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Pentax smc DA* 55mm F1.4 SDM
8.5 out of 10

Pentax smc DA* 55mm F1.4 SDM

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Pentax 55mm f/1.4 SDM SMC DA* review by joe88

joe88, slrgear.com
31 January 2015
  • Summary: this lens is quite better than my old FA 1.4/50, which I can use with very good sharpness from f2.8. You'll win one step of aperture and minimize CA's visibly much more better than zeiss competitor unfortunately too much plastic in construction (therefore only eight points for construction) wide...
  • Pros: wide open even enough sharp, f 2 very sharp, f 2,8 extremely sharp,less CA's
  • Cons: plastic plastic plastic
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Overall 10
10

Great Lens & Great Service!

Sean Connery, B&H Photo
27 December 2013
  • Excerpt: I can now take indoor wedding photos without a flash! I have no downside for this lens.
  • Pros: Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Strong Construction
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Overall 10
10

Love it.

couliseaux, B&H Photo
6 August 2012
  • Excerpt: I bought this lens to upgrade from my FA 50mm. The DA* lenses are indeed worth the price point. It's rugged and the weather sealing is of course a great practical choice. At 55mm with the APS-C sensor it mimics an 85mm, the darling of portrait photogs.
  • Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
  • Cons: A Little Big
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Overall 8
8.0

Great Image quality, Iffy Autofocus

Michael, B&H Photo
1 July 2012
  • Excerpt: This thing has an incredibly good image quality that should be expected of a DA* lens, and expected from the hefty price tag. The problem I'm having is that the autofocus just doesn't want to always work correctly.
  • Pros: Consistent Output, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
  • Cons: Kind of Big, Sketchy Autofocus
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Overall 10
10

User Review

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.
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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

Mast have!!!!!!!

laert, B&H Photo
20 April 2012
  • Excerpt: fantastic lens!!!!!!!!!!!! Great performer, 3-d effect,real color !!! magic bokeh!!!!!!!!!! FA 31, FA43 or DA55SDM, FA77, D FA100mmMACRO --------- Mast have!!!!!!! Stupid autofocus-- really bad work SDM. Perfect for manual work!!! 6mm depth perspective-Fantastic!!!!!
  • Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
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Overall 10
10

Exudes quality.

Johno, B&H Photo
6 March 2012
  • Excerpt: Sharpness wide open is subpar. This lens begins to pick up as you stop down a little bit. SDM may not be the fastest silent motor, but it is adequate for my needs. And it seems to lock in focus quite well. Bokeh simply exudes quality.
  • Pros: Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
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Overall 10
10

sharp, backfocus issue fixed

squiggles, B&H Photo
5 December 2011
  • Excerpt: This is a great lens. Super sharp and wonderful blur. Backfocus WAS a big issue, needing and adjustment of +10 (ie maximum possible) with my k5, and impossible to use with my k10. However, contacted Pentax service (Belgium) and sent in the lens and both bodies.
  • Pros: Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
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Overall 8
8.0

Fast and Sharp... But

Garfish, B&H Photo
20 November 2011
  • Excerpt: I use this lens for night shooting-- often at our commercial boat basin where lighting is low with wildly mixed colors. I needed weather sealing for this and the DA* 55mm f1.4 delivers-- and it's also very well built. Re sharpness and contrast: useable wide open and criticly sharp by f2.8.
  • Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
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