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Pentax smc DA* 55mm F1.4 SDM

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Overall 10
10

Really nice

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.
  • Pros: Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Rugged
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Overall 10
10

a perfect fast backup lens

16 robinhoods[@], Adorama
4 September 2011
  • Excerpt: This lens is my perfect backup lens to my Zeiss 85mm f 1.4 ..will be used in my portrait photography
  • Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Rugged, Strong Construction
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Pentax 55mm f/1.4 SDM SMC DA* review by 3systemuser

3systemuser, slrgear.com
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.
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Overall 10
10

Easy review... "pro reviews all true!"

Jack on the Cheap, Adorama
10 May 2010
  • 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
  • Cons: It's just a little big
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Overall 8
8.0

Fun lens

C, Adorama
10 January 2010
  • 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
  • Cons: Causes purple fringing
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Overall 10
10

Superb Often Unjustly Maligned Lens

Adorama
28 October 2009
  • 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 &quot;camera specific.
  • Pros: Sharp Focus
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Overall 6
6.0
Value for money 2
2.0

User Review

frankaolson, Photography Review
19 April 2009
  • 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
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Overall 6
6.0
Value for money 2
2.0

User Review

Photography Review
19 April 2009

Pentax 55mm f/1.4 SDM SMC DA* review by Franks

Franks, slrgear.com
16 April 2009
  • 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 it’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 that’s what I am missing from my Planar 50/1.4), but the AF of the 55/1.4 is clearly not working like it’s supposed to...
  • Pros: image quality, weather sealing
  • Cons: SDM reliability, backfocus problem
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Pentax 55mm f/1.4 SDM SMC DA* review by MPhil

MPhil, slrgear.com
5 March 2009
  • 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.
  • Pros: Sharp
  • Cons: poor built quality
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