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Pentax smc DA* 55mm f/1.4 SDM 35mm Primes

3 star rating
                      3 / 5 (3 Reviews)
MSRP : $639.95


Product Description

Standard in focal length, but excellent in quality, the smc PENTAX DA Star 55mm for PENTAX digital SLR cameras is incredibly fast and offers outstanding depth of field control. And with its weather-resistant construction, it’s versatile enough for all types of shooting conditions. The smc Pentax DA Star 55mm F1.4 SDM is a prime standard lens that is ideal for portrait, still-life, or low light photography. Its fast F1.4 aperture offers outstanding depth of field control, and its rounded diaphragm blades create a more circular aperture for smooth, beautiful bokeh at large aperture settings.


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:1
Submitted by frankaolson a Expert

Date Reviewed: April 19, 2009

Strengths:    very sharp, great build and weather-sealing

Weaknesses:    price is too high, back-focus problems on the K10D (I guess on the K100Ds too) and the accuracy of the SDM system

Bottom Line:   
Severe back-focus on my K10D and I don't understand why Pentax changed the (in my opinion great screw-motor) with the slower SDM, the image quality (manually focused because the SDM AF shows back-focus) is great by the way. I bought this DA* 55mm 1.4 especially the AF (already have the manual Zeiss Planar 50mm 1.4 and Takumar SMC 50mm 1.4)m I am very displeased with the AF accuracy.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $715.00

Purchased At:   Amazon

Similar Products Used:   (manual focus only)
Planar 50mm 1.4
Takumar SMC 50mm 1.4


Type of photography:   People


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by John Roberts a Professional

Date Reviewed: February 25, 2009

Strengths:    Tested on K20D:
Very good optics
tack sharp already at f1.4
no flare.



Weaknesses:    Strong ooF CAs
Very slow AF compared to my Canon stuff. Uuuh, ohhh ...
Rather harsh bokeh.


Bottom Line:   
Heavy CAs, otherwise good, slow AF

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $742.00

Purchased At:   Amazon

Similar Products Used:   Canon 50/1.8
Canon 85/1.8
Pentax A50/1.2


Type of photography:   People


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Willy Wien a Expert

Date Reviewed: February 24, 2009

Strengths:    Optically it is very good.
Compared to the FA50 contrast and sharpness are improved.
Bokeh is about the same, perhaps the DA is slightly smoother.
CAs are normal for this kind of lens.



Weaknesses:    The main disadvantage of the lens is that the autofocus is sloooow.
Compared to the FA85, which it should replace, the DA focusses about 3 times slower.
This is disapointing.
It is very difficult to follow playing children with this lens.
This lens is for static motives.


Bottom Line:   
I have tested the lens.
Optically good, AF speed slow.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $550.00

Purchased At:   Tekade

Similar Products Used:   Pentax FA50
Pentax FA85
Voigtlander Nocton 58mm


Type of photography:   People



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