Reviews and Problems with Pentax smc DA* 55mm F1.4 SDM
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M the Observer, Adorama
22 April 2012
Excerpt: A wonderful lens, really nice smooth bokeh. Not as sharp as a Carl Zeiss but it is autofocus. Also had no problems using it out in the rain, if the weather is bad this is the lens I'd want to have with me.
Pentax 55mm f/1.4 SDM SMC DA* review by 3systemuser
27 February 2011
Summary: this lens can be the sharpest portrait lens , if not it at least as sharp as any of other manufactures 85mm f1,2 or 1.4 lenses. and it has good flare resistance and it is very well sealed. I do not get this lens yet for my K5 but when I had the K7 , I had it before and loved it. now, I am waiting for my new copy of DA*55f1.4 sdm to reach my house. as soon as I get this lens back , I will compare it to my Canon 85f1.2LMK2 and Zeiss 85f1.4ZF2.
Pros: IMO, this lens is sharper than all similar portrait lenses +it is sealed.
Cons: just played around with it a few days a go and did not get it yet.
Excerpt: As the heading says... "It's an easy review!" I did my research, lots of it. This day and time I think twice about any purchase more expensive than a hamburger. I wanted a GREAT lens that was also a GREAT buy with GREAT reviews. Well, I couldn't find any reviews that spoke ill of it... period; AND the price was great! So I bought it... I love it!!! OK, so it's just a smidge big... more to love!
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Good looking too, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: It's a fun lens that can be used both indoors in poor lighting and outside for cool artsy closeups. I love the large aperture. It's also real nice for portraits.<br /><br />This lens is always on my camera.
Pros: Durable, Easy To Use, Fun, Lightweight, Reliable, Weather proof
Excerpt: I just purchased a truly like new Pentax DA* 55mm f/1.4 SDM demo from Adorama at a substantial discount. These guys I feel are the only place to buy in my opinion. I naturally did my due diligence by reading as many of the reviews as possible and the lens is indeed what they say, razor sharp. I did not experience any fringing or purple edge artifacts at all. But the real show stopper on this lens seems to be that it is somewhat "camera specific.
Summary: Severe back-focus on my K10D and I don't understand why Pentax changed the (in my opinion great screw-motor) with the slower SDM, the image quality (manually focused because the SDM AF shows back-focus) is great by the way. I bought this DA* 55mm 1.4 especially the AF (already have the manual Zeiss Planar 50mm 1.4 and Takumar SMC 50mm 1.4)m I am very displeased with the AF accuracy.
Pros: very sharp, great build and weather-sealing
Cons: price is too high, back-focus problems on the K10D (I guess on the K100Ds too) and the accuracy of the SDM system
Summary: I have this lens for a week now, it back focuses severely. I took a lot of shots in all kinds of different conditions, but itâ€™s clear that the lens is badly calibrated. All my other AF lenses work great on my K10D. When I manually correct the AF I get good sharp pictures. I love the IQ and contrast but I bought this lens mainly for the AF (because thatâ€™s what I am missing from my Planar 50/1.4), but the AF of the 55/1.4 is clearly not working like itâ€™s supposed to...
Summary: My first copy broke after about 50 shots. Very ugly noises came out of the lens, then the focussing motor didn't work anymore. My second copy is ok so far. Sharp at f1.4, AF is a bit on the slow side.