Posts: 5,496
Lens Review Date: July 17, 2018 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $30.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp, great colors, flare resistance, wonderful rendering
Cons: None, really
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: P30T, K20D, K10D, K-r, K-S1, K-50   

I have to give this lens a 10. I have had two copies and both of them were super sharp wide open. I thought I had a great copy but when I got a 2nd one it was just as good - and both are slightly better, especially wide open, than the A 50 1.7 that I used to have, and the F 50 1.7 that I still have (I keep the F, of course, because it is very handy to have an AF nifty fifty).
Everything about this lens is great. it's small and almost a pancake, and the positives in the top of the review tell the story.
I have a metal hood on mine but I feel it's more for looks than anything else - it's pretty flare resistant even without it.
I don't remember ever seeing aberrations that needed correction.
The bokeh might not be quite as good as the 50 1.4 models but it's still good.
It even works really great with an inverter ring for about 1:1 macro. Other 50-ish lenses I tested for this purpose (Rikenon 50 1.4, K 55 f2) were not nearly as good.

Very sharp in the in-focus area wide open:
Sunflower M 50 1.7 @1.7 by ChristianRock, on Flickr

Stop it down a bit and it's perfection:
Leaves on the Ground by ChristianRock, on Flickr

Entrance Road in Fall 2015-50mm by ChristianRock, on Flickr
   
New Member

Registered: August, 2013
Location: Guadeloupe (french caribean island)
Posts: 1
Lens Review Date: July 14, 2018 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: N/A | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: light, lovely, light, filter, colours, focus, brightness
Cons: don't know, old coating perhaps ?
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 10    Value: 9   

I bought two of these pretty little stones years ago for not much money ( 50 f1,7 et 50 f2) to use with a K10D, who went out of order suddenly ( sob...). I kept them with dust in a cupboard, and decided to sell all and said goodbye to Pentax. But, I don't know why, i read all advices you 've posted and admired some pictures, and wanted once more to use my lenses on a Lumix (K7).
I founded so pleasant, so nice, to shoot photos and videos that I don't want to sell my parcels anymore.
   
Junior Member

Registered: October, 2015
Posts: 28
Lens Review Date: March 22, 2018 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: N/A | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: sharpness, contrast, color rendition, cheap, build quality, micro-contrast
Cons: None
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: K5IIs   

This is a wonderful lens. The color saturation and rendition and also depth rendering is amazing which gives the images out of this lens a 3D look. You can find them for real cheap. I got mine in almost brand new condition. At 1.7 the images are a tiny bit soft but stop down to f2 and you will get amazing photos.
Don't hesitate, if you find one buy one, even if you have a 50mm. It is THAT good.
   
Site Supporter

Registered: March, 2018
Posts: 1

2 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: March 10, 2018 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: N/A | Rating: N/A 

 
Pros: sharpness
Cons:
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 9    Value: 10    Camera Used: SONY a7 42MP   

I tested the lens on the SONY a7 42MP
sharpness in the center of the frame - f1,7 - 4 , f2,8 - 7 , f4 - 9 , f5,6 - 9 ,f8 - 8
sharpness at the edge of the frame - f1,7 - 3 , f2,8 - 4 , f4 - 5 , f5,6 - 6 , f8 - 7
   
New Member

Registered: August, 2015
Location: Istanbul
Posts: 2

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: February 15, 2018 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $30.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Very ver sharp and excellent bokeh
Cons: none
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: Pentax K-5   

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Water Pipeby Yemen Ozan GŁndoğan, on Flickr



Hookah by Yemen Ozan GŁndoğan, on Flickr



Kalyan by Yemen Ozan GŁndoğan, on Flickr



Smoker by Yemen Ozan GŁndoğan, on Flickr



Smoke Face by Yemen Ozan GŁndoğan, on Flickr



Start the Fire by Yemen Ozan GŁndoğan, on Flickr
   
New Member

Registered: February, 2017
Posts: 2

2 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: December 18, 2017 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $5.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharpness & Bokeh
Cons: None
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 10   

Found my copy of this lens in a rural thrift shop for $5!!
This was my first "M" series lens so I wasn't sure what to expect, I was in for a nice surprise!
My copy function is very smoothly on both focus and aperture adjustments.
The lens is small and with an adaptor is a nice fit on my A6000.
The images the lens produces are amazing in sharpness. I also love the bokeh you can get in certain circumstances. especially at f2 (see last image).
I can't say enough good things about this lens. It's a keeper!

