Excerpt: Its really good deal for the price. I have a bunch of manual prime lenses, but with babies and children you need to be fast. That is the main reason I got this lens. Though it is a little slow focusing in the low light, but it have to be really low lighting. I use it with Pentax K30. Even at night, indoors, when the regular lights are on it works good. I do not use flash.
Excerpt: Side-by-side with the Canon 1.8/50, the Pentax blows it out of the water. Sharp as a syringe where you need it, creamy bokehliciousness where you don't. Beautiful colour rendition and very difficult to produce any ghosting or flare problems. Perfect for portraits. Everyone needs one of these in their bag — it won't take up much space.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Sharp, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I highly recommend having this lens with you at all times. This lens is awesome, especially for the price. Takes awesome images with nice bokeh. Have this lens on my camera (K-5iis) nearly all the time.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Summary: I want to use this review to address a few questions other relative newcomers with conservative budgets might have. I own a K-30 that I bought with the 18-135mm zoom lens, which I like a lot. I'm not a camera or lens expert and I don't have a lot of discretionary camera money, so my questions when I started considering the purchase of a prime lens were 1) is it worth it, and 2) if so, which one should I get?
This lens should be in every Pentax photograper's camera bag.
Lloyd W. Hayes "Lloyd", Amazon
6 July 2014
Summary: If you own a Pentax SLR or DSLR, then you should have this lens in your camera case even if it is the only fixed focal length lens that you own. It is both fast and sharp, and it is not expensive. Zoom lenses are what nearly everyone gets with their cameras and they are very nice lenses. They cover a wide range of a focal lengths. But the down side to zoom lenses are that they are slow and require a lot of light, comparatively.
Excerpt: This small lens weighs little and is bright and sharp. I find this lens a joy to use. Focus makes just a slight sound and is fairly quick. If you are going Pentax, this is a good one to have in your bag. Absolutely no kidding, I LIKE THIS LENS!
Pros: Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh
Excerpt: For the price, this is an excellent lens, though I would've preferred to see an internal motor rather than the screw-drive. The plastic mount shouldn't push you away unless you're planning on ripping it from your camera; in which case I think you have bigger problems to deal with.
Summary: It's only been about a year since I moved on from point-and-click photography, got a decent DSLR, and started getting serious about taking nice photographs. While my kit lens has been good for learning, I began realizing its limitations in terms of depth of field, low-light performance, and sharpness. But I wanted to be sure that a prime lens is what I needed. So I went to eBay, got a cheap manual focus 50 mm lens for $30, and played around with it for a little while.