Pentax SMCP-FA 50mm f/1.4

Last updated (14 June’10):
– Review by Popphoto

Pentax SMCP-FA 50mm f/1.4 features 50mm at focal length with maximum aperture of F/1.4. The lens construction has 6 elements in 5 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 47 degree. Closest focusing distance at 0.45m and has a filter size of 49mm. The Pentax SMCP-FA 50mm f/1.4 lens weighs 220g (7.8 oz) and it measures 63.5mm diameter x 38mm length.

Pentax SMCP-FA 50mm f/1.4
Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Pentax SMCP-FA 50mm f/1.4 Reviews

Popphoto reviews the Pentax SMCP-FA 50mm f/1.4 and writes;
“Sharp, bright, and practically distortion-free, this lens deserves a place in any Pentax shooter’s bag. Wedding photographers, in particular, will like it for its defocused backgrounds, low-light performance, and focal length well suited to two-up verticals.”
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User Opinions

Pentax SMCP-FA 50mm f/1.4 User Reviews

Fabulous lens for the price!, | Rating: ★★★★★
“It really seems to give marvelous results–wonderful color, clarity and sharp focus. As I have heard, it is a little soft at f/1.4, but even that apparently, can be corrected for by doing selective sharpening in Photoshop afterwards, but I found that at f/1.8, it gave me exactly the effect I was looking for and is super fast… I am very, very pleased with this lens and truly feel that it is going to be a major asset in my photography.” – by Cynthia Farr-weinfeld

Great lens at a bargain price | Rating: ★★★★★
“This lens brings out the bright colors and the rich tones. The contrast is amazing as is the focal point. The lens zooms quickly and locks in on it’s subject. Low light is the sweet spot here for me, as I don’t have to rely on the popup flash that often. This is a great lens on a bargain price.” – by M. G. Ortiz

Super sharp lens with high build quality. Real gem!, | Rating: ★★★★★
“The lens is very sharp. I had a photo taken with PZ-1p blown up to 12″X18″ and it is still very sharp center to corner. Focus is super fast on both PZ-1p and K10D. I also tried on ZX-L and it is super fast too. The build quality is high. It feels very sturdy and compact. Yeah, it is compact and cute. IMHO, it is the most beautiful 50mm AF lens at sub $400 range. It is also the most compact 50mm AF lens.” – by Y. Yang

Even after price increases, worth the purchase | Rating: ★★★★☆
“The lens is fast and does what you expect to accomplish with ambient light. It’s also great for hand held shots. It’s not razor sharp wide open with low light, but lends itself really well to portraiture as it softens the skin tone. In bright daylight however, the lens is respectably sharp. “ – by Writeb

A Must Have in your Camera Bag. Favorite Lens,| Rating: ★★★★★
“I don’t know all the “technical” jargon but I do know “bokeh” which is that nice, blurry background this lens will give you. Everyone is always impressed by the pictures I take using this lens and always ask me how I got that “blurry” background. I always tell them “it’s the lens”. If you can only buy a couple of lenses, I would recommend buying this one and the 50-200mm lens. “ – by mom2sarah…

Excellent first prime lens, | Rating: ★★★★☆
“Wide open it produces some really stunning bokeh. It has six blades which can give a hexagonal shape sometimes. It has really lovely rich colors and doesn’t seem to have a lot of flare. Wide open the speed is amazing; you can go out at night and handhold using only street lights.” – by Average Joe

Must have lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“For sharp pictures, try to stay at f/2 or better. At f/5.6 or more the sharpness is amazing. That is not to say that 1.4 and 1.7 are unusable but it is like pushing ISO – there is a price. “ – by ksuwildkat

The lens I needed – and you might too! | Rating: ★★★★★
“Furthermore, the lens quality is fantastic, and the bokeh it produces is gorgeous. This lens suits me for both portrait photography and low-light family photos, and it saved me from buying another DSLR with better high-ISO performance. I never go beyond ISO 400 now, and my photos are much better for it. “ – by T. Piatek

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Pentax SMCP-FA 50mm f/1.4 User Manual

– Download Pentax SMCP-FA 50mm f/1.4 User Manual (PDF – 562kb)

Features & Specifications

Pentax SMCP-FA 50mm f/1.4 Specifications

+ The smc PENTAX FA 50mm F1.4 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 in all types of lighting conditions.
+ The focal length is equivalent to 75mm in the 35mm format.
+ Developed for PENTAX film SLR cameras, however full-frame optics are also compatible with PENTAX digital SLR cameras.
+ The FA 50mm F1.4 features the acclaimed PENTAX smc multi-layer coating to lower surface reflection, reduce ultraviolet rays and deliver clear, high-contrast images.

Lens Mount: PENTAX K AF
Lens Construction: 6 groups 7 elements
Angle of View: 47 degrees
Aperture: F1.4
Number of Diaphragm Blades: 6
Minimum Aperture: 22
Minimum Focusing Distance: 18 inches
Filter Diameter: 49mm
Maximum Magnification: 0.15x
Dimensions: 2.5 x 1.5″ (65x37mm)
Weight: 7.8 oz.
Case: S 70-70
Objective Cap: Lens Cap F 49mm
Hood: PH-RBC 49mm
Lens Aperture Ring: Yes
Tripod Adapter: No
Diaphragm Control: Fully automatic
Focal Length: 50mm (equiv. 75mm)

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