   
Site Supporter

Registered: May, 2014
Posts: 44
Lens Review Date: November 27, 2017 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $40.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Cheap nifty fifty
Cons: not sharp
Sharpness: 5    Aberrations: 5    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: Pentax K3-II   

Such a unique lens especially for the price! An absolute must own considering how cheap you can find it online. Its not that sharp wide open but I definitely wasnt expecting it to be tack sharp. Beautiful bokeh and a must buy
   
New Member

Registered: November, 2017
Posts: 5

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: November 24, 2017 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $40.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Price, aperture, size, sharpness, built quality, bokeh, can be used both on FF and APS cameras
Cons: No AF^ , no I'm kidding, for me nothing is wrong with this lens
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: K1   

I paid $40 for mine shipping included and I don't regret it, I neededa first lens to my K1 and it was obvious to me to mount this 50 1.7 as 1st lens.

Small,cheap,sharp, nice bokeh,I don't find cons against this lens, it's a must have lens which can cover most situations except animal shootings.

I deeply recommend this lens for sure.
   
Junior Member

Registered: June, 2015
Location: SzŠzhalombatta, Hungary
Posts: 37

2 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: August 24, 2017 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $39.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Excellent sharpness, compactness, handling
Cons: Blue fringing @ f/1.7, sometimes it could be a tad bit longer physically
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: MX, K10D   

After successfully destroying my previous fifty, the Chinon 50mm f/1.4 (by taking it apart), I needed to get a new fifty. Something sharp and cheap. For a while I didn't want to go below the f/1.4 range, but I didn't have the money. I saw this cheap online and decided to go for it. I just got my Pentax MX recently before buying this. It is said that the f/1.7 version is by far the sharpest of the M series. It is also very compact. This has proven to be quite true! It's so razor sharp, that it cuts the eye!
I use it mainly on my Pentax MX, but I occasionally also use it on my K10D. It has very nice, punchy colors with excellent contrast. Digital images made with this hardly need any post-processing. Wide-open it produces blue fringing, which isn't quite nice. It doesn't matter with B&W photos, but on color it is better avoided by stopping down a little... say... f/2-2.8.
The only downside I could mention is that sometimes it feels a little-bit too compact. Also, I don't really like the hexagonial BOKEH. I'd prefer it to be eight bladed.


My lens on my Pentax MX w/ a lens hood

Film shots:

Kodak Portra 160


Kodak Portra 160


AgfaPhoto APX 100


AgfaPhoto APX 100

Digital:

Pentax K10D
   
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Registered: April, 2017
Posts: 11

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: June 21, 2017 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $40.33 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Small
Cons: Soft wide open
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 1    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 8    Value: 8    Camera Used: Sony A7RII   

Great little lens, soft at 1.7, once stopped down to 2.8 it perfect
Little bit of fringing













   
New Member

Registered: October, 2011
Posts: 9

2 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: May 3, 2017 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: N/A | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Absolutely pin sharp
Cons: Non
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 9    Value: 10    Camera Used: K5   

Came as part of a bundle so can't say how much it cost. Just trying out as a portrait lens and it's magnificent, beating my other two 50mm Pentax lenses easily, and they aren't bad.
   
New Member

Registered: May, 2017
Posts: 2

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: May 2, 2017 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $25.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: sharpness, build quality, price
Cons: wish it could focus closer
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 10    Value: 10    Camera Used: Sony Nex 6   

Everyone should own a copy of this lens. It can be had for bargain prices. In my opinion it beats the f1.4 version on most fronts too.

Has excellent sharpness when focussed correctly. Also very high build quality but then all these Asahi Pentax lenses are well made. The SMC coating gives excellent colours shooting with digital.

Wish it could focus a bit closer to the subject but you can't have it all.

One slight niggle in that I had to re-calibrate mine for infinity but then this isn't the lenses fault as I'm using an adapter. Was easily done anyway.
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