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PENTAX smc FA 50 / 1,4

PENTAX smc FA 50 / 1,4
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213 reviews

Jun, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 213 reviews of PENTAX smc FA 50 / 1,4. The average rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.4/5 for other Lenses & Filters for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the reliability and design. The size and usability are also mentioned favorably.

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On average, users rate this product 94/100 and experts rate this product 75/100.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for PENTAX smc FA 50 / 1,4

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 12 user reviews of PENTAX smc FA 50 / 1,4 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.4/5 for other Lenses & Filters on Amazon.co.uk. People really like the size. The usability also gets good reviews, whereas there are some mixed comments about the design.

price, usability, size

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Pentax SMC 50mm f1.4 FA LensPentax SMC 50mm f1.4 FA Lens

Jun, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for PENTAX smc FA 50 / 1,4

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 77 user reviews of PENTAX smc FA 50 / 1,4 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Lenses & Filters on Amazon.com. Views about the reliability and size are overall positive. The usability and design also get good feedback.

price, design, usability, size, reliability

100% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Pentax SMCP-FA 50mm f/1.4 LensPentax SMCP-FA 50mm f/1.4 Lens

Jun, 2018

Expert review by : Jim Fisher (pcmag.com)

Pentax SMC FA 50mm F1.4

 

The Pentax SMC FA 50mm F1.4 lens struggles to keep up with modern high-resolution cameras.

Very small. Affordable. Sharp when stopped down. Aperture ring for film use.

Soft results at f/2 and wider. Omits weather sealing. Screw-drive focus system.

Some vintage lens designs manage to deliver strong performance on modern high-resolution digital sensors. The Pentax SMC FA 50mm F1.4 isn't one of them, unfortunately. It delivers results that are positively soft focus at f/1.4 and f/2. It gets a lot...

Feb, 2018

Expert review by : Jim Fisher (pcmag.com)

Pentax SMC FA 645 55-110mm f/5.6

 

The Pentax SMC FA 645 55-110mm f/5.6 brings the convenience of a zoom lens to medium format photography, but it's not as sharp as other lenses for the Pentax 645 system.

Light and compact. Minimal distortion. Even illumination. Focus clutch system.

Not as sharp as other medium format lenses. Narrow maximum aperture. Aperture dims viewfinder. Design isn't weather resistant.

Conclusions The Pentax SMC FA 645 55-110mm f/5.6 is a solid workhorse lens for medium format photographers who have invested in the Pentax 645 system. It's not a standout performer like the company's excellent HD D FA 645 Macro 90mm F2.8 ED AW SR , but...

Jun, 2016

Expert review by (imaging-resource.com)

Pentax 50-200mm f/4-5.6 ED SMC P-DA Review

 

I'd say this lens gives the consumer good value for the money, with a better-than-average test result for sharpness. In the right circumstances (ie., 80mm and ƒ/8-11) sharpness results are excellent, but this does limit the lens to applications with...

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Expert review by : John Riley (ephotozine.com)

SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f/1.4 Review

 

John Riley reviews the classic Pentax 50mm f/1.4 prime lens on the the full-frame Pentax K-1.

High sharpness levels ; Low central CA ; Excellent colour ; Low flare ; Compact, light lens

No QuickShift ; No Weather Resistance ; Some edge CA

There is still a case for the fast standard lens. Zooms have convenience and avoid too much lens changing, but the fast prime lens is smaller, lighter and sometimes even of better quality. The quality issue is perhaps of less relevance as the results...

Jun, 2016

Expert review by : Szymon Starczewski (lenstip.com)

Pentax smc FA 50 mm f/1.4

 

Although 50 mm lenses on small APS-C/DX sensors have lost a bit of its versatility, they are still very popular among amateur photographers. These simple, efficient and well done optical constructions with good fastness are perfectly suitable for, e.g....

solid but small barrel ; excellent image quality up from f/2.0 ; low distortion ; acceptable astigmatism ; good autofocus work ; relatively good transmission ; good work against bright light on stopping down the aperture

noticeable „soap” by f/1.4 ; high chromatic aberration ; narrow and not very comfortable manual focus ring ; weak work against bright light at the maximum relative aperture ; too high coma

Jun, 2010

Expert review by : Markus Stamm (photozone.de)

Pentax SMC-FA 50mm f/1.4

 

It took a while but welcome to the first Pentax lens test here at Photozone.As usual we'll start with a reference lens, typically 50mm primes and thePentax SMC FA 50mm f/1.4 qualifies here. Despite being one of the mostaffordable Pentax branded lenses...

