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Pentax smc DA* 55mm F1.4 SDM
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Pentax smc DA* 55mm F1.4 SDM

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Overall 8

Pentax-DA* 55mm F1.4

9 October 2012
  • Summary: We started this review by asking the question of whether or not the DA* 55mm F1.4 was really a star, or if it was just yet another expensive lens. The answer to the question is not definitive in either way. The lens is more of a stellar lens then not. So maybe it is almost a stellar lens.
  • Pros: No distortion or vignetting, Well-built, Quick-shift focus, Weather and dust resistant, Excellent bokeh, Quiet SDM autofocus, Depth of field scale
  • Cons: Some flare and chromatic aberration, Heavier than other Pentax 50mm lenses, Autofocus is significantly slower than screwdrive, Expensive for a standard lens
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Overall 8
Value for money 7
Features 8
Picture quality 9
Ergonomics 9
Build quality 9

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DP Review
4 August 2010
  • 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.
  • 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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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.
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REVIEW: Pentax SMC DA* 55mm f/1.4 SDM

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...
  • 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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Pentax SMC DA* 55mm f/1.4 SDM review

20 December 2010
  • Excerpt: Does this wide aperture short telephoto lens for Pentax DSLRs justify the high price tag? Gary Wolstenholme investigates.
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Overall 7
Value for money 4
Overall quality 7
Build quality 9

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

2 December 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.
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smc DA* 55 mm f/1.4 SDM

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.
  • 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

14 May 2015
  • Excerpt: PENTAX DA* 55mm f:1.4 SDM - высококачественный объектив с фокусным расстоянием, близким к "штатному", из профессиональной линейки легендарной "звездной" оптики PENTAX. В схеме этого объектива, состоящей из 9 линз в 8 группах, традиционно используются особые сорта стекла.
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Expert Review

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.
  • 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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