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Pentacon Auto 50mm F1.8

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1 5,702 Mon September 18, 2017
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100% of reviewers None indicated 8.00

M42 mount, push button only for aperture metering, no Auto/manual switch
Mount Type: M42 Screwmount

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Registered: July, 2007
Location: North West UK
Posts: 389
Lens Review Date: September 18, 2017 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: None indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Dirt cheap. Nice and sharp from F2.8 nicely made
Cons: No a/m switch (see comment) Dreamy wide open
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 7    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 7    Value: 10    Camera Used: K-1   

This was my fathers lens on his Praktica body, and he has given all of his gear to me as he only uses a digital compact these days.
So the Lens. It is East German made, M42 mount, and a metal build.
The focus ring is surprisingly smooth for an "iron Curtain" optic, smoother than soviet made glass and a lot smoother than the CZJ Tessar that I have. Not quite as smooth as the pinnacle of smoothness, which of course are the Takumars.
Optically it is fine, A bit dreamy wide open, with CA, but considering it has no mention of any coating, is not bad at all. (I am presuming that is it single coated rather than multi)
Contrast and sharpness stopped are very good, colours are a little cool.

Now that aperture control. Well, it does not have the a/m switch, only a push button on the side of the lens. However, it is near the battery grip, and you develop a technique where you use a finger to push it and hold, while you turn the aperture ring and then press the shutter, slows you down a lot, but you do get used to it.

Is it worth it? Well mine was free, so for me, yes! if you want convenience, get a Tak 55 or K mount 50mm F1.7 instead. But, if you enjoy playing with different lenses to create different rendition, why not give it a punt? Worth it for the fun of it, and the IQ is really rather good.
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