Pentax SMCP-FA 50mm f/1.7 35mm Primes

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SMCP-FA 50mm f/1.7

  • Normal perspective, autofocus lens
  • Aperture range: f/1.7-22
  • Min focus: 0.45m (1.5 ft.)
  • Fully automatic diaphragm

  • User Reviews (5)

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    Rollins   Expert [Jul 25, 2003]
    Strength:

    Sharp & very contrasty. No problems with flare at all. Focusing accurate is very fast. Light weight and compact. F/1.7 allows in a lot of light. No noticable distortion.

    Weakness:

    None. The focusing is slightly noisey but Pentax doesn't offer silent-focusing and I already knew this -- so this isn't a weakness. By not offering the silent wave focusing the price remains low giving this an excellent price/performance ratio.

    I bought this lens about 4-years ago and never regret the purchase. I normally shoot from about f/5.6-11 and the lens produces the goods. This lens and the 24mm Pentax FA F/2 make a nice travel set of primes! It is compact and relatively inexpensive so it's an excellent lens for travel. The build quility is exactly what I expected for this price range: very good. I know that it's not sealed against weather but I didn't want to pay more $$$ so I can easily live with just very good build quality.

    Customer Service

    None

    Similar Products Used: Pentax 24mm f/2; Canon 20mm f/2.8 USM, Canon 24mm TS; Sigma 17-35mm zoom, Voightlander 12mm & 15mm.
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    RATING
    5
    VALUE
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    5
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    Brendan Bhagan   Intermediate [Sep 06, 2000]
    Strength:

    Nice build, sturdy, sharp and contrasty

    Weakness:

    none

    Great in low light, fast AF, sharp, very few lenses are as sharp as a 50mm lens and none as fast or as good in low light. Must have if you shoot in available light.

    Customer Service

    n/a

    Similar Products Used: Canon FD 50mm f1.8, minolta MD 50mm f1.8, Pentax 50mm KA f1.7
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    5
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    5
    Roland Mabo   Intermediate [Feb 21, 2001]
    Strength:

    * Excellent sharpness
    * Excellent contrast and colours
    * Good build quality
    * Compact size
    * Flare under good control
    * Fast AF
    * Rubberized focusing ring with good grip

    Weakness:

    * Manual focusing ring a bit small.

    An excellent standard lens none should be without. Great when shooting in low light, or when used with polarizers.
    Good price! (but the slightly more expensive FA 50 f/1.4 might offer better speed for the money)

    Similar Products Used: Pentax A50 f/2, M40 f/2.8 "pancake".
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    5
    VALUE
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    4
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    Amy Hughes   Intermediate [Mar 16, 2001]
    Strength:

    sharp, light-weight, fast AF

    Weakness:

    Focus ring is a bit slim and is more loose in one direction than the other, but still smooth and tight enough

    A great, cheap prime for available-light photography. If I had to do it again, though, I'd go for the 1.4 at $40 more. Not that I'd often need 1.4 over 1.7, but the more light in the viewfinder the better.

    Similar Products Used: None
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    5
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    5
    Edward Manzitti   Intermediate [Jul 22, 1999]
    Model Reviewed: SMCP-FA 50mm f/1.7
    Strength:

    Very sharp, fast prime lens, that is good for low light photography.

    Weakness:

    None.

    This is an excellent prime lens for low light photography or whenever wide aperture is needed. It is very sharp wide open to closed down.

    Similar Products Used: None
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    RATING
    5
    VALUE
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    5
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