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Latest Review Posted SMC Pentax 50mm F1.4
Neat lens but heavy and bulky for a 50mm. But it does look gorgeous and it feels great. Sadly, neither of these factors mean anything about the pictures it can take. Nevertheless, it does take great pictures; but so do many 50mm Pentax lenses, and many 55mm Takumar-Pentax lenses used with an M42 adaptor.


Age and balsam separation will cause fuzzy blur in the "glued" internal glass section. It's found in many K Series SMC lenses after about 40-50 years that have a glued glass lens section inside. Some lenses will continue to take good images, but quality will degrade gradually through time. Japanese sellers on famous auction sites mention this transparently as "balsam separation" but, sadly, many US and European sellers turn a blind eye to it.


You are better off buying an M Series 50mm f1.7 as the imaging is as good across the aperture range, and having a lower f-stop than f1.7 is not really that important unless you are into 'bokeh' photography (which does not really make a difference between f1.4 and f1.7). The M Series is as good in quality, smaller and lighter.



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