Reviews and Problems with Pentax smc D FA 50mm F2.8 Macro
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Excellent macro and general purpose lens
George, B&H Photo
12 November 2014
Excerpt: I put this on my new K-3 a couple of weeks ago, and have not taken it off. It is a nice all around lens. The auto focus has been spot on, and the manual focus is smooth and precise. Excellent images.
Pros: Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction
Excerpt: This lens is perfect for my wife. She is short and the focusing distance is down to 4 inches. Experimenting with amcro shots of bugs, spiders, webs, portraits, and anything one can think of produces magnificient shots! Definitely a valuable lens to have in one's bag.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I've been using this lense for two weeks now and has no regret of buying it. It's a sharp lense producing great photos. The macro capability is an icing on the cake. Very well built for its price.
Pros: Consistent Output, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh, Sharp, Well built
Excerpt: While I haven't had the chance to put this baby really through its paces yet, ititial tests really impress. It's light and compact design complement the Pentax body, yet it seems sturdy enough to handle the field use I expect to give it. Display and controls are smooth and easy to manipulate and read. Highly recommended.
Pros: Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: Bought this lens after trying an extension tube for macro photography. Very happy with new lens, glad I made the investment. Great customer service, quick shipping and arrived as estimated. Will look at B&H for all future photography needs.
Pros: Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight
Summary: These older "prime lenses" are pretty cheap used and work fine on new Pentax DSLR cameras. They offer the professional look of a shallow depth of field, attractive bokeh, and the clarity that a simpler lens offers over the zoom stuff. In addition to that - it captures more light thanks to a f2.0. That means more detail and less noise in lower light. it's my first prime lens but it's easy to use. Just set your f stop and focus manually.
Excerpt: I mostly use this lens for close up photos of flowers and butterflies. The camera never mistakenly focuses on a nearby object if I manual focus onto the object as a rough focus, then autofocus for the final shot. Pictures of items that are very close, such as 10 inches, are stunning. Would be an excellent camera for capturing jewelry, coins, stamps etc.
Pros: Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh