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

Pentax smc DA* 55mm F1.4 SDM

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Overall 8
8.0

High-quality lens

Squidfan, B&H Photo
10 February 2016
  • Excerpt: I got this lens to use for portraits of family and for day-to-day photography (yes I know it's not a typical street-photo focal length). I find the images crisp and the lens responsive. It's heavy, but it seems worth it, and the manual focus is easy and satisfying to use.
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Overall 10
10

Great lens

Old Marine, B&H Photo
21 December 2015
  • Excerpt: It's bright, it focuses fast, and is fantastic for portraits and general photography. I try to restrict using it wide open to those circumstances where the main subject fills the frame. (As others have stated, bokeh can get a little odd when wide open...
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Overall 10
10

Great Lens & Great Service!

Sean Connery, B&H Photo
28 December 2013
  • Excerpt: I can now take indoor wedding photos without a flash! I have no downside for this lens.
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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.
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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

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

User Review

M O., Adorama
21 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 8
8.0

Fast and Sharp... But

Garfish, B&H Photo
21 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.
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Overall 8
8.0

A Lens Worth Gertting to Know

Garfish, B&H Photo
27 September 2011
  • Excerpt: I bought this lens almost exclusivly for outdoor night time use, but I'm discovering that it's an excellent general purpose lens with other uses as well such as scenics, portrait situations, and general nature shooting.
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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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