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SMC Pentax FA 50mm f/1.4
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- Compact, Standard Lens
- Extremely Large F/1.4 Aperture Allows Extra-fast Shutter Speeds & Wonderful Depth Of Field Control
- Focal Length Equivalent To 75mm When Used On A Pentax(r) Digital SLR Camera Body (1.5x Crop Factor)
- Pentax(r) Super Multi-coating For Very Low Light Loss
- Compatible With All Pentax(r) Film & Digital SLR Cameras
- Only 1.5 inches and 7.8 ounces
- 47 degree angle of view
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|Aperture Control Design||Includes aperture ring|
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||PH-SA49|
|Compatible Mountings||Pentax KAF|
|Focus Type||Screw drive from camera|
|Included Components||Front Lens Cap, Rear Lens Cap|
|Item Dimensions||2.52 x 2.52 x 1.5 inches|
|Item Display Weight||0.7 pounds|
|Item Weight||0.49 pounds|
|Lens Type||Prime lens|
|Macro Focus Range||0.45 m|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||Comes with Manufacturer Warranty.|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F1.4|
|Maximum Focal Length||50 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||35mm FF|
|Minimum Focal Length||50 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||8|
|Number of Elements||7|
|Number of Groups||6|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||49 mm|
|Real Angle Of View||47 Degrees|
|Shipping Weight||0.75 pounds|
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Top Customer Reviews
In summary, if you have a Pentax, you need to own this lens.
+ The obvious pro is the f/1.4 max aperture. This really comes in handy in low light situations.
+ One less obvious side effect of the f/1.4 aperture is a brighter viewfinder. A lot of newer photographers don't realize that the camera only closes down the iris when you take the photo. The rest of the time, the lens is wide open so faster lenses mean brighter viewfinders.
+ Amazingly sharp at smaller apertures.
+ Works on film and digital bodies.
+ Really smooth bokeh (out of focus area) once you stop down a little (about f/2.8 and up). This helps create photos where your subject really pops out because the background is blurred out so nicely. Some lenses can create harsh and distracting bokeh.
+ Very thin depth of field at f/1.4.
+ Excellent colors and contrast. I was surprised when I compared my kit lens photos to photos taken with the FA 50mm.
- Pretty soft at f/1.4. This might be a desirable effect for portraits though.
- Autofocus is a bit slower than more modern Pentax lenses.
- The very thin depth of field and the general softness of the lens at f/1.4 can make it difficult to create pictures that look like they're in focus.
Compared to the DA 40mm f/2.8 pancake:
* The FA 50mm is bigger, but is still a pretty compact lens. The FA 50mm feels better because it gives you something to cradle when you're holding the camera.
* Both the DA 40mm and the FA 50mm produce excellent color contrast and sharpness, but I think I prefer the rendering of the FA 50mm.Read more ›
Bokeh, I've seen the term used throughout various websites and reviews, and let say that I now know from experience what a creamy, smooth, out of focus backdrop, while your subject "pops" right off of the picture will do for your self esteem in photography. Absolutely lovely.....
Focus, is quick enough, yet I've found it hunts in low, or tricky light situtations....no biggie, if you need fast focusing, you're using another lens anyways.
I'm not going to get all technical on you, all I can say is that if you have been into Pentax for sometime, you already own this lens, if you're just geting into or are considering Pentax, please do, and make this prime a part of your kit.
With that 1.4 aperture, you get about 4 times more light than you do with the kit lens - that means 4 times faster shutter speeds, and 4 proportionally sharper shots. Combine that with the image stabilization in the K100D and K10, and you have a really awesome low light shooter. You might want to get comfortable with manual focusing - any camera has difficulty focusing when there's not a lot of light, even if it has the ability to get a sharp picture.
The 1.4 aperture means a razor thin depth-of-field, which gives you the ability to very precisely choose what part of the picture is in focus. This is wonderful for portraits, which gives you a smooth, blurred, and distraction-free background, but you have to make sure you are aware of it if you are trying to get objects at varying distances to be in focus.
If it is an issue, though, just turn the dial on your camera over to Av(aperture priority) and you can turn the aperture up to 3.5 for a more normal shot, or down to 1.4 to get that artistically blurred background and super-fast shutter speeds.
This is the best lens to buy in addition to the kit lens, if you are looking to enhance your arsenal and photography skills. You will fall in love with photography, and insist on taking your camera everywhere with you. The fixed focal length will do a lot to hone your creative skills. Sometimes the perspective brings out awesome shots that would've been totally unremarkable at a wider view.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Super fast shipping. Awesome lens. Just what I was looking for. Thank you!Published 21 days ago by Idaho girl
I am very happy with the images I captured using this lens. The bokeh is out of this world! The filter threading looks like plastic, though. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Victor Rivera