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Pentax smc FA 50 mm f/1.4

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Manufacturer Pentax
Model smc FA 50 mm f/1.4
Lens style Normal
Focal length 50 mm
Maximum aperture f/1.4
Angle of view 47 o
Closest focusing distance 0.45 m
Maximum magnification 1:6.7
Minimum aperture 22
Number of diaphragm blades 8
Auto focus type AF
Lens Construction 7 elements / 6 groups
Filter diameter 49 mm
Macro No
Available mounts Pentax K
Dimensions 63.5 x 38 mm
Weight 273 g
Additional information
Average rating (10 owners reviews)
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4.47 Good
Owners reviews (10)
  1. Subhakit Ho
    Subhakit Ho 10 February 2017, 06:08
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    IP 110.164.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: 5000 THB
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: IQ at widest aperture

    Pros: Best value for money prime lens for Pentax users.

    Summary: If you did not have Pentax camera. At the same budget, look for other choice. If you are pentaxian, It\'s a \"must have\" lens.

  2. Zufolo
    Zufolo 3 August 2015, 06:04
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    IP 66.249.x.x
    Owner since: 4 years
    Price: 200
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Too soft at 1.4

    Pros: Light small superb quality at f>=2.8 Good quality at f>=2

    Summary: This lens is a must to travel light and have a superb image quality. I bought this lens for portraits but after a while I learnt to use thid lens as workaround for all situations. The color rendition is very good and the boken is omogeneous.

  3. joe
    joe 5 April 2013, 20:54
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    IP 2.171.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: 100
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: f 1.4 to 2.0 not very sharp, but starting with f 2.8 sharp

    Pros: f5,6 - 8 really extremely sharp

    Summary: very nice lens

  4. Mike
    Mike 2 March 2013, 16:27
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    IP 78.151.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: £255
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Manual focus with this lens is near impossible due to the focus ring design. Plastic and feels cheap. Nervous bokeh. Performance in low light disappointing. I rarely use it.

    Pros: Fairly sharp stopped down.

    Summary: By all accounts the Pentax FA 50mm f1.7 was much, much better in all respects, sadly now out of production and quite difficult to find used.

  5. lux-ad-artem
    lux-ad-artem 1 August 2012, 15:44
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    IP 174.93.x.x
    Owner since: 6 months
    Price: $350
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: slightly soft at 2.0, increasing to 1.4; required a few rounds of adjustments to in-camera autofocus calibration, but seems to work fine now.

    Pros: Fast; small; nice rendering of out-fo-focus area; Build quality rated at 5 stars because this lens took a 2.5-foot fall to a hardwood floor, landing on its side which caused no internal or external damage.

    Summary: [purchased used, but in very good condition]; The softness this lens displays wide open, up to f/2.0 is far and away the most disappointing characteristic of this lens, which somewhat undermines the main reason this lens is desirable, which is its speed. That said, on a crop-sensor camera, this lens is well suited for portrait photography and headshots, where a little softness is not necessarily a bad thing, as it can help hide imperfections in the skin. At around half the price of the DA* 55 f/1.4, the FA 50 f/1.4 is a nice addition to any photographer's camera bag so long as its limitations are kept in mind.

  6. Rocky
    Rocky 22 October 2011, 19:27
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    IP 173.32.x.x
    Owner since: 3 years
    Price: $350
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: As an FA lens, not always perfect for a DSLR. I have focus problems at times. Price went up a lot in the last few years. It was $200 for a very long time and then jumped dramatically in price (sadly) before I bought it!

    Pros: Great IQ, bokeh. Very versatile at 50 mm on a DSLR.

    Summary: Great lens - get one!

  7. Rob
    Rob 9 September 2011, 17:52
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    IP 62.107.x.x
    Owner since: 3 years
    Price: 500
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: none

    Pros: great

    Summary: great

  8. GPBurdell
    GPBurdell 13 July 2010, 19:50
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    IP 192.91.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: $250
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Price has gone up... Can be a bit soft at wider apertures

    Pros: Great image quality, widely available

    Summary: This was the only lens (I bought K200D body only) I had for the first 11 months of DSLR photography. It continues to serve very well and deliver excellent images.

  9. René
    René 11 January 2010, 18:33
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    IP 77.251.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
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    User profile: Professional

    Cons: soft at 1,4

    Pros: what a nice lens this is, 75 mm 1,4 on Pentax . Excellent quality, again Pentax feeling, special.. robust. So fine to work with this lens for low light portraits, together with the in-body anti shake of the Pentax. Here Pentax and Sony rules ! Beautiful bokeh .

    Summary: value for money

  10. OM
    OM 18 June 2009, 00:58
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    IP 85.93.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
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    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: soft to f2.0

    Pros: great upper f2.8

    Summary: Very good lens