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Pentax smc DA* 55mm F1.4 SDM

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Pentax smc DA* 55mm f/1.4 SDM Lens Review

SLR Lens and Camera Reviews
18 July 2009
  • Excerpt: Pentax smc DA* 55mm f/1.4 SDM is one of the latest addition to the company's growing portfolio of lenses specifically designed for digital SLR cameras. This is also one of the first KAF3 mount lenses in the company's potfolio. As a reminder, KAF3 mount lenses do not have screw slot on the base of the lens mount and hence can only be used in AF mode only on cameras that have electronic focusing control.
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Overall 9
9.1
Design 10
10
Value for money 9
9.0
Features 9
9.0
Performance 9
8.5
Picture quality 9
9.0

Pentax SMC DA* 55mm f/1.4 SDM review

What Digital Camera
21 June 2009
  • Excerpt: An undoubtedly well-made Pentax prime, but does the image quality live up to the price-tag? Read the WDC Pentax SMC DA* 55mm f/1.4 SDM review to find out.
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REVIEW: Pentax SMC DA* 55mm f/1.4 SDM

photodo
17 May 2009
  • Excerpt: Gary Wolstenholme takes a close look at this short telephoto lens from Pentax. This 55mm f/1.4 lens from Pentax is designed to be used with their latest generations of DSLR cameras and sports a bright maximum aperture of f/1.4 and silent SDM focusing for around £600, which I feel is a little pricey for a lens around the 50mm focal length.
  • Pros: Excellent optical quality from f/2 onwards, Fast focusing, Weather selling, Low distortion and CA
  • Cons: Limited compatibility with older Pentax DSLRs, Price, A little soft at f/1.4
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Overall 8
8.1
Value for money 7
7.0
Features 8
8.0
Picture quality 9
8.5
Ergonomics 9
8.5
Build quality 9
8.5

Expert Review

DP Review
16 May 2009
  • Conclusion: Let's talk about the positives first; the Pentax smc DA* 55mm F1.4 SDM is undoubtedly a lens capable of producing wonderful images, with a blend of optical characteristics near-perfectly suited to its intended purpose as a portrait lens. Shoot at F1.4 and you'll get flatteringly soft, but still finely detailed images, with characterful, almost painterly backgrounds.
  • Pros: Good balance of optical properties for its intended (portrait) role, Near-silent autofocus thanks to SDM system, Very good build quality, including weathersealing
  • Cons: Relatively slow autofocus, Inaccurate focusing unless using camera's AF adjust, varying in behavior across camera models, Very expensive for its class
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Overall 7
7.0

Pentax SMC DA* 55mm f/1.4 SDM review

ePHOTOzine
20 December 2010
  • Summary: This 55mm lens from Pentax is without a doubt a superb performer. Unfortunately, despite the excellent sharpness to images when stopped down, and great build quality, this kind of performance isn't uncommon for a standard lens. For me £600 just seems a little too much, especially when the cost of equivalent lenses from other manufacturers is taken into consideration.
  • Pros: Excellent optical quality from f/2 onwards, Fast focusing, Weather selling, Low distortion and CA
  • Cons: Limited compatibility with older Pentax DSLRs, Price, A little soft at f/1.4
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Overall 7
6.7
Value for money 4
4.0
Overall quality 7
7.0
Build quality 9
9.0

Pentax SMC DA* 55mm f/1.4 SDM - Review / Test Report

photozone.de
21 June 2009
  • Conclusion: The SMC-DA* 55mm f/1.4 SDM is a rather typical representative of the standard lens species - it is capable of delivering ultra-sharp results when stopped down a little but it's also fairly soft at very large aperture settings. Distortions and lateral CAs are not field-relevant. There may be a hint of vignetting visible at f/1.4 but generally there's no reason to worry about this out there as well.
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smc DA* 55 mm f/1.4 SDM

LensTip.com
13 May 2009
  • Conclusion: Here we can practically rewrite everything we wrote in the Zeiss Planar 1.4/50 test summary. Pentax DA* 1.4/55 is definitely a good lens, but simply too expensive. A quick glance at the lowest shop prices shows, that we can get it for 2,500-2,700 PLZ. Very similar optically Zeiss will cost us around 2,100 PLZ, so noticeably cheaper. Moreover for 1,800-1,900 PLZ we can have Sigma 1.4/50 HSM, which isn’t behind Pentax or Zeiss.
  • Cons: image quality in maximum aperture range at the edges below expectations,, noticeable coma,, not too accurate autofocus,, some problems when working against bright light,, too high price.
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Expert Review

Optyczne.pl
4 June 2007
  • Summary: Tutaj możemy w zasadzie przepisać dokładnie to samo, co napisaliśmy w podsumowaniu testu Zeissa Planara 1.4/50. Pentax DA* 1.4/55 to obiektyw na pewno bardzo dobry lecz zdecydowanie za drogi. Rzut okiem na najniższe ceny sklepowe pokazuje, że możemy go mieć za kwotę 2500-2700 zł. Bardzo podobny pod względem własności optycznych Zeiss będzie nas kosztował na poziomie 2100 zł, a więc zauważalnie taniej. Mało tego.
  • Pros: bardzo dobra jakość obudowy,, rewelacyjna jakość obrazu w centrum kadru,, bardzo dobra jakość obrazu na brzegu kadru po lekkim przymknięciu,, niewielki poziom aberracji chromatycznej,, umiarkowana dystorsja,, mały astygmatyzm,, cichy autofokus.
  • Cons: niezadowalająca jakość obrazu na brzegu kadru dla okolic maksymalnego otworu względnego,, wyraźna koma,, niezbyt celny autofokus,, trochę problemów przy pracy pod ostre światło,, zbyt wysoka cena.
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