The Pentax SMC-FA 50mm f/1.4 is an oldie but a goodie. At medium apertures thelens is capable to produce stellar resolution figures. Typical for such lensesthe results are a bit soft at f/1.4 and less so at f/2 but still usable. Distortions and...

Consumer review (rakuten.com)

The one perfect lens

 

If I had to chose a single lens and no others, this would probably be it. The substantial, solidly-built Pentax P-FA 50mm 1.4 is fast and sharp. It autofocuses extremely quickly, but is easily converted to a manual lens if desired via a switch on the...

Jan, 2011

Consumer review (slrgear.com)

Pentax 50mm f/1.4 SMC P-FA review by Tord

 

This is quite like the Pentax 50 I had 40 years ago, but it is optimized for a modern camera, and has autofocus, and an aperature ring, so you can set the aperature manually, if you want (excellent for 'dumb' extension tubes).

Fast, cheap, and compact

Very tiny focus ring

Sep, 2010

Consumer review (slrgear.com)

Pentax 50mm f/1.4 SMC P-FA review by phoxhill

 

A very usefull small telephoto, sharp with a wonderfull bokeh.

Very sharp from f/4 to f/8 / ideal for protraits / cheap

soft wide open

Feb, 2009

Consumer review (slrgear.com)

Pentax 50mm f/1.4 SMC P-FA review by Robert Kreutzmann

 

This is a top quality and rather cheap lens alternative to the highest quality and expensive lenses from the Pentax brand. I often use it as a all round lens under any situations; from the poor light indoor, in the sharp sunlight and in the portrait...

Sep, 2008

Product Specifications

When you are looking for something, you want to make sure you know what it is when you find it. Pentax lenses provide unmatched accuracy and color representation. You need this type of lens when you are looking to produce an image that is clean, clear and will last a long time. Don't forget to ask for a smile.

Design

Color of product:Black

Lens System

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.04 - 1.73 / 1.73 - 3.46 / 2.95 - 7.97 / 3.01 - 12.1
Aperture range (F-F):4 - 5.6 / 4.5 - 32 / 5.6 - 45
Closest Focusing Distance:15.7 / 31.5 / 39.4 / 43.3
Component for:SLR
Diagonal angle of view (max):31.5 / 47 / 65 / 93
Diagonal angle of view (min):35 / 65 / 8.1
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.04 - 1.73 / 1.73 - 3.46 / 2.95 - 7.97
Focal length range (f-f):1.3 - 2.17 / 1.97 - 5.31 / 1.97 - 7.87 / 2.17 - 4.33
Lens mount interface:Pentax K / Pentax KAF
Lens structure:11/10 / 11/8 / 18/14 / 7/6 / 9/9
Lens structure (elements/groups):11/8 / 18/14 / 7/6 / 9/9
Lens Type:Telephoto zoom / Wide zoom
Maximum aperture number:22 / 32 / 45
Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv):12
Minimum aperture number:2.8 / 4.5 / 5.6
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv):3.01
Number of diaphragm blades:6 / 9
Zoom capability:4x

Other Features

Depth:4.09
Dimensions (WxDxH):1.46 x 2.56 x 1.46
Magnification:0.15 / 0.17

Performance

Auto focus: Yes
Compatible products:Pentax 645
Lens color:Transparent
Lens colour:Transparent
Manual focus: Yes
Maximum magnification:0.16 / 0.17 / 0.21

Weight & Dimensions

Diameter:1.46 / 2.72 / 3.01 / 3.15 / 3.46
Filter size:1.93 / 2.64 / 3.23
Length:2.56 / 3.13 / 4.09 / 5.35
Weight:17.6 / 20.6 / 27 / 7.8