A lot of people recommend getting the 1.4 and 1.7, but it really depends on what you're going to be using it for. I've owned an embarassing number of Pentax 50mm lenses, and I've never been able to seperate the prints from different lenses. When I know I might be making larger prints, I use my "best" 50mm lens, but that's for my confidence not because I've ever been able to tell.
I never really saw things in this focal length, I guess if the 43mm f1.9 was better optically it would be a better choice for me but lots of people say it is soft and not sharp wide open and has barrel distortion. I have always heard lots of good thing about Pentax 50mm lenses. I choice of choosing 50mm now is because its been the only hole in all my camera kits. In the past year I have used the lower prices for film camera lenses to make purchasing this focal length for my leica M a Konica 50mm f2.0 rangefinder lens, and a Nikon 50mm AIS f1.2 manual focus slr lens affordable. My Pentax kit is less used but I like the LX more than acquiring a Nikon equivalent F3hp or even the last on breed FM3a. Many years ago I looked at those cameras and Liked the LX in those days more than them and after all these years I still think the LX design holds up well. I think if I can get a really clean M or A either will fill the bill. I heard that the A might have been slightly better optically but that the M was metal all the way. I don't know if the smc coating or lenses were tweeked as some think in the mid 80's but I don't think it matters as much as reliability factors. I appreciate your advise, thanks again. Harv
|Pentax DA 50mm lens for portrait photography|
“The new Pentax-DA 50mm f/1.8 lens is ideal for photographers interested in portraiture and general photography,” explains John Carlson, Sr., Manager of Sales and Marketing, Pentax Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation. “The lens measures just 1.5 inches long and weighs only 4.3 ounces, making it small enough and light enough to accompany photographers on all kinds of outings.”
Pentax-DA 50mm f/1.8 lens features
When mounted on a Pentax K-mount ILC camera body, the Pentax-DA 50mm f/F1.8 lens delivers a focal length of 50mm or 76.5mm in the 35mm format. The lens’ f/1.8 maximum aperture and round diaphragm blades enable it to produce a natural “bokeh” (out-of-focus) effect, which gives the blurry elements in an image a softer, rounded and more pleasing appearance. Additionally, the f/1.8 aperture makes it possible to increase camera shutter speed when photographing in poorly lit conditions, which minimizes camera shake and helps eliminate blur.
Pentax 50mm f/1.8 lens coating
For extra preventative measures, the front surface of the Pentax-DA 50mm f/1.8 lens is treated with the company’s original SP (Super Protect) coating, which repels dust, water, grease, and other substances that may adhere to the surface of the lens. The protective coating promotes trouble-free use in all kinds of shooting situations.
Pentax DA 50mm f/1.8 price & availability
The Pentax-DA 50mm f/1.8 lens will be available July 2012 with a retail price of $249.95.